Do you need a birth class?
Do you want to learn more about your birth choices and alternatives?
Are you nervous about giving birth and want to know what to expect?
Do you worry about how pregnancy and birth may change your body?
Have you heard birth horror stories and are worried that the same might happen to you?
Are you worried about how your age, body size, or risk factor might impact your birth or limit your options?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are in the right place.
Childbirth is the event that launches you into parenthood. It is normal to feel really excited and happy, really scared and overwhelmed, and everything in between. Choices about pregnancy and birth are the first major parenting-decisions that you will face. And, just like parenting, there is no one right or wrong way to do it. Each baby, pregnant person, and birth is unique, and you are the only one who can choose what is right for you and your unique experience. Our classes aim to give you the information and resources that will help you navigate these many choices with trust and confidence, before, during, and after the birth of your child.
I am a mother of six, childbirth educator and Body Positive facilitator in the Bay Area, and I have a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley. I became interested in childbirth and birth work at the young age of seven when my eldest sister had her first baby. In 2005, I became a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator and worked teaching and doing doula work for about 8 years. During this time, I discovered Health at Every Size and body positivity after an intense experience with dieting that didn't end well. While a student at UC Berkeley I co-created and led a Body Positive class and have helped facilitate a number of workshops through the organization The Body Positive.
In 2013, I took a break from doula work to have a few babies of my own. I have three babies that I have given birth to, plus three bonus babies. Each of my pregnancies and births, and all of my experiences as a mother, have been uniquely beautiful and challenging and have caused me to grow and get to know myself more deeply than I ever expected or thought possible. My commitment to self-love, and forgiveness that I learned through The Body Positive has been invaluable and has seen me through it all.
The journey of parenthood is the most beautiful, challenging, precious, painful, and magnificent journey that I can fathom. Perhaps the most profound gift that parenting has given me is deep compassion and empathy for all human beings. While teaching about the stages of labor and the best ways to support a laboring person, I am acutely aware of the fact that I am not just getting people ready for a major life event, but I am preparing them for a life-altering experience that will forever change them and the way they view and interact with themselves, their children, partners, families, and the world. I love my work and am humbled and honored to be a part of this journey for parents. Plus, I just love being around pregnant bellies!
Classes and Events
Childbirth Preparation Classes
In our six-week group classes you will learn how labor typically looks and feels, debunk birth myths, understand medical options and alternatives, and connect with your body and inner wisdom. By the end of this class, the goal is for you to have all the tools you need to birth with confidence.
Comfort Measures for Labor
In this class you will learn practical tools that will help you get through each stage of labor more easily. It is ideal for people who don't need an in depth childbirth class or as a refresher class.
Breastfeeding, Baby Care, and Healing
We tend to spend a lot of time preparing for birth, but what will you do with the baby once it is here? In this class you will learn about postpartum recovery, baby care, and breastfeeding.
Body Positive Baby: Pregnancy and Postpartum Group
The changes that pregnant and postpartum bodies go through can be awesome and amazing, and they can also be difficult and depressing. This group is a place to support you in navigating these changes with love and grace.
“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”