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The online course includes 8 comprehensive video classes with over 12+ hours of course material.
Class #1: A Foundation of Relaxation (1:01:25)
Class #2: Birth Process & Early Labor (1:35:35)
Class #3: Breathing & Active Labor (54:41)
Class #4: Transition & The Pushing Phase (1:39:58)
Class #5: Positioning & Sensory Techniques (59:50)
Class #6: Medications, Cesareans, Inductions (57:45)
Class #7: Benefits & Risks of Intervention (1:02:08)
Class #8: Birth Plans & The Mock Labor (2:05:33)
Join Katie Griffin (RN, LCCE, and mom of 6), your pregnant instructor, on a shared journey of practice and preparation for a natural birth in a hospital. The course is comprehensive, practical, and engaging — plan to enjoy yourself! At the end of the course, you’re invited to come along with Katie and her husband Seth for the labor and natural hospital birth of the newest addition, Baby #5!
Have you ever wanted to know what contractions are like? The Kopa Birth® mock labor has you covered! This mock labor, presented in the 8th class, is the culmination of the course and offers the perfect opportunity for moms and partners to practice the skills they’ve been learning. And since this is an online course, you can use it to prepare over and over again
Guided imagery is a powerful way to develop the skill of total body relaxation, and is also a valuable tool for many moms during labor. The Kopa Birth® Meditations & Imagery for Labor audio downloads will take you on a mental journey of relaxation through 6 calming, birth-focused meditations.
This comprehensive, full-color, 100 page course manual is a valuable reinforcement to the information you will learn in your course. In addition to pictures and helpful tips, you’ll find sections for Homework, Healthcare Provider Talk-Points, and thorough lists of citations and current references. Print off your course manual, get out a pen, and take some notes!
The 90-minute Postpartum Care class includes information about the physical and emotional changes moms may experience in the weeks following birth.
Hear from the perspective of Katie Griffin, a RN, as well as boots -on-the-ground postpartum experiences of 8 moms who have recently given birth. This class is not only fun and engaging, but it’s highly informative and sure to help both moms and partners face the postpartum phase with confidence.
The Postpartum Care class content includes: The uterus after childbirth, bleeding, bowel care, hemorrhoids, body changes, resuming exercise, resuming sex, emotional changes, and more!
KOPA PREPARED® courses are flexible and convenient. You can view your Kopa Birth® online course on your computer, tablet, or phone. Access your videos anywhere you can get an internet connection, and view in either HD or SD quality.
You can purchase with confidence knowing that your online childbirth course comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. If for some reason you’re not satisfied with the course, let us know, and we’ll refund your purchase.
The Natural Breastfeeding program is co-created by Dr. Theresa Nesbit, MD, OBGYN and author Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FLICA. Together, they have created a simplified approach to breastfeeding your baby in the first few weeks of life. This class will help prepare you for a positive and successful early breastfeeding relationship.
Maintain a fit and healthy pregnancy through safe and effective pregnancy workouts! Read along as 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. Brief instructional videos are included to demonstrate each exercise.
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. This is a video-based, online class.
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.
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 video-based online 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 Online Course instruction on deep relaxation.
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.”
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.
+ You’d like to have a low-intervention, natural birth (no pain medication) in a hospital setting.
At Kopa Birth®, we specialize in preparing couples for natural childbirth in a hospital. We know that birth centers and home births also provide an environment for safe, satisfying natural births. Yet, over 98% of American women give birth in a hospital. Some natural childbirth classes, even popular ones, are notorious for breeding distrust of the hospital system. Our online birthing classes are developed, taught, and reviewed by healthcare providers who understand both the benefits AND challenges of natural hospital birth, and know how to navigate them. This includes certified childbirth educators, nurses, and midwives who all share a common goal of helping couples achieve their goals for natural hospital births.
+ You’re committed to invest time to practice and prepare.
You’re about to embark on 12+ hours of watching birthing class videos. We get it…it’s a lot. But believe it or not, watching the classes alone will likely not be enough to ensure you can cope well with contractions. It takes time to train your mind and body to use the labor coping tools and to override your natural way of coping with pain (aka. clenching up your muscles). It takes time to build muscle memory. So, plan to spend 20 minutes daily, each day that you can, to practice the tools that you’ll learn in the course. If you only have a few weeks to practice, just do your best. If you have a few months, all the better. Just start where you are and begin today!
