Mindful Birth FAQs

What is included in the course?

Each student will receive:

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • The Mindful Birth curriculum
  • Fear Release MP3
  • Handouts customized to each class’s needs
  • A birth affirmation tote bag with a matching temporary tattoo 🙂

Should my partner attend? 

I encourage partners to attend when possible.  It is appropriate to attend alone.  You may also invite a friend, family member, or doula if your partner cannot attend.


Is there a particular childbirth method taught?  

No. Mindful Birth includes a “menu” of many ways to enjoy birth.  Each week, we’ll practice a few techniques so you can find what resonates with you.  These include imagery, breathing exercises, movement, meditation, and affirmations.

What is your teaching style?

Students who attend a childbirth class are typically highly-motivated learners.  As such, this class combines hands-on practice, lecture, visuals, and discussion. Having worked with birthing families for over a decade, I am sensitive that some students are apprehensive about what might happen in a childbirth class. I promise it won’t be weird or awkward.  I also avoid graphic birth videos or images.

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When should I begin?

You may join a Mindful Birth series at any point in your pregnancy.  Some couples begin early and some start at the last minute.  It is really up to you!   

What if I want an epidural?

Guess what?  You are in charge of your birth!  A childbirth class provides knowledge, resources, and support.  These three things are important whether you plan to give birth under a waterfall by moonlight or you plan to get an epidural as soon as you arrive at the hospital.  No judgement; only empowerment.