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MOTHERWISE MASTERCLASS ONLINE VIRTUAL PRENATAL EDUCATION

Congratulations on making the very sensible decision to investigate this MotherWise MasterClass curriculum! Over the next weeks or months, our very comprehensive education is we are here to help take you from feeling unsure, nervous or anxious – to feeling informed, educated, knowledgeable, empowered and confident … because we’re going to help you avoid so many, many of those preventable painful pitfalls commonly experienced by most newbie parents. Perhaps you are a first-time mother-to-be who is feeling anxious or worried, or you just know you’re an A-type personality that really likes to cross your “t”s and dot your “i”s. WELL DONE YOU. This is the BEST online prenatal education program that we know exists, anywhere. Or perhaps you are a second-time-around’r who is adamant you are NOT repeating the last dramatic and traumatic emergency delivery with this next Baby’s birth! WELL DONE YOU because that is what we do here at MotherWise: We change outcomes!! So, if your No1 goal is giving your Baby the very best birth experience you can imagine then know you have found the right webpage … and do also know, that when your Baby has the very best birth possible, one of the many positive side-effects is that by default you will have the best birth experience you can have too! This course contains 10-Modules, each consisting of around 2.5 hours of education designed to fit in around your own schedule.

What do you get with the MotherWise Masterclass

  • 50 Videos/Audios ranging from a few minutes to 30-mins duration, to help you feel fully informed on practically everything to avoid those common preventable painful pitfalls!.
  • 30 short Articles – Kathy’s favorite blogs providing confidence-building pragmatic ‘real’ information.
  • Unlimited access to Kathy’s self-check “Are You Really Ready for Birth & Baby” self-check questionnaire.
  • Invitation to Kathy’s “inner-circle” MotherWise MasterClass live sessions, where each week she deep-dives into a particular topic – and answers live your general questions.
  • Free access to the IIMHCO [Intl Integrative Maternity HealthCare Org] weekly Webinars for Birth Practitioners and Maternity Healthcare Therapists, where Kathy interviews maternity wellness guest specialist experts from all over the world, as part of the Maternity Natural Health series.

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Highlights of some of the excellent course inclusions

eBook

Oh Baby

A complete e-copy of Kathy’s book “OH BABY … Birth, Babies & Motherhood Uncensored” which has been a #1 best-selling maternity guidebook since 2005! Nicknamed by fans as their “Baby Bible” OH BABY is designed to start to be read in the Third Trimester guiding your through getting ready for Labor, Birth and Newborn. Then after your baby is born, OH BABY becomes like a wonderful Big Sis or loving Aunty, being at your side for the first year of being a new parent.
eBook

Oh Mama

A complete e-copy of Kathy’s ground-breaking book “OH MAMA … Perinatal Integrative Healthcare” which is a leading-edge guide to safe holistic wellness for pre-pregnancy and pregnancy; for birth preparation to labor care; for postpartum and newborn; with cures to common concerns to support for complex complications. Written as a handbook for maternity healthcare clinicians, OH MAMA is also very readable for expectant mothers-to-be. 

90-min 'Secrets of Labor' Video & Birth-Support Person's Guide

Organic Birth

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BONUS CONTENT Kathy’s extraordinary 90-min “ORGANIC BIRTH” video to Understanding the Secrets of Natural Labor and Normal Birth, along with a download of her accompanying Organic Birth guide booklet (for your Birth Support Persons).

Guide sheet to understanding Newborns

Why they cry

Why Baby cry
A copy of Kathy’s popular “WHY THEY CRY” guide sheet to understanding the body-sign language of newborns, along with her popular Newborn Sleep summary. This sheet can be a godsend at 3am!

Modules in detail

Module 01

The First Trimester

  • Meet Kathy Fray (midwife, motherhood author, and global thought-leader on perinatal integrative medicine)
  • Understanding the EDD (Estimated Due Date)
  • When a Dating Scan is appropriate
  • First Booking Blood tests
  • First Prescriptions you should receive
  • Morning Sickness remedies
  • Signs & Symptoms of UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)
  • The Foods you may think you can eat but shouldn’t – and the Foods you may think you shouldn’t eat but actually can.
  • Optional 12-week Ultrasound Scan screening for Down’s Syndrome+
  • Optional Amnio (Amniocentesis) diagnostic testing
  • The vital “Rest>Active>Rest Sandwich” of Pregnancy
  • The Five “S”s of the Maternity Journey
  • Natural Essentials to include in your Household First-Aid Kit
  • Pregnant During a Pandemic Guidelines – the “new normal” of the ‘right’ amount of face-to-face vs virtual interaction with your Midwife/Obstetrician & Sonographer/Radiographer modified to best protect you against COVID-19 community transmission.

