Confidently navigate
birth and meeting your baby –
together!

Six weeks of streamlined online classes, community, and discussion 

A course focused on evidence and options.

Leave behind overwhelm, judgment, and worry.

Have an experience you’ll both feel good about.

First off!  You’re in the right place if….

 

you know you want to learn more about birth + breastfeeding + keeping a tiny human alive

 

you want to learn as a couple so you can be kickass partners raising your bub
 
you want an all-options, lots-of-evidence, and zero-judgment perspective

 

you want (or need!) to learn with timeline flexibility from the comfort of your own home

 

Say no more, we’re in – give us a spot in the FALL October-November course!

 

ENROLL NOWWAIT! - We are in Madison and want the live class!

First off!  You’re in the right place if….

 

you know you want to learn more about birth + breastfeeding + keeping a tiny human alive

 

you want to learn as a couple so you can be kickass partners raising your bub
 
you want an all-options, lots-of-evidence, and zero-judgment perspective

 

you want (or need!) to learn with timeline flexibility from the comfort of you own home

 

Say no more, we’re in – give us a spot in the FALL October-November course!

 

ENROLL NOW


We aren’t here to tell you there’s a “right” way to do this complex human experience that is growing, birthing, and raising a tiny human.

You’re probably already feeling the ways that the phrase “all that matters is healthy mom/healthy baby” is dismissive – you know that how you and your partner both feel in this process deeply matters.

And you’re likely already doing things different than most around you: you’re working to move through this as a couple, you truly want to know all of your options, and you’re starting to realize you want to learn as much about breastfeeding and parenting a tiny babe as you do about birthing them.

We aren’t here to tell you there’s a “right” way to do this complex human experience that is growing, birthing, and raising a tiny human.

You’re probably already feeling the ways that the phrase “all that matters is healthy mom/healthy baby” is dismissive – you know that how you and your partner both feel in this process deeply matters.

And you’re likely already doing things different than most around you: you’re working to move through this as a couple, you truly want to know all of your options, and you’re starting to realize you want to learn as much about parenting a tiny babe as you do about birthing them.

We aren’t here to tell you there’s a “right” way to do this complex human experience that is growing, birthing, and raising a tiny human.

And you’re probably already feeling the ways that the phrase “all that matters is healthy mom/healthy baby” is dismissive – you know that how you and your partner both feel in this process deeply matters.

And you’re likely already doing things differently than most around you: you’re working to move through this as a couple, you truly want to know all of your options, and you’re starting to realize you want to learn as much about parenting a tiny babe as you do about birthing them.

 

Folks often “know” that they “should” take a class.  And yet the WHY is sometimes a little hazy…

 

KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS IMPROVES MEDICAL OUTCOMES
Taking a childbirth class has been shown to decrease your risk of cesarean threefold, as well as reduce other interventions.  Understanding the evidence enables you to engage with your care provider and the medical team in a way you’ll feel good about.

HOW YOU FEEL MATTERS *AND* IT MAKES BIRTH SAFER
Research on how families characterize their births (whether it be “good” or “traumatic”) talk about their feelings moreso than medical outcomes – knowing their options, feeling supported, and feeling in control (even when the medical variables weren’t in their control). 

Birth is a hormonal process – so feeling safe and understanding what is going on makes for less intervention.  This means how you feel impacts how safe the process is for both the laboring person and the baby.

SUPPORT IS THE NUMBER ONE INDICATOR OF SUCCESS IN BREASTFEEDING
Namely, partner support is the number one indicator of success when it comes to breastfeeding.  Yes, it is the physical work of the lactating parent – but how much their partner can show up for them informationally and emotionally matters.

LEARNING TOGETHER CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR PARTNER BE STRONGER CO-PARENTS
Medical appointments are set up to address mainly the medical wellbeing of the pregnant person and partners aren’t expected to be there/can’t always be there.  Family and community discussion tends to focus on the excitement of a baby coming (or judge-y “advice”) and on the products and “stuff”.  Learning more together about birth and caring for a baby means you’ll both be more equipped to show up for one another and as co-parents to your baby.  And learning together will solidify a foundation of teamwork in your approach to parenting in general – and that can make everything easier for years to come.

YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE (AND EXPERT!)
One of the most overwhelming and vulnerable realities of parenting is that no one can tell you how to do this.  You can seek out knowledge and listen to other people’s experiences, and at the end of the day, you – togetherare the one’s responsible for your baby.  You are the best parents and advocates and experts for your baby and your family. 

 

 

Folks often “know” that they “should” take a class.  And yet the WHY is sometimes a little hazy…

 

KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS IMPROVES MEDICAL OUTCOMES
Taking a childbirth class has been shown to decrease your risk of cesarean threefold, as well as reduce other interventions.  Understanding the evidence enables you to engage with your care provider and the medical team in a way you’ll feel good about.

HOW YOU FEEL MATTERS *AND* IT MAKES BIRTH SAFER
Research on how families characterize their births (whether it be “good” or “traumatic”) talk about their feelings moreso than medical outcomes – knowing their options, feeling supported, and feeling in control (even when the medical variables weren’t in their control). 

Birth is a hormonal process – so feeling safe and understanding what is going on makes for less intervention.  This means how you feel impacts how safe the process is for both the laboring person and the baby.

SUPPORT IS THE NUMBER ONE INDICATOR OF SUCCESS IN BREASTFEEDING
Namely, partner support is the number one indicator of success when it comes to breastfeeding.  Yes, it is the physical work of the lactating parent – but how much their partner can show up for them informationally and emotionally matters.

LEARNING TOGETHER CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR PARTNER BE STRONGER CO-PARENTS
Medical appointments are set up to address mainly the medical wellbeing of the pregnant person and partners aren’t expected to be there/can’t always be there.  Family and community discussion tends to focus on the excitement of a baby coming (or judge-y “advice”) and on the products and “stuff”.  Learning more together about birth and caring for a baby means you’ll both be more equipped to show up for one another and as co-parents to your baby.  And learning together will solidify a foundation of teamwork in your approach to parenting in general, that will make everything easier for years to come.

YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE (AND EXPERT!)
One of the most overwhelming and vulnerable realities of parenting is that no one can tell you how to do this.  You can seek out knowledge and listen to other people’s experiences, and at the end of the day, you – togetherare the one’s responsible for your baby.  You are the best parents and advocates and experts for your baby and your family. 

 

 

Folks often “know” that they “should” take a class.  And yet the WHY is sometimes a little hazy…

 

KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS IMPROVES MEDICAL OUTCOMES
Taking a childbirth class has been shown to decrease your risk of cesarean threefold, as well as reduce other interventions.  Understanding the evidence enables you to engage with your care provider and the medical team in a way you’ll feel good about.

HOW YOU FEEL MATTERS *AND* IT MAKES BIRTH SAFER
Research on how families characterize their births (whether it be “good” or “traumatic”) talk about their feelings moreso than medical outcomes – knowing their options, feeling supported, and feeling in control (even when the medical variables weren’t in their control). 

Birth is a hormonal process – so feeling safe and understanding what is going on makes for less intervention.  This means how you feel impacts how safe the process is for both the laboring person and the baby.

SUPPORT IS THE NUMBER ONE INDICATOR OF SUCCESS IN BREASTFEEDING
Namely, partner support is the number one indicator of success when it comes to breastfeeding.  Yes, it is the physical work of the lactating parent – but how much their partner can show up for them informationally and emotionally matters.

LEARNING TOGETHER CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR PARTNER BE STRONGER CO-PARENTS
Medical appointments are set up to address mainly the medical wellbeing of the pregnant person and partners aren’t expected to be there/can’t always be there.  Family and community discussion tends to focus on the excitement of a baby coming (or judge-y “advice”) and on the products and “stuff”.  Learning more together about birth and caring for a baby means you’ll both be more equipped to show up for one another and as co-parents to your baby.  And learning together will solidify a foundation of teamwork in your approach to parenting in general, that will make everything easier for years to come.

YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE (AND EXPERT!)
One of the most overwhelming and vulnerable realities of parenting is that no one can tell you how to do this.  You can seek out knowledge and listen to other people’s experiences, and at the end of the day, you – together – are the one’s responsible for your baby.  You are the best parents and advocates and experts for your baby and your family. 

 

You’ve perused books and blogs, and podcasts too.  Not to mention social media.

You’ve heard the advice and experiences of friends and family members (and random strangers at the grocery store too).

Everywhere you’ve turned, there is someone or something that seems to be telling you what you should be doing.

It’s maddening.  And overwhelming.

And often very isolating – who should you listen to?  And why does it feel like everyone’s viewpoints are so……..fierce (and sometimes even a bit defensive?).

And let’s be honest – rarely are partners getting the same input.

Oftentimes, this pressure of picking the “right” or “best” path freezes you in your tracks.  You don’t get through the pile of books.  You have good intentions of talking through everything with your partner and then don’t even know where to start.  You want to be able to talk with your care providers but the appointments feel rushed and you don’t know what questions to ask or topics to pursue.

It’s a rare occurrence that someone asks you – with simple curiosity – what are the things that are important to you, and why.

Instead, you are being bombarded with too much information from too many conflicting “experts” – and very little guidance.

 

You’ve perused books and blogs, and podcasts too.  Not to mention social media.

You’ve heard the advice and experiences of friends and family members (and random strangers at the grocery store too).  

Everywhere you’ve turned, there is someone or something that seems to be telling you what you should be doing.  

It’s maddening.  And overwhelming.  

And often very isolating – who should you listen to?  And why does it feel like everyone’s viewpoints are so……..fierce (and sometimes even a bit defensive?). 

And let’s be honest – rarely are partners getting the same input.   

Oftentimes, this pressure of picking the “right” or “best” path freezes you in your tracks.  You don’t get through the pile of books.  You have good intentions of talking through everything with your partner and then don’t even know where to start.  You want to be able to talk with your care providers but the appointments feel rushed and you don’t know what questions to ask or topics to pursue. 

It’s a rare occurrence that someone asks you – with simple curiosity – what are the things that are important to you, and why.

Instead, you are being bombarded with too much information from too many conflicting “experts” – and very little guidance.

 

Even though it’s obvious that you want to feel good as you birth and learn to care for your newborn, the path to doing so is often anything but obvious.

You’ve perused books and blogs, and podcasts too.  Not to mention social media.

You’ve heard the advice and experiences of friends and family members (and random strangers at the grocery store too).  

Everywhere you’ve turned, there is someone or something that seems to be telling you what you should be doing.  

It’s maddening.  And overwhelming.  

And often very isolating – who should you listen to?  And why does it feel like everyone’s viewpoints are so……..fierce (and sometimes even a bit defensive?). 

And let’s be honest – rarely are partners getting the same input. 

Oftentimes, this pressure of picking the “right” or “best” path freezes you in your tracks.  You don’t get through the pile of books.  You have good intentions of talking through everything with your partner and then don’t even know where to start.  You want to be able to talk with your care providers but the appointments feel rushed and you don’t know what questions to ask or topics to pursue. 

It’s a rare occurrence that someone asks you – with simple curiosity – what are the things that are important to you, and why.

Instead, you are being bombarded with too much information from too many conflicting “experts” – and very little guidance.

 

What if it could be as simple as a few reframes?


What if it was enough….

 

To say that how you feel matters.

 

To learn about the physical and hormonal process without a framework that implies there is any singular “right” way to do it.

 

To learn about this process alongside your partner will make your partnership stronger and help you both feel good as you birth and meet and bond with your baby.

 

Say no more. We are in!

1. I’m just going to go with the flow.

 

Yes, “flow” can be extremely useful in the birth process. AND without preparation, intention, information-gathering ahead of time, it can be hard to keep your flow once you step into a hospital setting that has a whole lot of it’s own flow – most of which isn’t set up to support the flow of a hormonal laboring person and family.  

