what is gentlebirth?
The GentleBirth Workshop is the only weekend immersion class that focuses on birth preparation for the biggest day of your life. Our focus is on preparing you for the most positive birth possible - no matter what happens on the big day.
We offer expectant families easy to learn "brain training" techniques including, Mindfulness, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), sports psychology, and medical hypnosis.
GentleBirth focuses on 3 core areas for the most positive birth possible.
Brain Training for Birth and Beyond
Physical Comfort Strategies for Birth
Navigating your way through the system
CBT promotes positive mental health and reduces anxiety and depression during pregnancy and after baby arrives. Research also shows that mindfulness can reduce the risk of PPD. With a little help from neuroscience you're physically changing the structure of your brain and the results will change the way you react to stress forever.
Physical Comfort Strategies
You will learn physical comfort strategies used by doulas and midwives for the best birth possible. You will have tools to keep you calm, confident, and in control before, during, and after your baby arrives - including strategies to help your baby get in the optimal position and reduce the side affects of an epidural.
Understanding Your Options
A key area of our program is navigating and negotiating birth options so you and your partner feel informed and confident. 85% of GentleBirth people are not needing an epidural. You will be actively involved in decision making and will have a greater understanding of what choices are available to you in labor and birth.
what can i expect at a weekend workshop?
Anytime after 20 weeks is a great time to attend a workshop. Although labor and birth are serious topics, the workshops are tons of fun. Over the weekend you will learn the following and more:
Physiology of the normal birth process
Fear vs. Relaxation during birth - keeping adrenaline at bay
CBT - challenging the "birth bullies"
Sports psychology techniques for pregnancy and birth
The neuroscience of a gentle birth - rewiring your brain from fear to confidence
Facilitating the perfect balance of hormones in labor - undisturbed birth
Comfort measures for labor and birth (what you and your partner can do at each stage)
Active birth including the use of a birth ball, peanut ball, and water immersion
Routine procedures in hospitals and avoidable routine interventions
What happens at hospital admission?
Being a confident birth partner
Labor support tools for special circumstances
Creating effective birth preferences and how to communicate them
Informed decision making
Relaxation techniques for pregnancy and labor
Medication in labor and how to optimize the epidural
Effective birth positions and learning how to push
During the workshop you will meet other families who are also excited about playing an active role in having a positive birth experience. You will also have ongoing support from our wonderful online private GentleBirth group of over 2000 people. You'll both leave the workshop feeling excited and more confident.
get the app!
GentleBirth is the only childbirth prep class to have an accompanying App. The App is amazing and filled with daily mindfulness and hypnosis trainings. A subscription to the App gives you unlimited access to mindfulness and hypnosis sessions as well as birth affirmations. It is the complete package from fertility through parenthood. You will also have access to the complete GentleBirth guidebook. The App is a necessity for every parent whether attending a workshop or not.
2019 Workshop Dates
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