Dancing For Birth™ classes and workshops are provided on four continents and were founded by Stephanie Larson, a birth doula, childbirth educator, dancer, perinatal fitness expert and mother of four.
Classes provide maternity fitness and body-based childbirth preparation.
No dance experience necessary (especially beneficial if you feel movement inhibited / two left feet!)
Enjoy benefits such as:
- toned and flexible low back, abdominal and pelvic muscles (including pelvic floor)
- connecting with our pelvic space to energize our instincts
- optimal fetal positioning
- fitness through joyful purposeful movement
- improved balance and coordination
- knowing labor positions that encourage safer, swifter, empowered birth
- knowing what we can do for back labor and malposition of baby
- gaining strength/stamina and the ability to soften and release within the power of birth
- postpartum wellness and return to fitness at our own pace as we continue to enjoy dance with baby (baby enjoys a myriad of benefits too!)
- community and social support
Dancing For Birth(TM) is the trifecta for birth preparation: feel-good fitness, childbirth education and celebration all rolled into a weekly* class that supports us preconception, pregnant and postpartum.
Classes guide us toward better birth through movement adapted from traditional world dance styles. If you feel inhibited with movement/dance, these classes are vital. We connect within and articulate our body's language for birth including the top five movements that encourage healthy labor through every stage. Learn the benefits of upright and forward leaning birth positions. Join us! Enjoy a village of support, be fit, build rituals you can count on, embrace labor's rhythm and power and relax within it. Postpartum welcome with baby in a wrap/carrier. Every 6th weekly class welcomes a birth partner to practice partner dances and comfort measure techniques.
*There's also a periodic Body-Based Childbirth Preparation Class for Couples "Get Down Baby, Get Down" and a monthly Sacred Support Circle
"Return to the original strength, the natural movements of a woman's body"
~ Isadora Duncan: Mother of Modern Dance
REGISTER HERE for any class you see below. Space is limited. Registration assures your spot AND I'm a birth doula. If a class is ever canceled due to the nature of my work, you will receive an e.mail notification. Thank you
All classes are at the Center for Birth in Eastlake 1500 Eastlake Ave. E 98102.
Weekly ~ Saturdays 4:00-5:30 $35/drop-in or 6 class series $195
Fitness & childbirth education fusion (please see scheduler for specific dates as there is a one week break between every 6 class series AND last Saturdays of every month are Sacred Support Circle - see below)
Preconception, Pregnant, Postpartum (with or without baby)
Monthly Sacred Support Circle ~ Last Saturday's 12:30 - 2:30/$15-$30 (sliding scale-pay what you can)
Preconception, Pregnant, Postpartum (babes in arms welcome)
Share your feelings, experience and questions, enjoy inspiration, affirmations, powerful imagery for conception, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum bonding, practice self-care such as acupressure/reflexology/mudras and more... and of course enjoy DFB's signature feel-good dance movement to improve birth, be fit, celebrate pregnancy, motherhood, community and to just be well.
Get Down Baby, Get Down! ~ Every 7 weeks $90/Couple
A DFB(TM) body-based childbirth preparation class for couples. When you think of childbirth, do you see someone lying on their back? This class will provide you with a different perspective and options. What if you could energize your instincts, embrace labors rhythm and power, harness gravity and use the body position that nearly doubles your pelvic outlet? Join us for a 3 hr. body-based childbirth preparation class and learn the moves that support safer, swifter, easier labor in every stage! All moves can be used for fitness in pregnancy, the labor process and postpartum wellness. You've gotta get up to get down! You can use your body wisely and potentially avoid common pitfalls that can happen in childbirth. Partner can be doula, spouse or any person who will be supporting you in labor. Can even be a pregnant friend etc.. 2 people $90 - you get it ;) WARNING! This class can have side effects of more pleasure and empowerment in childbirth! No dance experience necessary!
Mention "intro offer" for one free weekly class or sacred support circle visit!
90 min. classes $195/6 class pass or $35 drop~in*
*Why are these class rates a little bit higher than typical fitness classes? Because they are a fitness class fused with childbirth education
(Premera insurance holders and others: check with your policy provider, you may be able to receive reimbursement for prenatal/postnatal fitness classes!)
Certified DFB Instructor: Libby Golden LMP, Doula has worked in maternity care since 2000
You will get the most from attending at least 8 classes, more are recommended. If you have little experience with dance movement you will probably be most comfortable starting your classes at the beginning of a series. Please inquire for dates. You can begin classes from preconception to postpartum and at any time in a series. Follow us on FB at www.facebook.com/dancingforbirthclassesseattle
Drop-in's always welcome. Thank you
Every week includes our signature belly dance moves, some freestyle time and is followed by one of the themes & focuses below (online calendar of classes coming soon. You can also e.mail me to see what class we're on in a given week:)
Belly dance I "Centering" and "Coming Home" Meditations for pelvic embodiment, breathing, foot placement and pelvic assessment. Fundamental moves, how to use them for healthy conception, pregnancy, labor and postpartum and we'll begin our 'Baby Welcoming Dance' which occurs weekly. Throughout classes we practice mudras (yoga for our hands) acupressure and reflexology that enhance connection with our pelvic space, promote good sleep, digestion, build blood and more... all providing readiness and more ease for childbirth and postpartum recovery.
Belly dance II "Deeper" into the "Birth Goddess" and belly dance moves for pelvic / hip balance and tonality - ease that low back pain! We'll check in with pelvic meditions and experiences. How and when to best use which dance moves for labor and postpartum wellness. Staying connected with our instincts plus Rhombus of Michaelis and labor positions both ideal and corrective for difficult labor scenarios.