It is imperative that you do the work – now – of learning your options and working together with your partner to strategize as a family how you want to navigate the birth process before the big day, so that when it comes to your labor, you CAN truly go with the flow.

2. I need to have a solid plan and know how we are going to birth (and parent!).

 .

The notion of a birth plan often leaves folks feeling like it’s necessary to commit ahead of time to a certain distinct way of decision-making in labor (ie – I *will not* do any pain medication or “give me my epidural ASAP”). The inflexibility of this is a setup for disppointment if things don’t go to “plan.”

A birth plan isn’t actually meant to be a plan for how your birth is going to go; think of it as a tool for communication with the medical team as to how you want to feel as you birth your baby – no matter how things unfold.  So you can let go of feeling like you have to commit to a particular pain management strategy in order to do your birth plan; you will, however, need to do the work of understanding all of your options (for pain management, but also hospital protocols, care provider-specific preferences, and baby-related care/interventions and choices).

3. We’re just going to do what our doctor/midwife tells us.

 

We choose our care providers for the medical care – 100%. That does not mean that we have no responsibility for our family’s decision-making. The evidence is clear – to have a birth you’ll feel good about, being an engaged consumer of healthcare is good strategy.

Understanding the physical and hormonal process, learning about hospital protocols, having access to what the evidence says, as well as knowing about potential interventions will help you both to navigate your birth process with confidence.

4. All that really matters is “healthy mom & healthy baby”.

 

It’s a common dismissive phrase – “in the end, what matters is a healthy mom & a healthy baby”. Emotional and mental wellbeing IS a part of health. All families are striving for healthy outcomes – to imply that they are not is kinda bullshit.

How you feel (or are made to feel) about your birth stays with you for always.  Research has shown that even people with dementia and memory loss recall in detail how they felt when they gave birth.

5. Birth and breastfeeding are natural, so we will know what to do.

 

We don’t live and birth and parent in community.  We haven’t (usually) seen other families give birth and learn to breastfeed.  There is a lot of instinct and hormones that contribute to these processes – and they aren’t always enough.

Sometimes people get lucky and birth and breastfeeding is “easy”.  More often, it takes some work – and learning about it now with intention – instead of in a panic as it’s happening – is just good parenting.

1. I’m just going to go with the flow.

Yes, “flow” can be extremely useful in the birth process. AND without preparation, intention, information-gathering ahead of time, it can be hard to keep your flow once you step into a hospital setting that has a whole lot of it’s own flow – most of which isn’t set up to support the flow of a hormonal laboring person and family.

It is imperative that you do the work – now – of learning your options and working together with your partner to strategize as a family how you want to navigate the birth process before the big day, so that when it comes to your labor, you CAN truly go with the flow.

2. I need to have a solid plan.

 

The notion of a birth plan often leaves folks feeling like it’s necessary to commit ahead of time to a certain distinct way of decision-making in labor (ie – I *will not* do any pain medication or “give me my epidural ASAP”). The inflexibility of this is a setup for disppointment if things don’t go to “plan.”

A birth plan isn’t actually meant to be a plan for how your birth is going to go; think of it as a tool for communication with the medical team as to how you want to feel as you birth your baby – no matter how things unfold.  So you can let go of feeling like you have to commit to a particular pain management strategy in order to do your birth plan; you will, however, need to do the work of understanding all of your options (for pain management, but also hospital protocols, care provider-specific preferences, and baby-related care/interventions and choices).

3. We’re just going to do what our doctor/midwife tells us.

 

The notion of a birth plan often leaves folks feeling like it’s necessary to commit ahead of time to a certain distinct way of decision-making in labor (ie – I *will not* do any pain medication or “give me my epidural ASAP”). The inflexibility of this is a setup for disappointment if things don’t go to “plan.”

