resources for parents discover how Birthing From Within can support your journey

For over 20 years, parents all over the world have prepared deeply and holistically for birth by attending a Birthing From Within class or hiring a Birthing From Within trained doula.

Birthing From Within offers a modern interpretation of childbirth education and support, one that guides parents to tap into their ancient inner knowing in conjunction with exploring evidence-based modern knowing. This preparation may take place in a group-class format, one-on-one mentoring, or in the doula-client relationship. In all contexts, parents can expect meaningful guidance, compassionate education, and inclusive, open-minded support.

We offer many resources for parents, and encourage you to find a Birthing From Within childbirth educator and doula near you!

Testimonials from Parents

ARTICLES

The Land and the Story: Dreaming Scotland

By Christy Cozby | April 6, 2020

To explore how to use stories to prepare for and heal from birth – and make meaning of other parts of your life – expecting and new parents can reach out to a Birthing From Within mentor or doula, and birth professionals can register for Birthing From Within training.   Stories called me to Scotland. Legends of ancient…

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Birth Preparation and the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Farrah Sheehan | May 4, 2020

It probably goes without saying that the past several weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic have brought a furious storm of information, along with the need to figure things out on the fly and make decisions at warp speed. This is especially true for those preparing for birth or helping others prepare for birth. As a…

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Who Should Be There?: Making Decisions about Who Will Attend Your Birth

By Farrah Sheehan | September 25, 2019

Many parents-to-be spend at least some time worrying about who should be present for the births of their babies. Childbirth educators, doulas, and other birth professionals often field questions about the matter. “Who should I bring to the hospital with me?” “So-and-so wants to be at the birth, but I’m not sure I want that…what…

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Dancing with Shadows: An Archetypal Reading of Jordan Peele’s Us

By Nicole Green | May 6, 2019

Reader be warned, before you cross this threshold to read this movie review: there are spoilers aplenty. For my fellow horror-loving readers, I heartily recommend that you see the film before reading on. For those of you who adore great stories and yet leave horror well enough alone,  maybe reading this review will soften you…

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Report: Birth Story Listening at the Limmud Festival

By Barrie Rein Thunemann | April 9, 2019

I was introduced to the art of storytelling about eight years ago through the Birthing From Within childbirth educator and doula training programs. I could not have predicted then that the storytelling skills I was learning would eventually provide a pathway for cultural and ancestral connection to my Jewish ethnicity and identity. In 2016, I…

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Report: Black Birth Matters 2018 Conference

By Deidre Coutsoumpos | January 17, 2019

On October 27, 2018, my fellow facilitator Koyuki Smith and I presented a Birthing From Within workshop at the Black Birth Matters conference, organized by the Birthmark Doula Collective in New Orleans. The theme of the conference was “Mind over Matter: Mental Health and Mothering.” The title of our presentation was “Learning Through Listening: Using…

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Report: Decolonize Birth 2018 Conference

By Koyuki Smith | October 4, 2018

Two weekends ago, I attended the third annual Decolonize Birth conference in Brooklyn, NY. Decolonize Birth is run by Ancient Song Doula Services, a community-based full-spectrum doula collective and training organization founded by Chanel Porchia-Albert. This year’s conference title was “Addressing the Criminalization of Black and Brown People within the Healthcare System.” I was only…

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The Place of No Story: “My Birth” by Carmen Winant

By Koyuki Smith | August 11, 2018

They started popping up in New York City area birth workers’ Instagram feeds in the spring months of this year – cryptic images of a collection of birth photographs taped to a white wall with blue painter’s tape. Some of the images were zoomed in, showing just a few photos; others were zoomed out to…

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On Being Human in Birth

By Kathie Neff | May 18, 2018

If there were an award for outstanding work in helping humans to be human, Birthing From Within would win hands down. So many childbirth classes work in black-and-white terms: proven ways to shorten your labor, or to birth with no pain, or even to enjoy orgasm as your baby emerges from your body. Such classes…

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Monthly Letter || Grandparents Day: On Becoming an Ancestor

By the Birthing from Within Team | August 6, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a collection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. Dear friends, I just found out that I…

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Resources on Trans Birth and Trans Allyship

By the Birthing from Within Team | August 3, 2020

Over the past several weeks, we have encountered many folks on our Facebook and Instagram feeds who have expressed interest in learning more about the trans birth experience – and many folks who clearly need some education about trans allyship, both in the birth context and in general. We decided to make a one-stop shop…

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Organizational Equity Beyond the Current Moment

By the Birthing from Within Team | July 7, 2020

When we distributed our statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter and those taking action against racist police violence, we received an interesting email from a course participant. They expressed appreciation for our statement, and respectfully requested that we provide more details about what Birthing From Within is doing to combat racism in the world,…

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Monthly Letter || The Art of Listening

By the Birthing from Within Team | July 6, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a collection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. Dear friends, As the United States finds itself…

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Black Lives Matter

By the Birthing from Within Team | June 3, 2020

Birthing From Within extends our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all of the other far-too-many victims of state-sanctioned racist violence. We are aware that there is nothing new about this phenomenon: indeed, state-sanctioned, white-supremacist violence played an integral part in the founding of the United States, and…

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Monthly Letter || Mother’s Day: Complexity and Community

By the Birthing from Within Team | May 10, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a selection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. Dear friends, In many parts of the United…

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Monthly Letter || The State of the Organization

By the Birthing from Within Team | March 20, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a selection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. Dear Friends, As we assemble this newsletter, the…

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Medical Decision Making in the Childbearing Year

By the Birthing from Within Team | February 20, 2020

In her new book, Heart Centered Pregnancy Journal, BFW co-owner Nikki Shaheed writes that “while it is important for modern birthing parents to have an understanding of birth and the maternal healthcare system before their baby’s arrival, it is also easier than ever to become so overwhelmed by all of the books, blogs, articles, films, and…

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A Statement on Becoming a More Equitable Organization

By the Birthing from Within Team | January 9, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a selection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. When Pam England wrote Birthing From Within in…

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Meet the Mentor: Charlene Hamilton

By the Birthing from Within Team | January 8, 2020

In our ongoing Meet the Mentor series, you’ll get a chance to meet some of our amazing Birthing From Within Childbirth Educators and Doulas. You’ll learn a little bit about their Birthing From Within work – and, just for fun, get a glimpse into their personal lives and opinions! Today, let’s meet… Charlene Hamilton Charlene…

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Resources for Studying Birth Justice and Anti-Racism

By the Birthing from Within Team | December 22, 2019

This list is in service of furthering birth justice by acknowledging and addressing racism and white supremacy in birth in our culture. This is by no means an exhaustive list; it will be updated frequently. We are open to suggestions and/or feedback on these resources. Books White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to…

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