Second Trimester

Module 02

The Early Second Trimester

  • What you need to Know & Do at 14-17 week’s gestation
  • The 18-20 week Anatomy Ultrasound Scan
  • Pre-planning for the “best” time to stop work during a pregnancy
  • Benefits of Hypnobirthing (“meditative labour”)
  • Five most random but useful things to know about Newborns
  • Introductory overview to MotherWise and all our many free resources and optional services
Module 03

The Mid Second Trimester

  • What you need to Know & Do at 20-24 week’s gestation
  • Birth facility visitations
  • Overview of postnatal and breastfeeding prep
  • Preventing future sibling rivalry (if you have a pre-schooler)
  • Next set of Prenatal bloods
  • Gestational Diabetes glucose screen checks and GTT diagnostic tests
  • Signs & Symptoms of pre-term Obstetric Emergencies
  • Introduction to the 4 x Stages of Childbirth (& the 3 x Phases of Labor)
  • Risks vs Benefits of Non-Hospital vs Hospital Birthing
  • Introduction to Maternal-Fetal Prenatal Bonding
  • Overview of Neonatal Screens (eg, APGARs, Physical exam & Guthrie heel-prick test)
Module 04

The Late Second Trimester

  • What you need to Know & Do at 26-28 week’s gestation
  • BONUS CONTENT – Kathy’s incredible 90-min ORGANIC BIRTH video – watch with all your Birth Support Person(s) as many times as you wish, including receiving Kathy’s ORGANIC BIRTH guide booklet download for all your Birth Support crew. This video is extraordinarily comprehensive – it’s a LOT to take in – but you will be left feeling educated, excited and empowered! Kathy covers off everything regarding the Labor & Birth, of course including natural ways to manage the pain of contractions.
  • Signs & Symptoms of Pre-Eclampsic Toxaemia
  • Actively managed delivery of placenta vs Physiological birthing of the placenta
  • Overview of Cord-Cutting (who & when)
  • Optional keeping of the Placenta (eg for encapsulation)
  • Overview of Newborn Vitamin-K
  • Overview of Newborn Hearing Screen
  • Introduction to 3rd Trimester partus preparatus Complementary Therapies
  • Understanding the “normal” of Newborn Poo (black tar, guacamole and paw-paw mustard)
  • Newborn Weird & Wonderful Skin Things (incl Vernix caseosa, Lanugo, Skull moulding, Milk spots, Harlequin circulation, Birthmarks, Cradle cap, Nappy-rash, Oral thrush).

Third Trimester

Module 05

29-30 Weeks’ Gestation

  • What you need to Know & Do at 29-30 week’s gestation
  • Overview of Maternal exercise/nutrition
  • Overview of post-birth Maternal checks
  • The Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette
  • Signs & Symptoms of an Unwell Newborn
  • Health benefits for exclusively-breastfed Babies
  • Potential need for pre-labor Anaesthetic consultation review
  • Overview of the Baby’s 4th Trimester
  • High-risk needs for repeat Gestational Diabetes testing
  • Breastfeeding Bras & Lactation Clothing
  • One-hour educational video on Pharmaceutical Labor Pain Analgesia explanations incl Nitrous Oxide gas, Opioid options & Epidurals
  • Full explanation of optional Newborn Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Full explanation of optional Newborn Vitamin-K injections/orals
  • The “Four Mountains” every expectant mother-to-be needs to know is ahead of her
  • Molecule differences & Health statistics of BreastMilk vs Formula
Module 06

31-33 Weeks’ Gestation

  • What you need to Know & Do at 31-33 week’s gestation
  • Review of Hypnobirthing (meditative labor)
  • Naturopathic “partus preparatus” prelabour Medical Herbal supplements
  • Birth-Plan consensual decisions
  • Ultrasound Growth Scans
  • Top-10 Essentials to fine-tuning your readiness for Childbirth
  • Epidurals – and understanding the science behind why they lead to so many C-Sections
  • Understanding what impacts and why during the Medicalized “cascade of intervention” vs the Physiological “cascade of normalcy”.
  • Ripening (preparing) your Cervix for Dilatation
  • The dynamics of picking your best Birth Support Person(s)
  • Artificial Rupture of Membranes (understanding when it is and isn’t appropriate to have your “waters broken”)
  • The Four Maternal Commitments to ensuring your give your Newborn its best possible 4th Trimester.
  • Seven Natural Ways to boost your Breastmilk Supply
Module 07

