This workshop covers all the basics that you and your partner need to know in preparation for labor and is useful in hospital, birth center and home birth environments. You will learn the signs of labor, milestones of the birthing process, options to consider, steps to take now in preparation for birth, and key issues to discuss with your doctor or midwife. You will practice proven comfort measures for managing contractions and, most importantly: how to access the power of these techniques (the missing component in many childbirth classes). This workshop provides a holistic perspective on birthing needed for those seeking a natural birth. However, the information gained in this class is also necessary and invaluable for those who need, or choose an epidural. Partners who take this workshop feel more empowered and learn proven labor support methods in order to participate more fully in this sacred event. Moms-to-be feel more confident and prepared for the journey of birth. This material is not covered in hospital-based classes.
For couples 25+ weeks. Dress comfortably and bring a snack and water.
$150 per couple - Register here
Registration in this workshop qualifies you for discounts when you register for additional workshops in our Birth & Baby Preparation Series.
"Having children from a previous relationship, I felt that I had experienced childbirth. I honestly didn’t think there was anything else that I could learn. This class opened my eyes; it became more about being a good partner for my wife. Looking back, I don’t know if I could have been as present as I was for our 24 hour labor, without this guidance. It was not an easy labor, one that could have easily ended as a cesarean, but we made it to the end with the natural birth that we hoped for because we were so well informed of our options. This class not only empowered us as a family, but ultimately strengthened the bond between me and my wife." -Alfredo
"This class made the stress and fear of having a baby fade away and instilled confidence in me as a father to be, and helped me feel strong enough to support my wife through the birth, and beyond." –David
"These classes were consciousness- raising. The presentation normalized pregnancy and birth, taking away the fear and mystery that this time can bring. The specifics of the birthing process were covered, and many pain coping techniques were taught. I left with with a renewed feeling of empowerment and trust of my body to give birth." ~Carly
Facilitator: Kelly Swails, CCCE, CLC, RPYT, M.A., is the Director of Quest Yoga and Birth Devi Maternity Services. LLC. She is a certified childbirth educator, birth doula (and hypnobirth doula), lactation counselor, prenatal yoga teacher and mom. She brings extensive experience, practical perspective and an empowered approach to birth. For the past decade, Kelly has trained and mentored prenatal yoga teachers, doulas and childbirth educators. She is privileged to have supported over 65 births throughout the Northeast and California and brings 14 years of experience supporting births and educating couples before, during and after birth.