adjective: 1. having or showing a rational, modern, and well-informed outlook.
2. spiritually aware.
Birth, like most great rites of passage, comes down to a huge leap of faith. Enlightened Birth will provide you with the wisdom and faith that is needed to take that leap.
An Enlightened Birth Retreat gives couples an opportunity to go deep together and commit to their birth process. I give mothers a simple, effective, and flexible template for coping with intense labor, and I help partners to realize the true power and importance of their roll. My goal is for both partners to feel relaxed & centered in their body, connected to each other & their baby, and well prepared for their birth.
We explore these topics and more through engaging lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and lots and lots of practice:
What makes birth work: Understanding the hormonal blueprint of labor and birth
Making choices that support the natural birth process
The baby’s journey through the birth canal & stages of labor
Pelvic Mapping + Belly/Baby Mapping
Common labor variations & how to encourage progress
Basic hospital protocols & common interventions
Tools for coping with strong contractions
Support as a coping technique
Connecting with your baby throughout the birth process
Homework (and play) for a better birth
A midwife’s guide to healing after birth
This day-long retreat is the perfect refresher for experienced parents, a great addition to another birth class, or a complete birth class for families that are well supported by a doula or midwife (or not). Enlightened Birth is a complete childbirth preparation experience and is guaranteed to be unique to any other childbirth education class.
What makes ENLIGHTENED Birth different from other birth preparation classes?
The content of ENLIGHTENED Birth draws from my 15 years of practical experience in the birth community: as a midwife, prenatal yoga instructor, massage therapist and prenatal massage instructor, doula trainer, and through my own birthing experience. ENLIGHTENED Birth extends far beyond the basics to offer you inspiring birth wisdom. My goal is to give you a very customizable template for coping with the intensity of labor and having the best birth experience possible.
When should my birth partner and I take this course?
You can attend an ENLIGHTENED Birth retreat at any time during your pregnancy but most couples choose to attend during their mid-to-late 2nd trimester.
Should I attend a hospital birth class in addition to ENLIGHTENED Birth?
It depends. Couples who are well supported by a doula or midwife will likely feel that this retreat gives them more than enough preparation for their birth. ENLIGHTENED Birth also pairs beautifully with other birth classes because the information and presentation are so unique.
I have already given birth and am just looking for a refresher class. Is ENLIGHTENED Birth a good fit for me?
Yes! The one-day retreat is the perfect way to connect with your partner around this birth and refresh you on coping techniques.
Is this course appropriate if we are planning a hospital birth?
Is this course appropirate if we are planning a birth center birth?
Is this course appropirate if we are planning a homebirth?
Can I take this course if I am a single mama or if my partner can't attend?
Yes, but please bring a partner (friend, sister, mother, doula).