Updated: Apr 13
Hey Fort Myers! We wanted to take a quick minute and let you know that our next birth class series starts up in May and registration is open for those due in June 2020 and beyond.
ONLINE BIRTH CLASS OPTION DUE TO COVID-19
**We have offered online classes in the past so this is nothing new to us! We are here to fill the void especially as Lee Health has temporarily closed its doors to their in-person birth classes. Our online classes are live, with a video link that brings you straight into our classroom. The content is the same as our live classes...because it IS a live class! Enjoy from the comfort of your own home, with your partner. Class is taught by Christine, who has been teaching childbirth education for over 10 years and has supported over 100 births and hundreds of couples in class. You can connect to your online class via laptop or desktop (and even your phone if needed). The link below will bring you to our shop to reserve your online spot in our May class series. As always, reach out to our office with any questions. Times of uncertainties? Doulas were MADE for this!
Lots of people wonder if birth classes are necessary. What do you think? If you've taken our Birthing From Within class, was it valuable to you? What was your biggest takeaway?
Are Birthing From Within classes different from other birth classes? Yes! Our class is focused on YOU, not on loads of book assimilated information, and the content of class changes to meet the needs of the couples in class. We're not too caught up in what's on your birth plan, meaning that no matter what your plans are, birth is bigger than that. A quality birth class focuses on making space for all different kinds of births and decisions, and really prepares you no matter how your birth plans unfold. Your birth holds lessons for you that go well beyond the "natural birth vs. epidural" dichotomy, and *that* is what sets Birthing From Within birth classes apart from the rest. While we do hope that your birth unfolds as easily and quickly as you wish, a quick scan of your friends' births will tell you that is not always the case! Birth class will NOT help you achieve one outcome over another. Our class WILL help you make sense of your journey and how you can cope with the deep changes in yourself, your partner, your relationships and your family life after baby, no matter how you give birth. Of course, some practical information is necessary in your preparation; read on for more of what you can expect to be included in class...
Access to your Birth Mentor, Certified Doula and Childbirth Educator's expertise. Having a background in Birthing From Within sets a unique framework for how we talk about and learn about birth and ourselves. It's a very holistic, hands-on experience, much more than assimilating book knowledge and information.
Private facebook group to check in, ask questions and connect with each other weekly, outside of class.
A unique experience for dads/birth partners. Their concerns and beliefs are validated in a way that our culture doesn't typically make space for and it's not uncommon for dads/partners to be the biggest supporters of Birthing From Within birth classes after the series concludes. They feel confident and ready to support you, in any birthing situation (which leads to you being able to relax into your labor and keep that oxytocin flowing for a smoother labor progression).
Labor Stages and what to really *do* during each of them. Your partner will learn what they can actually *do* to help you through them, too.
When to stay and when to go! (When to head to your birthplace or when to call the midwife)
Spinning Babies background and hands-on exercises, as well as an e-guide to practice with at home
Pain-coping practices in each class which build upon each other as the series progresses, including hands-on practice during class (4 pain-coping practices in total)
Visualizations and birth art processes
Working through birth worries and fears
Birth plans and how to use them
Birth affirmations project for couples
How to cope with unwished for events, such as Inductions, Epidurals and other medical support
Two ebooks included for you: Having a Mindful Epidural and Having a Mindful Labor Induction...because part of your preparation is looking uncertainty in the eye and being ready for ANYTHING your labor may ask of you. Books authored by your childbirth educator and are otherwise available on Amazon.
"Having a Cesarean in Awareness" role play and heartfelt discussion
Breastfeeding and resources
Welcoming your Newborn and the decisions that follow
...and so much more!
Upcoming birth class series is held 4 Monday nights in May in Fort Myers (4 classes in total) from 6:00-8:30p. Partners attending is a high priority! Ready to register?
*May class series will be held ONLINE
If your EDD is in June or beyond this is a class for you to consider. It's fantastic for first-time parents and also rich and valuable for second-timers (and beyond) as well. VBAC parents breathe in Birthing From Within like fresh air. Class is appropriate for homebirthers, hospital birthers, ALL birthers who feel that something has been missing in how they've been preparing for their birth. We've currently got space for unlimited online spots at a reduced price. Register directly on our "shop" page on our website.
How are you preparing for your birth? It's a passion of ours to help other birthing women and their partners have their most satisfying birth, and preparation is a key element. The content of class is captivating, and what you learn about yourself and your relationships surrounding the birth of your baby is truly life altering, if you let it be so. Join the other 100+ couples who have enjoyed our Birthing From Within class series since 2010 and watch your confidence in pain-coping and overall preparation for your upcoming birth soar! You can do this. You've got this.
Click here to register and join the May class. You'll be directed to a quick link in the shop to pay your deposit to secure your spot in class. You'll immediately receive a confirmation email and an email from your childbirth educator to connect online prior to your first class. Class fee includes you and your partner.
If you've taken a Birthing From Within class from us, we'd love it if you'd take a quick moment and comment below on what you learned, what was useful, what you loved, and then share this blog with your pregnant friends! By doing so you are helping to change birth in our culture!
Class starts in two weeks; let's do this.
My doula best,
Christine Ghali is a Certified Doula and Childbirth Educator with Birthing From Within for the past decade. She's the owner of Mindful Birth Services and Doula Care and sits on the Board of Directors for Birthing From Within International and Heritage School of Midwifery in North Port, FL. She's been guiding parents through birth since 2010 and Mindful Birth Doulas since 2018. She would love to guide you in your birth preparation, too. When she's not mentoring her doulas and pregnant parents, you'll find her with her three kids (15, 12 and 5 years old) or working on her handstands.
P.S. If you're curious about doula care, check out our Doula Care Packages
P.P.S If you'd like to be inspired by some real-life birth stories from parents in our community, read through our blog of birth announcements and birth stories