THE LUMOS SERIES

The Lumos Series

“Where education meets intuition.”

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. The series is taught by the Lumos trio,
and consists of equal parts childbirth and breastfeeding/feeding/infant care/postpartum planning.

Take all four classes for a full series, or break them up based on your needs.  

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 steam-rolled or ignored in the decision-making process report feeling more trauma about their birth experiences.

And 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 and 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.

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.

Experience

The Lumos Trio has been teaching for a collective 25 years.  We’ve also been at over 500 births.  Our class reflects our experience and 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.

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.

THE LUMOS SERIES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Each individual course in The Lumos Series is 5.5hrs long and is offered as a one-day course on a weekend day or as a two-week weeknight course.

Each individual course in The Lumos Series is 5.5hrs long and is offered as a one-day course on a weekend day or as a two-week weeknight course.

PART I – BIRTH FUNDAMENTALS

 

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.

PART II – LABOR COPING & SUPPORT

So you understand the basics of the birth process – but want to learn more about how to actually get through labor?  This course is for you.  We discuss maximizing the odds for a normal physiological birth, how couples can work together, and comfort measures for labor.

(We strongly recommend every individual coming to this course have the basics of birth under their belt – whether through our Birth Fundamentals class, Birth Basics Express, another childbirth course taken elsewhere, or through extensive reading.)

PART III – BREASTFEEDING 101

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

PART IV – THE 4TH TRIMESTER

 

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? This course focuses on nighttime parenting and infant sleep, soothing, the important role of partners in early parenting, postpartum healing, self-care, relationshipship care, babywearing, and more.

(This course assumes a basic understanding of breastfeeding – if that is your plan – whether through our Breastfeeding 101 course, a class taken elsewhere, or through experience/reading.)

Saturday 930a-3p:
Jan 13
April 14
July 7
Oct 13

Wednesdays 6:30-9p:
Jan 31 & Feb  7
May 1 & May 9
Aug 8 & Aug 15
Oct 3 & Oct 10

Sunday 9:30a-3p:
Jan 14
April 15
July 8
Oct 14

Wednesdays 6:30-9p:
Feb 21 & Feb 28
May 16 & May 23
Aug 22 & 29
Oct 17 & Oct 24

Saturday 9:30a-3p:
Jan 27
April 28
July 21
Oct 27

Wednesdays 6:30-9p:
Mar 7 & Mar 14
May 30 & June 6
Sept 5 & 12
Nov 7 & Nov 14

Sunday 9:30a-3p:
Jan 28
April 29
July 22
Oct 28

Wednesdays 6:30-9p:
April 4 & April 11
June 13 & June 20
Sept 19 – Sept 26
Nov 28 & Dec 5

Saturday & Sunday 9:30a-3p:
Jan 13 & 14
April 14 & 15
July 7 & 8
Oct 13 & 14

Wednesdays 6:30-9p:
Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 21,  Feb 28 (note 2/14 break)
May 1, May 9, May 16, May 23
Aug 8, Aug 15, Aug 22, Aug 29
Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24

Saturday & Sunday 9:30a-3p:
Jan 27 & 28
April 28 & 29
July 21 & 22
Oct 27 & 28

Wednesdays 6:30-9p:
Mar 7, Mar 14, April 4, April 11 (note the 2w break between)
May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20
Sept 5, Sept 12, Sept 19, Sept 26
Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 5 (note 11/21 break)

Saturday & Sunday 9:30a-3p:
January 13 & 14 and January 27th & 28th
April 14 & 15 and April 28 & 29
July 7 & 8 and July 21 & 22
October 13 & 14 and October 27 & 28

Wednesdays 6:30-9p:
Jan 31 – April 11 (note breaks on 2/14, 3/21, 3/28)
May 1 –  June 20
Aug 8 – Sept 26
Oct 3 – Dec 5 (note break on 11/21)

* If need be, we’ve built in flexibility so you can break up classes to accommodate your schedule (you’ll be able to choose individual class dates on the registration page).  We’ve found, however, that class participants report a benefit to the community that develops amongst folks taking a consecutive set of classes so we do encourage folks to register for successive classes.

* If need be, we’ve built in flexibility so you can break up classes to accommodate your schedule (you’ll be able to choose individual class dates on the registration page).  We’ve found, however, that class participants report a benefit to the community that develops amongst folks taking a consecutive set of classes so we do encourage folks to register for successive classes.

The class did a great job of empowering us to ask questions and take control of what we can.”  – past student

The class did a great job of empowering us to ask questions and take control of what we can.”  – past student

If you’d like to learn more about The Lumos Series class, check out the FB live Lea and Alli recorded.  We answer questions from FB commenters asking about the philosophy of the class, insurance/payment options, why it’s so in depth, how it’s different from a hospital class, and so much more.

Posted by Lumos Doula Services, LLC on Thursday, June 29, 2017
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