Evidence Based Birth Alaska Shanna Switzer

Anchorage childbirth classes for Parents and professionals

I offer so many classes and trainings, and I *know* it can be overwhelming to wade through my website for the info.  I’m compiling all of the dates for fall in ONE post.  Woo! (It’s still a lot to wade through… I apologize! Bear with me…

I’m going in order of professional educational opportunites for birth workers, on to childbirth classes and Evidence Based Birth classes for parents, and last but not least is Spinning Babies Workshops!

Check out the lineup of the educational opportunities for birth professionals now available from Evidence Based Birth®:


Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery Nurses (3 nursing contact hours)

August 18, 2019, 2-5 PM, October 20, 2019, 2-5 PM

By attending Comfort Measures for L&D 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.

Savvy Birth Pro Workshop (3 nursing contact hours)

October 27, 2019. 2-5 PM

Do you have a deep desire to help all your clients get evidence based care, but wish you could build bridges with others who aren’t as open to your client’s birth plans? The Savvy Birth Pro Workshop was developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give professionals the skills you need to help your clients attain the best possible chance at evidence based care during labor.

All workshops are held at Alaska Birth Services in Anchorage. Register and learn more at alaskabirthservices.com






Due Dates and Advanced Maternal Age (1.5 nursing and ACNM contact hours)

September 12, 6-8 PM

Did you know that the number one reason for induction is “post-dates?” In this Evidence Based Birth® seminar, packed with facts, you will learn the evidence on induction for reaching the due date and for going past 41- 42 weeks. We’ll also cover a bit about “advanced maternal age,” and discuss the actual numbers of increase in stillbirth with older age.

Newborn Procedures in the Golden Hour (1.5 nursing and ACNM contact hours)

November 14, 6-8 PM

What is the evidence on the safety of Vitamin K? Does delayed cord clamping lead to jaundice? How can we help families who give birth by Cesarean get skin to skin in the operating room? In this seminar, we will take a look at the research on newborn procedures for term infants during the “golden hour.” We will cover the history and research on interventions that happen during the first hour of life—including which procedures are the “best practices,” and which procedures can be safely delayed or declined!

Home Birth Transfers (1.5 nursing and ACNM contact hours)

October 10, 6-8 PM

This workshop will challenge you to address your fears and concerns about transfers from planned home births into the hospital. What guidelines can hospital staff follow when accepting a home birth transfer? What can home birth providers do to ease the transfer? What are the basic safety statistics of home birth, and what is needed to make home birth safer?

Evidence Based Birth® is a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. For learning objectives, see the registration page.




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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 learning with your partner in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Your Childbirth Class includes:

  • Mentorship from your experienced EBB Instructor
  • Two in-person classes to practice your labor skills 
  • 5 weeks of online videos for you & 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? 

My FIRST Class 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. 

Register here


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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 101. 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 for Childbirth. 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.

Class Schedule:

Anchorage 3-Class Weeknight Series ($150/couple): 

Wednesday evenings: September 11, 18, 25 , 6-8(ish) pm
Wednesday evenings: October 9, 16, 23 , 6-8(ish) pm

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:  9/14, 10/12, 11/23

Wasilla One-Day Classes, 6 hours. $150/couple:  9/7 (Held at Labor of Love Midwifery.)

Spinning Babies Parent Classes (See more on the Spinning Babies Page or read below!): 

Saturdays: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 at 2PM




Savvy Birth workshops for Parents

Are you anxious about your upcoming birth?

Are you looking forward to having a baby, but worried about what it’s like to be a “patient” in the hospital system? Never fear, Savvy Birth 101 is here!  The 1-hour Savvy Birth 101 class was developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give you the inside scoop on how to form the ultimate birth team, so when the time comes to bring your baby into the world you can find yourself at the center of respectful, evidence-based care.

Savvy Birth 101 at Anchor and Bloom is taught by Shanna Switzer

Learning Objectives covered in Savvy Birth 101

  1. Define evidence-based care and discuss the difference between evidence-based care and routine care
  2. Describe how the power system works in most hospital labor and delivery units
  3. Discuss ways to create a team-based atmosphere in the birthing room, so that you and your partner can get evidence-based, family-centered care

Just $25 per couple! Next class: 9/10 – 6:30-7:30PM



Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla

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 your birth, 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. 



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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.

Contact me for more information!

Register for private coaching here

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Spinning Babies® is a paradigm shift in childbirth education – an approach to birth that focuses on where the baby is in the mother’s pelvis.  Typically, during labor, the focus is on the dilation of the mother’s cervix.  The Spinning Babies approach focuses more on the baby and mother working together through the birthing process.  

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But – my baby is already head down?

Great!  Much of the work is done!  Breech babies aren’t the only ones who need help getting into the best position for birth.  Learn about why baby’s position and mother’s activities matter, the factors that influence baby’s position, and what you can do to help your baby be in the ideal position to start birth. 

What will you learn in this 3 hour class?

  • Basic anatomy of the pelvis and how it affects birth
  • Daily Essentials exercises
  • Rest Smart and Move Smart for fetal positioning
  • How to balance your body for birth
  • Three Sisters of Balance
  • ​The Stages of the Pelvis
  • Variations of labor patterns, what they might mean and what you can do for them.



What is the Spinning Babies® Parent Class?

