Birthing Bravely

academy

childbirth

education

digital course

faith-based

families

for growing

faith-based

education

for growing families

childbirth

You know this baby is coming and you need to be ready… but you have no clue where to begin.

You know you can’t just show up for your birth without learning the basics; but you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed and distracted by all the options.

Does this sound anything like you? 

we hear you.

And, we've made it our mission to equip and empower families just like yours as you prepare to grow your family.

-Empowered to clearly convey your wishes to your provider

-Prepared body, mind + spirit

-Aware of the Presence of God and His delight in your growing family

-Equipped to make decisions that align with your family's values

-Assured of what your body is capable of 

-Knowledgeable about the benefits and possible limitations of your birth location

-Connected to yourself + your partner

-Full of hope

- Full of hope
- Connected to yourself + your partner
- Knowledgeable about the potential benefits and limitations of your birth location
- Assured of what your body is capable of 
- Equipped to make decisions that align with your family's values
- Aware of the Presence of God and His delight in your growing family
- Prepared body, soul + spirit
- Empowered to clearly convey your wishes to your provider

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faith-based childbirth education for growing families

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Birthing Bravely

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Take a Peek Inside Birthing Bravely Academy:

click each of the modules to learn what's inside!

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-Evaluating your current feelings about birth and growing your family
-Letting go of preconceived notions so you can head toward birth free to do things your own way
-Solidifying your “big why”
-Getting empowered to make decisions you agree with
-Understanding God’s Design for this process
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module one, you will uncover your current beliefs about birth and mindsets you may not even be aware of. Doing this will allow you to become even more solid on the things that are truly important and let go of anything that is not serving you. 


Discover Your Family’s Values

module one

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-Getting the right nutrition & exercise
-Pregnancy do’s & don’t’s
-Connecting with God through this process and His design
-Walking through pregnancy & birth after loss (if not relevant, this or any lesson can be skipped)
-Trading anxiety and fear for peace
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module two, we will look at getting ready mentally, physically, and spiritually. I’ll lead you through some specific ways to care for yourselves holistically.

Preparing Holistically - Body, Spirit, Soul

module two

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-Timeline of your prenatal care
-Making informed choices
-Testing, exams and interventive care
-Creating a birth plan
-Induction, VBAC and planned Cesarean
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module three, we will cover prenatal care and what you can expect from your provider. We will discuss some simple ways to discuss your birth with your care team to ensure you’re on the same page.

Pregnancy and Planning for Birth

module three

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-Positive signs of labor
-What to expect
-Keeping dad involved
-Labor & birth positions
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module four, we will talk all about the first phases of your birth. We will look at some proven strategies to help you feel supported and confident as you labor and give birth to your baby.

Birth: Early & Active Labor

module four

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-What to expect during the transition to the pushing stage of labor
-The best labor and birth positions
Effective pushing techniques
-Golden hour: the importance of your baby’s first moments
-Introduction to breastfeeding
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module five, we will talk about the transition from labor contractions to pushing and the most effective ways to manage these last moments of your pregnancy. We will discover the importance of immediate breastfeeding and the best ways to support your body during its transition to supporting baby’s life outside your body. 

Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module five

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-Simple + natural healing tools for the postpartum period
-The best ways to support your body & hormone changes
-Bonding as a family
-Newborn care: what to expect
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module six, we will talk about the incredible benefits of an undisturbed first hour after baby is born. We will discuss the decisions you’ll need to make concerning immediate vaccines & care for your newborn, as well as the most effective ways to support mom’s transitioning hormone rhythms. 


Immediate Postpartum

module six

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-Support + resources for non-nursing mamas
-Support + resources for nursing mamas
-Short-term and long-term support strategies
-Sleep for the whole family
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module seven, we will talk about your support team and developing a plan to co-parent your baby from the beginning. We will also talk about incorporating your new baby into your family + lend support for both nursing and non-nursing mamas. 


Baby's First Weeks

module seven

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-How to pray effectively for your family
-Prayer covering for your family
-Spiritual, emotional, mental & physical health and their correlation
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module eight, we will talk about cultivating a space of connection with God as a family. 


