My gourmet childbirth preparation classes are for pregnant mothers + partners who are planning any kind of birth, and who are seeking a different kind of childbirth class. Give yourself the gift of an EXTRA-ORDINARY childbirth preparation experience!
We will honor the power & beauty of pregnancy & birth, get to know each other, practice proven pain-coping techniques, share information, and dive deeper through multi-sensory experiences and dialogue.
The exact content of each class series is tailored to address the deep questions and challenges faced by those participating.
Birthing From Within (for first time parents) TBA Birthin' Again (for second time or more parents) TBA
$250 per mother + support person (see registration page for discounts)
If you don't see a class that fits your schedule, contact me for information about private classes. Private classes usually require less time to cover the same basic material. They are also tailored directly for YOU and your concerns, not anyone elses. Of course, you will miss out on getting to know other wonderful mamas and their partners. On the other hand, we can include older children, grandparents, etc. Contact me for pricing, which may vary depending on your location and the number of sessions desired.
What do we do in a Birthing From Within® Childbirth Class?
I serve up a gourmet “meal” including:
AMBIANCE: Our space is a sacred space and a safe space. Our conversations are confidential. We honor the power and beauty of pregnancy and birth.
AN APPETIZER: Each class begins with an opportunity for us to get to know each other and our topic a little bit better before diving in!
THE BREAD BASKET: Each class includes time to learn and practice at least one pain-coping technique individually and as a couple/with a partner.
AN ENTREÉ: The course can include information on: birthing in your body, mental preparation, birthplace, laborland, pushing and birthing, fathers and birth companions, getting information and giving informed consent, postpartum adjustment and healing, and/or welcoming your baby – it depends on the needs and interests of participants.
SIDE DISHES: Each class invites you to participate in multi-sensory methods of self-discovery through music, art, and/or movement.
DESSERT: Each class ends with something that feels good to your mind, body, or spirit: inspirational words, gentle touch, and blessings.
As your Mentor I ...
VALIDATE!Your experiences and beliefs about pregnancy, birth, and parenting matter. You already have much of the knowledge and strength you need to go on this journey within yourself, and I acknowledge and draw out that knowing and power!
MOTIVATE! Wouldn’t you like to understand the amazing process you are going through right now? Wouldn’t you like to know how to cope better with the pain and/or intensity that birth and being a new parent bring? Wouldn’t you like to feel ready to be fully present at the birth of your child?
EDUCATE! My childbirth classes engage you in real learning through multi-sensory experiences and deep dialogue. Learning is about more than information – it’s about practice, evolving ideas, and envisioning what you want to be real.
INITIATE! Becoming a parent is a rite of passage not often treated with reverence in our culture. Childbirth classes can provide an opportunity to recognize the changes you are experiencing (and will experience) with ritual and joy.
CELEBRATE! You are already a wonderful parent in so many ways; each day you make choices to take good care of your baby and yourself! Our classes celebrate your positive steps and encourage further personal growth and commitment.