Frequently Asked Questions
Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Class FAQs
What is your pricing for fitness classes?
Drop in: $18 Monthly Unlimited: $115
10-Class Pass: $145 3-Month Unlimited: $300
Monthly Unlimited Auto-Pay: $105
Do your unlimited packages auto-renew each month?
Nope! When your package expires, it is up to you to renew with us. There are no long-term contracts; memberships are on a month to month basis. But we hope you’ll continue to renew!
We do offer a 6-month contract auto-pay membership that at a cheaper monthly rate! The auto-pay membership will auto-renew, so keep track of when the expiration date is! We will try to remind you as well.
What class do I attend?
Our prenatal & postpartum fitness class includes both prenatal and postpartum mothers. The class may have 7 different workouts occurring at the same time, managed by our coaches; this approach allows for each mother to have her individual needs met in each class. Prenatal moms tend to do workouts together as a group, while postpartum mothers tend to be doing different workouts at the same time.
Can I bring my baby or kids to class?
You sure can! We love when our clients bring their babies and kids to class with them. If your baby is non-mobile, please bring a blanket, infant car-seat, or some device to place your baby on or in while you are working out. If your child is mobile, we have a gated off kids area for the toddlers and small children to safely play and run around in. Our gated off area is visible throughout the gym! If your child needs you to pause your workout, we welcome it! We accept you as you are, kids included!
I haven’t worked out at all during my pregnancy! Are your prenatal classes appropriate for me?
Unless you have a medical condition relating to pregnancy that prevents you from exercising, there is no reason why our classes would be inappropriate. Each workout offers a multitude of variations to meet you where you are at today; each day of pregnancy is different, and should be explored rather than forced. Our prenatal workouts are done as a group, but each movement has trimester variations and progressions for each mother in the class. You should never feel that you are being asked to do more than you feel comfortable.
I’m newly postpartum! When can I come start working out?
When you have gotten the “all-clear” from your doctor & your postpartum bleeding has stopped completely. If you have found that your postpartum bleeding has stopped, go for a 20-30 minute walk and then assess for any new bleeding after the walk. If you find that you have new bleeding, take a few days off and then try again. If you find that you have no new bleeding & you have gotten the all-clear from your doctor, come and workout with us!
My youngest is [insert age] years old! Can I still attend the postpartum classes, or am I “Too” postpartum?
Postpartum is forever! We have had mothers start with us that were 2+ years postpartum and had great results in our programming. We focus on rebuilding the foundational movements, and emphasize quality movement. Mothers have come to us with an assortment of aches and pains that were resolved with mindful movement through our programming.
What is your postpartum program?
Our 16-week postpartum program is completed at your own pace. In a single class, there may be three postpartum moms all on different days of the program; one may be on day 14, another one day 50, and the last on day 2. Moms move through workouts at their own pace, sometimes needing to stop to soothe their baby or hand a snack to their toddler. Our programming feels individualized, as each mom receives one-on-one attention from our coaches, progresses through the program on her time, and modifications based on their individual needs.
This method of programming allows for each postpartum mother to attend classes that fit in her schedule, rather than committing to a series of classes and times. Postpartum mothers also know when they come to class, their workout will meet them where they are at in the progression.
Birth Doula & Childbirth Education FAQs
Are your doulas certified?
Yes! Both Gina and Jessie are DONA certified birth doulas. We have gone through a thorough certification process by an internationally recognized organization. Our certification means that we follow a code of ethics and standards of practice, and our performance as a birth doula has been evaluated and vetted by DONA.
We constantly seek additional education on how to better support our clients as doulas, through continuing education courses, such as Spinning Babies or VBAC Link.
When should I hire a doula?
Now. Well, unless you’re not pregnant, then maybe don’t hire us. Most mothers tend to hire a doula around the second to third trimester. The earlier you hire us, the sooner we can develop a relationship and provide support. But we have also had clients hire us their due date month! We only take up to 4 clients a month (Gina and Jessie each take 2 clients), so space is limited to allow us to fully support each of our families. We encourage our doula clients to come to the gym so that we can do Spinning Babies (after 20 weeks), work through any pregnancy discomforts, and do our labor prep workouts.