34-35 Weeks’ Gestation

  • What you need to Know & Do at 34-35 week’s gestation including: Final Due-Date To-Do Check-List, Birth Support Person(s) readiness, Cultural/religious birth traditions, Birth-Plan, management of Postnatal Home-Help, overview of Postnatal Exercise, overview of Contraception options, Signs & Symptoms of Maternal Postpartum infections (eg puerperal sepsis & breast mastitis), Signs & Symptoms of Postnatal Depressive Disorders, final pregnancy Blood-tests, and potential Group-B-Strep check.
  • Optimal Fetal Positioning
  • Bonding with Baby – honey did you pack the super-glue?
  • Why They Cry – Understanding the Secrets of Newborn Body-Sign Language
  • Postnatal Day-1 – What you need to Know & Do in the first 24 hours: Neonatal Wellbeing incl baby-care assessments of feeding, respiration, output (meconium & urine), newborn Crying, and avoiding Neonoatal Hypothermia (newborn cold-stress). Maternal Wellbeing incl Labor-Birth debrief, Uterine involution, Blood loss, Breasts + Nipples, Perineum + sutures/wound, Nutritional needs, and knowing when to call for Emergency assistance. Breastfeeding assessment incl assistance, guidance, advice,promotion & support of baby’s nutritional needs, colostrum, hand-expressing, and Day-1 vs Day-2 newborns.
  • Postnatal Day-2 – What you need to Know & Do at 40-70 hours: Neonatal Wellbeing incl baby-cares, feed-feed-feed impulse, urine/bowel output, umbilicus belly-button cord-flare, conjunctivitis sticky pink-eye, newborn Hearing screen, Guthries heel-prick metabolic screen, and SUDI/SIDS/CotDeath. Maternal Wellbeing incl Observations (BP-Temp-Pulse), Lochia vaginal discharge, Womb fundal height, pending Baby Blues, when are your “clinically ready” for discharge home, and the goal of successfully establishing Breastfeeding.
  • Identifying the Red Flags of Breastmilk Over-Production after the Postpartum period
Module 08

Almost “Term” (36 Weeks)

  • What you need to Know & Do at 36 week’s gestation including: Defining “good fetal movements”, Sleeping on your side, Mucous Bloody Shows, Waters Breaking (and Meconium-stained liquor), Knowing when to contact your Midwife/Obstetrician, Knowing when to present at Birthing Suite in established Active Labor, Skin-to-skin, and First Breastfeed
  • Appropriately dressing a Neonate vs Non-Motile Baby vs Motile Baby
  • Sleep Baby Sleep – normal infant sleep cycles over the first year, plus Kathy’s top 13 Tips to teaching your baby to become a great sleeper.
  • Kathy’s 10 Golden Rules to successful Infant Sleep
  • Signs & Symptoms of recognizing a Tired Baby vs Over-Tired Baby
  • Postnatal Depression – Overview of real Causes and real Cures
  • Postnatal Days 3-4 – What you need to Know & Do when your Baby is half-a-week old: Neonatal Wellbeing incl of vigorous productive suckling, increasing wet nappies, transitional stools, recognizing the difference between mild/moderate/severe bilirubin Jaundice, maternal home management of moderate physiological Jaundice, medical hospital management of pathological severe Jaundice. Maternal Wellbeing incl “the Blues” ending and milk arriving, Postbirth physical examinations, Self-care & confidence, Signs & Symptoms of Postpartum infections, and Breastfeeding lactation advice.
  • Postnatal Days 5-7 – What you need to Know & Do when your Baby is nearly One Week Old: Neonatal Wellbeing incl detailed examination repeating checks of body length, head circumference, reflexes and fraenulum (tongue-tie), newborn weight-loss management (audible swallows of milk transfer), Pacifiers, and On-demand vs Scheduled feeding routines. Maternal Wellbeing incl uterine fundus involution, lochia discharge (rubra/serosa/alba), uterine placental wound-site healing, sutures healing (perineum/C-section), and Breasts (Lactogenesis-II, sore nipples).
Module 09

Fully “Term” (Pre-EDD 37-40 weeks)

