Evidence Based Birth® Alaska 

Hi there! I’m Shanna Switzer, and I am one of only about 100 Evidence Based Birth® Instructors around the world!.  An Evidence Based Birth® Instructor is a birth professional specially trained in how to help families get evidence based care.  I became an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor because I believe that every birthing person deserves a positive, respectful and safe experience. Sadly this is not a reality for most women, but I’m proud to be joining forces with professionals and parents around the world to ensure that things change for the better.

I teach various Evidence Based Birth® Educational courses for both professionals and expecting parents, personally designed childbirth courses and private birth prep sessions with Evidence Based Birth® materials and research incorporated, GentleBirth One-Day and Weekend Workshops, and the Spinning Babies® Parent Education course.

If you want to be empowered with the latest evidence and to take control over your birth OR if you want to help your clients take control over their births, then keep reading to find out what I can offer you.  Classes and workshops for expecting parents are listed first, followed by lots of trainings with Continuing Education Credits for Birth Professionals.  Confused or want to discuss the best options for you? Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!

 

 

 

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With growing concern and community recommendations of limiting social interaction due to COVID-19, I am temporarily suspending all in-person birth classes. Instead, I am offering live, online childbirth prep sessions, at a 10% discount!  

These individualized classes cater to your specific desires for yourbirth, no matter where you plan to have your baby. 

  • Scheduled at your convenience
  • 3 hour virtual, live, online visit to discuss all things pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and baby care. 
  • Customized and individualized to your specific questions and concerns!

$225/couple for three hour class. CURRENTLY10% off!

 $75 per hour for hourly session. 

Contact me for more information! Use the button below to go to the shop, choose whether you’d like a one hour session or my three hour prepared class (with lots of wiggle room for your questions and concerns), and simply type “online” in the notes – you can also list some dates and times that would work for you!  I’ll be in touch shortly to schedule a class time that works well for you and your partner.

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Take the Evidence Based Birth® online , interactive Childbirth Class!

Get mentored by your own Evidence Based Birth® Instructor!

  • Learn about evidence based care, comfort measures, and advocacy
  • Get prepared, get answers, get empowered!
  • Get live instruction via Zoom call, *and* spend some quality time doing web-based learning with your partner in the comfort and privacy of your home.

“This class is a total gamechanger for us. I’d heard negative stories…I was scared and very on edge. Then once we started taking the class, and when we learned about interventions that I was apprehensive about… It brought us together in that [my partner] understood birth more, and I understood it more. And as soon as I went into labor, we were on. We were a team.” 

Your Childbirth Class includes:

  • Mentorship from an experienced EBB Instructor
  •  Five weeks of online videos for you and your partner to watch together
  •  Six weekly Zoom (online from the comfort of your home!) discussions with your EBB Instructor and peers
  •  BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos
  •  BONUS: Six video chats with your Instructor!
  •  BONUS: Earn points throughout the class to redeem for prizes at the end!

Ready to Get Empowered? Register for Your Class Now! 

  • Spots in each class are limited (6 couples per class), please do not wait to schedule.
  • Click below to register for a class 

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  • Your birth experience is too valuable for you to avoid educating yourself beforehand.
  •  Sadly, I’ve spoken with many parents who have major regrets about how they went into birth without preparation—and the health consequences they suffered as a result
  • Take action, get educated, and find the answers and mentorship you need today! 

Listen to what this couple had to say: 

“Take this course! I started out nervous but I am now very excited and looking forward to the birth of our baby! My husband and I feel very prepared for our baby’s birth day.”

“Sign up!! You’ll feel more prepared for your baby and your spouse.” 

Register here

 

Frequently asked questions

Q: Can’t I just educate myself online using search engines and videos?

A: A lot of that info you find online? It’s bad or inaccurate! The benefit of the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class is that we curate all of the best, evidence-based information and get you and your partner engaged in the learning process. 

Q: Shouldn’t I just let the doctors and nurses tell me what to do? 

A: Routine practices in some hospitals are still about 15 to 20 years behind the research, and there is a lot of pressure to conform to traditions that might not be in your best interests. We will teach you and your partner how to be your own advocate—a skill you can use for the rest of your life! 

Q: My friends told me that taking a childbirth class is a waste of time. 

A: There are a lot of poor-quality classes out there that have given childbirth education a bad reputation. The founder of Evidence Based Birth®, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, knows how to make classes exciting for young adults. The end result is a class that is motivating and SO much fun to participate in. You will learn more than you could ever imagine! 

Q: What will I actually learn in this class that could be of use to me? 

