COMMUNITY-BASED BIRTH & NEWBORN CARE CLASSES IN MADISON, WI

Welcome your baby and transition into parenthood

with Madison’s MOST thorough preparation series for birth, breastfeeding, infant care, and navigating the transition into parenthood. Lumos classes draw on options, evidence, and experience, and cover everything from childbirth and feeding to care and postpartum planning.

$400 $347 FOR THE ENTIRE COURSE

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The Lumos Series

"Where education meets intuition."

Lumos classes draw on options, evidence, and experience. The series is taught by the Lumos doula team, and consists of equal parts childbirth and breastfeeding/feeding/infant care/postpartum planning.

GIVING YOU OPTIONS

Research shows that families who feel involved in their birth process as active decision-makers talk about their births as "good". Families who feel steamrolled or ignored in the decision-making process report feeling more trauma about their birth experiences.

FINDING WHAT'S BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY

Based on our experience as doulas, we find the same dynamic to be true in the early parenting stages as well – finding the "right" answers for your family is much easier when you’ve had the time and space to sit with all of the options.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

We teach from the latest research. Not all protocols when it comes to birth & parenting recommendations are rooted in the evidence. We’ve found it is much easier for families to stand behind the choices that they’ve made (as the best decisions for their family) when they have the information and research to support their choices.

CONFIDENCE

We believe you have a right to feel confident about your choices as you navigate these enormous transitions, and knowing the evidence goes a long way towards confident decision-making.

30+ YEARS EXPERIENCE

The Lumos team has been teaching for a collective 30 years. We’ve also been to over 700+ births. Our class reflects our experience. You can feel certain that the information you are receiving will be more than what you can learn through reading and perusing the internet alone.

YOU ARE THE EXPERT

Our experience has lead us to conclude that families do best when they can make decisions rooted in options, evidence, and their own intuition. YOU ultimately are the expert on your body, your relationship, and your baby, and that concept is central to how we teach and practice.

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The Classes

The Lumos Series community-based live birthing and baby care classes consists of two parts.

(WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TAKE BOTH!)

If you are outside the Madison area or if live courses do not work with your schedule, feel free to explore our online course.

COVID-19 UPDATE June 2021 – All classes moving forward will be held IN-PERSON at our Madison location 6502 Grand Teton Plaza, Suite 107; this is subject to change should there be a significant change to Covid risk in Dane County.

PART I: BIRTH
Fundamentals, Process, Coping & Support

Learn the fundamentals of the birth process and what is happening physically and hormonally during the birth process. We will go over the stages of labor, positions for labor, options for your care team, interventions, and writing a birth plan.

We go a step further and assume you want to learn more about how to actually get through labor both as a laboring person and as a partner. We discuss maximizing the odds for birth you’ll feel good about, how couples can work together, and comfort measures for labor.

  • Available as a standalone course for $200
  • Or combine with Part II to get the full series for $347

Offered:
Wednesdays 6-8:30 Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 - FULL (contact us to be placed on the waitlist)
Sat & Sun 9:30a-3p September 25 & 26
Wednesdays October 13, 20, 27 & November 3

$200

Choose dates and register for Part I

PART II: BABY
Breastfeeding 101
& the 4th Trimester

This course covers the early hours and days of what to expect for both infant and mother, the basics of breast-feeding, the important role of partners, local resources, as well as basic info on pumping, storing, and bottlefeeding.

Thinking about actually having a baby come home with you after the birth and wondering what in the world you’re going to do with it beyond breastfeed? We also cover nighttime parenting and infant sleep, soothing, the important role of partners in early parenting, postpartum healing, self-care, relationship care, babywearing & more.

  • Available as a standalone course for $200
  • Or combine with Part I to get the full series for $347

    Offered:
    Wednesdays Sept 1, 8, 15, 22 - FULL (contact us to be placed on the waitlist)
    Sat & Sun 9:30a-3p October 2, 3
    Wednesdays November 10, 17 & December 1, 8

$200

THE FULL LUMOS SERIES
Includes everything (Birth + Baby) from Parts I & II

* Community-based class with discussions * In-Person Westside Madison *
* Questions encouraged and answered during class * Madison-focused *

$400 $347

Wednesday Evenings
6-8:30p
August 4 - Sept 22 - FULL (contact us to be placed on the waitlist)
Oct 13 - Dec 8 (skipping Thanksgiving week)

Saturdays & Sundays
9:30am - 3:00pm CST
Sept 25 & 26 and October 2 & 3

Choose dates and register for full series


If needed, reach out if you need to take each part non-consecutively. (We don’t recommend breaking up the series if at all possible – the cohort element is really lovely, but we understand busy schedules).

Hear what past attendees have to say:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"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'."

S&N
Parents to S

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"We liked how they covered a very wide variety of perspectives and topics, but kept everything grounded in research. We liked the relaxed, casual atmosphere and the feeling of community. Compared to the birth classes we took through the hospital, the Lumos classes were far more helpful and enjoyable. We appreciated the stories and perspectives of the doulas and learning from their experiences. The Lumos classes were the best thing we did to prepare for having our child."

A&R
Parents to N

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“The birth and after-baby classes were great - just the right amount of information to digest and feel well prepared for the arrival of our baby. The teachers did a good job engaging the class and helping to build a sense of community even though we were participating virtually.”  

K&T
Parents to A

We liked how they covered a very wide variety of perspectives and topics, but kept everything grounded in research. We liked the relaxed, casual atmosphere and the feeling of community. Compared to the birth classes we took through the hospital, the Lumos classes were far more helpful and enjoyable. We appreciated the stories and perspectives of the dulas and learning from their experiences. The Lumos classes were the best thing we did to prepare for having our child.

Annette & Ryan

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about The Lumos Series class, check out this intro vid that Lea and Alli recorded.

Why wait? Sign up for the course now!

Why put off preparing for childbirth and your transition into parenthood? Gather information, evidence, and options to make this enormous transition with more confidence.

$400 $347

REGISTER NOW!