+ You want to learn a wide variety of coping tools to help you stay calm and in control during labor.
One goal of this course is to expose couples to a wide variety of coping tools to help mom manage the experience of contractions with calm and confidence. Some natural childbirth classes focus their instruction on one primary coping tool, like hypno-style relaxation or breathing techniques alone. Not Kopa Birth®! We’re bringing you the best coping tools from the most popular natural childbirth theories, including deep relaxation, partner participation, breathing, and movement.
+ You want your partner to be well-prepared to support you during a natural birth.
When you have an epidural, partners often provide emotional support but may not need to offer much physical support. Not so during a natural childbirth, where it’s all hands on deck! The KOPA® PREPARED online birthing course offers focused instruction in each class to guide your partner to help during (and in between) contractions. This includes massage, movement, pressure, hot & cold, emotional support, and many other techniques. Kopa Birth® classes are just as much about preparing partners as they are about preparing mom for the experience of childbirth.
+ You want to know what to expect in an unfamiliar hospital setting.
Moms sometimes fear that their chances for a low-intervention, natural birth are slim to none if they give birth in a hospital. This simply is not true! Yes, hospitals do offer IVs, epidurals, inductions, and other interventions. But we’ll show you what to expect from the moment you walk into the hospital until the moment baby is born. We’ll also discuss specific interventions and the scenarios when interventions are and are not necessary. And we’ll guide you on how to talk to your nurses and doctor/midwife with confidence to help convey your preferences.
+ You want to do all you can to prepare for a natural birth, but you’re not opposed to intervention if it’s necessary.
Preparing for a low-intervention, natural hospital birth requires deliberate practice and planning. Yet, birth can be unpredictable. Even the best preparation can’t help moms avoid every unexpected scenario. Kopa Birth® will teach you how to practice and prepare for the birth outcome that you want, and will also encourage you to be flexible and to give yourself grace. No judgment or shaming here!
– You dislike video instruction and would prefer reading or a PowerPoint presentation.
Kopa Birth® classes offer over 12 hours of high-quality video presentation. While we do have some written materials (like our 100+ page, full-color, downloadable course manual), couples should expect to be fully-engaged and participating throughout the course. You and your partner will be practicing breathing, positioning, and movement…as well as sitting back and taking in some fun, lecture-style instruction. But if voice-over PowerPoints are your thing, this is not the course for you.
– You distrust doctors/midwives and would never give birth in a hospital.
We understand — some people just don’t feel safe in a hospital. Maybe you’ve had negative experiences with doctors in the past, or you want to be more assured that interventions won’t even be offered to you. While one main goal of Kopa Birth® online childbirth classes are to prepare couples with coping tools for natural birth, you would likely not find the instruction on hospital birth to be worth the time we spend on it.
– You would consider your birth a failure if you end up choosing or needing an epidural.
For most first-time moms, natural childbirth will be the most challenging physical experience of your life. It’s hard work. And we are going to prepare you with ample tools to help you stay calm and in control during your contractions. But if your birth plan takes an unexpected turn and you need/want an intervention, that’s OK, and it’s your informed choice to make. Really, honestly, truly…your birth is still a success! Kopa Birth® teaches moms to have grace for themselves and will prepare you with the confidence to make the choices that are best for you. If you’d consider an epidural or pain medication to be a failure, our birth philosophy is probably not the best fit for you.
– You’re hoping for a quick birth overview and don’t want to spend much time preparing.
The KOPA® PREPARED online childbirth classes are comprehensive, to say the least. We’re going to discuss general topics, like the signs of labor and when to go to the hospital. But we’re also going to go deep into subjects like baby’s position in the pelvis and positions you can try to help turn baby during labor. Each class also gives you homework assignments to do throughout the week, such as practicing deep relaxation for 20 minutes every day that you can. This course is best for couples who want a thorough understanding of natural hospital birth and are determined to practice coping tools regularly.
