is a unique, dynamic program of childbirth preparation made to educate you and your partner for birth and parenting in a way that is personally relevant-
emotionally, mentally & physically
Parents deserve support for any birth option which might be right for them
Classes are not outcome focused- we don’t promise a particular type of birth if you just follow our instructions or believe that you can. Instead, our time is focused on drawing on your own resources and innate knowledge, building on existing strengths, practicing new skills, and deep exploration of yourself. You are prepared to “birth in awareness”- no matter where or how your birth unfolds.
The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery, not assimilating obstetric information.
During labor, the part of your brain that takes in facts and figures will be unavailable to you- you’ll be in ‘Laborland’! Classes strike a balance between the practical “what-where-why-how”, and individual exploration.
Pain-coping practices work best when integrated into daily life, rather than “dusted off” for labor.
A significant portion of every class is focused on practical, effective, hands-on pain coping practices; skills that will serve you not only during the intensity of labor and birth, but during parenting and the rest of your life, as well. Compassionate use of medical supports is explored in a factual, realistic way.
Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event; even when medical care is part of the birth.
Parents-to-be who are birthing in awareness know that sometimes the unexpected happens in birth-and they can move forward without taking away from the sacred nature of birth. Classes will teach you to mobilize your coping skills, understand informed decision making, and do the “next best thing” in each moment of birth.
“Liked (her) attention to the father to be, and the focus on coping techniques. Just talking about the process made it less scary for me.”
“I particularly liked (her) helping us communicate so we were on the same page regarding expectations…obviously dedicated to teaching and making us feel special and comfortable.”
“Genuinely kind, thoughtful, a great storyteller- (class) expanded our commitment and efforts for and to each other”
“It was…good to push my own (comfort) envelope, being open to unknowns, unearthing fears and visualizing dealing with them.”
Whether you’re looking for the traditional multi-week class, or focused private Mentoring, Heart of Birth can guide you through labor, birth and beyond.
Serving Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Lynnwood, Everett, North King County & Snohomish County