Birth Classes

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The birth preparation training has been divided  into two components as we have two parts of ourselves that have different needs and wants and ways of learning.

Our minds need knowledge, our bodies need support, reassurance and confidence. Our minds tend to favour  the logical approach of  what to expect and how can we prepare for the unexpected.

My weekend  course favors this approach and will give you all the information and practicalities that are needed  for this magical journey.I am a birthing midwife so am able to give very practical advice and guidance on what to expect and how to cope with the labour process and the first few weeks of parenthood .

The weekend course is a practical building block for the optional 2nd half of the course which has a more emotional flavour  in line with the more subconscious bodies way of doing things and approaches the whole birth journey from a different angle which inspires body confidence and reassurance.

This part of the course is a set of four modules which is designed to look at your conditioning around birth and how that will be influencing your birth choices and ways to work with that. It also looks at fears a little more closely and ways of being supported. These modules you will work with on your own but there will be two sharing circles where we would come together and share and work through different exercises enhancing our capacity to trust our bodies innate intelligence.

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The Birthing Circle

The Birthing Circle is the first sharing circle where we will discuss the relevance of conditioning to the birth field. There will be various exercises to assist in supporting and building confidence around the birth experience.

The Mothering Circle

The Mothering Circle is a sharing circle about 2-3 weeks after the Birthing Circle for the women only. Here there will be a deeper sharing of what it means to be a mother and how we can be supported and cared for in this life changing experience. We will use various exercises and modalities to deepen this experience at a visceral level.

This is a progressive journey from basic information and knowledge to a deeper more embodied experience which will enable you to easily embrace and surrender to this magnificent Journey of Birth.

Just as labour moves from the beginning light and exciting to deeper layers of surrendering and experiencing until you have your baby in your arms, so too will this journey take you through the various levels to deeper enrichment.

FORMAT FOR THE FULL PROGRAM

1. Weekend Antenatal Class

Dates: March 24 & 25 / June 23 & 24 / Sept 22 & 23 2018
Time: Saturday and Sunday from 9-4pm
Cost: R2,000 per couple / R1,500 single.
Venue: 18 Axminister Road, Muizenberg

Limited to 8 couples.

This course has all the basic information that is required to prepare physically for the birth journey:

  • What you need to know about the stages of labour
  • Factors that influence the labour
  • Coping techniques and pain management
  • What happens when things don't go according to plan?
  • What interventions may be needed and how does that look?
  • How do you feed and nurture your baby in the first few weeks?
  • The Doula role and the support they offer /meet charlene and Joy

This is the logical approach to birth covering all the practicalities and  preparations needed .Once you have the knowledge of what to expect and how to work with it all at a practical level, you can drop into the mystery of birth and your own unique expression and experience of it all.

2. The Art of Birthing Program Modules

This is a Four Module self-study personal journey looking at your conditioning around birth from family, friend and your community working at a more emotional level in preparation for adding a new member to the family.

This will be combined with two sharing circles.

3. Birth Circle

Dates: Sunday 13th May / Saturday 4th August / Sunday 4th November 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: R850
Venue: 18 Axminister Road, Muizenberg

Birthing circles cover the birthing field and how you are influencing it depending on your conditioning and what can be done to shift it in your favour. There are a number of exercises we will do individually and in groups preparing for the birth journey from a completely different angle. This is fun creative and experiential workshop enhancing the Art of Birthing module materials, and giving a deeper understanding of birth not gained in the information orientated antenatal classes.

4. Mothering Circle

Dates: Sat 26th May / Sat 25th August / Sat 24th November 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: R650
Venue: 18 Axminister Road, Muizenberg

Women Only.

Mothering circle is looking at our role as mothers and guardians of the next generation, which is the future – our responsibilities and our challenges and how we can honour and support each other in this great undertaking.

There are a number of exercises to really embody and honour motherhood, so that we can cross the threshold with confidence and grace.

Contact me

or email at ayla(at)artofbirthing.co.za

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