introducing…

Lumos Birth + Baby

A comprehensive course for couples –
for a birth and newborn experience you’ll
BOTH feel good about.

We are Alli & Lea of Lumos.

We’ve taken all we’ve learned over 25+ years of supporting thousands of families and attending over 500 births – and poured it into this course.

As long-time educators, doulas, and lactation folk – we’ve created a course that will give you and your partner a focused space to explore what is important to you both as you navigate this enormous transition in your lives.

Our goal is that you both meet your baby
as confident, empowered, and connected co-parents.

introducing….

Lumos Birth + Baby

A comprehensive course for couples –
for a birth and newborn experience you’ll
BOTH feel good about.

We are Alli & Lea of Lumos.

We’ve taken all we’ve learned over 25+ years of supporting thousands of families and attending 500+ births – and poured it into this course.

As long-time educators, doulas, and family advocates – we’ve created a course that will give you and your partner a focused space to explore what is important to you both as you navigate this enormous transition in your lives.

Our goal is that you both meet your baby
as confident, empowered, and connected co-parents.

introducing….

Lumos
Birth + Baby

A comprehensive course for couples –
for a birth and newborn experience you’ll
BOTH feel good about.

We are Alli & Lea of Lumos.

We’ve taken all we’ve learned over 25+ years of supporting thousands of families and attending 500+ births – and poured it into this course.

As long-time educators, doulas, and family advocates – we’ve created a course that will give you and your partner a focused space to explore what is important to you both as you navigate this enormous transition in your lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal is that you
both meet your baby

as confident, empowered,
and connected co-parents.

  Lumos Birth + Baby

is the first course of it’s kind that…

 

IS DESIGNED FOR COUPLES
How do you want to move through this together?  What conversations do you want to have?  How do you each want to feel?  What does good partner support look like in this process of becoming parents?

ISN’T FOCUSED ON A PARTICULAR PAIN MANAGEMENT STRATEGY AS THE “RIGHT” ONE
Rather than pushing couples to prepare and decision-make from a place of certainty about how they think they’ll go through the birth strategy, this course focuses on evidence and options.   There is a strong emphasis and trust that families will ultimately know what is going to feel best for themselves in the moment.  This course will give you the tools you need to navigate a wide range of scenarios when it comes to birth.  

SPENDS EQUAL TIME ON THE BABY SIDE OF THINGS AS THE BIRTH
The number one thing we hear from families on the other side of the birth is that they wish they’d spent more time preparing for the baby, rather than being so focused on the birth.  Learning about breastfeeding, newborn sleep and soothing, postpartum recovery, and infant care can make the early weeks so much less stressful.

YOU CAN TAKE FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
Growing a tiny human takes a LOT of energy.  Getting your lives ready for a baby takes a LOT of energy.  Adding in a class is often more than folks can manage.  This course is convenient – do the lessons on your own timelines.  And the added benefit of the course being online – you can circle back around anytime you need to. 

 

 Lumos Birth + Baby

is the first course of it’s kind that…

 

IS DESIGNED FOR COUPLES
How do you want to move through this together?  What conversations do you want to have?  How do you each want to feel?  What does good partner support look like in this process of becoming parents?

ISN’T FOCUSED ON A PARTICULAR PAIN MANAGEMENT STRATEGY AS THE “RIGHT” ONE
Rather than pushing couples to prepare and decision-make from a place of certainty about how they think they’ll go through the birth strategy, this course focuses on evidence and options.   There is a strong emphasis and trust that families will ultimately know what is going to feel best for themselves in the moment.  This course will give you the tools you need to navigate a wide range of scenarios when it comes to birth.  

SPENDS EQUAL TIME ON THE BABY SIDE OF THINGS AS THE BIRTH
The number one thing we hear from families on the other side of the birth is that they wish they’d spent more time preparing for the baby, rather than being so focused on the birth.  Learning about breastfeeding, newborn sleep and soothing, postpartum recovery, and infant care can make the early weeks so much less stressful.

YOU CAN TAKE FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
Growing a tiny human takes a LOT of energy.  Getting your lives ready for a baby takes a LOT of energy.  Adding in a class is often more than folks can manage.  This course is convenient – do the lessons on your own timelines.  And the added benefit of the course being online – you can circle back around anytime you need to. 

 

"It is an open, evidence-based course where everyone's birth desires are honored. It feels like a community. Nothing is glossed over. Nothing is pushed on you. It's a grounding way to prep for birth & the 'fourth trimester'."

We'd love to sign up

We love transparency!

