Why take a childbirth class?
Childbirth preparation is also parent preparation. Birthers were once surrounded by experienced elders as they birthed. Today most of us have never seen, heard or smelled an actual birth. A young person often assisted at the births of siblings which would have normalized birth at a young age. In our culture birth is so often treated as a medical event or something that needs to be managed.
Our work follows the guiding principles of Birthing from Within®:
Birth is a normal part of life rather than something to be feared.
Parents in our culture are expected to have a working knowledge of the medical labyrinth of birth, whether that birth takes place in a hospital, a birth center, or at home. The basics, like the physiology of birth and common medical practices, are an integral part of our Birthing From Within classes.
Equally important however, you’ll learn how to cope with the changing emotions that accompany this life altering experience. You’ll have the opportunity to experience a personal shift preparing you to walk into the unknown while staying connected to your inner resources and resilience. You’ll learn to keep going even when you aren’t sure what to do. You will cross the threshold into parenthood feeling more connected to your baby and your birth experience. If a partner is a part of your birth, they too will feel more prepared and connected.
We are proud to continue offering group and private Birthing From Within classes through our sister company, emerge birth services. Follow the links below for class schedules & registration.
We took Pam's childbirth class when we were pregnant with our first child, feeling both excited but also nervous. We were provided an open environment to discuss everything from letting labor unfold, breast feeding and even what happens when things don't go according to our birth plan. We gained confidence in my ability to give birth as well as assurance that we could the best parents for OUR baby. We stayed in touch for parenting advice, and she even attended the birth of our second child!"
Our time with Pam was truly special. We were part of such an intimate group of couples, some of whom are still friends today, 6 years on. It was a comforting, knowledge-filled environment to come to and helped allay many of the fears I had around natural birth. The beautiful wooden spiral pendant we were given accompanied me through the birth of my first son, supported me through a subsequent miscarriage and hung by my bed every night until and after we conceived and birthed my second precious baby boy. I still have it and it means a whole lot. Pam and Guina could not be a better choice to help guide and support others through this incredible time in their lives!"