  • What you need to Know & Do at 37-40 week’s gestation including: Reviewing signs & symptoms of normal and abnormal Labor, overviewing the ways to naturally trigger Labor, reminding about the three things for Mother and one thing for Baby that are the “essential must takes” to Birthing Suite.
  • Normal/Abnormal Baby Cries including Hungry, Tired, Teething, Unwell, Lactose-intolerance, Cow’s Milk-Protein allergy, Gastro-oesophageal reflux, Colic
  • Postnatal Day 10-14 – What you need to Know & Do when your Baby is nearing Two Weeks Old: Neonatal Wellbeing incl return to Birth Weight, 8-11+ Wet Diapers daily, frequent/infrequent stools, 200g-300g+ weekly weight gains (7oz-10oz+), and general feeding/behavioural/crying patterns. Maternal Wellbeing incl normotensive BP, Fundus no longer palpable, Lochia reduced to alba, sutured wounds healing (and what to do when they’re not), traumatised nipples improving, assessing PND risk, Kegels pelvic-floor exercises. Plus what is ‘normal’ at this stage for Mother-Baby bonding interaction.
  • Postnatal Day 18-21 – What you need to Know & Do when your Baby is nearing Three Weeks Old: Neonatal Wellness incl another detailed neonatal exam by Health Professional, Hearing screen, Vaccination info overview, baby’s Feeding-Sleeping patterns, OH BABY book’s Infant Sleep chapter with its 12 Golden Rules, 12 Magical Secrets and 20 Do’s & Don’ts. Maternal Wellness incl Breastfeeding successfully establishing, womb involuted, suture wounds healed, confidence with expressing/storing breastmilk, cervical pap smear reminder, Rubella/Chickenpox vaccine discussion, post-Gestational Diabetes GTT, Contraception options, Community support, and feeling safe from FV.
  • Kathy’s Five Best Ways to Fix New-Motherhood Isolation
  • Kathy’s Mother’s Little Helpers: Brain-boosters to elevate your spirits, including Gotu kola, False unicorn root, Chaste tree berries, Shatavari, St John’s wart, Ginkgo biloba, Siberian ginseng, 5-HTP, Panx ginseng, Evening primrose oil, Flaxseed/linseed, & Damiana.
Module 10

Fully “Term” (Post-EDD 40-42 weeks)

  • What you need to Know & Do at 40-42 week’s gestation including: Good fetal movement patterns, Postdate BPP ultrasound scan, CTG traces, “Stretch & Sweep” vaginal exams, and Post-date Induction process at42-weeks.
  • Postnatal Day 28-30 – What you need to Know & Do when your Baby is a Month Old: Neonatal Wellness incl feeding, sleeping & behavioural patterns, Tummy-time, Over-stimulation, Milestones, and the Van de Rijt & Plooij explanations of the cranky-clingy phases. Maternal Wellness including concluding relationship with your private Doula/Midwife/Obstetrician.
  • Postnatal Exercise, including the three essential exercises before returning to the Gym
  • How to Diagnose & Treat primary and secondary infections of Nappy-Rash and infantile Eczema.
  • Ways to reduce side-effects of vaccine immunization common adverse reactions
  • Breast-Weaning – is there ever a “right” time to start Formula?
  • Uterosexuality & Motherhood, and how they interconnect

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OPTIMUM TIME TO START

Simple. As soon as you are pregnant and have discovered us! In practical terms, because women start these MotherWise MasterClasses at all different gestations, then know you will automatically be sent access to ALL the Lesson Modules relevant up until your current gestation so you can catch-up if necessary. And then each next Module will be released at the correct gestation of your pregnancy.

OPTIMUM TIME TO FINISH

Because babies are born at different gestations, our goal is that by around 35-weeks you will be feeling fully informed regarding Organic Birth education on labor. Then much of the remaining Lesson Content from 36-weeks onwards, relates particularly to the Postnatal period – which can be completed after you give birth if necessary, no problem at all.

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” Kathy is an absolutely amazing person: her skills and knowledge helped us have 2 wonderful pregnancies and births, and we are so grateful to her for helping us on our journey to parenthood. She deals with the whole person including physical and emotional needs, and we learnt so much from her. She will always hold a special place in our family.”

Fiona Butler

“Thank you so much for being a wonderful midwife! From the moment we met you we trusted you. You made me feel safe and cared for and I trusted you throughout. You are a gifted woman and will hold a place in our hearts and our lives forever! “

Jinny & Bill
” We would like to thank you very much for the support you showed and gave us … We really appreciate you helping us along our journey and being there. A big thank you,”
Katrina & John
” We can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done. To you it might just be a job, but to us you’re a legend. We’ve been on a bumpy road but we knew it would have been a lot more treacherous terrain without you driving us! We are eternally grateful for you giving us the best start in life as a new family and helping us grow our wings to fly solo. You’ll be missed by all! “
Mary & Nick
” We would just like to say a massive thank you for all your help, support, encouragement and most of all your wisdom throughout … We are so grateful that you kept things as natural as possible. It allowed me to have a positive birth experience, one different to the negative experiences of my friends. It’s a story I enjoy sharing with my girlfriends and it’s given me such confidence. Thank you for everything Kathy! “
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