Welcome to Smartbirth!
Lesly Federici here, your Virtual Childbirth Educator!
I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE, FACCE) since 1998. I’ve been teaching expectant couples how to prepare for childbirth for over 21 years. I’m also an RN specializing in Labor and Delivery. I only teach online now, virtually for a local hospital. I’m also certified in hypnosis as a “Hypno-counselor” through the National Guild of Hypnotists, a Reiki Master, and a Meditation and Mindfulness practitioner.
My goals for you as you take this online course are:
Use this course as a resource to prepare for the birth of your baby
Implement what you learn to build confidence
Embrace your own innate strength, wisdom, and instincts
Empower self-trust in your abilities to manage labor physically and emotionally
Explore your attitudes and coping skills to manage stress, challenges, responses to contraction discomfort
Accept Childbirth as a life experience not a separate event
Understand how your body mirrors your emotional state
Appreciate and befriend your body and how it works
Change your perception of birth from fear to a normal, accepting experience that you can manage
What you’ll learn:
- How your body works
- How your body prepares for birth
- How your body takes care of your unborn baby
- Use of medications for comfort relief from contractions
- The BEST way to breathe during labor
- Comfort measures during labor
- Coping skills
- How to pay attention to body sensations that signal labor
- Body positions and movement for labor and pushing
- How labor contractions work
- How love and affection during labor can contribute to the process
- How awesome you are
- Believe in yourself
Some Foundation Information Before We Dive Into Your Birthing Journey:
First, the most important “Tool” to manage labor is your level of confidence and mindset for birth.
The information offered in this course encompasses the philosophies of Lamaze International, current evidenced based practices for childbirth, and my own philosophy based on 20 years of teaching expectant couples and experience as a labor & delivery nurse.
Evidence based practices are those practices that have been proven through research, studies, medical science, and documented to benefit laboring women, to make informed
decisions and choices best for them
Many hospitals, even though the evidence is clear, do not always implement these practices.
In the USA the care women receive during labor and birth in hospital environments often lead to increased medical interventions and potential, unnecessary Cesarean births
You want to know what the medical, or evidence based maternity care is because you and your partner in many ways need to be your own advocates . When you are aware of facts you make better decisions that are right for you. Changes in the United States to implement Evidenced Based Maternity care is occurring
This creates a challenge for you, the expectant mom, in three ways:
1.Learn what these evidence based practices are and how they can enhance your birth experience
2. Present this information to your doctor/care provider
3. Have the birth experience you want in spite of opposition from others (family, friends, even your doctor). This is YOUR birthing experience.
Check BEFORE you go into labor the policies of the hospital, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic
Two practices you should consider :
1. See a midwife for your pregnancy and labor care. Midwives offer very safe care to manage prenatal care and childbirth. If you can’t find a midwife, then …
2. Use a Doula or a Labor Support Person ( a trusted friend or family member).
A Doula is a person trained to provide emotional and physical support to the laboring woman and works as a “team” with her partner.
Research has shown that a support person’s presence in the labor room decreases the use of medications and cesarean births.If you can’t get a Doula, enlist a family member , a sister, mother, etc. or friend who would be willing to be with you during your labor.
Throughout this online childbirth course, there will be sprinkles of Evidence Based information and resources for you.
This online childbirth class may supplement a “live” childbirth education class at your birthing facility (hospital, etc. ). But not all classes will cover what you learn here.
This online childbirth class provides you with information on mindset, relaxation techniques, breathing for labor, movement, physiology, and much more, and “HANDS-ON” practices.
I also offer teleconferences, events and support calls. Make sure you subscribe to the mailing list to stay informed below.
Do yourself a favor – don’t wait to the last minute to enroll in a birthing class “In person or or Online”! Be PROACTIVE! This is YOUR body, YOUR health, YOUR baby, and your experience – no one else’s.
Learn well, birth smart
What you learn and experience in birthing classes can affect your:
- Attitudes about birth
- Level of labor discomfort
- Confidence and self-trust
- Perception of birth
- Appreciation of your body and how smart it is
You’ll get the most out of this class if:
View one lesson at a time as each lesson builds on the one before.
The topics flow into the next to build on the information presented earlier.
There are some suggested readings from other sites within each lesson.
Ask questions for me to answer in comments
Take your time to digest, practice, and explore the information
Something to remember …
All childbirth education classes, be it Lamaze(R), ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), Bradley, Birthing from Within, and others, all share the common goal in guiding you, assisting you, preparing you, and empowering you with information on options and choices in planning a birth experience that is rewarding, filled with positive memories, and right for you.
If this online class is for you then sign up! Smartbirth provides you with information you want, need, is useful,raises your awareness about birth as well as yourself, is interesting, and fun. I welcome your questions and feedback. Leave a comment or send me a message