Congratulations on your pregnancy!
I'm so excited for you and your family! I've been in your shoes 3 times. I know exactly how pregnancy can be a whirlwind! There is so much excitement and planning to be done, so many decisions to be made.
Now that your baby is making it's way earthside, it's time to consider how he/she will journey into your arms.
Both laboring parent AND baby deserve a
positive childbirth experience!
You only get to birth your baby once. How would you like the experience to be?
I strongly believe that a healthy baby at the end isn't good enough. Parents and baby deserve a positive and gentle birthing experience. The whole family should have a gentle and smooth transition into a new life together.
And only the parents can define what a positive birth would be for them. Epidurals, cesareans, unmedicated- they can all be positive experiences with the right preparation.
Achieving Positive childbirths is what makes GentleBirth Different
To ultimately have a positive experience, preparation is key.
GentleBirth offers an evidence-based workshop that provides:
Students are transformed with evidence-based KNOWLEDGE of all birth choices and best practices.
Students are PREPARED during the prenatal period with daily short training sessions to continue training and maintain a positive mindset.
Students receive SUPPORT throughout the complete perinatal period, from pregnancy to postpartum, through local private and national GentleBirth Groups, which are all focused on positive births.
To achieve a positive birth defined by you,
all GentleBirth Workshops focus on three core areas of
Brain Science + Birth Science + Technology
• Understanding pain perception
• Biology of fear • Mindsets • Sports Psychology • CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Mindfulness
• Birth hormones • Building a labor toolkit • Breathing techniques • Advanced comfort measures • Active labor movement • Signs of labor • Acupressure • Navigating birth options • Routine care vs. Best Practices • Evidence-based care • Birth preferences
• Curated playlists for sleep, anxiety, confident pregnancy, positive birth and the 4th trimester • Guided hypnosis
• Guided meditations • Mindfulness • Breathing techniques • Affirmations • Access to the GentleBirth Book and Workshop Companion Workbook
Running is natural, yet athletes prepare and train.
Childbirth is natural too, but to stack the odds that you will be successful in reaching your goal line, you should prepare and train.
What are the benefits of prenatal childbirth education?
Build confidence in your body's ability to give birth
Bond with your partner
Build confidence in yourself
Build partner's confidence to be able to help you during labor
Learn what questions to ask
Learn comfort techniques
Learn pain relief options
Learn safe and healthy birth practices
Part 1: Class meets (in-person or virtual) for a set number of days for live instruction. Your workshop companion workbook is accessible via the GentleBirth Hypnobirthing App.
Part 2: Learning continues after completion of the live workshop with the online portion. The online GentleBirth Institute is a self-paced additional training with unlimited access.
Students will learn advanced comfort measures and have a full toolkit of strategies to use as needed. Some of the tools taught are: hacking your own hormones, movement, counter pressure and acupressure, TENS, Peanut Ball, Yoga Ball, Massage, Breathing and more!
All attendees will receive:
• an invitation to the online portion after completion of Part I of the workshop
• an invitation to download a 30-day access to the GentleBirth Hypnobirthing App.
• an invitation to assess my SC Birth Client Share Drive, were you will have access to tons of additional material such as birthing rights, birth preferences templates, breastfeeding information, acupressure and aromatherapy handouts, and more!
• an invitation to join the global GentleBirth Positive Birth Private Facebook Group.
BONUS: Natural Breastfeeding ONline Course
All attendees to GentleBirth Workshops also receive unlimited access to the Nancy Mohrbacher's Natural Breastfeeding Online Course ($97 value). This home study course is broken down into six modules of innovative insights, practical advice, and more than 60 short comprehensive videos showing actual mothers breastfeeding in real life situations! .
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do the GentleBirth workshops cost?
GentleBirth workshops require an investment of $275.00 due at registration. Payment arrangements can be made if agreed to in advance.
Where are the in-person workshops held?
At the moment, all in-person workshops are held at the Labors of Love Birth Center in Spartanburg, SC.
Do I need any supplies during the workshop?
Each student should have a notebook and pen for note-taking. The workshop companion workbook is accessible via the GentleBirth Hypnobirthing App.
What type of clothes should I wear for the workshop?
I recommend comfortable clothes and removable shoes with socks. In-person workshop students will leave shoes at the door and come into the learning space with socks.
How many couples attend in-person workshops at a time?
All workshops are currently limited to 2 couples. This allows each couple to have a couch of their own with plenty of space to spread out and be comfy. It also allows me more one-on-one instruction and get to know students better. Private classes are always available. Contact me for more information.
How many weeks does the GentleBirth workshops last?
The GentleBirth workshop is a total of 10 hours of live instruction, and an additional 8-10 hours of self-paced online instruction with the GentleBirth Online Institute. The live instruction is broken down into two 5-hour days. Please refer to the calendar of events page to view the upcoming workshops and reserve a seat.