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Coaching Sessions

Lots of people aren’t looking for ongoing counseling support but you may have a specific issue you’d like to explore or questions that you and your partner would like to discuss with someone who has knowledge and expertise in the field. If you’re seeking informational support or practical guidance to help you navigate the sometimes confusing and conflicting path of the childbearing year, then coaching sessions might be a good fit for you. These sessions are for individuals or couples, and they’re designed to help you identify your goals, evaluate your options, provide specialized information and resources, and get you on track towards decision-making and sustainable solutions that can be readily applied to the childbearing year. Coaching and consultation sessions can focus on anything, but here are some common topics that people frequently request help with:

Understanding Your Birth-Related Options
Portland has a rich birth culture that provides women and couples with a wide array of options. All of this choice is empowering, but it can also be a bit overwhelming! For instance, you can decide to have your baby at a hospital, birth center, or at home. If you elect to give birth in a hospital, there are several to choose from, each offering distinct advantages and disadvantages. You can hire a doctor, nurse midwife, naturopathic midwife, or direct-entry midwife as your medical provider, and there is also the option of having a birth doula to assist you. Natural birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, and cesarean birth are all options, and there are many other choices to be made along the way. Coaching sessions can help you to understand and sift through all of these various choices so you can decide on the direction that’s right for you, your family, and your specific set of circumstances. Coaching and consultation sessions can focus on anything, but here are some common topics that people frequently request help with:

Creating A Birth “Plan”
You can’t really plan how your baby’s birth is going to unfold because sometimes there are unexpected twists and turns along the way, which require flexibility. However, creating a “birth plan” can nonetheless be an excellent tool for expecting parents and their medical providers. It can be used as an educational tool to help you better understand what to expect at the hospital, what kinds of choices you have, and how to advocate for yourself. Coaching sessions are used to help you design a personalized “plan” that lists your specific goals, preferences, and requests, and it can be given to your medical providers as a way of informing them about your preferences.

Getting Ready For Labor & Birth
Whether you’re wanting to better understand the stages of labor, learn practical and effective coping strategies, or prepare mentally and spiritually for the experience of labor and birth, coaching sessions can help. Maybe you’re trying to figure out which type of childbirth education class is the best fit for you and your partner. Or maybe you’re just looking for a rundown on the “tried and true” techniques that have been helping women with contractions for centuries. Or perhaps you’re wanting to dive in more deeply, explore what this transformative path has to offer, and cultivate an empowered attitude and mindset that will serve as a foundation for you to draw from. Whatever your goals, we can get you started.

Postpartum Checklist
When asked, “Are you ready for the baby to arrive?” many expecting parents begin to scan the list of things they still need to buy or the co-sleeper that still needs to be put together. While having appropriate baby gear is important, there are many other considerations and preparations that can influence how the first weeks and months unfold with your newborn. The postpartum can be a tender time – your lifestyle, relationships, and hormones will be changing. Coaching sessions can help you set up appropriate support systems and get you mentally and emotionally prepared for this profound identity shift.

Welcoming Baby #2
So you’ve been in love with your first-born for a while now and you’re excited that another baby is on the way, but you’re starting to wonder how the transition from one to two children is really going to work. Who will take care of your first-born when you go into labor? How will you help your fist-born ease into this big transition? What will you do when the baby needs to be nursed and your toddler needs your full attention? Is the human heart really capable of loving two children equally? Coaching sessions can help you answer these types of questions and help you find sustainable solutions for your growing family.

VBAC Preparation
If you’re planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, coaching sessions can get you mentally and emotionally prepared by helping you to understand your options, providing you with information on what to expect, offering resources and techniques that can help you achieve your goals, making space for you to process your previous birth experience, and encouraging feelings of empowerment regardless of how your baby is born.