The Spinning Babies® Parent Class is specifically for parents, to help them recognize and connect with their baby, know what position their baby is in, the optimal way a baby needs to travel through the pelvis, and how you as the parent can help your baby come through more comfortably and easily.  The techniques and exercises learned in this class lead to many people having an easier, shorter birth!  

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 When should I take the Spinning Babies® Parent class?

Any time! 
It is best taken after about 20 weeks, but could be taken as early as 16 weeks. 

How will I remember all of the techniques we learn in class?

After our class you will receive an e-book with lots of info in it about everything we talk about in class.  No need to take notes! Just come, absorb, and refer to your e-book later!

Sign Me up! When is the next class?

Saturday, 8/17/19 at 2PM
Saturday, 9/21/19 at 2PM
Saturday, 10/19/19 at 2PM
Saturday, 11/16/19 at 2PM

Classes run about 3 hours, depending on number of participants and amount of practice.  All classes held at 2028 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 102, Anchorage

*Please note requested date when registering*!


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In Summary

Every birth and every laboring woman is different.  

My philosophy as an experienced educator and doula is that you have many, many tools and options available as you prepare for your baby’s birth.  I think there is SO much benefit to taking a comprehensive childbirth class or private birth prep session to learn more about the labor process, all of the comfort measures and tools you and your partner can utilize, and how to empower yourself with the information you need to be supported, informed, and have a fantastic birth and early postpartum experience with your new baby.

I would love to help you reduce anxiety, increase excitement and confidence, and prepare for one of the most transformative experiences in life.

My best wishes for your best birth,

Shanna XO

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***Many thanks to Nurturing Birth Photography, Bear Mountain PhotograpHy, and Blueberry Hill Photography for some of the images in this post.***


Community Space

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Need a space for your event or class? Want to visit? Contact me!

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A connecting place

I am thrilled to be moved in to our new, ground floor, much larger community space.  With a gathering room for classes and workshops, a spacious sitting room with cozy seats for a dozen and floor space for many more, it’s been a delight to see the space filled with families, children, women, and men connecting and learning together.

The space is suitable for a variety of uses:


Available for rent hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly! 

Central/UMED Location:

2028 East Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 102

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Current Events & coming soon:

Moms Groups
Midwifery Care 
Music Together Classes
Doula Support
La Leche League 
Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Spinning Babies, and Preconception Classes
Prenatal Fitness Classes
PCOS Support Group 
Moms Night Out
Succulents Workshop
Home Buying Workshop

Join us!

See the events page at Alaska Birth Services on FB!

I would love to give you a tour and see if the space would be a good fit for any event you’re planning or work you do!  The space currently hosts a lovely bunch of providers offering various therapies and care.  Come visit!


Join me!

The Baby Fair is March 23rd!

Have you heard of the Alaska Birth Collective?  We are a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping families get the information and support they need during pregnancy, birth, and while raising a young family.  We provide educational opportunities for parents and caregivers, and our membership consists of local providers of services and products expecting and new parents are looking for.

The Spring Baby Fair is our largest event for the community, and we are looking forward to another awesome day on Saturday, March 23rd, at the University Mall!

Join us for:

  • Awesome vendors with loads of giveaways!
  • Face Painting/Hair Color
  • Bouncy House
  • Food Trucks (Waffles and Whatnot!)
  • Enter to win a grand prize Thule Stroller ($480 value) 
  • Free parking and free admission

Planning to attend?
Let us know and SHARE!

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Can’t wait to see you at the fair!





























Here we grow

The Community Space at Alaska Birth Services is expanding!

I am so excited to get settled in our new, much larger space.

Who uses the space?

I operate and sublet the space independently, and love having a dedicated place to teach my Spinning Babies Parent classes and Evidence Based Birth workshops for expecting parents and birth professionals. 

My doula partnership, JMS Births, utilizes the space for our clientele.  Our non-profit organization, the Alaska Birth Collective, also uses the space for board meetings and events. 

Multiple other care givers and community groups rent the space for various purposes, including events, groups, and gatherings.  The space has Wifi, a large TV, a comfortable living area, large open classroom area, kitchenette and private bath.  

Why move?

I originally looked for a space on the ground floor, but couldn’t find one in the area I liked.  When a ground floor, much larger space in our current building opened up, I jumped at the chance!  This new classroom area will give us more room to move and spread out during classes and events, and the area is better suited to be more multipurpose.


We’ll be moving downstairs this week!



The new space is available hourly, daily, weekly, or ongoing for use by multiple care providers, teachers, and groups.  Keyless entry, ample parking, and easy access with front and back entry doors.

Currently and collectively, together we offer and host:

  • Support Groups
  • Midwifery Care
  • Doula Care
  • Therapies
  • Fitness
  • Classes for children and adults (Music Together with Timbre Music Studio begins 3/18!)
  • Events
  • Meetings
  • Gatherings
  • Parties
  • Coworking

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Community Space

If you offer a class or need a space for appointments, meetings, gatherings, teaching, workshops, or events in the UMED area of Anchorage, please get in touch! I’d love to give you a personal tour.

I think you’ll find the community space at Alaska Birth Services warm, welcoming, and comfortable for your clients, students, and friends.

Keep an eye on my Facebook or Instagram for photos of the new space very soon! 

XO, Shanna