A birth plan isn’t actually meant to be a plan for how your birth is going to go; think of it as a tool for communication with the medical team as to how you want to feel as you birth your baby – no matter how things unfold.  So you can let go of feeling like you have to commit to a particular path.

4. What really matters is “healthy mom & healthy baby”.

 

It’s a common dismissive phrase – “in the end, what matters is a healthy mom & a healthy baby”. Emotional and mental wellbeing IS a part of health. All families are striving for healthy outcomes – to imply that they are not is kinda bullshit.

How you feel (or are made to feel) about your birth stays with you for always.  Research has shown that even people with dementia and memory loss recall in detail how they felt when they gave birth.

5. Birth & breastfeeding are natural – we’ll know what to do.

 

We don’t live and birth and parent in community.  We haven’t (usually) seen other families give birth and learn to breastfeed.  There is a lot of instinct and hormones that contribute to these processes – and they aren’t always enough.

Sometimes people get lucky and birth and breastfeeding is “easy”.  More often, it takes some work – and learning about it now with intention – instead of in a panic as it’s happening – is just good parenting.

1. I’m just going to go with the flow.

 

Yes, “flow” can be extremely useful in the birth process. AND without preparation, intention, information-gathering ahead of time, it can be hard to keep your flow once you step into a hospital setting that has a whole lot of it’s own flow – most of which isn’t set up to support the flow of a hormonal laboring person and family.

It is imperative that you do the work – now – of learning your options and working together with your partner to strategize as a family how you want to navigate the birth process before the big day, so that when it comes to your labor, you CAN truly go with the flow.

2. I need to have a solid plan.

 

The notion of a birth plan often leaves folks feeling like it’s necessary to commit ahead of time to a certain distinct way of decision-making in labor (ie – I *will not* do any pain medication or “give me my epidural ASAP”). The inflexibility of this is a setup for disppointment if things don’t go to “plan.”

A birth plan isn’t actually meant to be a plan for how your birth is going to go; think of it as a tool for communication with the medical team as to how you want to feel as you birth your baby – no matter how things unfold.  So you can let go of feeling like you have to commit to a particular pain management strategy in order to do your birth plan; you will, however, need to do the work of understanding all of your options (for pain management, but also hospital protocols, care provider-specific preferences, and baby-related care/interventions and choices).

3. We’re just going to do what our doctor/ midwife tells us.

 

The notion of a birth plan often leaves folks feeling like it’s necessary to commit ahead of time to a certain distinct way of decision-making in labor (ie – I *will not* do any pain medication or “give me my epidural ASAP”). The inflexibility of this is a setup for disppointment if things don’t go to “plan.”

A birth plan isn’t actually meant to be a plan for how your birth is going to go; think of it as a tool for communication with the medical team as to how you want to feel as you birth your baby – no matter how things unfold.  So you can let go of feeling like you have to commit to a particular path.

4. What really matters is “healthy mom & healthy baby”.

 

It’s a common dismissive phrase – “in the end, what matters is a healthy mom & a healthy baby”. Emotional and mental wellbeing IS a part of health. All families are striving for healthy outcomes – to imply that it is not is kinda bullshit.

How you feel (or are made to feel) about your birth stays with you for always.  Research has shown that even people with dementia and memory loss recall in detail how they felt when they gave birth.

5. Birth and breastfeeding are natural, so we will know what to do.

 

We don’t live and birth and parent in community.  We haven’t (usually) seen other families give birth and learn to breastfeed.  There is a lot of instinct and hormones that contribute to these processes – and they aren’t always enough.

Sometimes people get lucky and birth and breastfeeding is “easy”.  More often, it takes some work – and learning about it now with intention – instead of in a panic as it’s happening – is just good parenting.


We’re going to let you in on a few secrets…


The information that you need – the evidence, your options, and a framework that includes how you feel – doesn’t actually need to be that complicated.

 

It isn’t necessary to read all the books or listen to all the podcasts.

 

You don’t need to decide with certainty how you want it all to go.

 

The newborn period can be just as challenging (or even more challenging!) than the birth – and there is just as much preparation you can sort ahead of time as with the birth.

