Upcoming Workshops & Classes

Full Moon’s Daughter’s workshops and classes hope to inspire participants to educate, empower and enable themselves to achieve the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period they seek. Our workshops and classes are creative, educational programs designed to include all participants needs by keeping class sizes small.

If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, already pregnant or in the early postpartum phase of your childbearing year, Full Moon’s Daughter’s education series will match your needs. If you don’t see something offered that you would like to learn more about, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss options with you.

Our classes support hospital, birth center and homebirth. We are honored to work with single, unmarried, married, same-sex couples and surrogate moms.

Private Childbirth Preparation

Our natural, practical and evidence-based childbirth education classes fit what each participant feels they need most. These private sessions are perfect if you find yourself close upon your birth date and haven’t enrolled in group classes yet, your schedule doesn’t match group class times, you would prefer to attend classes in the comfort of your own home, or you are looking for that one on one care.
When: A typical childbirth series includes 3, 90 minute sessions.
Where: Classes are held in the comfort of your own home or another private space, whichever option works best for you.
Cost: All classes are offered on a sliding scale, based on what you can afford. Three private sessions are available at $275 – $325. Additional travel expenses may apply based on location outside of Portland.
Details: A sample agenda of each session may be requested before deciding if this is the right class for you. See Group Childbirth Classes for a general feel of topics. You will be provided with handouts at each session, email articles and videos between sessions, interactive discussions and lots of time for questions and answers.
Additional sessions are offered for a sliding scale of $35 – $45 per hour.This class is offered online if you are outside the Portland, OR area.

Online Childbirth Classes

Can’t find a childbirth class that resonates with you in your area? Full Moon’s Daughter offers online childbirth classes via video chat (Skype or iChat). These classes are designed for your schedule and unique needs.Contact us at 503.737.8834 to discuss the type of childbirth class you are interested in and your schedule. Price depends on your needs, but usually ranges from $150 – $225 for a 4 part series. This is for people outside the Portland, Oregon metro area.Back to Top

Preparing for a C-Section

Has your caregiver recommend you schedule a C-Section? Have you been told you have to have a C-Section? Do you have questions about what that means, what will happen and what your recovery will be like? Do you wonder if a vaginal birth is still an option for you?Full Moon’s Daughter specializes in preparing a mom for a C-Section with evidence-based information and practical advice. The instructor’s first-hand experience with her own Cesarean allows for an open, knowledgeable and supportive atmosphere. for A typical session includes:

  • Exploring why a Cesarean is recommended
  • Home preparation for your C-Section
  • Creating a birth experience, not a surgery
  • Your hospital admission
  • Common tests and drugs given before the surgery
  • Explanation of the surgery (with as little or as much detail as you want)
  • Discuss what most hospitals will allow you to do in the operating room
  • Talk about how a C-Section affects your baby
  • Walk through the steps of the procedure from prep to recovery
  • Talk about how a C-Section affects your baby
  • Answer questions about your recovery in the hospital
  • Offer supportive advice for your home recovery, which is much different than the hospital recovery
  • Discuss the challenges of being a mom after the surgery
  • Explain how to remover steri-strips at home
  • Discuss common breastfeeding challenges after surgery (baby positions, latch, milk production, etc)
  • Design postpartum care
  • Plan for your short and long-term recovery
  • Provide up to date information about future pregnancies after a C-Section
  • Offer much needed community resources

We would love to answer your questions and address your concerns about having a C-Section. Call us at 503.737.8834 and we will schedule a time, in your home or another private space, to provide C-Section education. A two hour session costs between $75-$125, based on what you can afford.

This class is offered online if you are outside the Portland, OR area.
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Preparing for a VBAC

Have you had a C-Section (or multiple C-Sections) and are wanting a vaginal birth? Full Moon’s Daughter provides very specific private childbirth education for your unique birthing situation. We are honored to help families achieve a vaginal birth after Cesarean and would love to speak with you further about your unique needs.Call us at 503.737.8834 to talk with us more about private VBAC preparation. VBAC education usually consists of 5 sessions, lasting 90 – 120 minutes. A private VBAC series is offered at $225 – $275, based on what you can afford and includes handouts, community resources and lots of time for questions and conversation.This class is offered online to those outside the Portland, OR area.Back to Top

