Birthing From Within at Portland Doula Love

In this class, we’ll use a variety of hands-on and multi sensory approaches to explore the intellectual and instinctual aspects of childbirth.

  • We’ll examine what happens to the body and mind during labor and delivery.
  • Understand the differences in cultural perceptions of pain.
  • Learn mindfulness practices to help cope with the intensity of labor.
  • Share multiple approaches to the birth experience.

Small class sizes allow us to tailor each class to the specific needs and interests of the participants.

Class Overview

Understanding Childbirth

  • Birth wishes and intentions
  • The physical, mental and emotional processes of labor and birth
  • How labor works, what it looks like, what to do
  • The role of hormones and birth physiology
  • Evidence-based research and how to make decisions in awareness

The Childbirth Experience

  • Assumptions about pain
  • The role of Partners and Birth Companions
  • Coping practices, positions and hands on support for labor
  • How to cope with unexpected surprises
  • Honoring Childbirth as a profound rite of passage and birth as a Heroic journey

Postpartum Recovery

  • Healing after birth
  • Newborn appearance and procedures
  • Bonding with your baby
  • Feeding your baby
  • The postpartum return

Testimonials (Read More)

My husband and I are expecting our baby girl in May 2014 and took our birth prep course with Christine D’Esposito through Portland Doula love. We found Christine to be a really calming, soothing, and reassuring presence. She made the class feel very communal and comforting, while also packing in a lot of great information.

Sarah M.

I loved the safe setting. It was a great place for [my husband] and I to share our thoughts, fears, and questions about childbirth. I loved the fact that it didn’t teach a particular method, but rather helped us learn about our own coping skills, and learn how to tap into that strength during labor.

Leta M.