 

You CAN become informed, feel connected as a couple, and set yourselves up to feel freakin’ fantastic as you move through this process of birth and learning to care for your newborn – even if it doesn’t go as you expected/hoped.

 

Yes, for really really real.

 

Yep yep yep - this sounds right up our alley.

We’re going to let you in on a few secrets…


The information that you need – the evidence, your options, and a framework that includes how you feel – doesn’t actually need to be that complicated.

 

It isn’t necessary to read all the books or listen to all the podcasts.

 

You don’t need to decide with certainty how you want it all to go.


The newborn period can be just as challenging (or even more challenging!) than the birth – and there is just as much preparation you can sort ahead of time as with the birth.

 

You CAN become informed, feel connected as a couple, and set yourselves up to feel freakin’ fantastic as you move through this process of birth and learning to care for your newborn – even if it doesn’t go as you expected/hoped.

 

You CAN become informed, feel connected as a couple, and set yourselves up to feel freakin’ fantastic as you move through this process – even if it doesn’t go as you expected/hoped.

 

Yes, for really really real.

Yep yep yep - this sounds right up our alley.

We’re going to let you in on a few secrets…


The information that you need – the evidence, your options, and a framework that includes how you feel – doesn’t actually need to be that complicated.

 

It isn’t necessary to read all the books or listen to all the podcasts.

 

You don’t need to decide with certainty how you want it all to go.

 

The newborn period can be just as challenging (or even more challenging!) than the birth – and there is just as much preparation you can sort ahead of time as with the birth.

 

You CAN become informed, feel connected as a couple, and set yourselves up to feel freakin’ fantastic as you move through this process of birth and learning to care for your newborn – even if it doesn’t go as you expected/hoped.

 

You CAN become informed, feel connected as a couple, and set yourselves up to feel freakin’ fantastic as you move through this process – even if it doesn’t go as you expected/hoped.

 

Yes, for really really real.

Yep yep yep - this sounds right up our alley.

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'."

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We love transparency!

So let’s break-down the course:

 MODULE 1:
(released Monday October 12)
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.

 

* Mythbusting: facts & fiction – what do you actually know about birth?
* The state of birth in the US – we rank at the bottom in outcomes compared to the rest of the world
* The one hormone that rules them all – understanding how oxytocin is key to the whole process
* Stage One – Early (Deny & Distract!), Active (Concentration), & Transition (Surrender) Phases
* Stage Two – Pushing & the birth – and why does it (usually) take so long?
* Stage Three – The placenta (you grew a disposable organ!), & why your care providers care so much
* Brain wave states: what is “labor land” & why its useful to learn about, even if you’re planning a medicated birth

 PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday October 18 at 5p CST (this will be recorded) 

 MODULE 2:
(released Monday October 19)
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, evidence, options & how to talk w/your care provider
* Decision-making: the BRAINS acronym – make decisions you feel confident about

* Inductions – how to make a tricky early labor scenario feel pretty alright (and maybe even awesome)
* Pharmacological pain relief options – how to avoid bigger interventions when medications are just the ticket for you
* Cesarean Birth – learning more about what to expect, family-centered cesarean, & your options
* True Emergencies – when is birth actually an emergency (which actually happens <1% of the time)
* What happens if the baby comes fast? – partner support, a to-do list, and how to process after-the-fact

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday October 25 at 5p CST (this will be recorded) 

MODULE 3:

(released Monday October 26)

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 – who makes you feel safe and comfortable? and how to build a kickass support team
* Creating an ideal environment – you’re a mammal & you need your nest!
* Coping in labor – following your body’s lead, mindset strategies, & how water can be your BFF in labor
* Partner support – keeping your mindset focused & calm so you can love & protect your person in the ways that will best allow them to move through labor
* Strategic positions – when your body is lined up well, baby has a more straightforward exit strategy
* Birth plans/preferences – how to do most of the the thinking work of labor before labor even happens