So let’s break-down the course:

MODULE 1:
(released Monday February 10)
Unpack what you thought you knew about birth.

 

So much of what we’ve learned from tv, movies, “reality tv” and even books is, well….a load of shit.  We’ll unpack what most of us are bringing to this process – and learn about the process of labor not only from the physical and measurable variables, but also from the hormonal and neurological changes that are happening as well. 

Do you know the hormonal process most similar to birth?  If you don’t – you’re not alone.  Decades of teaching in-person classes and rarely does a class have someone who can confidently answer.  And once you’ve learned more about this – you’ll look at birth and what you need as a laboring person and as a couple so SO differently.

 

* The state of birth in the US
* Stage One – Early (Deny & Distract!), Active (Concentration), & Transition (Surrender) Phases
* Stage Two – Pushing & the birth
* Stage Three – The placenta
* The hormonal process and brain wave states

 PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday February 16 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

MODULE 2:

(released Monday February 17)
How to navigate whatever comes your way.

You can do all the “right” things – read all the books, create an amazing support team around you, take a great class – and there is still no guarantee what kind of cards you’ll be dealt in labor.  

The goal in this module is to make sure you have the information and evidence you need to deal with the ways in which the labor process can unfold.

* What to expect at the hospital: common interventions
* Decision-making: the BRAIN acronym

* Induction
* Pharmacological pain relief options
* Cesarean Birth
* True Emergencies
* What happens if the baby comes fast?

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday February 23 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

MODULE 3:

(released Monday February 24)
Have intentions – and hold them loosely.

Understanding how you want to feel in labor will help to shape how you plan to move through it.  And we don’t simply mean medicated or unmedicated.  Thinking through how you want to work together, how you want to cope with the intensity (even medicated births have their intense moments), and how you want the folks around you to support you will make a world of difference in how you feel. 

No matter how your birth unfolds – you have a lot of power over how you want to feel.   

* Your support team  
* Coping in labor
* Partner support
* Strategic positions 
* Birth plans/preferences

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 1 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

MODULE 4:
(released Monday March 2)
Unpack what you thought you knew about newborns & breastfeeding.

In the same way a laboring person needs to be aware of the factors that impact their hormonal process – if families can be aware of what a newborn has evolved to expect when it comes to their newborn days/weeks, you will find your newborn to be quite the partner in this process of bonding and feeding.

Understanding your newborn and their needs and expectations will make the early days of bonding less stressful – and perhaps a bit sweeter.   

* The first hour after birth
Interpreting early breastfeeding behavior
* Meeting your newborns needs
* Tuning in to the biomechanics of breastfeeding

* Newborns look weird – seriously; aka normal newborn appearance 
* POOP
* First days: overcoming common breastfeeding challenges – how to get help and keep it in perspective

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 8 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

 

MODULE 5:

(released Monday March 9)
We’re not meant to do this alone.

Newborns are amazingly adept at getting their needs met.  And babies make for FANTASTIC partners in the feeding (and bonding!) process, if we let them. 

In addition, we evolved to parent in community and to have way more hands on deck than most of us are able to make happen.  Knowing how to strategize your postpartum lives, and how to ask for help will be one of the most useful things you can do to make it less stressful as you meet and bond with your newborn.   

* Being at the breast is about connection as much as about food
* The power of skin-to-skin
* Creating the right environments – safe infant sleep
* Working together to soothe
* Partner support in the breastfeeding process

* Strategizing community and family
* Finding your local resources

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 15 at 5p CST (this will be recorded) 

 

MODULE 6:

(released Monday March 16)
Taking good care of yourselves is taking good care of baby.

It’s common for the fierce hormones and instincts of the early days and early weeks to eclipse personal needs.  And the reality is that taking good care of yourselves IS good parenting.  You can’t pour from an empty cup.  And no one wants to model self-sacrifice for their children, yea?

Prioritizing yourselves isn’t selfish.  It’s what will keep you connected – to yourselves and to one another, and ultimately to your bub.  

* Your healing body
* Postpartum mood disorders: PPD & PPA
* Strategizing nighttime parenting
* Relationship care
* Self-care

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 22 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

& BONUS 1
Couple Conversations Logbook & Journal.

Getting intentional about connecting with the material as a couple isn’t always easy with our busy lives.  We’re including a set of prompts for folks to use to talk through and journal about (if that’s your style).  Navigating this process together when pregnancy seems to be set up mostly for the pregnant person takes some work.  We’ve created this resource to make it a little less challenging.

& BONUS 2
Newborn Care Procedures – Options + PDF Template.

