rosemary roberts | FAE, R/SHE, ICCE
I provide education and support for the reproductive continuum--a rich time in one's life that spans the years from menarche to menopause. More specifically, I am a Childbirth Educator and Lactation Educator, as well as a Fertility Awareness and Sexual/Reproductive Health Educator.
As a Childbirth Educator (certified through the International Childbirth Education Association) I help pregnant people and their partners explore all aspects of pregnancy in order to lead them to confidence in making fully informed decisions regarding their choice of health care provider, prenatal care, place and method of birthing, and postpartum and early parenting preferences. I also hold a Lactation Educator certificate (through Evergreen Perinatal Educators/Bastyr University) and have several years of experience providing lactation support.
I see giving birth as a normal, natural part of being a human, and that a successful birth is one that is in the hands of the birthing person, figuratively if not literally. In our culture of highly medicalized childbirth, this is best attained when birthing parents feel knowledgeable about the physiological processes of pregnancy and birth, are empowered to make the decisions that are right for them and their families, and are supported in doing so.
My childbirth classes incorporate:
basic anatomy & physiology to better understand the processes of pregnancy, birthing & lactation
nutritional information for a healthy pregnancy that can be tailored to your own dietary needs
a comprehensive overview of common prenatal tests and birthing interventions, with emphasis on informed consent and assessing benefits vs risks
comfort measures to manage the intensity of labor, including relaxation and pain-coping techniques
preparation for the postpartum phase, including lactation, realistic newborn expectations, and changes to family/partner dynamics
My classes and private consultations are open and affirming to all, inclusive of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, family structure, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. If you are interested in learning more about your pregnancy and birthing options, I am happy to work with you, and I will be inclusive of your family, partner/s, and whoever is involved along the way. Private/in-home classes, including “refresher” sessions, are available upon request.
I am also a Fertility Awareness Educator, and you can find out more about my classes and consultations on using the Fertility Awareness Method in the Preferred Affiliate section, and by visiting my website.