A: Our students are most excited to learn about the entire toolkit of comfort measures for labor. We cover pain management techniques like massage, water immersion, upright birthing positions, acupressure, music therapy, and deep breathing, just to name a few. When labor starts, you and your partner will be ready!  

Remember: There are only SIX SPOTS available in each class! First-time parents and experienced parents welcome! 

Ready to Get Empowered? 

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Birth With Confidence!

In all classes and private sessions, we will cover the process of birth and preparing for labor, comfort measures and positioning, breathing techniques and partner support, and postpartum care for mom, baby, and the family.

Birth: The anatomy and physiology of the birth process, the stages of labor, labor progress and activities, fear and safety, possible challenges and interventions, physical and emotional changes and much more. 

Comfort Measures: We’ll discuss and practice relaxation techqniques including Positioning, Breathing, Massage, Acupressure, Using the Birth Ball and Peanut Ball, Rebozo, Partner Support, and more. 

Postpartum prep: An overview of after birth care for mom, feeding your new baby, the emotional changes in the early postpartum days, baby blues, hormones, newborn care, babywearing, sleep and your new baby, etc.

Classes offered:

Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class: 

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Spinning Babies Parent Classes (See more on the Spinning Babies Page)

 

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PRIVATE BIRTH PREP SESSIONS

Too busy for traditional childbirth classes?  This is a great option for busy schedules, slope and shift workers, and anyone who would prefer a more intimate, one-on-one experience.  Get all of your questions answered and prepare for YOUR best birth!

Childbirth prep sessions designed to fit your life and your budget! 

These individualized classes cater to your specific desires for yourbirth, no matter where you plan to have your baby. 

  • Scheduled at your convenience
  • 3 hour visit to discuss all things pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and baby care. 
  • Customized and individualized to your specific questions and concerns!

$225/couple. Private sessions in Anchorage or Eagle River.  In-home sessions are also available, please contact me for rates and availability. 

Contact me for more information!

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Private Coaching for parents 

I can work with you one-on-one to increase your confidence  about your upcoming birth. As a client of mine, your eyes will be opened and you’ll feel much more at ease, knowing that you DO have the ultimate power and say in your care!  I offer additional private coaching for those interested in more one-on-one time with me, or those choosing not to utilize doula services.

Register for private coaching here

 


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Comfort Measures workshop

Are you a birth professional who wishes you had more tools in your toolbox to help keep patients comfortable during labor? By attending the Comfort Measures Workshop, you will not only get hands-on practice with comfort measures skills, but you’ll also learn how you can overcome barriers to providing comfort measures on your unit!

All registrations at the Professional level or higher will earn 3 nursing contact hours, and those who register as Super Users will receive a Comfort Measures Toolkit to take back to your unit and teach to your peers. By attending the workshop and completing an online evaluation, you will earn a certificate for 3 contact hours from Evidence Based Birth®, a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. Nursing contact hours can be applied to most childbirth educator and doula certifications, as well as the Certified Professional Midwife credential.

Come enjoy an afternoon of demonstrations, discussion, and networking with other birth professionals!

 


The Savvy Birth Pro Workshop (3 contact hours) was developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give professionals the skills you need to make a genuine difference and help your clients attain the best possible chance at evidence based care during pregnancy and labor.

Contact hours: By attending the workshop and completing an online evaluation, you will earn a certificate for 3 contact hours from Evidence Based Birth®, a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. Nursing contact hours can be applied to most childbirth educator and doula certifications, as well as the Certified Professional Midwife credential.

 

 

 

Savvy Birth Pro workshop

Are you passionate about evidence based care, but regularly witness hospital policies taking precedence over your client’s choice? It can be frustrating to watch clients receive care that isn’t based on research and not quite knowing how to help.

After attending the 3-hour Savvy Birth Pro Workshop, you will walk away with confidence in your ability to help your clients assert their right to evidence based care in a respectful way that builds bridges, not walls. We believe that the inspirational knowledge you will gain from the Savvy Birth Pro Workshop will have a positive ripple effect that extends to your clients, the professionals you work with, and your community! You’re no longer alone in the quest to help more families receive respectful, high quality maternity care! The Savvy Birth Pro Workshop does more than provide great skills; it creates a strong community of connected professionals who together share this important mission.

Learning Objectives:
Define evidence-based care and discuss statistics on the quality of birth settings in our local community
Discuss the major reasons why we have an evidence-practice gap, including the power hierarchy and how it is a barrier to evidence-based, family-centered care
Discuss ways that we can bridge the evidence-practice gap at the system level
Discuss specific strategies we can use to help our clients obtain evidence-based care

 


Evidence Based Birth Alaska – Continuing education for nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, physicians, expecting parents, and the community!