Dancing For Birth™ Training (for birth & wellness professionals and pregnant people) is coming to Seattle for the first time in several years September 8-9, 2018! For weekly and monthly classes for pregnant parents scroll down. You are also welcome to take the weekend workshop!
Did you know dancing in labor is evidence-based and has been scientifically proven to reduce pain and increase birth satisfaction? Learn to use movement to prepare for birth and to assist birth in all settings: hospital, home and birth center. Master “The Larson Technique” to invite mal-positioned babies (including breech) to reposition in 3 simple steps. Practice “Mighty Mama” to quickly resolve shoulder dystocia. Earn 14 CEUs from DONA International (accepted by many other boards). You can take this workshop to become DFB trained or this is the first step to becoming a DFB certified instructor.
Register here http://dancingforbirth.com/birth-pro-workshop-seattle/
WEEKLY CLASSES - coming soon to MTRNL.com. Weekly classes will be online in a live format via Zoom.
MONTHLY in personal classes at Center For Birth in Eastlake - see below
and beginning in October also at Three Moons Midwifery in downtown Snoqualmie.
Dancing For Birth(TM) empowers natural labor through the sacred art of dance movement and there's no dance experience needed! Classes are 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. If you feel inhibited with movement/dance, these classes are essential as it is mainly your body you will use to birth. Getting this movement into your body through repetition will be a boon once labor arrives. You may not be fearless, but you will feel confident and brave after working through our steps. 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 become comfortable yielding within it. Postpartum welcome with baby in a wrap/carrier. Every series ends with Partner Class and welcomes a birth partner to practice partner dances and comfort measure techniques.
* There's a monthly Body-Based 3 hr. Childbirth Preparation Class/dance party for Couples 'Get Down Baby, Get Down' and a monthly Sacred Support Circle on last Saturdays
"Don't wonder how much birth will hurt, birth in a state of wonder!"
~ Stephanie Larson, Founder of Dancing For Birth(TM)
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
(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: Elizabeth Golden LMT, Doula has worked in maternity care since 2000
Monthly Sacred Support Circle ~ Last Saturdays 12:00 - 2:00/$15-$30 (sliding scale-pay what you can - come when you can)
This is our village circle for mother's. Sacred self-care and reflection time. Share our feelings, experiences, questions, hope, fears... enjoy inspiration, affirmations, imagery for conception, pregnancy, labor, and postpartum bonding, practice self-care with acupressure/reflexology/mudras and more... and of course enjoy DFB's signature feel-good dance movement to improve birth, be fit, celebrate pregnancy, motherhood and community.
Get Down Baby, Get Down! ~ Last Fridays 6:00 - 9:00pm $90/Couple
A DFB(TM) body-based natural childbirth preparation class for couples (any labor support person welcome.) Natural labor preparation for home birth, birth center or hospital. What if you could energize your instincts, embrace labors rhythm and power, harness gravity and use a body positions that nearly double your pelvic outlet? You and your partner can join us for a 3 hr. body-based childbirth preparation classn and learn the moves that support safer, swifter, easier labor in every stage and in any setting. 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. $90 WARNING! This class can have side effects of more pleasure and empowerment in childbirth! No dance experience necessary! Partner dances and labor support techniques included.
"Birth doesn't ask you to be fearless, it asks you to be brave"
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Classes include our signature belly dance moves and the themes & focuses below:
Belly dance I "Centering" and "Coming Home" Meditations for pelvic embodiment, breathing, foot placement for healthy posture. Fundamental moves, how to use them for conception, pregnancy, labor and postpartum and we'll begin our 'Baby Welcoming Dance' which occurs weekly. 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!. Staying connected with and trusting our instincts. Playing with the Wise Woman in each of us.
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 and labor practice management techniques. 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 and mother warming.
Partner class (partner, doula or pregnant friend) welcome for free
Top 5 labor techniques, partner dances, labor support comfort measures and partner positions, rebozo techniques, dancing your new baby to sleep and show off our baby welcoming dance!
Classes open preconception to postpartum, baby wearing or without your babe/s. Doulas, birth workers, and grandmoms welcome too! (every last class is in a series is partner class - labor support person attends free) We'd love to have you join our village!
"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
Group class runs once a month on a Friday at Center for Birth in Eastlake.
See scheduler for dates and to register
In this class you'll learn:
- 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
Class includes info. packet for home study/reference.
Therapeutic infant massage oils for home use available to purchase $10 (cash or check.)
Class can be taken prenatally (if you want to be familiar with the routine before baby arrives - you can begin to trace the movements with baby from the beginning) or you can come with baby postnatally from 1-6 mos. First time class with info. packet $25. Repeat class $10. Thank you!
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. 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 for you and your family!
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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