Created for Family Unity

module eight

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Bonus One: Twice weekly access to Sam via Voxer from November 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022

Bonus Two: Access to Six Weeks of Weekly Live Q&A Sessions with Sam (and the opportunity to submit questions before & during Q&A) 

Bonus Three: Our Customizable Birth Planning Template + Guide Organize your birth plan in a snap with our custom, selectable graphics and easy-to-use template.

Bonus Four: Printable Birth Affirmation Cards. 12 printable birth affirmation cards to hang on your walls at home or to bring along to the hospital or birth center.

Early Bird Bonus: 45-minute Zoom Call with Sam (birth plan review, Q&A, etc.)*
*available to anyone who signs up before October 27

Created With You in Mind

bonuses

module one - discover your family's values

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

-Evaluating your current feelings about birth and growing your family
-Letting go of preconceived notions so you can head toward birth free to do things your own way
-Solidifying your “big why”
-Getting empowered to make decisions you agree with
-Understanding God’s Design for this process
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module one, you will uncover your current beliefs about birth and mindsets you may not even be aware of. Doing this will allow you to become even more solid on the things that are truly important and let go of anything that is not serving you. 


Discover Your Family’s Values

module one

module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

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module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, Soul

module two

-Getting the right nutrition & exercise
-Pregnancy do’s & don’t’s
-Connecting with God through this process and His design
-Walking through pregnancy & birth after loss (if not relevant, this or any lesson can be skipped)
-Trading anxiety and fear for peace
-And so much more!


In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module two, we will look at getting ready mentally, physically, and spiritually. I’ll lead you through some specific ways to care for yourselves holistically.

module one - discover your family's values

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module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Pregnancy and Planning for Birth

module three

-Timeline of your prenatal care
-Making informed choices
-Testing, exams and interventive care
-Creating a birth plan
-Induction, VBAC and planned Cesarean
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module three, we will cover prenatal care and what you can expect from your provider. We will discuss some simple ways to discuss your birth with your care team to ensure you’re on the same page.

module one - discover your family's values

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module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Birth: Early & Active Labor

module four

-Positive signs of labor
-What to expect
-Keeping dad involved
-Labor & birth positions
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module four, we will talk all about the first phases of your birth. We will look at some proven strategies to help you feel supported and confident as you labor and give birth to your baby.

module one - discover your family's values

Andrew Belle's 'Dive Deep'
album plays on repeat
during my work days. 

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module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module five

-What to expect during the transition to the pushing stage of labor
-The best labor and birth positions
Effective pushing techniques
-Golden hour: the importance of your baby’s first moments
-Introduction to breastfeeding
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module five, we will talk about the transition from labor contractions to pushing and the most effective ways to manage these last moments of your pregnancy. We will discover the importance of immediate breastfeeding and the best ways to support your body during its transition to supporting baby’s life outside your body. 

module one - discover your family's values

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module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Immediate Postpartum

module six

-Simple + natural healing tools for the postpartum period
-The best ways to support your body & hormone changes
-Bonding as a family
-Newborn care: what to expect
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module six, we will talk about the incredible benefits of an undisturbed first hour after baby is born. We will discuss the decisions you’ll need to make concerning immediate vaccines & care for your newborn, as well as the most effective ways to support mom’s transitioning hormone rhythms. 

module one - discover your family's values

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    you      be                 To know

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06

module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Baby's First Weeks

module seven

-Support + resources for non-nursing mamas
-Support + resources for nursing mamas
-Short-term and long-term support strategies
-Sleep for the whole family
-And so much more!

In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module seven, we will talk about your support team and developing a plan to co-parent your baby from the beginning. We will also talk about incorporating your new baby into your family + lend support for both nursing and non-nursing mamas. 

module one - discover your family's values

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interested

may

06

module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Created For Family Unity

module eight

-How to pray effectively for your family
-Prayer covering for your family
-Spiritual, emotional, mental & physical health and their correlation
-And so much more!


