For Birthing Parents
You are invited to join Childbirth Preparation Classes
BirthWorks offers childbirth classes to any woman with any birthing history. Our classes are innovative and experiential in design. They help women gain confidence in their ability to birth, and help birth companions become aware of ways they can make labor safer and more comfortable. The classes are interactive and provide both a physical and emotional preparation for birth. Our program is suitable for parents planning a hospital, birthing center or home birth.
Families are encouraged to take BirthWorks early in pregnancy, or even prior to pregnancy, as this is an optimal time for identifying and exploring beliefs about birth, interviewing caregivers, choosing healthy foods and finding a birth place that feels safe.
BirthWorks Class Topics
- Beliefs and attitudes about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum
- The safety of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
- Grieving and healing past emotional pain in preparation for birth
- Physical and emotional aspects of labor and birth
- Comfort measures for pregnancy, labor, and birth
- Physiology of birth and primal health (hormonal behaviors and properties) and the function of the microbiome.
- The importance of skin-to-skin contact of mother and baby for fetal brain maturation
- The importance of nutrition and exercise
- Optimal fetal positioning, optimal pelvic positioning and pelvic body work
- Developing confidence in decision-making skills
- Taking more responsibility for birth
- Choosing a birth team and writing a birth plan
- Physical and psychological interventions in birth (nocebo effect)
- Factors that influence the safety of birth
- Current information about risks and benefits of medical procedures and obstetrical drugs
- Ways to avoid unnecessary cesareans
- A woman's personal strengths and resources for birth
- Human values and character development
- Integration of the Mind, Body, and Spirit
- Trusting our bodies and the energy of the birth process
- Personal support and comfort measures for labor and birth
- Postpartum care, breastfeeding and early parenting
Twelve Steps to an Empowering Birth Experience
- Believe in your truth that you were born with the knowledge about how to give birth. Birth is instinctive and doesn’t need to be taught. Quiet your mind so you can go deeply into your primal, instinctive brain, that already knows how to give birth.
- Become familiar with the primary human values of truth, right action, peace, love, and nonviolence, and begin putting them into practice. This provides an emotional preparation for birth that integrates the mind, body, and spirit.
- Seek a childbirth preparation class that includes expression of feelings, information about the physiology of birth (physical and behavioral aspects of hormones), functions of the neocortex and limbic brain and grieving and healing.
- Understand the four principles of pelvic bodywork and explore birth positions that help to open the birth passageway for birth. Then you can breathe your baby out with minimal pushing.
- Understand that babies come “out the back,” posteriorly. This is the reason to keep moving and staying off your back while in labor. Walk, move, change positions often.
- Have patience – your body knows how to give birth. Avoid inductions and other medical interventions unless there is a good medical reason. Your body will go into labor when it is ready.
- Give birth where you feel safe. Surround yourself with only positive energy. Bring a loved one, friend, or doula to be with you who will provide continuous support.
- View your uterus as a magnificent muscle that can contract strongly enough to birth your baby. Feel the atomic power in your body at work and feel empowered in labor. Know that the stronger your contractions, the sooner your baby will be born.
- Understand the importance of the primal period: the time from conception to the end of the first year of life. What happens to your baby during the primal period impacts his/her health as an adult.
- Insist on time alone with your baby at the moment of birth so primal behaviors can be expressed. Mother/baby skin-to-skin contact is essential for the development of a healthy limbic (emotional) brain in your baby.
- Suckling and breastfeeding fulfill an innate fetal agenda, help to develop a healthy limbic brain and strengthen mother-baby bonding and attachment. This promotes healthier social interactions as the child grows into adulthood.
- Know that learning only comes with experience. Feeling all of your labor, stimulates full hormone production that results in a peak experience of birth.
- "I have given birth 17 days ago. After BirthWorks classes, I was no longer afraid and trusted my body to do the job." VA
- "The classes helped me have the confidence, not only in my ability to give birth, but in the innate capabilities of my body - that my body knows what do and will do it as long as we are not unnecessarily interfering in the natural process. That assurance and confidence gave me patience during a long labor." WY
- "As a result of BirthWorks, I feel more comfortable and prepared for birth and have an "I CAN do this" attitude rather than "I hope I can do this." " OH
- "BirthWorks teaches about choices you have during delivery - not "how to deliver." MA
- "I wanted to develop the confidence that my wife can succeed in VBAC. The birth was incredible. Thank you BirthWorks!" MD
- "BirthWorks provided an incredible foundation as I went from "I'm never having another baby...to I know I can birth my next baby." I worked hard to make the best choices I could. It was incredible." MD
- "I was surprised to learn how much of a role the father actually has. I now think my role was very important." VT
- "We felt better equipped to take an active role in our birth experience, rather than simply let it happen to us. All of the topics covered were very valuable. The small class size made it so easy and comfortable asking questions, which was perhaps the most valuable of all." CA
- "Thanks for a wonderful (workshop) weekend! I think I talked my husband's ear off while we drove home because I was so excited to tell him everything I learned. I'm really looking forward to teaching BirthWorks classes." OH
- "I struggled trying to decide which childbirth preparation class to take. I gave birth yesterday...a very powerful experience and will always be grateful to BirthWorks for the paths and options it introduced into my birth plans. It led me to my own path." DC