Comprehensive Childbirth Preparation

Grow the confidence and support you need to give birth.

You already know that birth can be intense, now you need a mentor to show you how to walk through the fire.

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UNDERSTAND THE BIRTH PROCESS

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BUILD A PAIN-COPING MINDSET

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CONNECT WITH YOUR PARTNER'S SUPPORT

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PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED

Balanced Birth Preparation

Birthing from Within classes are designed to be a place where parents can safely explore, ask questions, try something new, move through the unfamiliar, and tap into the inner resources they already possess for birth.

Our classes will consist of 12 hours of interactive class time, and 1 hour/week of supplemental videos to review at home.

We explore:

  • Building a pain coping mindset

  • Stages of Labor: How the birthing parent and their partner can maneuver through each stage

  • Hands-on support techniques for birth partners

  • Strengthened connection between expecting parents

  • The language of Labor Land: protecting the birth space

  • Preparing for the Unknown through experiential learning

  • Hormones and brain waves in labor

  • The inner journey through birth and postpartum

  • Collaborative communication with your birth attendant

  • Epidural, induction, and cesarean birth: building a solution-focused mindset instead of avoidance and self-judgment

  • Fostering self-compassion for the challenges of labor

  • Postpartum transitions

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Registration Details

Birthing from Within classes cost $265/family. Early Bird pricing is $250 if you register at least two weeks in advance of the class start date. A non-refundable down payment of $100 will secure your space in a Birthing from Within class series. The remaining balance can be paid by cash, check, or through this link any time on or before the first night of class. You may also pay the full fee all at once with registration.

***Birthing from Within classes will take place on Zoom until further notice. Safety is my top priority in transitioning back to in-person classes, which will be held near 281/Bitters when the time comes. This page will be updated when in-person classes resume.***

What Parents Are Saying About Birthing From Within

"Birth is the world of the unknown, but Nikki’s class helps you prepare for almost anything being thrown at you. Nikki, herself has a magical way of making everyone feel valued in their experience and challenged everyone to grow individually. The class itself also connects you and your partner in a way that most don’t before. I loved being surrounded by others going through the same journey sharing our thoughts and ideas while holding my wife’s hand or leaning on her shoulder for support. This review is only a small tidbit on how impactful this class was on my life. Forever grateful and wish I could do it again!"

- Dani, expecting mother

 

All people should have equal access to childbirth resources. To address racial and social disparities in healthcare, Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those who are impacted by poverty are welcome to a discount on Birthing from Within classes up to the full amount. If you would like an Equity Discount, please register through the Equity Registration Form.

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Frequently asked questions.

Q: Do you offer in-person classes?

A: Normally I offer only in-person classes, but for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak, all classes will take place online via Zoom. 

Q: Is this like a Lamaze class? Why bother taking a class in the age of Google?

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 involves new challenges, new learning, and awakening a part of yourself that has not been discovered yet. 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, relationships, and changes that are present during birth and parenting, alongside learning 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.   

Q: Can my partner come to classes?

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, you're welcome to bring along a supportive friend, family member, or doula to accompany you. It’s also ok to come to class on your own.

Q: When in my pregnancy should I take classes?

A: Any time in the third trimester is ideal. That said, take the class when you have space in your family's schedule. Unless you see it on the class calendar, I don't offer classes on weekends or meet for private classes, so take the class at whatever point in your pregnancy you need to!

Q: How big are the classes?

A:  My average class size is 4-6 couples.

Q: Are Birthing from Within classes just for people who want an unmedicated birth? Just for people birthing at home or in a birth center?

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.

Do you want to prepare for birth in a way that honors your physical and inner journey of personal transformation?