In this module, I’ll walk along with you through: 

In module eight, we will talk about cultivating a space of connection with God as a family. 

module one - discover your family's values

If I were an item of clothing, I'd be a red & black buffalo plaid flannel.

    you      be                 To know

interested

may

06

module four - birth: early & active labor

module five - Birth: Transition, Pushing & Meeting Your Baby

module six - immediate postpartum

module seven - baby's first weeks

module eight - Created for Family Unity

bonuses - created with you in mind

module three - Pregnancy and planning for birth

module two - Preparing Holistically: Body, Spirit, soul

Created With You In Mind

bonuses

Bonus One: Twice weekly access to Sam via Voxer from November 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022

Bonus Two: Access to Six Weeks of Weekly Live Q&A Sessions with Sam (and the opportunity to submit questions before & during Q&A) 

Bonus Three: Our Customizable Birth Planning Template + Guide Organize your birth plan in a snap with our custom, selectable graphics and easy-to-use template.

Bonus Four: Printable Birth Affirmation Cards. 12 printable birth affirmation cards to hang on your walls at home or to bring along to the hospital or birth center.

Early Bird Bonus: 45-minute Zoom Call with Sam (birth plan review, Q&A, etc.)*
*available to anyone who signs up by October 27

module one - discover your family's values

yeeesss, let's get you all sorts of prepared!

Ready to Join?

-Digital Access to the Course via any Online Platform for One Year

-Access to Six Weeks of Weekly Live Q & A (with Opportunity to Submit Questions) 

-Immediate Access to Modules 1 & 2 of Birthing Bravely Academy

-Access to Modules 3 - 8 Delivered Each Week Beginning November 1, 2021

-Downloadable Audio Files + Supporting PDF’s

-Early-Bird Bonus: 45-Minute Zoom Call with Sam (Great for Birth Plan Review and Q&A)*
*available to anyone who signs up by 10/27/21

-Bonus 1: Birth Planning Template with Custom Graphics ($75 value)

-Bonus 2: Twice-Weekly Access to Sam via Voxer from November 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022

-Bonus 3: Printable Affirmation Cards for Pregnancy, Labor, Birth and Postpartum

Birthing bravely academy

- Everything from Birthing Bravely Academy 

IN ADDITION TO...

-Two 90-Minute Private Coaching Zoom Sessions with Sam ($400 value)

-Created For’s Personalized Coaching Workbook ($100 value)

-Postpartum Quick Reference Guide ($75 value)

-Bonus 1: Birth Planning Template with Custom Graphics ($75 value)

-Bonus 2: Twice-Weekly Access to Sam via Voxer from November 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022

-Bonus 3: Printable Affirmation Cards for Pregnancy, Labor, Birth and Postpartum

VIP COMBO: BBA Course + Private CoachinG

enroll for $237

enroll for $497

You have already been through the birth process but still have questions.

You’re going to be first-time parents and could use some help navigating all of this. 

You want to get ready for your birth from the privacy of your own home, but still have access to support.

You’re looking for a course that gives you practical tools without all the overwhelm.

birthing bravely academy is right for you if:

Quickly and effectively overcome fear and anxiety about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and your family’s transition. 

Make informed decisions about your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. 

Confidently express your family’s values and desires to anyone on your birth team, including your provider.

With Birthing Bravely Academy, you’ll be able to:

With Birthing Bravely
Academy, you’ll be able to:

After purchase, you’ll receive an email with your username and password and link to access the program. You’ll receive instant access to modules 1 + 2 (along with your bonuses!) so you can jump in within minutes of sign-up.

You'll receive modules 1-8 weekly beginning november 1st.

answer:

In a word: YES! I’m a HUGE believer in doulas and am thrilled you’ve got one on board. However, unless you purchased an additional childbirth education program from your doula, there will be tons of information she will not be able to provide given the time you have together.

By signing up for Birthing Bravely Academy, you ensure you have the information you need to get the most out of your relationship with your doula. Plus, you’ve got extra built-in support!

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Most definitely! In our experience, this is a much appreciated and well received gift from expecting parents!  

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Absolutely! If you decide you would like to sign up for private coaching with Sam, you will receive a 25% discount on coaching packages. 

