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Roots Childbirth Series (Overview) 



Week 1 (Winter) "Firmly Planted"

Preparation, planning and pre-labor. The cold hard ground is broken. Frost still comes at night. The seed is planted in faith. Sunlight & water provide nourishment. The farmer nurtures & protects the seedling. By the end of this season a sprout appears.

  • God’s perfect Design
  • Changes in mom & baby
  • Exercise & Nutrition (including wonderful recipes designed for pregnancy)
  • Birth planning
  • Various birth settings and providers
  • Understanding birth and the amazing process that awaits


Week 2 (Spring) “Faithfully Waiting”

Patience and early labor. The sprout begins to grow tall and take shape. The leaves are exposed to the elements and they become hardy. They yield delicate flowers that invite pollination. By the end of this season they bear fruit.

  • Interventions
  • Induction
  • Informed consent & refusal
  • Labor comfort measures & challenges
  • Tips for dads


Week 3 (Summer) “Fearless… Withstanding the Heat”

Progress, active labor and transition. The green fruit grows in size. It begins to soften and change colors. By the end of this season the fruit is ripe and hanging from the vine, ready to be harvested.

  • Interventions for pain
  • Natural pain relievers and comfort measures
  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) information
  • Cesarean Section: Definition of and what to expect
  • Active labor and transition


Week 4 (Fall) “Fruitful”

Pushing and postpartum. The fruit is gently harvested. It is packed away tenderly in baskets and cans. The ground is covered, protected and prepared for the cold winter season ahead.

  • Second stage: Pushing and delivery
  • Common challenges
  • The amazing newborn
  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn interventions
  • The post-partum season
  • Ministry of Motherhood


Plus additional resources, birth stories and sections just for dads!

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