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<p><span style="color:#595959;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">For those with an interest in giving birth naturally, my ALACE Childbirth Classes are now starting in Northern Virginia.  ALACE (The Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators) is now called The International Birth and Wellness Project; find them at <a href="http://www.alace.org" target="_blank">www.alace.org</a></span></span></span></p>
<p><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">These classes are based on the <a href="http://cfmidwifery.org/mmoc/define.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="color:#8da33f;">Midwifery Model of Care</span></a></span> and are flexible enough to be tailored to the individuals in each class.  My goal in my classes is to provide you and your birth partner with the <strong>evidence-based information</strong> you need to:</span></span></p>
<ol><li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Understand how birth is viewed culturally. </span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Choose the best care provider(s) and birth environment for your birth.</span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Eat and exercise right during your pregnancy to grow a healthy baby.</span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Understand the process of birth and learn comfort techniques for labor.</span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Discern the risks and benefits of various interventions, drugs, and "standard"           practices, <strong>where there is student interest</strong>.</span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Assess any birth-related fears or stressors, create a birth plan and fully                     utilize your birth team.</span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Prepare for unexpected situations and outcomes.</span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Help you breastfeed successfully.</span></span></span></li>
<li><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Prepare for your newborn, the postpartum period, and your new family                     dynamic.</span></span></span></li>
</ol><p><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Classes run six weeks long, with one class per week.  Each class lasts two hours.  After everyone has had their babies we have a seventh, "Community Potluck" class, where we share birth stories and the fruit of our labors, the babies!  <strong>Class fee is $250 per couple for the full six weeks and includes all class materials except books.</strong></span></span></span></p>
<p><strong><span style="color:#808000;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:18pt;">Upcoming Classes:</span></span></span></strong></p>
<p><strong><span style="color:#800080;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:13.5pt;">February 15th - March 22nd 2011, Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm</span></span></span></strong><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:13.5pt;"> Six-week Session taught out of my home in Stone Ridge, VA (near Chantilly, Centreville, Brambleton, Ashburn, and Aldie areas) Perfect for babies due in late March or April.</span></span></span></p>
<p><strong><span style="color:#515655;"><span style="font-family:'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;">Enroll early because space is limited to five mom/couples per class.  A $75 portion of your fee is required to reserve your spot in class.  Classes are small to allow for optimal use of your time.  You can visit my site <a href="http://www.novabirth.com" target="_blank">www.novabirth.com</a> for more. </span></span></span></strong></p>
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<p>Love love love,</p>
<p>kristina</p>
 
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