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!
Take the Evidence Based Birth® 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 in-person, hands-on instruction, *and* spend some quality time doing web-based learning with your partner in the comfort and privacy of your home.
Your Childbirth Class includes:
- Mentorship from an experienced EBB Instructor
- Two in-person classes to practice your labor skills
- Five weeks of online videos for you and your partner to watch together
- Four weekly Zoom (online from the comfort of your home!) discussions with your EBB Instructor and peers
- BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos
- BONUS: Four video chats with your Instructor!
- BONUS: Earn points throughout the class to redeem for prizes at the end!
Ready to Get Empowered?
NextClass Begins with an in-person class on September 22nd, followed by weekly Zoom sessions with class participants and your instructor from the comfort of your home, and we’ll wrap up with another in-person class on October 27th.
group Childbirth Classes
monthly in Anchorage
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.
Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class:
Contact me for information!
Anchorage Fast-Paced Classes, these are slightly abbreviated 4-hour classes, great as a refresher or for expecting parents with limited time who need a one-day class, $125/couple: 10/12, 11/23
Wasilla One-Day Classes, 10am-4pm. $150/couple: 12/7 (Held at Labor of Love Midwifery.)
Spinning Babies Parent Classes (See more on the Spinning Babies Page): Saturdays: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 at 3PM
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 are held at Alaska Birth Services, 2028 E Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage. In-home sessions are also available, please contact me for rates and availability.
Contact me for more information!
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.
Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery Nurses
Are you an L & D nurse who wishes you had more tools in your toolbox to help keep patients comfortable during labor? By attending Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery Nurses, 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 nurses who register 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. Come enjoy an afternoon of demonstrations, discussion, and networking with L & D nurses from all over Alaska!
Upcoming Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery Nurses Workshops:
October 20, 2019, 2-5PM
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
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.
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
Upcoming Savvy Birth Pro Workshops:
October 27, 2-5PM