Hospital Group Childbirth Classes – 4 Week Series – For Hospital Mamas

Full Moon’s Daughter offers positive birth classes focused on a natural hospital birth that is catered to all participants and taught by women who have hospital birthing and professional experience. Each class is limited to 6 couples to preserve the integrity of conversation and sharing.Our classes are hands-on, interactive, and designed to prepare you and your family for a new baby. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • The physical, emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy and labor
  • Nutrition, exercise and sex during pregnancy
  • Labor support at home, before leaving for the hospital
  • When to go to the hospital
  • How pain plays a part in labor
  • Partner and doula support
  • Birth plans and birth bags
  • Pushing
  • Hospital interventions and newborn procedures
  • The first hour after birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Life with a newborn
  • Insert your interest here

Each participant in this class will receive handouts, email articles and videos between sessions, community resource information and potential friendships with other new families. Please feel free to bring snacks for yourself or to share.

A 4-week session is scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 23 from 10-12. Class is held on the following dates: 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10-14. Accepting new mamas now.

An evening 4-week session is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 8th from 6pm – 8pm. Class is held on the following dates: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29. Accepting new mamas now.

Classes are held at T Michael Healing Arts Clinic at 422 SE 79th Ave. Portland, OR. Located on the corner of SE Stark on 79th above the Bi Partisan Cafe.

Cost of the class is $150 – $200 per mama/couple for 4, 2 hour sessions. The fee is based on what you can afford. Minimum of 3 mamas/couples, max of 6.

Call us at 503.737.8834 to be added to the class list.

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Homebirth Group Childbirth Classes – 3 Week Series – For Home Birth Mamas

This special series is designed especially for mamas preparing to birth at home with midwives. Taught by women with personal and professional homebirth experience, the topics covered in class include, but are not limited to:

  • The physical, emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy and labor at home
  • Nutrition, exercise and sex during and after pregnancy
  • Labor support at home with a birth partner
  • How pain plays a part in labor
  • Fetal positioning
  • Practice time for comfort measures during labor
  • Pushing
  • Transport interventions
  • The first hour after birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Life with a newborn

Each participant in this class will receive handouts, community resource information and potential friendships with other homebirthing families. Please feel free to bring snacks for yourself or to share.

This class is taught by Courtney Jarecki, founder of Full Moon’s Daughter and Maura Jansen, Apprentice Midwife.

Where: Classes are held at T Michael Healing Arts Clinic at 422 SE 79th Ave. Portland, OR. Located on the corner of SE Stark on 79th above the Bi Partisan Cafe.

Cost: $150 – 200 per mama/couple for 4, 2 hour sessions. Minimum of 3 mamas/couples, max of 6.

Call us at 503.737.8834 to be added to the class list or if you have questions.

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Early Pregnancy Workshop

The Early Pregnancy Workshop is for any woman thinking about starting a family, any couple that thinks they might want to start a family, and anyone who already has children and wants more education and information.As with all Full Moon’s Daughters classes, the Early Pregnancy Workshop is organic to what each person wants to learn. In addition to customizing the class to your needs, we will also cover the following topics:

  • The difference between OB/GYN, Certified Nurse Midwives, Naturopathic Midwives, Direct Entry Midwives
  • Hospital Birth Centers, Free-standing Birth Centers and Homebirth options
  • What type of prenatal class best addresses your needs and lifestyle
  • What are pregnancy, labor and postpartum doulas
  • Healthcare support while pregnant and postpartum (Acupuncture, Reiki, Chiropractic, Massage)
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Baby and new mom essentials
  • Breastfeeding resources and accessories
  • Sleeping options for baby
  • Diapering options and cloth diaper demo
  • Baby sling demos
  • Guest presenters who specialize in pregnancy and newborn care

Classes are held in NE Portland, off of 15th Street, about a mile north of Alberta St. The complete workshop is offered on a sliding scale between $80 – $100 per couple, based on what you can afford. Couples can choose to attend one day for $50 – $60.
Day 1: Choosing a Care Provider, Birth Place, Prenatal Classes and Services
Day 2: Doulas, Breastfeeding & Eco-friendly baby care

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What to Expect During Labor & Early Postpartum Workshop

What are the signs of early labor? Have you ever wondered what labor will be like? How will you handle it? What role will your partner, friend or family play in the birth of your child? When do you leave for the hospital? What do you do with baby after he or she is outside your womb?

