® Pregnancy for Birth Professionals
(20 weekly online classes of 90 minutes each, in 6 Modules, 4 classes per module)
DAY & TIME: TUESDAY 9-10:30a EST/EDT (see School Calendar here)
TERM: MODULE 1: Oct 2, 9, 16 & 23
LOCATION: ONLINE via Zoom (please see this link for technical requirements)
Streamed recordings will be available for missed classes.
AGES: 24 and up
TEACHER: Claudia Raiken
® Pregnancy for Doulas & Other Birth Professionals
® 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 six Modules, you will learn and do the exercises that have transformed many births. The exercises last from one to three minutes, are very easy to learn, relaxing and fun to do.
MODULE 1: First and Second Trimesters
MODULE 2: Relationships, Ancestral Issues, Stuck Patterns
The main thrust of this Module is to deal with relationships (to partner, mother, one’s other children, friends, work colleagues, doctors or midwives. As part of that work, learn how to talk “through the ethers”. This Module will also deal with ancestral issues, stuck patterns, incorrect thinking and growing up inner child.
MODULE 3: Flexibility of Body and Mind
The main focus of this Module is to develop flexibility of body and mind, which is what birth and mothering require. Expand theme of how DreamBirth® allows us to direct the cells of our body, nature itself, into its most optimal, easeful functioning. Our bodies, our cells, the unborn baby, are wanting to express their perfection! Importance of alignment for comfort and easier birth- with correct alignment there is more room for baby, and allows it to descend. Exercises that expand and lengthen. Exercises to turn breech or misaligned baby. Light, air and water images expand; connection between jaw and pelvis, mouth and cervix. In this Module we also introduce exercises for the husband or partner.
MODULE 4: Preparing for Birth, for Both Birthing Professional and Birthing Parents
The focus of this Module is preparing for the birth, for both doula and birthing parents, and exercises for postpartum issues. Deals with how to deal with contractions, hospital procedures, importance of checking with baby and body. Exercises to deal with problems that arise during labor, including placenta not releasing. Exercises for caesarian, or any other intervention, wanted or not wanted; importance of getting body’s (and baby’s) permission. This Module focuses on exercises for birthing professionals. Exercises for making decisions.
MODULE 5: Problems of Pregnancy and Labor, Supervision
This Module is a mixture of supervision and exercises for problems that arise during pregnancy that were not included in first four Modules: Pre-eclampsia,to restore fetal heartrate, torn muscles, tendons, clearing infection, lowering blood pressure, endometriosis and pelvic pain, gestational diabetes.
Classes will be organized around practitioner’s needs and wants, as each situation presented may require different exercises than those mentioned above.
MODULE 6: Problems of Pregnancy and Labor, Supervision
This Module provides supervision as well as exercises for problems that arise during pregnancy that were not included in first four Modules: Pre-eclampsia, restoring fetal heartrate, torn muscles and tendons, clearing infection, lowering blood pressure, endometriosis and pelvic pain, gestational diabetes.
Classes will be oriented towards each student’s current concerns, and exercises to address those specific concerns and needs will be given.
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.
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.