What is a doula?
A Birth Doula is a experienced professional who will assist you and your partner during labor and birth by providing continuous physical, emotional and informational support. We will be supportive to you and your partner in the prenatal and postpartum. A birth doula can provide varying levels of support. If you are laboring without a birth partner, then your doula will provide primary support, handling all of your physical and emotional support needs. If you are laboring with a birth partner, then your doula is there as a secondary support system providing both emotional and hands on support.
What a doula is not...?
We are NOT medical professionals. While we are very knowledgeable and experienced on the processes of labor and birth, we will not perform any medical procedures or give medical advice as those are out of the scope of our practice. We will help you to ask the right questions, but we will not make any decisions on your behalf. We will not communicate your wishes to your care providers, but we will help you to communicate them.
What are the benefits of a doula?
Birth doulas are statistically proven to improve outcomes:
31% decrease in the use of Pitocin*
28% decrease in the risk of C-section*
12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth*
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience*
What Happens if I need a C-section?
We will provide continuous support for any type of birth. Vaginal, Cesarean, Medicated and Unmedicated. Our doulas are knowledgeable and experienced in the process for cesarean births, both planned and unplanned so that we may be able to support you and your partner in any situation. If you have a planned cesarean, we will work with you and your partner to help accomplish the birth of your dreams. We can help plan for procedures, skin to skin, photography (hospital allowing). We will arrive at the hospital with you and depending on hospital policy of number of support people, we will be in the room with you during surgery, or join you in recovery. In post op we will be waiting to help you establish breastfeeding if those are your wishes! In an unplanned emergency or non-emergency situation we will do the above procedures as well! Labor is unpredictable and we can support you however you need us to do so!
When will you arrive at my birth?
We will be communicating over the phone during the different stages of your labor so that we may provide you support prior to our arrival. We will meet you prenatally to determine a plan for your birth that includes travel time to the hospital, as well as when you would like us to join you. If you are progressing quickly, or you may be in transition, we will advise to meet you at the hospital. Birth is unpredictable so we will be completely available to support you no matter what the time.
Do you come to my home or the hospital for the birth?
We will do both! Our goal is to support you and keep you comfortable during labor. If you want us to join you at home we will, and we can also help you decide when to leave for the hospital.
Does a Doula replace my partner during birth?
Absolutely not. A birth doula knows birth, your partner knows you. Us working together makes the best possible team to support you and help navigate through the journey of your birth. Doulas help the partner as well during this process. Often during birth, a partner wants to help and doesn’t know quite how too. This is when a doula can help the partner know what to do, and when to do it. The doula can help give the partner confidence in their abilities, and reassurance in the situations that your labor may bring. We help provide information about interventions, risks, benefits, in addition to reminding your partner to ask questions (since there may be times when you are unable to think or speak clearly). Our presence allows the partner to be able to take breaks as needed without breaking your continuous support during labor. We provide the extra hands during labor to make your birth experience wonderful.
Do you support clients that plan to have an epidural?
Yes! We support you in all of the choices of your birth. We will honor your wishes for your birth experience because all birth is amazing.
Who can attend the childbirth education classes with me?
Your supportive birth partner(s). We do have to limit the number of supportive partners that can come to the childbirth education classes to 2.
When should I sign up for a childbirth education class?
As soon as you feel comfortable, but preferably before you give birth! We recommend attending the course before 20 weeks so that you can begin to implement some of the prenatal movement strategies to alleviate discomforts. However, waiting till the third trimester is perfectly fine as well! We offer a once a month one-day intensive childbirth education course, and offer a weekly evening series for those that wish to commit to a longer series in shorter sessions.
Do I have to take the weekly childbirth education series in order?
Nope! You can take class 2 first, and then wait two months before you take class 1. Or only take class 1 or 2 depending on your preferences! No need to commit to two weeks in a row for the series. We do offer a discount for multiple classes!