What is an Active Birth Class?
An Active Birth Class is a weekend course in Childbirth Preparation for parents to be. This two-day class will leave you confident, well informed and prepared for your baby’s birth. It is important to prepare couples for a natural Active Birth, with the focus on body learning, plenty of practice of labor and birth positions, breathing, relaxation, massage and guidance for the partner.
You will develop understanding of how to access and awaken your instincts and innate reflexes for giving birth. This in turn will have an influence on your mind, creating a positive mindset and a feeling of confidence and trust in what your body can do.
You will find that you can apply techniques you have learned like hypno-birthing, or even pregnancy yoga with a deeper sense of the way your body, your baby, your uterus and pelvis are magnificently designed for birthing. This is a huge empowering concept.
“The central principle of an active birth, is for the woman to be free to move spontaneously and be led by her body, adopting upright positions during labor and birth. This practice is universal and cross-cultural and makes birth easier, safer, more efficient and less painful.”- Janet Balaskas, Founder of the Active Birth Movement
We want to help you to enjoy a calm, joyful and safe birth in any circumstances. Many courses focus to much on complications and hospital procedures or place an unrealistic emphasis on natural birth. WLB&B’s Active Birth Course strikes the balance, empowering you to first trust your body and reduce the likelihood of intervention, and to be informed and open-minded. If plans need to change, you will be ready to work with your midwife, doula and medical support team and make wise decisions and apply Active Birth Principles in combination with medical support.
A great strength of this course is what it offers for partners. These days the partner is usually the main support person at birth, with little or no training. Unprepared, this can be a daunting prospect. Partners tell us they enjoy the common sense approach and their own participation, and are surprised how much they learn. Most importantly they leave with a new confidence in the instinctual abilities of both mother and baby, and feel more enrolled in the pregnancy and empowered to be present at the birth.
Are Private Active Birth Classes available?
Yes! Private Classes are available on appointment basis. These may be for individuals or couples with content tailored to suit your needs, over one or more sessions lasting 4 hours. Although attending the course is preferable, if you are unable to do this due to time constraints, a lot of time and repetition can be saved by signing up for a private session instead. Contact Robin for complete info.
Whole Living’s next Active Birth Class is scheduled for August, 2016. It will be held at our Canyon Country location.
For complete info, visit our Active Birth Class page to sign up or call Robin today!