Covid-19 Safety Update:

Birth preparation and healing are as important as ever, which is why we have shifted to an online format for all classes and birth story sessions for the duration of Covid-19.

Covid-19 Safety Update:

Birth preparation and healing are as important as ever, which is why we have shifted to an online format for all classes and birth story sessions for the duration of Covid-19.

As an expectant parent you struggle with so many unknowns.

In Birthing from Within classes you'll get the skills and tools you need to overcome uncertainty and face birth with confidence and support.

As an expectant parent you struggle with so many unknowns.

In Birthing from Within classes you'll get the skills and tools you need to overcome uncertainty and face birth with confidence and support.

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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 for birth.

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UNDERSTAND HOW BIRTH WORKS

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BUILD A PAIN-COPING MINDSET

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CONNECT WITH YOUR PARTNER

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PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED

Find out what you will learn in your childbirth class:
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Cultivating a resilient and open mindset for birth

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Stages of Labor: How to cope and how to support throughout

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Hands-on support techniques for birth partners

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Collaborative communication with your birth attendant

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Preparing for the Unknown through experiential learning

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Strengthened connection between parents

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Compassionate use of epidurals, induction, and cesarean birth

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Fostering self-acceptance for the challenges of labor

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Postpartum Transitions: adjusting to life with a new baby

No one should have to experience birth feeling disconnected and unprepared.

Learn what you need to know to approach birth with the confidence you deserve.

  • 1 Sign up and access online content immediately.
  • 2 Schedule your two private Zoom classes (2 hours each).
  • 3 Learn how to become a more confident and connected team for birth.

Begin Learning Today

These private Birthing from Within childbirth classes are held on Zoom. We'll meet for two, 2-hour classes, where you'll learn about the birth process, and how you and your birth partner can cope and support one another through it.

You can schedule daytime classes Monday - Friday between 9:30am-1:30pm, and evening classes between 5pm-9pm. There is a $50 discount for daytime classes.

In addition to our four hours of one-on-one class time, you'll also receive supplemental videos to explain the nuts and bolts of birth. That way we can spend our time together on hands-on, interactive learning.

After you register you'll have immediate access to online videos and resources, as well as a scheduling link to set up our private sessions at a time that works for your family.

Daytime Classes

Day time classes are scheduled in 2-hour sessions, which can be held anytime Monday - Friday between 9:30 am - 1:30 pm CST. $300/family.

Evening Classes

Day time classes are scheduled in 2-hour sessions, which can be held anytime Monday - Thursday between 5 pm - 9 pm CST. $350/family.

*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. If you would like an Equity Discount, please register through the Equity Registration Form.

Learn what to expect in birth and become a well prepared team.

"I valued the honesty in this class. Everyone showed their vulnerable side and felt safe. That is rare and it made everything that much more amazing. I loved watching my hubby learn and ask questions. This class took us from being on different pages and him being scared, to unity and confidence."

- Anonymous Mother

"These classes brought us WAY closer. Even though this is my 3rd [baby], I feel I learned a ton and am more prepared." 

- Angely, pregnant mother

"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, pregnant mother

"Nikki was extremely personable and helpful. She stayed after class to address concerns, which was much appreciated. The class was an awesome experience and has made me more aware and prepared to face labor."

- Sekinat, pregnant mother

"These classes have helped us feel more prepared, connected, understanding, and patient with each other and ourselves."

- Shelley, pregnant mother

FAQ About Our Childbirth Classes

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!

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.

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Deepen your birth preparation with my pregnancy journal!

The Heart Centered Pregnancy Journal will help you connect with your partner, your community, and yourself.

As a mother, I understand how confusing it can be to sort through all of the information and opinions as you prepare for birth, which is why I wrote a book to guide parents in accessing the internal and external resources they need to get through birth, based on my work with hundreds of growing families since 2012. Learn more about me and my work here!

Deepen your birth preparation with my pregnancy journal!

My Heart Centered Pregnancy Journal will help you connect with your partner, your community, and yourself.

As a mother, I understand how confusing it can be to sort through all of the information and opinions as you prepare for birth, which is why I wrote a book to guide parents in accessing the internal and external resources they need to get through birth, based on my work with hundreds of growing families since 2012. Learn more about me and my work here!

Nikki Shaheed
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Podcasts & Blog Posts

Birth and the Unknown
An interview with Nikki Shaheed by Birth Words

Birth as a Rite of Initiation
A video series with Nikki Shaheed by MAPA: Conscious Parenting

Getting to the Heart of Birth
An interview with Nikki Shaheed by Birth Circle Podcast

Processing Your Birth Story
An interview with Nikki Shaheed by Yoga|Birth|Babies Podcast

Birth Story Healing
An interview with Nikki Shaheed by MamAmor Podcast

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Four Signposts to Know When to Go to the Hospital or Birth Center

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Things Nobody Told Me About Postpartum

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Four Ways to Know Your Provider is a Good Fit

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Older Siblings at the Birth – Seven Tips for Parents