Birthing From Within®
What do YOU need to know to give birth?
You need two kinds of knowing to birth from within. The first and most basic is the intuitive knowing in your bones. The second kind of knowing is modern knowing—being savvy about the birth culture and the wide range of birth choices.
The Birthing From Within® classes and 4-hour workshops offer you a soulful and holistic approach to birth preparation that integrates both kinds of knowing. These classes/workshops prepare you to birth-in-awareness whether you are birthing at home or hospital.
The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery, not assimilating obstetric information.
Birthing From Within® classes and workshops go beyond what other childbirth classes offer. In addition to learning lots of practical information, you will deepen your intuitive knowing through thought-provoking dialogues, interesting birth videos, and memorable exercises.
We acknowledge that, for some women, pain is an integral part of childbirth, but much can be done to ease suffering.
The pain-coping confidence you develop in your Birthing From Within® class or workshop will support you in Laborland. You'll experience variety of pain-coping techniques which will help you cultivate the power of mindfulness, meditation and self-hypnosis. In addition to visualizations and learning age old practices from wisdom traditions, you will explore the wise use of drugs and epidurals should they become necessary.
Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth)
No matter what kind of birth you are hoping and planning for (home birth, hospital birth,water birth, cesarean birth, natural birth, vaginal birth, medicated birth, etc.) you can birth-in-awareness, and these classes and workshops have something here to meet your needs and pique your interest.
In your Birthing From Within® classes, you will learn how to:
- Experience birth as a rite of passage
- Eat a sound diet (pregnancy and breastfeeding)
- Open your body-mind before and during labor with self-hypnosis and visualizations
- Build confidence in yourself and your partner
- Ask questions and make decisions in labor
- Protect your birth space
- Tame your "Birth Tigers"TM
- Birth your baby
- Welcome your baby
- Recover and plan postpartum
- Care for and feed your newborn
- Give birth from within during a Cesarean, while using pain medication, or with medical support.
- ...and much more!
Your Birthing From Within® classes will be:
- A balance of practical, useful information and creative, experiential exercises.
- Personalized to your needs and interests.
- Not narrowly focused on a particular type of birth.
- Stimulating, lively discussions and interesting exercises learning, not just about birth, but also about yourselves!