childbirth education classes with Gentlebirth

Preparing for childbirth is one of the most important things families can do in anticipation for "labor day." Unlike any other childbirth education workshop, GentleBirth combines evidence-based information, sports psychology, cognitive brain therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and hypnosis into an interactive and informative weekend workshop.

Here's what you can expect to learn during your weekend workshop:

  • What a normal, physiological birth process looks like
  • Fear vs. relaxation during birth
  • How mindfulness can be the biggest gamechanger in birth (and beyond!)
  • CBT and challenging the "birth bullies"
  • Sports psychology techniques for pregnancy and birth
  • The neuroscience of a gentle birth - rewiring your brain from fear to confidence
  • Facilitating the perfect balance of hormones in labor to have an undisturbed birth
  • Breathing techniques
  • Comfort measures for labor and birth (with examples of what you and your partner can do at each stage)
  • Active birth including the use of a birth ball, peanut ball, and water immersion
  • Routine procedures in hospitals and avoidable routine interventions
  • What happens at hospital admission
  • Being a confident birth partner
  • Labor support tools for special circumstances
  • Creating effective birth preferences and how to communicate them
  • Informed decision making
  • Relaxation techniques for pregnancy and labor
  • Medication in labor and how to optimize the epidural
  • Effective birth positions and learning how to push
  • Recovery tips

When and where are the classes held?

Don't let 6-8 week intensive childbirth preparation classes scare you. With GentleBirth, you only have to dedicate a weekend of your time (1 day intensive classes coming soon!) to learning how to have the most positive birth experience.

Classes are held once a month in the Oakland area. For more information and to sign up, click here!

Download the GentleBirth App!

GentleBirth is the only childbirth prep class to have an accompanying app. The app (available on iOS and Android) is amazing and filled with daily mindfulness and hypnosis trainings, tailored specifically to you. A subscription to the app gives you unlimited access to mindfulness and hypnosis sessions as well as birth affirmations. It is the complete package from fertility to birth, and body image positivity to breastfeeding. Regardless of whether you attend a workshop or not, the app is a must!