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Providing evidence-based information to new, not-so-new, and future parents

Welcome to illuminascent!

Illuminate - to enlighten intellectually or to make clear

Nascent - to come into existence or be born

Here at illuminascent we aim to provide evidence-based information and education, from blog posts to online prenatal classes, to new, not-so-new, and future parents.

What does that mean exactly? It means we want to share with you what research says on all topics related to pregnancy and birth, to help you make informed decisions that make sense for you.

Pregnancy and birth can come with a lot of opinions, advice, and judgement – here we’ll stick to the facts and let you do the rest.

Take a look around, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

I do not care what kind of birth you have - a homebirth, a scheduled Caesarean, an epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to baby deer. I care that you have options, that you are supported in your choices, and that you are respected.

January Harshe, author of 'Birth Without Fear'

Free download!

Get your hands on our free handout full of evidence-based tips for pregnancy and labour.

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We respect your privacy! We won’t share your email address or spam you. We will send you our free download, newsletter, and let you know when our online prenatal courses are registering. Check out our privacy policy.

What's here

I believe knowledge empowers people to make the right decisions for them, and that unbiased information provides the tools needed to make educated and smart decisions that match their goals. 

Here at illuminascent, you can find that information packaged a few ways.

Blog posts

In depth research-backed information about a variety of topics.



Free downloads – from abbreviated blog posts to birth affirmation cards.


prenatal classes

Evidence-based online prenatal classes are coming soon! 

stay in touch

Sign up for our monthly newsletter – hear about what’s new, get a monthly round-up of blog posts, stay up-to-date on everything pregnancy, and be notified about our online prenatal class registration. You’ll also get our freebie ’10 things you probably don’t know about labour’ which is full of great facts to help you through labour.

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Be the first to know when prenatal class registration opens!

Did you know the right kind of childbirth education, one that incorporates complementary therapies, can help decrease C-section rates and the need for epidurals? That it can reduce the rate of perineal trauma and the length of the 2nd stage of labour? Our online prenatal classes will cover everything from the physiology of birth, to complementary therapies to help you cope – providing you and your labour support person a variety of tools you can turn to during labour and delivery.

Sign up below to be notified when prenatal class registration opens.

We respect your privacy! We won’t share your email address or spam you. We will let you know when our online prenatal courses are registering. Privacy policy.



I’m Jess and I am so happy you’ve found my little corner of the Internet. Many things about me have led me here – to this space where I hope to educate and empower people in their journey to and through parenthood. Having my first baby (and then second and third) is definitely where my passion for evidence-based childbirth education began. But I’ve loved learning and research and science for as long as I can remember.

I hold my Masters of Science in Neuroscience, am a CAPPA certified childbirth educator, and have worked for 10 years as a medical writer – learning to distill complex research for all types of audiences – from patients to physicians. Please, stick around a while!

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