BIRTHING FROM WITHIN

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Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

You want your birth to be the best experience possible. We all know that birth can not be planned out from start to finish, however, you can do a lot to make your birth a pretty amazing experience. 

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

Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

BIRTHING FROM WITHIN CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

Get ready for childbirth and parenting in a relaxing environment where you can unhook from your to-do list, and savor tender moments during your pregnancy. This class will help you each feel ready, relaxed + excited to do what needs to be done to birth your baby.

This class is the bridge between childbirth as a medical event and childbirth as an emotional journey. For your birth to be a positive experience your family needs to be ready to face the spectrum of possibilities. In this childbirth class you will build confidence in navigating between the medical and emotional sides of birth. You will start filling in the knowledge gaps so you can start leaning into your own wisdom to made decisions that are inline with your family values. 

 

Our childbirth classes are taught through the lens of Birth as a Heroic Journey. We see all births as part of a transformative, life-changing process of Call, Journey, and Return. This journey exists on a deep psychological and personal level, but is just as relevant, informative, and dynamic in our lives as everyday events are. We see partners as being on a parallel-yet-different journey that also needs respect, focused exploration, and personalized preparation.

 

Birthing From Within® is a wholly unique approach to childbirth education based on the belief that being ready for labor, birth, postpartum + parenting includes far more than merely learning labor facts and coping skills. We know that learning about yourself is just as important: examining your assumptions and expectations, understanding your inborn knowledge and skills (mental and physical), and preparing to birth-in-awareness, no matter where or how your birth unfolds.

 

When you take a Birthing From Within class, you can expect to be mentored as a whole person -not just a student there to assimilate information; you will be supported and listened to as a unique individual about to experience the life-altering process of becoming a parent.

 

We teach that the intense physical sensations of labor and birth are a normal part of the experience, and that they are best approached through building a mindset of coping, determination, focus, and self-love. Our educators and mentors help parents develop this mindset through a variety of approaches, including mindfulness exercises that are integrated into everyday life.

 

You will have time and space to create an emotionally and physically supportive practice that you can use before, during, and after childbirth that will allow you to spend more time to savoring your experience, and less time stressing out about what's to come.

With Birthing From Within you will discover:​

  • How to form your mindful birth plan that goes beyond medical choices.
  • All of the things about birth that 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 touch.
  • 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.

Childbirth impacts each parent in different ways. The hands-on nature of the classes are designed for the pregnant parent AND the supporting partner/s to gain insight that will allow them to do what is needed in childbirth and still be a supportive and understanding part of the team.

Each family has unique needs and our Birthing From Within mentors deliver expert facilitation and individualized care to ensure that your experience in class is interesting and thought provoking. 

 

We value diversity and know that your unique background will impact your experience. 

WHO THE CLASS IS FOR:  People who want to cultivate intention, anyone who is expecting a baby, single parents who wish to take class alone or with a friend, family member or doula, LGBTQ families, and families of color.

 

LOCATIONS:

THRESHOLDS CLASSROOM 
Our North Seattle classroom in the Queen Anne neighborhood. 

 

COLUMBIA CITY STUDIO 
We also offer South Seattle childbirth classes in the Columbia City neighborhood. 

COST:

$300 PRICE INCLUDES PREGNANT PARENT + BIRTH PARTNER

 

WHEN:

Weekend Immersions in Queen Anne

Saturdays & Sundays 9-5 each day

or 6-week evening series 7-9:30

Tuesday Nights in Columbia City

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Thursday Nights in Queen Anne

 

We think that all of our childbirth classes are useful for parents. If you want you attend more than one class please take advantage of our Sweet Deals.

Not your first baby? Consider our Birthing Again Class.

These workshops 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 offer a mini session for parents who have birthed before. Follow this link to learn more about our Birthing Again childbirth refresher classes.

“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

“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

“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.

“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.

“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

“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

“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

“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.

“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!”

“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

“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.”

“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 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

“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

Curious to learn more about the experience of a Birthing From Within childbirth class? Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

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.

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. 

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. 

A Note from Amity:

Years ago I believed that if a person took the right classes, read enough books, or ate the right foods that their birth would be smooth and easy. After a few years of being a doula I learned that that was NOT the case. I saw people who did everything “right”, who still were left feeling awful and wishing for a different birth. I knew there was a better way. That is when I encountered the magic of Birthing From Within. By focusing on this experience (whatever it is) as a Rite of Passage, not a medical event; every single parent can have a meaningful birth experience.

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