The most helpful parts were the video (seeing real women manage pain), the ice exercise, and the chance to try labor positions and massage techniques.

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Working with Labor: Learning to Trust in the Process of Birth

This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about coping with labor contractions, from women planning an unmedicated home birth to women who are planning an epidural as early as possible in labor, but who still want to learn skills for coping with labor pain, "just in case."

For first-time parents, it is a great supplement to the Great Starts series, or Labor & Birth Only class. For experienced parents, it is appropriate as a stand-alone class, or to pair with our Better Birth Refresher.

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Class Topics


This workshop is focused on labor sensations, and ways to cope with labor without pain medication. We discuss how strong sensations are a positive sign of labor progress, and talk about how to find ways to work with your body during labor. We use art, movement, discussion, video, and hands-on practice of coping skills. (Includes concepts from Birthing from Within, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Lamaze, and more)

The class does not include any detailed discussion of pain medication options. Epidurals and other medications are covered in our other birth preparation classes.

Logistics


Time / Place: This 2.5-hour workshop is held monthly at UW Medicine's Roosevelt Clinic or the Parent Trust classroom in the Rainier neighborhood of Seattle.

Our Instructors


This class is taught by childbirth educators who are also experienced labor support doulas, or who have taken the Birthing from Within mentor training.