SAN ANTONIO CHILDBIRTH CLASSES
Our San Antonio childbirth classes help parents prepare for birth with information on stages of labor, nutrition, hands-on support, hormones, pushing, coping with medical technology, and much more. This comprehensive birth class balances practical information with self-awareness and compassion for the challenges that accompany this amazing rite of passage.
What is Birthing from Within?
In Birthing from Within classes Nikki encourages parents to stay present, working with what lays at their feet in any given moment, moving through one contraction at a time, and being flexible enough to navigate any terrain. Rather than bringing assumptions or judgments about the kind of birth parents should have, Nikki brings an open-hearted approach to pregnant parents, helping them prepare holistically for any kind of birth.
Given the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all way to birth a baby, hands-on, experiential learning is a powerful tool for parents to explore what their unique needs are for the birth.
Bringing parents together.
Working together in class helps pregnant parents find what fits for their individual preferences, and helps partners gain confidence in their ability to provide support throughout labor. Through learning about the physiology of birth and ecology of the labor space, as well as how to provide hands-on support and establish a strong connection during labor, partners develop confidence in their ability to nurture their loved one through contractions.
In class we will expand the realm of possibilities for getting through labor, opening up to new doors to parents, and allowing them to be whoever they need to be to in order to support themselves and each other through this rite of passage, armed with new skills and awareness.
*If you have already given birth, you will receive an optional complimentary Birth Story Healing session with your registration for a Birthing from Within childbirth class series. Contact Nikki for details.*
Learn to face the challenges of birth with confidence.
Frequently asked questions.
A: Birthing from Within shares common ground with classes like Lamaze, The Bradley Method, Hypnobirthing, etc. in that it provides practical information to help parents understand the physical process of birth. However BFW is different from other prenatal classes, books, and internet searches in that it prepares parents for birth as a rite of passage.
A rite of passage is about crossing a threshold from your current self to the person you will become – a parent. A rite of passage involves new challenges, new learning, and awakening a part of yourself that has not been discovered yet. This awakening causes a shift in identity as you become a parent.
Embarking on a major life shift requires preparation and support. Taking a class that acknowledges this transformation creates space for parents to explore the emotions, fears, connection, and changes that are present during birth and parenting, alongside learning about practical information. Birthing from Within classes help parents enhance communication and learn to cope together as they navigate the shifting terrain of birth and parenting.
A: Yes, please! Birthing from Within classes are designed for pregnant parents to be accompanied by at least one support person. If there is a class that your partner or co-parent cannot attend, I highly recommend that you bring a supportive friend, family member, or doula to accompany you. (It’s ok to come on your own if no one is available to come along, though.)
A: Any time in the third trimester is ideal.
A: My average class size is 3-5 couples.
What exactly is a Certified Birthing from Within Mentor? In order to become a Certified Birthing from Within instructor I have traveled thousands of miles to complete over 100 hours of training specific to Birthing from Within. I have read over 40 books on birth, breastfeeding, postpartum, psychology, solution-focused dialogue, rites of passage, trauma prevention and healing. I have also attended over 40 births as a doula, submitted several recordings from my classes for review by peers and advisors to ensure quality class instruction, taught over 250 parents, attended 60 hours of continuing education outside of BFW, and logged 700+ hours of teaching time.
A: All of this training and experience means that the way I mentor classes is constantly growing and evolving. Over the years I have brought in more and more advanced processes that help parents truly get a taste of what birth requires of them – facing their fears and moving through them, and building a strong foundation for a pain-coping mindset. Years of working with expectant parents has given me the opportunity to learn what works and what doesn’t. As a seasoned childbirth educator I have come to a place where I can intuit and meet the unique needs of birthing families.
A: No. Birthing from Within classes are not just inclusive of, but highly useful to parents for all kinds of birthing environments and preferences. Parents will gain skills to help with an unmedicated birth in classes, but also learn how to use technology in a way that best suits them, at a time that best suits them.