Lactation and Childbirth Classes in the Triangle

Who is Your Instructor?

 I have thoroughly enjoyed this class. Not only is it helpful to the birth mother but also to her partner. It has opened up the communication lines between my partner and I regarding the birthing process. It has also taken the "fear" and "unknown" aspect out of the birthing process. Thank you!  - Rachel, Student

Karissa has over a decade of teaching experience. She has attended births in all of the Triangle hospitals and birth centers, and has supported homebirths as well. She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has taught hundreds of parents within the Triangle at UNC, Cary Pediatrics, Apex Pediatric Center, Fuquay Pediatrics, and Triangle Physicians for Women, as well as privately.  Her approach is evidence-based, and her delivery is engaging  and entertaining. 

What Classes are Offered?

Signature Childbirth and Lactation Series

Private Classes  choice of (3) 3 hour  courses, or 1 weekend session


Karissa's goal is to empower Parents through education, with a little levity along the way!  Private classes are designed based on your birth location and a comprehensive conversation to identify birth and feeding goals, concerns, learning styles and relaxation techniques. 

Topics Include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy and Birth
  • Labor Stages
  • Comprehensive Instruction on Comfort Measures in  Pregnancy and Labor  
  • Understanding and Coping with Pain
  • A Partner's Role in Childbirth
  • Pushing, Birth and Immediate Postpartum
  • Interventions
  • Advocacy and Birth Plans
  • Newborn 101
  • Lactation and Breastfeeding Class, Including Pumping Basics
  • Lamaze Approach to Birthing, Pregnancy and Parenting 

Due to complexity of course, online booking is unavailable. Please email Karissa to discuss a schedule . 

Preparation For the Breastfeeding Family

Private Class in Apex Office, 2.5 hrs 

This  class is designed for expecting parents who plan to breastfeed. A comprehensive questionnaire will be sent prior to class so that instruction can be better tailored to your needs and interests. 

Topics include:

  • The How: Anatomy and Physiology of the Lactating Breast
  • The What: A Baby's Ability to Nurse
  • The When: Expectations in First Minutes, Days, Weeks, and Months 
  • "This Isnt Ballet" : Positioning for Optimal Transfer and Comfort
  • The Partner's Role: Empowering the Partner to Support the Mom
  • Preparation for Baby and the Fourth Trimester

Curious about what people are saying?

Simply visit our testimonial page to read kind words from former students! 

Contact Us

Please Contact Karissa Below for Private Classes and Engagement Requests

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