The course will include a thorough list of the hospital newborn procedures AND we have found that actually wrapping your head around all of the options for newborn procedures at the hospital can be a little bit overwhelming.  We will walk you through a deep dive of what to expect and how to talk with your care provider to get the info you need to make the best decisions for your family. 

 & BONUS 3
Lumos Year ONE Membership.

What we’ve heard a bajillion times over the years was that folks wished they had a resource like the Lumos Birth + Baby course that went past the fourth trimester.  Well – we’ve finally gotten down to business and created it!  Introducing the Lumos Year ONE: a community and membership with monthly trainings/presentations by folks who specialize in sleep, lactation, navigating going back-to-work as a breastfeeding parent, infant mental health, parenting philosophies, mindfulness in parenting, and more! 

We love transparency!

So let’s break-down the course:

 MODULE 1:
(released Monday February 10)
Unpack what you thought you knew about birth.

So much of what we’ve learned from tv, movies, “reality tv” and even books is, well….a load of shit.  We’ll unpack what most of us are bringing to this process – and learn about the process of labor not only from the physical and measurable variables, but also from the hormonal and neurological changes that are happening as well.  

Do you know the hormonal process most similar to birth?  If you don’t – you’re not alone.  Decades of teaching in-person classes and rarely does a class have someone who can confidently answer.  And once you’ve learned more about this – you’ll look at birth and what you need as a laboring person and as a couple so SO differently.


* The state of birth in the US
* Stage One – Early (Deny & Distract!), Active (Concentration), & Transition (Surrender) Phases
* Stage Two – Pushing & the birth
* Stage Three – The placenta
* The hormonal process and brain wave states

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday February 16 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

MODULE 2:
(released Monday February 17)
How to navigate whatever comes your way.

You can do all the “right” things – read all the books, create an amazing support team around you, take a great class – and there is still no guarantee what kind of cards you’ll be dealt in labor.   

The goal in this module is to make sure you have the information and evidence you need to deal with the ways in which the labor process can unfold.

* What to expect at the hospital: common interventions
* Decision-making: the BRAIN acronym

* Induction
* Pharmacological pain relief options
* Cesarean Birth
* True Emergencies
* What happens if the baby comes fast?

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday February 23

MODULE 3:
(released Monday February 24)
Have intentions – and hold them loosely.

Understanding how you want to feel in labor will help to shape how you plan to move through it.  And we don’t simply mean medicated or unmedicated.  Thinking through how you want to work together, how you want to cope with the intensity (even medicated births have their intense moments), and how you want the folks around you to support you will make a world of difference in how you feel. 

No matter how your birth unfolds – you have a lot of power over how you want to feel.   

* Your support team  
* Coping in labor
* Partner support
* Strategic positions 
* Birth plans/preferences

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 1

MODULE 4:
(released Monday March 2)
Unpack what you thought you knew about newborns & breastfeeding.

In the same way a laboring person needs to be aware of the factors that impact their hormonal process – if families can be aware of what a newborn has evolved to expect when it comes to their newborn days/weeks, you will find your newborn to be quite the partner in this process of bonding and feeding.

Understanding your newborn and their needs and expectations will make the early days of bonding less stressful – and perhaps a bit sweeter.   

* Soaking up the first hour after birth
* Meeting newborn’s need
* Tuning into the biomechanics of breastfeeding
* Interpreting normal breastfeeding behavior
* Newborns look weird – seriously, aka normal newborn appearance 
* POOP
* First days: common breastfeeding challenges – how to get help and keep it in perspective

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 8 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

 

MODULE 5:
(released Monday March 9)
We’re not meant to do this alone.

Newborns are amazingly adept at getting their needs met.  And babies make for FANTASTIC partners in the feeding (and bonding!) process, if we let them. 

In addition, we evolved to parent in community and to have way more hands on deck than most of us are able to make happen.  Knowing how to strategize your postpartum lives, and how to ask for help will be one of the most useful things you can do to make it less stressful as you meet and bond with your newborn.      

* Being at the breast is about connection as much as about food
* The power of skin-to-skin
* Creating the right environments – safe infant sleep
* Working together to soothe
* Partner support in the breastfeeding process

* Strategizing community and family
* Finding your local resources 

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 15 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

 

MODULE 6:
(released Monday March 16)
Taking good care of yourselves is taking good care of baby.

It’s common for the fierce hormones and instincts of the early days and early weeks to eclipse personal needs.  And the reality is that taking good care of yourselves IS good parenting.  You can’t pour from an empty cup.  And no one wants to model self-sacrifice for their children, yea?