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

MODULE 4:
(released Monday November 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 – it’s pretty magic! and negotiating for an ideal first hour isn’t always straightforward
Interpreting early breastfeeding behavior – why the heck are they doing that? and what do we do?
* Meeting your newborns needs – babes come w/their own preferences & when you understand them, everyone is less stressed
* Tuning in to the biomechanics of breastfeeding – environment, instinct, positioning, & latch

* Newborns look weird – seriously; aka normal newborn appearance 
* POOP: it’ll be an obsession for a good bit – the what and the why about frequency, color, & more
* First days: overcoming common breastfeeding challenges – how to get help and keep it all in perspective

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

 

  MODULE 5:
(released Monday November 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 – creating the ideal environment for success
* The power of skin-to-skin – what babies have evolved to expect
* Creating the right environments – safe infant sleep, setting up your home, and allowing baby to lead
* Working together to soothe: when babies think nursing solves most everything – building a broader toolkit
* Partner support in the breastfeeding process – how to support your breastfeeding partner & get some good bonding in yourself

* Strategizing community and family – how to help the folks around you who want to help truly be helpful
* Finding your local resources – finding a great baby-doc, where to find breastfeeding support, and how to build a community of other like-minded parents

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

 

MODULE 6:

(released Monday November 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: supporting your body and its recovery – your wellbeing *matters*
* Postpartum mood disorders: PPD & PPA – postpartum depression is the number one complication of birth; how to be aware of the warning signs, where to go for resources, and how to navigate postpartum mood disorders as a family 
* Strategizing nighttime parenting: how everyone can get as much sleep as possible & still all like one another
* Relationship care: it’s easy to lose sight of our own needs when the needs of a newborn are so intense and part of moving through this in a way that feels good is about connection and enjoying one another as parters and not just co-parents 
* Self-care: it’s an overplayed word right now, yes – and that doesn’t mean it’s not worth having some good conversation about; what makes you feel like a decent human and how to make sure you don’t lose that in the haze of having a baby

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday November 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. 

We love transparency!
So let’s break-down the course:

 MODULE 1:
(released Monday October 12)
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.


* Mythbusting: facts & fiction – what do you actually know about birth?
* The state of birth in the US – we rank at the bottom in outcomes compared to the rest of the world
* The one hormone that rules them all – understanding how oxytocin is key to the whole process
* Stage One – Early (Deny & Distract!), Active (Concentration), & Transition (Surrender) Phases
* Stage Two – Pushing & the birth – and why does it (usually) take so long?
* Stage Three – The placenta (you grew a disposable organ!), & why your care providers care so much
* Brain wave states: what is “labor land” & why its useful to learn about, even if you’re planning a medicated birth

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday October 18 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

MODULE 2:

(released Monday October 19)
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, evidence, options & how to talk w/your care provider
* Decision-making: the BRAINS acronym – make decisions you feel confident about

* Inductions – how to make a tricky early labor scenario feel pretty alright (and maybe even awesome)
* Pharmacological pain relief options – how to avoid bigger interventions when medications are just the ticket for you
* Cesarean Birth – learning more about what to expect, family-centered cesareans, & your options
* True Emergencies – when is birth actually an emergency (which actually happens <1% of the time)
* What happens if the baby comes fast? – partner support, a to-do list, and how to process after-the-fact

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday October 25 at 5p CST (this will be recorded)

MODULE 3:
(released Monday October 26)
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 – who makes you feel safe and comfortable? and how to build a kickass support team
* Creating an ideal environment – you’re a mammal & you need your nest!
* Coping in labor – following your body’s lead, mindset strategies, & how water can be your BFF in labor
* Partner support – keeping your mindset focused & calm so you can love & protect your person in the ways that will best allow them to move through labor
* Strategic positions – when your body is lined up well, baby has a more straightforward exit strategy
* Birth plans/preferences – how to do most of the the thinking work of labor before labor even happens

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

MODULE 4:

