(12 weekly online classes of 90 minutes each, in 3 Modules, 4 classes per module)
DAY & TIME: MONDAY 2:30-4:00P EST/EDT (see School Calendar here)
TERM: MODULE 1: Sep 10, Sep 17, Sep 24, Oct 1
LOCATION: ONLINE via Zoom (please see this link for technical requirements)
Streaming recordings will be available for missed classes.
LEVEL: OPEN to birth professionals
For women wanting to conceive: Please email email@example.com
AGES: 24 and up
TEACHER: Claudia Raiken
Imagery is the language of the body, of experiencing. It is the first language the body understands. As Catherine Shainberg, the creator of DreamBirth
® explains, “The body doesn’t understand words as well as it does pictures. You can’t tell your heart to beat less quickly, but by imagery you can learn to quiet heart beats, to lower high blood pressure, to stop premature contractions…”, to get the baby in the right position, to open easily, to diffuse and lessen pain—the list is endless.
® you can:
• Learn to see, connect and communicate with your baby throughout your Pregnancy
• Create an easeful and beneficial birth environment for you and your baby
• Promote optimal fetal positioning
• Diminish fears
• Help reduce pain during labor
• Accelerate the post- partum healing process
• Minimize side effects of medication
• Create deeper intimacy between you and your partner
In these three Modules, you will experience and learn the exercises that have transformed many lives.
We will do the exercises together. They last from one to three minutes, are very easy to learn, and are relaxing and fun to do. Each module consists of 4 weeks, with one 90 minute Class per week.
MODULE 1: Includes Imagery and Your Role as a Practitioner, Pre-Conception Exercises, and Clearing Blocked Emotions
Class 1: Imagery and your role as a practitioner
This class reviews how imagery works, how it is learned, how to respond to the necessity of an image, and the importance of practicing the imagery oneself, so that the language of imagery becomes facile and creative. DreamBirth® imparts gifts for all who use it; the practitioner included.
We cover the importance of subconscious programming, how imagery can change, dissolve the negative programs that impede conception and we begin our experience with imagery. We discuss dreamfields. Each one of us lives in multiple dreamfields: individual, familial-ancestral, social, national, and global, and this affects beliefs and patterns about conception
Class 2: Pre-Conception, Clearing the Field
As Catherine Shainberg says in her seminal book, DreamBirth:
“To get pregnant, like a good farmer, you will want to clear the land, removing any stones and fertilizing the field before you start planting your seeds”
This class focuses on pre-conception exercises, to clear the resentments of the past and fears of the future, and exercises for moving past old relationships, and abortions and miscarriages. We discuss as well the nurturing, non-judgmental atmosphere that must be created, while exploring what is getting in the way. By the time women come to get help, they often have gone through the pain of a miscarriage, or have been made to feel “less than” by the medical profession, by family, by friends (or by the woman’s perception that they are judging her), and a lot by herself—her own critical inner judgment. And so loving attention, the same that makes grass grow, and babies flourish, is what the woman needs, as well as you learning to become an intuitive, compassionate detective! And remember, although the classes are organized in a linear fashion, when you actually work with a woman, you respond to what she needs, you work around who she is. You may very well give her exercises for her relationship the very first time you meet her, as that is the crying need of the moment, and not go right away into the pre-conception exercises.
Class 3 and Class 4: Clearing Blocked Emotions
These two classes deal with clearing any blocked emotions that are getting in the way. Your will learn exercises to clear anxiety and fear, anger and frustration, feelings of stuckness and depression, guilt and resentment , and pain and grief. You will learn as well, exercises that create optimism and a sense of well-being.
These recorded classes are taught by Claudia Raiken, who worked with Catherine on the development of the DreamBirth
® method, with seven other doulas, nurses, psychologists and birth professionals. The method has been producing innovative and successful results for women for over ten years.