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Since 1990, Cordelia has taught "Informed Birth and Parenting" Childbirth Preparation Classes. Private childbirth preparation instruction in the privacy and intimacy of your own home (Los Angeles County and Northern Orange County). Prepare for natural childbirth in hospital, home or birth center while cultivating an acceptance of unexpected outcomes. Classes provide labor-coping strategies (breathing, relaxation, etc.), explore spiritual and emotional aspects of pregnancy and childbirth and help the woman develop trust in birth and confidence in her abilities. Instructor is accredited through the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators, ALACE. Also available: Birth Options Consultations in e-mail, by phone appointment, or in person, breastfeeding instruction and referrals to doulas, doctors, and midwives.. Also training is available for aspiring doulas and breastfeeding counselors.
Laura Whitney, M.A., C.C.E., C.B.A.
Laura is an anthropological documentary filmmaker and photographer with a Master's Degree in Visual Anthropology from U.S.C., and formerly, she worked as a midwife's assistant, doula and childbirth educator. Laura's newest film, "Blessing the Way: A Ritual Transformation and Healing Through Pregnancy of Birth" explores the role of ritual ceremony in preparation for birth as a means to nurture the expectant woman, and facilitate her personal growth and healing during the childbearing cycle. It can be ordered on-line by going to her website.
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