(released Monday November 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 – it’s pretty magic! and negotiating for an ideal first hour isn’t always straightforward
* Interpreting early breastfeeding behavior – why the heck are they doing that? and what do we do?
* Meeting your newborns needs – babes come w/their own preferences & when you understand them, everyone is less stressed
* Tuning in to the biomechanics of breastfeeding – environment, instinct, positioning, & latch

* Newborns look weird – seriously; aka normal newborn appearance 
* POOP: it’ll be an obsession for a good bit – the what and the why about frequency, color, & more
* First days: overcoming common breastfeeding challenges – how to get help and keep it all in perspective

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

 

MODULE 5:
(released Monday November 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 – creating the ideal environment for success
* The power of skin-to-skin – what babies have evolved to expect
* Creating the right environments – safe infant sleep, setting up your home, and allowing baby to lead
* Working together to soothe: when babies think nursing solves most everything – building a broader toolkit
* Partner support in the breastfeeding process – how to support your breastfeeding partner & get some good bonding in yourself

* Strategizing community and family – how to help the folks around you who want to help truly be helpful
* Finding your local resources – finding a great baby-doc, where to find breastfeeding support, and how to build a community of other like-minded parents

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

 

MODULE 6:
(released Monday November 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: supporting your body and its recovery – your wellbeing *matters*
* Postpartum mood disorders: PPD & PPA – postpartum depression is the number one complication of birth; how to be aware of the warning signs, where to go for resources, and how to navigate postpartum mood disorders as a family 
* Strategizing nighttime parenting: how everyone can get as much sleep as possible & still all like one another
* Relationship care: it’s easy to lose sight of our own needs when the needs of a newborn are so intense and part of moving through this in a way that feels good is about connection and enjoying one another as parters and not just co-parents 
* Self-care: it’s an overplayed word right now, yes – and that doesn’t mean it’s not worth having some good conversation about; what makes you feel like a decent human and how to make sure you don’t lose that in the haze of having a baby

PLUS – A Weekly Live Q&A Sunday November 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. 

"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.

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

Lumos Birth + Baby SPRING Course:
learn together as a couple about birth, coping, and partner support
as well as breastfeeding, soothing, safe sleep, healing & more


PLUS!

Birth Plan Templates
(including planned & unplanned cesarean templates)
Postpartum Plan Template 
In-Depth Newborn Hospital Procedures & Options Mini-Course
Couple Conversation Logbook & Journal
 

 

(And if it’s easier for your pocketbook – we have a payment plan available for $54/mo for six months.)

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

Lumos Birth + Baby SPRING Course:
learn together as a couple about birth, coping, and partner support
as well as breastfeeding, soothing, safe sleep, healing & more


PLUS!

Birth Plan Templates
(including planned & unplanned cesarean templates)
Postpartum Plan Template 
In-Depth Newborn Hospital Procedures & Options Mini-Course
Couple Conversation Logbook & Journal

 

(And if it’s easier for your pocketbook – we have a payment plan available for $54/mo for six months –
ENROLL HERE.)

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

Lumos Birth + Baby SPRING Course:
learn together as a couple about birth, coping, and partner support
as well as breastfeeding, soothing, safe sleep, healing & more


PLUS!

*Birth Plan Templates
(including planned & unplanned cesarean templates)
*Postpartum Plan Template 

*In-Depth Newborn Hospital Procedures & Options Mini-Course
*Couple Conversation Logbook & Journal

 

(And if it’s easier for your pocketbook – we have a payment plan available for $54/mo for six months.)

An off-the-cuff hullo from us! – we know that sometimes hearing and seeing helps folks get a vibe…

An off-the-cuff hullo from us! – we know that sometimes hearing and seeing helps folks get a vibe…

An off-the-cuff hullo from us! – we know that sometimes hearing and seeing helps folks get a vibe…

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 know more than what to 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) for each registration.  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!!

This SPRING series doesn't quite work for us - will you be offering the course again?

Yupper! We offer our online course four times a year – once per season. Jump on our notification list to get a headsup when we open our upcoming courses.

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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