Prioritizing yourselves isn’t selfish.  It’s what will keep you connected – to yourselves and to one another, and ultimately to your bub.  

* Your healing body
* Postpartum mood disorders: PPD & PPA
* Strategizing nighttime parenting
* Relationship care
* Self-care

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday March 22 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

 

& BONUS 1
Couple Conversations Logbook & Journal.

Getting intentional about connecting with the material as a couple isn’t always easy with our busy lives.  We’re including a set of prompts for folks to use to talk through and journal about (if that’s your style).  Navigating this process together when pregnancy seems to be set up mostly for the pregnant person takes some work.  We’ve created this resource to make it a little less challenging. 

& BONUS 2
Newborn Care Procedures – Options + PDF Template.

Wrapping your head around all of the options for newborn procedures at the hospital can be a little bit overwhelming.  We will walk you through what to expect and how to talk with your care provider to get the info you need to make the best decisions for your family. 

 & BONUS 3
Lumos Year ONE Membership.

What we’ve heard a bajillion times over the years was that folks wished they had a resource like the Lumos Birth + Baby course that went past the fourth trimester.  Well – we’ve finally gotten down to business and created something!  Introducing the Lumos Year ONE: a community and membership with monthly trainings/presentations by folks who specialize in sleep, lactation, navigating going back-to-work as a breastfeeding parent, infant mental health, parenting philosophies, mindfulness in parenting, and more! 

"Not only was it informative, but it was empowering and thoughtful. It supports all births, from a medication-free vaginal labor to an elective c-section. They focus on the birthing parent and partner so they feel strong, confident, and supported no matter how their birth looks."

 

Taking a class with Lumos is hands-down one of the best decisions you can make for getting your baby’s life, and your life as a family, off on the right foot.”

Sign Us Up Please!

THE LUMOS GUARANTEE

 

We believe in our course.

We’ve taught this course to thousands of folks over the years.

We’ve witnessed families flourish and reflect on how grateful they were to have done so much proactive learning and thinking and talking.

We have no agenda beyond getting evidence and options in front of families and trusting that they’ll find their own “right” way to navigate this process of birth and caring for their newborn.

And if for whatever reason, you start the course, and it’s just not for you – we’ll give you your money back.

 

If, within the first 10 days, you’ve watched all of the lessons in Module 1 and started Module 2 – and you just are not feelin’ it – you can email alli@lumosdoulaservices.com and she’ll issue you a full refund.

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Here’s what you’re getting when you register today…

Lumos Birth + Baby Course 
Couple Conversation Logbook & Journal 
Newborn Hospital Procedures Options Training & PDF Template 
One Year Membership – Lumos Year ONE ($228)

ENROLL TODAY FOR….

Here’s what you’re getting when you register today…

Lumos Birth + Baby Course 
Couple Conversation Logbook & Journal 
Newborn Hospital Procedures Options Training & PDF Template 
One Year Membership – Lumos Year ONE Membership ($228)

 ENROLL TODAY FOR…

 

Here’s what you’re getting when you register today…

Lumos Birth + Baby Course 
Couple Conversation Logbook & Journal 
Newborn Hospital Procedures Options Training & PDF Template
One Year Membership – Lumos Year ONE Membership ($228 value)

ENROLL TODAY FOR…

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FAQ

We are SUCH busy folk - how much time is this going to take? What if we aren't able to keep up? - it's a lot to get ready for a baby.

No worries!  You’ll have access to the course for full year.  So you’ll be able to take your time if you need to.  All of the Live Q&As will be recorded and housed inside the course – so you can even go through those at your own pace.  And because you’ll have access for a year, you can even review the baby side of things as you need refreshers after the birth!  

We like to be able to ask questions - how does that work in this online format?

Weekly live Q&As!  And don’t worry if you can’t make it live each week (we’ll do them Sundays at 5p CST) – you can submit questions ahead of time and you’ll get access to the recorded Q&As within a day or two each week. 

When is the right time to take this course?

It totally depends!  Obviously it’d be good if you were finished with full six weeks of the course before your due-window.  Other than that, it is about how you both learn best.  Are you someone who would rather have all the info as early on as you can so you can sit with it and mull it over?  Or are you someone who would rather it was fresh?  The awesome thing about this format is that you’ll have access to the material for a full year – so you can take the class early and also know that you can do a “refresh” closer to your birth if that would feel useful.

I can do a course at my local hospital that my insurance covers - why would we pay for a class?

Hospital classes can be pretty good places to learn about what to expect at the hospital.  The kinds of folks who land in front of us often want to more than what the expect – they want to know the evidence and their options, they want to have space to make their own decisions.  Moreover, hospital classes rarely go in-depth about breastfeeding and infant care.  

