For Birthing Parents

For Expecting Parents

[ If this class format is hard to fit in, join a day-long Birth Prep Workshop for parents instead! ]

These open-hearted classes, led by trained, experienced BirthWorks facilitators, will uplift you, and connect you to community! Right away, you learn that Birth Works is special, as you find trust and gain faith that your body and mind already know how to give birth. Through interactive discussions, pelvic bodywork, short films, music, and small group experiential exercises, the classes are a safe place of laughter, joy and learning!

Our focus areas include:

  • Feelings, Breath Awareness, Relaxation, Philosophies of Childbirth
  • Directed Breathing, Toning, Pelvic Bodywork, Nutrition, Exercise
  • Pelvic Bodywork, Identifying and practicing good positions for labor, Obstetrical Analgesia and Anesthesia
  • Pelvic Bodywork, Belief Systems & Power of Positive Beliefs
  • Pelvic Bodywork, Grieving and Healing & Relaxation
  • Pelvic Bodywork, Labor and Birth
  • Postpartum and Breastfeeding

Parent Testimonials

  • "I have given birth 17 days ago. After Birth Works®' classes, I was no longer afraid and I trusted my body, to do the job." VA
  • The classes helped me have confidence not only in my ability to birth, but in the innate capabilities of my body - that my body knows what to do and will do it as long as we are not interfering unnecessarily with the natural process. That assurance and confidence gave me patience during a long labor." WY
  • "As a result of Birth Works®, 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
  • "Birth Works® 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 Birth Works®!" MD
  • "Birth Works® 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 an active role the father actually has! I now think my role is 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 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
  • "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 Birth Works® for the paths and options it introduced into my birth plans. It led me to my own path.” DC

Here’s more detail on topics covered:

  • Beliefs and attitudes about pregnancy, birth & postpartum
  • The safety of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
  • Healing past emotional pain in preparation for birth
  • Physical and emotional aspects of labor and birth
  • The importance of nutrition, exercise and pelvic body work
  • Developing confidence in decision-making skills
  • How to take more responsibility for birth
  • Choosing a birth team and writing a birth plan
  • Physical and psychological interventions in birth
  • Factors which influence the safety of birth
  • Current information about risks and benefits of medical interventions
  • Ways to avoid unnecessary cesareans
  • Your personal strengths and resources for birth
  • Human values training and character development
  • Trusting our bodies and the energy of the birth process
  • Personal support and comfort measures for labor and birth
  • Discussion of postpartum care, breastfeeding and infant nutrition
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