BIRTHING FROM WITHIN CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

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Amity Kramer

You can read all of the books, have the best care provider, and even an awesome doula and still not feel ready for birth. If you still feel confused and unsure, that's because you will never know exactly what will be needed in your labor. Your birth will be different than any other birth in the history of babies!

At Thresholds we have been helping families get ready to boldly face the unknown for the past 12 years. We want to help you finally feel like you know enough, trust in your ability to give birth, and in your ability to be flexible with your birth plan. The Birthing From Within approach to childbirth recognizes that every birth is a life altering event that is worthy of meaningful preparation.

- Amity, Thresholds Founder

Prepare for Birth & Baby with our Childbirth & Newborn Classes

Our Birthing from Within childbirth classes now include both our Prepared Postpartum Workshop and the Nourishing Newborns workshop. Not only will you be fully prepared to give birth, you will also have a solid plan in place to support a wonderful postpartum experience, and the breastfeeding education you need for a great start to feeding your baby.  Come explore your own wisdom, compassion, and abilities while filling in the information gaps so that you leave feeling READY to birth your baby!

Now enjoy all 3 classes in one package!

Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes

Get ready and excited for the big day! Leave knowing you and your partner will be prepared. We also offer a Birthing Again workshop for those of you having another baby.

No one wants chaos in the early days of parenting! Create a solid plan for your postpartum experience.  Create your plan for a confident, supported, and nourishing postpartum experience. > LEARN MORE

Learn all you need to know about breastfeeding your baby from a lactation consultant who has been practicing for the past 10 years. > LEARN MORE

BONUS! Also included:

  • Video all about the pelvic floor health in pregnancy with Darshana Naik, DPT, MS, WCS, OCS, Cert MDT
  • Video covering the basics of newborn care
  • Digital booklet of helpful articles

ALL GROUP CLASSES WILL BE FACILITATED ONLINE, VIA ZOOM, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

WHO: We welcome and include all families including but not limited to single parents who wish to take class alone or with a friend, family member or doula, queer + poly families, and families of color. If you are interested in attending classes that center LGBTQ+, or POC, or Black birthing people please see this blog post.

WHEN: You are welcome to join at anytime between 20-38 weeks of pregnancy.

COST: Price per family ranges from $395 - $185. Scholarships are available please reach out if you would like to attend.

HOW: Log in details about your specific class will be emailed to you the week of class. We use the Zoom platform and you can join from a phone, tablet, or computer. You have the option to join your audio or video.

SEE UPCOMING DATES

2-Day Weekend Immersions

9am-5pm each day, $395

  • October 10 & 11, 2020
  • January 9 &10, 2021
  • March 6 & 7, 2021
  • June 5 & 6, 2021
  • September 18 & 19, 2021

 

1-Day Workshop

Saturdays, 9am-5pm, $185

  • December 5, 2020
  • February 6, 2021
  • May 8, 2021
  • July 10, 2021
  • August 7, 2021
  • November 6, 2021
  • December 4, 2021

 

6-week series

7- 9:30pm, $395, Thursday or Tuesday nights

  • Jan 14 to Feb 18,
  • March 11 to April 15
  • May 6 to June 10
  • July 6 to August 10 (**Tuesday series)
  • Sep 9 to Oct 14
  • Oct 19 to Oct 23 (**Tuesday series)

We believe that evidence-based information + soulful preparation = just the right mix!

With Birthing From Within you will discover:​

  • All the things about birth you didn’t know you needed to know!
  • An understanding of the stages of labor and early postpartum.
  • Key comfort measures, labor positions, and partner massage.
  • Mindfulness techniques to cope with discomfort and stress.
  • What a compassionate use of medical support looks like and how to stay open to the mystery of birth - even when it looks different than you had hoped.
  • How you can face your fears as a supportive parenting unit.
When should I take the class?

Birthing From Within classes can be taken any time during your pregnancy. People often take it between 20-37 weeks. The positive parts of taking the class early on is that you have lots of time to put the skills into practice. This includes partner support and involvement, self-advocacy, connecting with your baby, facing fears, and building community. 

The downside of taking it early is that the pregnant body will be much smaller than in labor and the comfort measure practice may not be as useful. 

Here is a guideline for when to take classes. 

Early Pregnancy Class (0-28 weeks)

Birthing From Within (20-35 weeks)

Nourishing Newborns + Get that Baby Out (30-37 weeks)

Bringing Baby Home (20-35weeks, or after your baby is born between 2-7months postpartum). 

How are Thresholds childbirth classes different from other community classes?

At Thresholds we approach life transitions like engagement, birth and parenting as a Rite of Passage, a time to learn about and grow closer to yourself and to your partner. With the use of story telling, process art, and mindfulness we help people access their own strength and wisdom.

How do I request a scholarship?

Thresholds does our best to make sure that every family who wishes to take our classes is able. If finances are the only reason you don't sign up please email about scholarship and payment plan options.  > Learn more...

Who will lead my class?

The instructors are listed on all pages. Depending on our on-call doula schedule, client needs, we do not always know who will be teaching what class. If you have specific questions please be in touch.

I'm taking a hospital class - can I take Birthing From Within too?

Yes! Our class has very little crossover to traditional information based classes. Many parents take both types of classes and value the different needs that each workshop is providing. 

What will I gain from taking this class?

