Do you have a recommended reading list?

We have read many books on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenthood during and since our certification process of becoming educators. We've weeded out the duds and are happy to provide you with our recommendations! Our focus is on the hard-to-find, ebooks regarding the prenatal and postpartum time so you may always have a reference guide in the palm of your hand. This is especially helpful while breastfeeding or on the go as a busy parent. We have included personal favorite perinatal works, and our recommendations to students exploring the spiritual journey of parenthood and those wishing to deepen their faith during pregnancy.
 

are the lessons bible-based or a christian childbirth curriculum?

No, but if you desire for us to do so, we can tailor your lesson to incorporate devotional bible study for pregnancy and birth. Our childbirth curriculum is built on the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, which translates evidence-based birth practices into concrete, understandable concepts for parents. Our lesson plans equip you to effectively partner with your care providers to push for the safest birth outcome. In a nutshell, Launch teaches science-based methods with complementary mind-body, self-care techniques to complete our holistic approach of labor, birth and newborn care.

What's Lamaze?

In 1951, Dr. Fernand Lamaze introduced a method of childbirth in France by incorporating techniques he observed in Russia. Learning from years of research and observing women’s experience of normal, natural birth, Lamaze International was established in 1960. Today, Lamaze is a not-for-profit organization composed of parents, childbirth educators, and healthcare practitioners whose mission is to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy. The 2001 position paper, Lamaze for the 21st Century, outlined the evidence-based rationale for the evolution of Lamaze preparation for birth.

 

How can i be sure to have the Happiest Baby on the Block?

For many years, both Julie and Cynthya taught infant care classes, which incorporated Dr. Harvey Karp's techniques for baby calming, sleep hygiene and avoiding/ending colic with the Cuddle Cure. Dr. Karp is a pediatrician and author of book, The Happiest Baby on The Block, which has also been filmed for video and can be seen on DVD. Our current day curriculum for the Parent Essentials lesson was built on the foundation of baby calming. We've since added even more evidence-based infant care techniques to instruct new parents on the safest way to care for their babies. Our team's registered nurses and pediatric care providers have carefully evaluated the curriculum and advised us on the best practices to support your baby's health and wellbeing. We've sprinkled in some magic as well as mom-wisdom too!
 

Do You teach about breastfeeding?

Both of our lessons, Lamaze Childbirth and Parent Essentials, include key points on how to support a healthy breastfeeding relationship and postpartum time. For detailed instruction beyond the basics, we highly encourage you to take a formal breastfeeding class or private lesson. Such classes are provided at area hospitals. In Atlanta and Tampa, we recommend our partner, Milk Drunk, for group breastfeeding classes, and in-office or at-home, private lactation consultations.