African dance "It Takes a Village!" Gratitude and primal movement. Draw on and add to the strength of our tribe for labor and postpartum time. Blessings for the birth environment. "Weaving Women", "Crowning" "Honoring the Mother" and other group dances.
Caribbean dance "Sensual Woman!" Think less, feel more... How to bring more ecstasy into our lives, the birth experience and motherhood. Freestyle dance. Labor practice management technique. Abdominal and pelvic floor exercises. Discussion about pelvic floor self-assessment and intraoral massage.
Latin dance "Mambo Mama" ,"Cumbia" "Birthing Bachata" and more... Celebrate our abundance, nourishment. Postpartum wellness care. 'Closing the Bones' (Latin American midwifery tradition) and other cultures traditions for postpartum support.
Partner class (partner, doula or pregnant friend) welcome for free
Top 5 labor techniques, partner dances, labor support comfort measures and partner positions, dancing your new baby to sleep and show off our baby welcoming dance! Thank you...
Classes open preconception to postpartum, baby wearing or without your babe/s. Doulas, birth workers, and grandmoms welcome too! (every 6th weekly class is partner class - labor support person attends free) We'd love to have you join our village of support.
"Every time women gather in circles with each other, the world heals a little more." Let's dance...
Benefits for mother and baby include:
Increasing: energy, heart & circulatory health, placental health, relaxation, better sleep, coordination, balance and stamina for labor, pelvic floor and abdominal tone and health, aligning (and realigning postnatal) of joints and ligaments, the natural release of oxytocin and endorphins creates efficiency, ease, enjoyment and satisfaction with pregnancy, labor & birth, breast feeding success, mother-baby bond, connection with other women and babies, development of baby's vestibular system when worn in a carrier after birth.
Reducing: pregnancy complications; stress & tension, common pregnancy (and postpartum) aches and pains (neck/shoulders, lower back/pelvis, swollen legs/ankles, wrist pain,) gestational diabetes, heartburn & indigestion, pre & postnatal depression, anxiety, chances of interventions in labor, rates of Cesarian birth.
The Loving Hands Art of Infant Massage
Private classes available see scheduler to register
You can take a class postnatally with baby or prenatally to learn a routine so you can begin from birth with a very light touch, gently uncoiling their body. You'll then go deeper as you're ready and it becomes a regular massage ritual from 1-6 months and beyond. Class includes info. packet for home study/reference. Loving Hands books and organic seasonal massage oils also available to purchase $10-$21 (cash or check.)
- a full body massage for baby
- natural body and essential oils for baby
- soothing environment and healthy caregiver body mechanics
- acupressure and reflexology techniques to support wellness and promote good sleep
How to bring healing for infant woes such as:
- colic and digestive issues
- coughs, ear infections, conjunctivitis
At times, we sing songs coordinated with healthy brain development movement - sharing your favorites is encouraged! Deepen your bond and communication with baby using pleasurable rhythmic, intelligent touch. Parents and caregivers report feeling deeply calmed themselves by the ritual with more confidence in their ability to provide wellness care for their little ones. Taking at least 3 classes is recommended and can be taken at your convenience though even one class will provide you with the knowledge to do a nourishing full body massage with your baby. Please register to assure your spot. And, if you're curious about infant pottying, this is a great time to ask questions about it as we're observing baby closely and tuning into baby's signals.
Infant Pottying This practice deepens communication with baby and helps parents reduce their eco-footprint and save money by reducing diaper use! Also called Elimination Communication, it builds trust and a solid communication foundation. Another name for it is Natural Infant Hygiene and still it is wet and messy at times, but, so are diaper changes! In fact cleaning up a potty poop vs. diaper poop is way nicer ;) Be green, build trust & meet your baby's need to eliminate away from their body - naturally. This practice does take focus early on and requires all care givers to be on board, but it eliminates the need for potty training later on which has been a dream for my family. In this class, you'll learn the techniques and tips you'll need to get your family "going" from the beginning.
Baby Signing Basics Learn to sign along with your baby. It's simple, and the benefits are paramount in easing communication frustration. Build confidence for you and your child. Babies comprehend and want to communicate, they just can't verbalize words yet! Average starting age to work with your baby is 9 ~ 11 months based on motor skill coordination.
Living Cleaner in a Chemical Soup World
(especially if you plan to or are growing a baby!)
Learn the top 5 things you can start doing now to clean up your home and body's environment. Learn about some of the key offending chemicals, how to limit exposure and keep your body cleaning itself - naturally. Ideal to begin preconception (preparing the soil in the garden bed) but anytime you want to clear the air and make a difference is the right time!
Cultured Foods for Vital Health
Free Demonstration Classes at Golden Key urban farm - Sunday classes are periodic.
Building community and immunity...
Learn the basics of natural pickling a.k.a "fermentation" and get cultured! These foods are essential to human health and everyone should be eating them. For those in their childbearing years, the best time to start is pre pregnancy but if you're not eating cultured foods, anytime is the right time to start. We can discuss how to slowly incorporate them. Samples and recipes provided. Angle parking is plentiful across the street and the entrance around the side of the house to the backyard will be clearly marked. Thank you.
Demo/discussion is free. Donations are accepted.
Roughly 1hr. followed by 30 min. Q&A.
Kids welcome. Supervised toddler play area.
Private classes $150* for 2 hours in your home for up to two people $20 pp additional after 2. Contact me to arrange. *plus cost of materials: groceries/jars.
Topics we can cover:
Shredded vegetable ferments, brined vegetables
condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salsa, hot sauce
beverages: kvass (beet or bread kvass,) ginger bug soda, kombucha
dairy: yogurt, kefir
grains: sourdough, sprouted wheat flour
beans: proper soaking, souring after cooking for delicious dips
soured root vegetables - an excellent baby food!
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