You and your partner will dedicate time and space to create an emotionally and physically supportive practice to use in your labor. This practice will be beneficial before, during, and after childbirth. Taking this childbirth class will allow you to spend more time savoring your experience and less time stressing out about what's to come.

“We took the weekend intensive Birthing from Within class with Amity. We got what we expected as far as factual learning, what we weren’t expecting is the emotional learning. During our birth it was the emotional learning we tapped into to get us through the unexpected events. Cannot recommend it enough!”

Amanda

“The Birthing from Within class taught by Amity was a pleasure to be a part of. My husband and I learned so much in the 3-day weekend course that we will take with us to our birth. Amity was engaging, thoughtful, and so much fun just to watch and listen to! She is a fantastic instructor and it is obvious how gifted she is at being a doula and an instructor. The tools used in the class keep you engaged and focused and the time goes by relatively quickly. We feel lucky to have had Amity as our instructor and it was great meeting the other couples in our class as well.”

Erika

“We had such a sweet evening together after class, reflecting on what was helpful and sharing with each other. We’re so grateful!”

“Like many parents living in a socially progressive region, of course we had already done a great deal of reading and sought other ways of educating ourselves. This class gave us the opportunity to compare the methods we were already aware of with alternatives, and the methods being considered by our fellow classmates.”

“We talk about what we learned in your class all the time. It’s just such useful life information, not just birthing information. I’m 5 days out from my due date. Feeling great overall and looking forward to meeting the little one.”

Kassandra M.

“This has been a great class. I’ve been extremely impressed with how you’ve been able to cover a lot of territory while staying somewhat unbiased and not presenting everything as though there is a “right” way. Even if the discussion took an opinionated turn, you gracefully and tactfully steered that thought/ issue/ opinion to a less biased place. I felt comfortable asking any and all questions without feeling awkward or judged by you.”​​​​​​​​​​

Christina

“The class was excellent. I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, but felt it was absolutely worth it by the time we came out of it. Amity is a gracious and compassionate teacher. She is full of wisdom and insight, with an abundance of humility that allows each parent-to-be to explore and share their own innate wisdom.”

“Amity did a great job in preparing us for what to expect (as much as is possible) during labor and especially for the emergency c-section we had to have due to fetal distress. The “bag of tools” we brought into this experience was very valuable for both myself and my partner, and I felt very capable in dealing with my labor as it progressed, encountered some problems, with an eventual transfer to the hospital. Despite these unforeseen circumstances, we felt like we were able to deal with the changing situation because of this class.”

J. & B.

“Our instructor, Amity, brought her years as a birth educator and a as doula to create a fun, engaging, and informative learning environment. She provided my wife and I an opportunity to reexamine and become re-energized about your birthing plan. I especially enjoyed that everyone’s vision for their child’s birth was met with encouragement.”

Crow

“Thank you so much for being such an inspiring mentor. You have taught me to trust in the natural process of childbirth, and you have instilled a great confidence in myself and my abilities to provide as a partner for my wife.”

Warren

“I am so hugely grateful we were able to meet and that Kerry and I were able to learn so much from you in our weekend immersion. You should know, that class brought us so much closer together as a couple, and we feel truly blessed to have gained so much from it. Thank you again for your wisdom and teachings.”

Erin

“She was one of the most attentive teachers, answering every question that came to mind – and having the patience to wait for those questions to arise. She really took the time to get to know us and figure out what kind of experience for which we were hoping. Furthermore, it wasn’t just the physical act of birth – she really helped us focus on our relationship and communication as a couple. It was the perfect balance of the hard (and kind of scary!) realities of birth mixed with the encouragement and support we needed. I think we both left the class feeling better informed and more prepared, but also excited for what was going to happen. We are so grateful.”

Sarah C.

“Amity was a gentle, knowledgeable and caring facilitator. I definitely feel the time in class has opened me to new ways of being at the center of our birth.”

Joshua R

“The ground below us actually feels a lot more stable as we feel more empowered, knowing that we are doing our best, and that it is enough. Thank you for your time and support.”  M + J, expecting parents

“We had an amazing birth experience, and taking the Birthing From Within class was very valuable! Jason and I were very thankful for all the knowledge and ways of thinking that you helped open our minds to. Honestly, I believe the class helped my husband most of all! within minutes of Malia being born, he said, “I sure am glad we took that class!”

Brandy

“I would recommend this class to any pregnant woman or her partner. It was a truly unique and wonderful way for me to connect to my fears and questions about labor, and the fears of my partner and talk about how to cope with them honestly. We feel so prepared for birth and have learned so much about each other; I can’t imagine how I would feel if we hadn’t had some of the exercises that helped prepare us. Amity really helped each person (not just the mothers!) to look deeper than his/her questions to see what issues were beneath. Our class was the highlight of my week, everyone felt safe enough to contribute, and I will miss it very much in the last few weeks before my baby comes!”

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NOT YOUR FIRST BABY? TAKE A BIRTHING AGAIN CLASS!

Our Birthing from Within childbirth classes are wonderful and many parents who have birthed before get a great deal out of the classes. But we know that you may not have time for a full 14 hour class, so we also offer a mini session for parents who have birthed before. 

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DON'T WANT A FULL CHILDBIRTH CLASS? "GET THIS BABY OUT!" IS FOR YOU!

A private virtual workshop to help you learn and practice the tools you need to give yourself the best chance of a smooth and easy labor.

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