Wisdom for Birth Reviews Shared

We recently asked  our previous students for some input on the new classes we teach- a combination of the FEAR to FREEDOM, now called ROCK Your Birth and our training as doulas and the Dancing for Birth facilitator training we have. And here are some of the comments that may give you some insight into how it may have helped these students.

“Taking this class was an excellent way to tune into the emotional/psychological side of giving birth. It made me feel connected to my baby and the journey of giving birth. The most fun part was dancing, meditating and using the scarves.  The Rock your Birth class is an excellent way to connect with other pregnant women. I was able to focus on myself and my baby. I learned a lot about the strength and focus that I have within myself that will guide me through the birth of my baby. Many different activities and techniques were presented as well as a little “woman to woman” therapy. I like that there were so many different exercises to pick and choose from. I loved writing a birth mantra and felt very empowered after the class. Labor of Love is providing an outstanding service for expecting moms and families. I love being in an environment where having a normal birth is a positive and empowering experience!”  Colleen Eilola

“I felt the class was empowering and challenged me to rethink traditional thought/acceptance of “the way things have always been” in birthing.  I appreciated being asked to think outside of the box and being encouraged to embrace my own picture of what my birth story should be. I would have liked an additional exercise on creating a birthing story with some complications.  We did at least one of these, but it was only two scenarios because we only had two groups to craft stories and act them out. I’m pleased by information, so just learning more about my body, how it works, talking through scenarios, practicing positions on the birth ball, and viewing birthing experiences really satisfied my need for examples of what I might see in my own birth story. I am a spiritual person, but was uncomfortable with some of the guided relaxation.  I know it works for some, but not for all.  I’m not someone who can just zone out and tune into my breathing. I would say overall the class was worth it – I was able to spend time with other women who are sharing my same anxieties about birthing and being in that space was incredibly rewarding and valuable.  I would also say that I felt more confident about the choices I made for my birth plan after I went through the class, and it affirmed my belief that I do have the power within me to do what needs to be done to birth my child the way God designed for me to do.”  Michelle Barnes

“This class was about finding that peace within yourself for whatever experience you have during labor and delivery. I did not realize how much it prepared me until I was in the moment.  We all do what is most natural to us during labor. I feel this should be emphasized more. The dancing was the most fun!  I should have taken the class earlier.  . It is a class where you can find peace and trust in the process that is birth. I was able to give up control and let my body take the reins” Beth Chambers

“It took me a while to really get it.  I had to do some thinking about it before I was really able to get it straight in my head that for me the critical thing to remember was that this pregnancy was different, the birth would be different, and the baby is most definitely different!  It didn’t quite sink in in the two days of the class, but the seeds were planted.  I really enjoyed the dancing.  It was totally out of my comfort zone, but I liked the exposure to it.  This class is a class that will help you do the mental preparation to prepare for your birth and leave behind any baggage or fears that you carry with you about birth.  It is not a class for people who have had traumatic birth experienced, but rather a way to help you think through any anxieties that you may have and find ways to overcome them so that you can prepare for your best birth. I enjoyed the retreat like feel that it had as well as the balance of movement and discussion time.  I wish that I would have waited a little later in my pregnancy to do the class.  I did it just before I was 20 weeks and it felt like a long time before my birth.  Doing the class closer to the birth could have encouraged me to follow through with more of the activities after the class.  I really give a lot of credit to this class for helping me move past my concerns from my first birth and let go of the anxiety I had for how this birth would go.”  Natalie Caldwell