Class Description

Explore the curriculum of the online class!

The KOPA® PREPARED online courses offers over 12 hours of instruction to help you prepare for a confident natural birth. Read on to familiarize yourself for the wide variety of subjects you will cover in your online course. Explore the core curriculum of the Essentials Course and the bonus classes of the Plus Course.

KOPA® PREPARED Essentials Course – $195

Class #1: A Foundation of Relaxation

The first class offers an introduction to the benefits of natural childbirth. You will see how relaxation can be the foundation of a positive natural birth. Learn how steer clear of suffering in labor, and to replace fear with confidence. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• The Benefits of Relaxation, Rhythm, & Ritual
• Fear – Tension – Pain Cycle
• Pain vs Suffering
• Cooked vs Uncooked Noodle Theory
• Positions for Relaxation
• Introduction to Guided Imagery

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Class #2: The Birth Process & Early Labor

In the second class, jump right into prelabor and early labor. Visualize what to expect physically and emotionally during early labor. Learn labor coping tools to work with your mind and body for a positive early labor experience. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• Touch Relaxation
• The Birth Process
• Signs of Labor
• Prelabor & Early Labor
• Introduction to Breathing Techniques
• Slow-Paced Breathing
• Affirmations & Mantras

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Class #3: Patterned Breathing & Active Labor

In the third class, explore the excitement and intensity of active labor. Start practicing more advanced, modified-paced breathing techniques. Experiment with your new labor coping tools during a pain stimulus! (This is nothing to worry about– we promise!!) Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• Ideal Birth Imagery
• Effleurage
• Active Labor
• Modified-Paced Breathing Techniques
• Pain Stimulus
• Leaving for the Hospital

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Class #4: Transition & The Pushing Phase

The 4th class offers a glimpse into transition, the most powerful phase of the first stage of labor. Partners learn how to support mom during strong contractions, and how to guide her through a positive birth experience. Couples also practice pushing positions & techniques. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• Vocalizing in Labor
• Transition
• Patterned-Paced Breathing
• Birth Videos
• Pushing Positions & Techniques
• Perineal Support

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Class #5: Labor Positions & Sensory Techniques

The fifth class offers couples a mini-workout as you practice and perfect a wide variety of labor positions. Partners learn pressure techniques to ease back pain in labor. Explore sensory techniques — additional tools that engage mom’s senses and enhance her labor rituals. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• Back Pain in Labor
• The Posterior Position
• Using a Birth Ball
• Labor Positions to Promote Comfort and Progress
• Sensory Techniques

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Class #6: Medications, Cesareans, & Labor Inductions

The 6th class offers a deep dive into the most significant labor interventions. Consider your options for medicinal pain relief, including IV narcotics and epidurals. Explore scenarios in which a cesarean birth or labor induction is beneficial, as well as steps to avoid unnecessary intervention. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• Positive Birth Affirmations
• Analgesic Pain Medications
• Epidurals
• Assisted Delivery
• Cesarean Birth
• Labor Induction

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Class #7: Benefits & Risks of Hospital-Based Interventions

In the 7th class, continue to challenge your thinking on the benefits & risks of common hospital-based interventions. Learn how to work with your doctor or midwife to promote both safety and comfort in labor. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• Overcoming Challenges of Relaxation
• Advocating for Informed Consent
• What to Expect at the Hospital
• Fetal Monitoring
• Rupturing Membranes
• Meconium

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Class #8: Birth Plans & The Mock Labor Experience

The 8th class is where it all comes together! Couples practice their relaxation, positioning, breathing, and other coping tools amidst simulated contractions. We don’t want to give away the secret of the mock labor, but we promise you that you’ll leave feeling pumped up and more prepared for birth! Some of the subjects you will cover include:

• How to Write a Birth Preference that Gets Results
• What to do with your Birth Preference
• Packing for the Hospital
• The Mock Labor

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Bonus Video: Katie’s Natural Hospital Birth

Join your pregnant instructor, Katie and her husband, Seth, for the natural hospital birth of baby #5. Watch as she progresses from early labor to active labor to transition and finally to pushing. See how you can likewise implement your new coping tools to have a positive, confident natural birth!

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KOPA® PREPARED Plus Course – $245

In addition to the core classes of the Essentials Course, the Plus Course features include:

Relaxation Triggers Class

Relaxation Triggers are another tool mom can use to diversify her guided imagery practice and add depth to the rituals she uses in labor. This class is presented by Rachel Gray, a Certified Recreational Therapist, and offers a more advanced, hypno-style approach to relaxation. The Relaxation Triggers class is intended to supplement the KOPA PREPARED® course instruction on deep relaxation.

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Prenatal Fitness: Fitness Instruction & Workouts for Each Trimester

Maintain a fit and healthy pregnancy through safe and effective pregnancy workouts! Certified Personal Trainer Tatum Rebelle presents the facts on exercise in pregnancy, dispels common myths, and offers prenatal fitness routines catered to each trimester of pregnancy. Instructional videos are included to demonstrate each exercise.

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Newborn Babywearing Basics Class

Babywearing is a tool that can enable parents to both care for their newborn and accomplish the tasks of everyday life. Join Master Babwearing Educator, Bonnie Stafford, as she demonstrates safe newborn babywearing. Explore the brand name baby carriers and holds that are most useful for the newborn phase.

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Kopa® Meal Plans

A healthy baby begins with a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy pregnancy is centered in good nutrition. Kopa Birth®’s Registered Dietitian, Stephanie Whiting, has created one week of daily, nutritious and practical meal plans to support a healthy pregnancy. The recipes use affordable, accessible ingredients to create meals that you and your family are sure to love. Provided in a digital format.

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Partner Labor Guides®

The Partner Labor Guide® Series provides mobile access to the information a partner needs to support mom throughout labor. The three downloadable guides are designed for optimal viewing on a mobile phone. Titles include “Sensory Techniques,” “Positions for Labor,” and “Positions for Pushing.”

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“Positive Affirmations for Labor” & “Touch Relaxation” Audio Downloads

Download two additional guided imagery scripts. “Positive Affirmations for Birth” offers positive, encouraging mantras to build your confidence in your ability to give birth. “Touch Relaxation” offers an interactive script for moms and partners to practice the skill of touch relaxation together.

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