This interactive 4 hour workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Birth plans and birth bags
  • Natural and safe labor induction methods
  • What to do once labor begins
  • Early signs of labor
  • Positions, breathing and other pain coping techniques
  • Ways to keep labor progressing
  • Partner’s role during labor
  • Comfort measures
  • Standard hospital interventions
  • Pushing
  • The first hour after birth
  • Common newborn procedures
  • Postpartum care
  • Parenting

The “What to Expect” workshop is offered on a sliding scale, between $80 – $100, based on what you can afford. You will receive evidence-based handouts about each topic, community resources to take home, potential friendship with other expecting couples, the safe space to share stories, concerns and questions and a group that will support you throughout the rest of your pregnancy. And maybe lunch, ask for details.

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Getting Your Home Ready – 3 Sessions

Preparing your home for a new baby (or multiple babies) can feel overwhelming. Full Moon’s Daughter would love to help you get ready for your new family.

By offering home and community services tailored to meet your unique baby needs, we can take the edge off of the preparation. Our Home Ready series is usually three sessions; An information gathering session and tour of your home, a detailed plan and how to implement, and a review of how everything is working and what more needs to be done. Of course, like all our services, everything is customizable.

Typically, we cover the following topics:

  • What a new family really needs
  • Registries that fit your needs and budget
  • Setting up a nursery
  • Creating easy changing stations throughout the house
  • Designing a postpartum care and meal plan
  • What those first weeks are really like and how to survive them
  • Helping with back-to-work plans
  • Providing community resources for childcare
  • Childproofing your home

Families really enjoy this services because it saves time and money. Full Moon’s Daughter loves providing this service because it’s a great feeling to see a family ready for their little ones.

For 3, 2 hour sessions of home preparation, the cost is a sliding scale of $200 – $250, based on what you can afford.

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The First Days – 2 Week Series

The first days are often a difficult adjustment for a new family. Even if breastfeeding is smooth, and baby only wakes every 2 hours to nurse, and mom is able to rest all day, this is still a shock to the family household and dynamic.

Full Moon’s Daughter offers a 2 session series on how to adjust and peacefully welcome your new little one. During the first session we’ll talk about:

  • Bringing your baby home from the hospital or birth center or, if you’re having a homebirth, what it’s like after the midwives go home.
  • Breastfeeding and milk supply
  • Sleeping, napping and resting
  • Common newborn concerns
  • Healing the body after birth

During the second session we’ll:

  • Answer any questions from the last session
  • Design a postpartum care plan (food, household, mama and baby)
  • Postpartum depression – both mom and partner
  • Community resources
  • We’ll take a home tour and make recommendations

The cost for 2, 2 hour session is $150 – 175, based on what you can afford.

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Intro to Cloth Diapers – 1 Workshop Session

This class lays out all the cloth diapering options and helps parents decide what will work best for them. Topics include:

  • A review of all the diapering systems, with examples
  • How to mix and match diapers
  • Best places to buy diapers, both new and used
  • Cleaning and caring for your diapers based on your washing machine
  • Setting up diaper stations in your home

This 2 hour session, in your home, is offered on a sliding scale between $50 – 80, based on what you can afford.

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Use a Lact-Aid

A Lact-Aid allows adoptive mothers and women who are not able to produce enough milk, to breastfeed with either formula or donor breastmilk. While a wonderful breastfeeding tool, it’s not always the easiest to figure out how to use, especially in those early, new baby days.

I feed my daughter exclusively with the Lact-Aid using donor milk, and have for well over a year. I have a lot of experience using the Lact-Aid and helping new mamas get started with the process.

If you’re considering using the Lact-Aid, I can come to your home (or we can video chat if outside of Portland, OR) and help you get started with the process. During this session we will cover the following topics:

  • Why you need to use a Lact-Aid
  • Review supplemental nursing systems in general
  • Provide hands on instruction on how to fill a Lact-Aid
  • Figure out how many Lact-Aids you need based on how frequently you want to use them
  • Practice cleaning the Lact-Aids
  • Common problems with the Lact-Aid
  • Assistance latching baby with the Lact-Aid
  • Traveling with the Lact-Aid
  • Modifying Lact-Aid use as baby ages
  • Replacement parts and bags
  • Setting up a Lact-Aid station in your home

After our session, I provide ongoing phone support as questions come up.

A home visit usually lasts 2 hours. The fee for this service is a sliding scale, based on what you can afford, between $35-$45 per hour. Additional travel expenses may be applied to families living outside the Portland, OR area.

This service is also offered online, via video chat, for mothers outside the Portland area.

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