There is room for your joy and excitement, right next to the questions and fears you may have about birth. Birth is complex and emotional just like our workshops.
The information and practice you need - without fear or fluff!
We lead Birthing From Within childbirth classes. In this method of childbirth preparation we will center YOU, the birthing family, and guide you to gain just enough medical information along with a deeper level of awareness and connection to yourself, your birth partner/s, and your baby.
This class focuses on birth as a transformative event that can not be planned. We welcome people birthing in all locations, including home, hospital, or free-standing birth centers.
Each step of the way there is time to SLOW DOWN and reflect on exactly what is important to your family! We are excited to have you join us as you explore your own wisdom, compassion, and strength while filling the information gaps so that you feel READY to birth and care for your baby!
If you want to feel ready for birth:
2-Day Weekend Immersions
9am-5pm PST each day | $325
- September 18 & 19, 2021
- February 19 & 20, 2022
- April 2 & 3, 2022
- June 11 & 12, 2022
Saturdays | 9am-5pm PST | $185
- November 6, 2021
- December 4, 2021
- March 26, 2022
- May 14, 2022
- July 9th, 2022
Weeknights | 7pm- 9:30pm PST | $325
- October 20 to November 24, 2021 (Wed.)
- Thursdays, January 13 to February 17, 2022
What Parents Saying About Birthing From Within:
A Few More Details About Birthing From Within
All group classes will be facilitated online, via Zoom, until further notice. One parent said "The zoom format was also so awesome - being able to mute and camera off and have open honest convo without other “classmates” hearing or judging." -Monica, new parent
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 are specifically tailored for LGBTQ+, or BIPOC families please see this blog post.
WHEN: You are welcome to join at anytime between 20-38 weeks of pregnancy.
COST: Price per family $185-325. Scholarships are available please reach out if you would like to attend. All are welcome!!
HOW: After you register you will receive a code that allows you to register for Nourishing Newborns, and Prepared Postpartum classes for free. You will also get a discount code for the Bringing Baby Home workshop. The week of your class you will receive an email with log-in details about your specific class . We use the Zoom platform and you can join from a phone, tablet, or computer.
Register Today and Get 3 Classes for One Price!
Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes
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.
Just Want Information on Exercises and Positioning? "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.
We believe that evidence-based information along with soulful preparation is just the right mix!
Frequently Asked Questions
FOR SURE! You may or may not know if you want to have pain medication as part of your labor. Either way this workshop will help you feel into to what you really want and understand that sometimes the plans change AND you can still have a positive experience.
The coping practices you will can be helpful in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. There are lots of new emotions and physical sensations to cope with in all variations of labor.
You and your partner will be able to stay more grounded in the unexpected events of labor having practiced coping techniques together.
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)
Bringing Baby Home (20-35weeks, or after your baby is born between 2-7months postpartum).
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, wisdom, and creativity.
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...
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.
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.
You and your partner/s 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.
Register for your class today!
ON THE BLOG
Why Take a Childbirth Class?
Attending a childbirth class gives parents an opportunity like nothing else in pregnancy. In Seattle and around the Sound, there are a wide variety of class offerings at local hospitals, local nonprofits and independent small businesses, including classes that focus on hypnotherapy, mindfulness, father-coached birth, out-of-hospital births, yoga and birth as a rite of passage.…