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Welcome to Ypsi-Arbor Childbirth Education!

Pregnancy, birth, and parenting can be the most rewarding, exciting, and wondrous, albeit overwhelming, time of your life.  We hope that by providing a firm, evidence-based foundation you will be able to enter into this next phase of your life with confidence and joy,  as well as a realistic view of all that new parenthood can be.

We aim to have our students leave our class empowered to use the tools that feel best for them.  To have a better framework of how they cope with stress, pain, other big events in their lives. How do these strengths support their birth goals?

Please join us as we explore this meaningful and joyful time!

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Classes

Seven-week Evening Series

Join us for Understanding Birth & Baby, our 7 week childbirth and postpartum class series covering both labor & birth, and a healthy postpartum.

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Weekend classes, childbirth education, Ann ArborWeekend Classes – ON HIATUS

Can’t fit in a 7-week class? Evenings too busy? Join us on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm, for the condensed versions of our Understanding Labor & Birth, and/or Nurtured Mother, Baby, Family classes. Each one of our weekend classes is currently offered monthly.

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Breastfeeding Classes

This class covers breastfeeding fundamentals including latch and supply, as well as anticipatory guidance for the first two weeks. We will cover breastfeeding physiology, troubleshooting common concerns, and tips for having a successful long term breastfeeding relationship.

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Our Team

Ariana and Katy have been friends for seven years, and business partners for three.  They share a belief in physiological birth, evidence based care, and informed choice.  They also know a mother’s intuition and connection with her baby is more powerful than is often given credit.

Their work as doulas in the community keeps their fingers on the pulse of local and current expectations and practices, ensuring the most up-to-date info for their students and clients.   Teaching with love and respect has been a passion in their work as doulas, and translates seamlessly into the role of childbirth educators.

 

Ariana Riegel -Doula and Childbirth EducatorAriana Riegel

Ariana is a childbirth educator and doula. She has been attending births and teaching childbirth ed for over three years. Seeing expectant folks take ownership of their birth experiences and flourish as parents is one of her favorite parts of this work. When she is not busy supporting families, she is studying to earn her Master’s of Social Work. She lives in Ypsilanti, MI with her partner and their two cats.

 

Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor Childbirth Educator - Katy GladwinKaty Gladwin

Katy is a mother, doula, childbirth educator and women’s advocate.  Katy has been teaching childbirth ed for the past 2.5 years through Pregnancy Arts, where she learned so much from Deb Rhizal, and fell in love with the laid-back style,  evidence-based information, as well as supporting families to tap into their own strengths and power. She lives in the woods in Ypsilanti with her partner, four year old son, one dog and two cats.