Birth Classes at A Gentle Beginning
We have found that those seeking a natural birth want guidance in how to create an atmosphere of love, trust and intimacy. We aim to prepare both the mother and her partner physically, mentally and emotionally, so that they can experience their birth in a centered and conscious manner.
It is a woman’s own inner resources that will birth her baby.
About Our Birth Classes
This birth preparation class is comprised of five couples classes alternating with four women’s groups. The classes are led by the midwives and staff of A Gentle Beginning and are offered to their clients and those of the community.
During the couples portion of our classes we strive to develop skills that you will use throughout the rest of your pregnancy, during the birth of your child and beyond into the years of parenting together. We begin by focusing on how you as a couple will work together supporting and communicating your needs as well as building an understanding of the normal physiology of birth, so that it can unfold into a woman’s natural, instinctive rhythm. We then go on to include deep relaxation and breathing techniques as centering tools to help create and maintain the focus needed in an un-medicated birth. In the last two classes we finish with information on breastfeeding and preparation for the first weeks postpartum. These groups often go on to attend our parenting/support groups.
The women's groups, which meet on alternate Fridays, allow us to explore more intimate topics such as releasing fears, coping with the sensations of birth, embracing the joy of giving birth and accessing our own empowerment. We create a space where women can find support amongst other women choosing a natural birth, where we strive to honor our bodies as vessels of service and deepen the relationship with our bodies and that of our unborn child.
Our birth classes are 9-week sessions
They are held at Yoga Shala North
3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227
For further information and registration forms please call 503-208-7524
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What clients say:
“This group has been an immense backbone for me, helping me gather courage, trust, willingness and empowerment for this labor.”
~Samantha, 1st time mom
“The sessions on pain and coping with labor were so very helpful. Focusing on entering the pain and trusting I would be able to handle it. Staying in the moment, not projecting into the next contraction. Fuzzing the edges of the pain, focusing on relaxing my muscles, especially my pelvic muscles. Chanting ‘open, open, open’ and actually whispering them to myself. Visualizing her moving down the birth canal.” ~Taunia, mother of 3
To Register call 503-263-2058 or email us at: email@example.com