We guarantee that this course will help you feel more confident and prepared for childbirth. If for any reason you would like a refund within 30 days of purchasing, simply email us at sup[email protected], and we’ll refund 100% of your payment.
When you enroll in the online birthing course, you’ll receive an invitation to join our members-only private Facebook group. This is a place to connect with your instructor, ask questions, and receive inspiration and support from a community of like-minded mamas.
Yes! Kopa Birth classes are fully eligible for reimbursement through most HSA, FSA, and HRAs. Check with your plan administrator beforehand. You can use your HSA card on the website to purchase the course. Or if you use a different payment method, your purchase receipt includes all the information you will need to send to your plan administrator to receive a reimbursement for your course.
The online course offers 12+ hours of video content, split up into 8 separate classes. There’s also a bonus 9th class featuring natural hospital birth footage. The content is available 24/7, so you can watch the course as quickly as you need. But if you have a few months before your due date, here’s our recommended viewing schedule:
Week 1: Watch classes #1 and #2
Week 2: Watch classes #3 and #4
Week 3: Watch classes #5 and #6
Week 4: Watch classes #7 and #8.
Any additional time you have before your due date will be spent practicing your labor coping tools, practicing, and practicing some more!! This is also a great time to re-watch any sections of the course that might need a refresher.
After each class, you will receive a series of “homework” assignments to complete. These include things such as practicing deep relaxation or breathing techniques, having a discussion with your doctor/midwife about a particular subject, and prepping your labor-tools bag for the hospital. We’ll guide your preparation every step of the way!
Practicing the labor coping tools is vital to your success in the course. It will also greatly increase your ability to have a calm, rewarding natural birth. You’ll learn a wide variety of pain-coping techniques in this course, from patterned breathing techniques to deep relaxation and labor positions. The time that you spend practicing these tools at home in the weeks and months before your due date will help you develop deep “muscle memory.” This will enable you to over-ride your natural, instinctive response to pain and replace it with the more effective tools you learn in the course.
Set aside at least 20 minutes daily to practice. This will change from class to class, but anticipate devoting time each day to prepare for your natural birth.
Yes! This course is aimed to prepare both mom and partners for a natural hospital birth. Partners are included every step of the way! Partners receive extra focus and attention as we learn about labor positioning and during the 2.5 hours mock labor class.
Kopa Birth® goes way beyond the basics of how to time contractions and when to leave for the hospital! We’ll demonstrate everything partners needs to know to support mom during labor, including:
Ultimately, if you view all 8 online birthing classes and do the practice/homework assignments, you’ll enter labor with the freedom to make lots of choices during your birth. You’ll be able to walk the halls, get in the tub, move on a birth ball, or ultimately decide when you’re ready to start the epidural.
I really wanted to birth without medication but was nervous about what this would be like. The Kopa Course equipped me and my husband well with understanding what is happening during your body during birth, ways to relax and help birth progress, and the ins and outs of different interventions. It's very thorough, and with something like birth, the more you can be informed and in control, the better! We had a wonderful first birth in the hospital and feel empowered to have our second unmedicated birth in a birthing center in the next few weeks!
The Kopa Birth course was amazingly helpful for both of my births. It helped me to not fear the pain but to welcome it and breathe through it. During my first natural birth, when the shift change happened, the new nurses commented that my charts were incorrect because it didn’t say I had an epidural. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone that is interested in having a natural birth.
Comprehensive, fun, engaging, informative and extremely helpful—my husband and I rave about how much this course prepared us for a natural birth in a hospital. I had two successful natural births in 3 years, and we largely give this course credit for that. Highly recommend!
I was so grateful to have found the Kopa Birth classes just 4 weeks before my due date! My husband and I binge watched and actively practiced everything we learned. I felt like I was more mentally prepared as I learned and practiced the relaxation techniques. The information about all the possible outcomes that could take place in the hospital also helped me feel prepared for anything that could happen. This course provided so much information about what happens to my body during pregnancy and during labor and delivery. The postpartum material was also so helpful. I had an unmedicated, natural birth and only minor tearing. i am grateful for the preparation this course gave me!
This course was great. It taught me a lot about natural birth and what to expect. It was thorough and easy to follow.