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this is an eight-module online course. it is pre-recorded, and you can take it at your own pace, and repeat it as many times as you would like in the twelve months you have access. 

in addition to the eight modules of teaching, you will be provided a substantial amount of downloadable pdf assets consisting of worksheets and templates as well audio files, you will also be provided homework at the end of applicable lessons.

and of course, bonuses galore! :)

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The full course contains eight modules, which take around an hour to complete each (including worksheets) for a total of about eight hours of content.

That may sound like a lot, but the course is broken down into easy-to-digest lessons with visual support along the way. You are welcome to move through it at your own pace and re-watch or skip lessons as needed.

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This course does not follow a specific breathing & birthing technique (like Lamaze or The Bradley Method). However, it is designed to be partner and family inclusive and focused on the holistic event of bringing a baby into the world, not just the day of birth.

In my (limited) experience of birth classes available at the hospital, I’ve found many focus heavily on medications, interventions and logistics. While it is important that you understand all of these details (and they are included in BBA), I believe what you focus your attention on grows. I want you to learn much more about how your body was designed to function in birth and what you’re capable of than where you should plan to park at your birth location! :)

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I hand-selected my course hosting platform (Kajabi) for two reasons: ease of use and Raving recommendations from course takers and creators alike.

This course can be accessed from any device (including your phone using the Kajabi app) and is wildly intuitive and straightforward. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble but of course, if you need support of any kind, my team and I will be standing by to help.

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I understand couples have varying degrees of sensitivity to birth imagery so I designed this program to include everything you need, but without the shock and awe. Birth photos and videos are linked externally and will not pop up on a slide when you’re not expecting it. You will have access to some incredible videos and photos, but in a specific location you can choose to access or not.

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Refunds will be considered until November 5 at 11:59pm*

*refund is not guaranteed. you will need to prove completion of modules 1 + 2 and explain your reasoning for request prior to your refund being approved.

please note: this is a faith-based taught course and No refunds will be given on the basis of the faith-based approach or methodology.

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Birth has been a big part of my world for over 15 years. I started my career as a RN in obstetrics and emergency medicine, where I realized my heart was drawn to the midwifery model of care. I dove in head-first, attending births in homes, hospitals and birth centers alongside phenomenal midwives.

It wasn’t long before I realized my favorite moments were spent teaching families and empowering them for what’s ahead. I took the knowledge I gained through work as a Certified Doula + Childbirth Educator, OB nurse, and birth assistant, and began educating birth workers all over the nation.

From instructing future midwives in anatomy & physiology to teaching clinical skills & evidence based practices, I’ve spent the better part of a decade training future birth workers all over the world, educating families and attending birth in a variety of capacities.

I believe your childbirth education class should do more than prepare you for the possibility of interventions. There are certainly details you need to learn, and if you jump in with me in Birthing Bravely Academy, you will learn them all. But holistic birth education is more than that.

What I really want you to get out of this class is the confidence that you’re ready to make the decisions that are right for your family.

I want you to feel prepared heading into your birth experience, and for the many decisions and transitions you’ll face in your life with a new baby. That’s why I created Birthing Bravely Academy. Birth is not just about a day; it’s about building family.  Join me and let’s build yours.

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Meet Your Instructor

hey there, i'm sam. Your Course Instructor + Founder of Created For (and the new friend who may steal your heart with my serious car dancing skills)...

hey there, i'm sam. Your Course Instructor + Founder of Created For (and the new friend who may steal your heart with my serious car dancing skills)...

Sam saw us through from start to finish - her birth course made us feel secure and empowered as people about to become parents (and a woman about to go through labor), and her graciousness in answering our questions always made us feel understood and listened to.  She made my husband feel confident and competent as my birth partner. Her teaching was so practical and made us feel much more prepared, but it also instilled confidence in both of us that we could stay connected to each other and to Jesus throughout the process of labor.

Sam's birth course made us feel secure and empowered. Her graciousness in answering our questions always made us feel understood and listened to.  Her teaching was so practical and made us feel much more prepared, and also instilled confidence in both of us that we could stay connected to each other and to Jesus throughout the process of labor.

The Walin family