Will my insurance pay for *this* course?

The gray answer is maybe.  Folks have been able to get reimbursement by submitting receipts to their insurance company and/or their HSA.

We also use this kind of question to ask what is it worth to you to feel confident and less overwhelmed as you’re meeting your baby for the first time?  Why is it we – as a mainstream society – value some things (ie the average wedding is 38k) and not others?  Kind of a forward question – AND one we can’t help but push at.

Does my partner (or support person) need to pay for their own place in the course?

Nope.  Each registration is assuming a couple (or a pregnant person and a support person).  Simply create log-in info you’re comfortable sharing.  And you’ll both be added to the community discussion group!

Is there a particular philosophy that underpins this class?

Not really – we aren’t a Lamaze class or a Hynobirthing class or a Bradley class.  We are two humans with a passion for education (prior to doing birth work, Alli was a teacher and Lea was on track for academia with a passion for studying education) and the honor of having been invited to support over 500 families during their births.  We believe that families can feel good about their birth without pigeon-holing themselves into a particular prescribed “right” way to do it.  

Y'all are doulas - doesn't that mean you're all about "natural birth"?

We have seen too many babies come out of bodies to think there is a right way to do it.  We know a lot about the birth process.  And we know there are all kinds of ways to feel good about how to give birth.

I know I'm probably going to want an epidural - is this course for me?

Yupper.  We don’t have an agenda other than helping families set themselves up to feel good about how they moved through the process.

Does the course get released all at once or weekly?

We release a module each week.  This helps us to be able to best answer question in the Live Q&A portion of the course.  We’ve also laid out the course so that each part builds on the next – reducing overwhelm; releasing the course module-by-module allows folks the time they need to learn and engage in the material fully before moving on to the next bit.

Do we need any special software or apps?

Nope!  We’ll send you a link where the course “lives” and you can access it via any web browser – be it on a desktop, tablet, or even on your phone.

So these bonuses - how do they work?

You’ll get the Couple Conversations Logbook and Journal when we open the class on February 10 – we want you to be able to dive right in on that one!

The Newborn Procedures deep-dive will be released to you the week of Module 4.

And your Lumos Year ONE membership will go live in May of 2020 when the membership is launched.  We are SO excited and we’ve got some amazing folks already on board to join us!!

What happens if we start the course and it's just not right for us?

We like our course a lot.  We hope that in reading all of the above, you’ve sorted whether it’s your kind of course or not (clearly you’ve made it this far, so we are thinking it’s probably your kind of course).  If you start the course, however, and it’s just not right for you – we do offer a 10 day money-back guarantee.  

Okay - one last time. If we sign up today, what all do we we get?

Yay!  We’re excited you’re thinking about jumping in with us.  This course is a kickass course.  We have honed it over lots of years and with the help of thousands of families giving feedback.

Enroll today and you’ll get –

Six modules of video content covering:
* the birth process – stages of labor, hormones, & physiological understandings
* labor coping & partner support
* common interventions & how to navigate when things don’t go as expected
* breastfeeding & normal newborn behaviors
* infant soothing & sleep
* postpartum recovery, self-care, & relationship care

Weekly Live Q&A Video Chats:
Join us (or watch the recorded video) as we answer followup and clarification questions each week module-by-module

BONUSES: 
1 – Couple Conversations Logbook & Journal
2 – Newborn Hospital Procedures & Options Training & PDF Template
3 – One Year Membership in the Lumos Year ONE Membership

If you have any questions at all – shoot us an email: info@lumodoulaservices.com

"We signed up for your class because we wanted a birth class - we didn't even realize how useful the baby side of the class was going to be. Months out from the birth, we are still using & reflecting on all we learned in class (and continue to be so happy with how the birth felt as well!). We are so grateful to Lumos."

This course is the course for us!
Last but not least – how to know this course is right for you:

1 – You want to take a class, and none of the more rigid-feeling camps are feeling right.
2 – You want a course that focuses on how you AND your partner can move through this process.
3 – You’re excited to learn as much about breastfeeding and soothing and sleep as you are about the birth process.
4 – You believe in evidence and options.
5 – You are the kind of couple that wants to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to the big experiences in your lives.
6 – You’re beginning to understand that someone can’t actually tell you the “right” way to do this.
7 – You crave connection in this process with your partner, and others navigating this process as well.
8 – You know that how you (both!) feel matters.

If you made it all the way here – we like you!
And congratulations on your bub!!!

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