Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.
Welcome to gurumama, home of the funkiest, most comfortable and practical slings in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birthing from within

Birthing From Within® Prenatal Classes

Classes are taught in group or private sessions.  Classes are available for first time parents and those “Birthin’ Again”. Mother’s Birth Story Workshops to explore recent or past birth(s) are also available. 

Jennifer is certified as a Birthing From Within® Mentor and has had the opportunity to learn from the creator of Birthing From Within®, Pam England in New Mexico.

Birthing From Within® Classes for First Time Parents

Childbirth preparation is parent preparation. Birthing From Within®'s philosophy and classes go beyond what typical childbirth classes’ offer. No long lectures here!  Parents learn practical information through thought-provoking dialogues, interesting videos, and memorable exercises.

These childbirth classes balance the dynamic needs of expectant parents. Not only is practical information provided but the honouring of birth and parenting as a rite of passage is also explored.

These classes illuminate birthing in awareness - even if your birth experience is not what you anticipate.  By teaching about birth from four perspectives: mother, father, baby and culture, we introduce parents to the power of birthing-in-awareness, and can help them prepare for possible unwished for events.

Classes based on the Birthing From Within® philosophy guide parents through active, creative self-expression, to develop their own style of labour-coping strategies as well as insight into their personal expression of birth.  We balance practical, useful information with introspective, multi-sensory experiences. 

Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth).   Parents will learn to reclaim the spirituality of birth and prepare for a gentle and mindful transition to parenthood.

Some Special Features of These Classes 

  • These classes are not “outcome focussed”. There really is a time for the wise and compassionate use of pain medication and it is always important to “Do the Next Best Thing”.
  • When pain-coping “techniques” become a “habit” they work better in stressful situations like labour.  Habits are formed through repetition; therefore pain-coping “techniques” are practiced during every class. 
  • Another unique feature of classes based on Birthing From Within® is the special class “just-for-partners”.  This session features discussions on “labour etiquette”, ways to support a labouring woman and many other “secret gems of wisdom”.

Highlights of What You Will Learn

  • How to create a birth space (wherever you are) that will help you open in labour
  • How to build a pain-coping mindset through proven concentration and mindfulness practices
  • The wise and compassionate use of drugs and epidurals
  • Ideas for welcoming your new baby
  • Feeding and caring for your newborn
  • How to prepare for a gentle and mindful transition to parenthood
  • How to reclaim the spirituality of birth

Birthing From Within® Classes for Those “Birthin’ Again”

These classes incorporate the philosophies of Birthing From Within® and are designed for parents how have already experienced the birth of a child.  This one day class allows parents to reflect on and learn from their past birth experiences, connect with their unborn baby, and review pain coping practices.  Other highlights include; sibling preparation, exploring birth through art and storytelling, a review of labour basics, optimal fetal positioning, and creating your own special birth space.

 

Birthing From Within® Mother’s Birth Story Workshops

This one evening workshop is designed for women wishing to explore their past birth(s) through art and thought provoking discussion.  Ones birth experiences often have an immense impact on their postpartum period and beyond, these classes allow mother’s to process the myriad of emotions that birth often brings.

 

If you have any questions about these classes, please call or email Jennifer.  You can also visit the Birthing From Within® website at www.birthingfromwithin.com .  

 

Birthing From Within® Testimonials

Jennifer -- Thank you again for helping us prepare for- and make our pregnancy experience unique and special.  Your guided teaching and inspiration using the Birthing From Within® philosophy allowed us to connect with each other as a couple and connect with our pregnancy experience much deeper than any of the 'traditional' pre-natal classes.  You played a significant part in making our pregancy, labour, and postpartum period a mindful and tranquil journey. 

With sincere thanks, The Shippam Family -- Scott, Nancy, Emily and Carter.

I first met Jennifer McRae – King a few months into my pregnancy when she taught my husband and I, private birthing classes. Not only did we learn to “birth from within®”, but we were so impressed with Jennifer, that she became our Doula for the birth our daughter, Avery. What a pleasure it was to work with Jennifer.  She is so knowledgeable about the birthing process, having had a natural childbirth herself.  My husband and I were especially amazed with her passion and excitement for what she does.  She made us feel very calm and at ease with the whole birth process.  We used every single breathing technique she taught us during labor.  What a huge difference this made!  This was my first labor and I didn’t quite know what to expect.  Jennifer explained everything to me and shared some stories from her own experience with labor. 

Our original birth plan was to have a natural home birth.  Our daughter had another plan for us!  I had to be induced at the hospital.  Jennifer met my husband, my self and our midwife at the hospital, where she stayed with us for the duration of my labor.  She always made me feel safe and calm.  Jennifer would tell stories, jokes, what ever was needed to keep me comfortable.  Since labor is such hard work, Jennifer would be there to coach me, along with my husband, to keep me focused.  What I also liked is that she never took my husband’s role away.  In fact, she enhanced his role.  She taught him how to help me through my contractions.  My husband and Jennifer made a powerhouse team when it came to my labor!  They would both help me with my breathing and positioning. My husband would help me visualize while Jennifer would come up with another technique to get me through the next contraction.

Jennifer always made sure I was taken care of, whether it was to make sure I was eating, drinking and resting enough, or if I needed my back massaged.  She helped me find the right positions to be in for labor:  standing, walking, rocking, the birth ball, whatever it took to make me the most at ease! My husband, Jennifer and I would walk the halls of the hospital during my contractions and everything I learned from the “Birthing from Within® Classes” helped me immensely! 

Jennifer was a God send!  I have told all my patients about her and what she does!  I have told all my friends and family, as well.  We are her biggest fans!  Jennifer helped me get through my labor and for that I am very grateful!  She and my husband were outstanding and I would highly recommend everyone take “Birthing from Within®” classes and use a Doula for their birth.  Even as a Doctor my self, you cannot anticipate what labor will be like until you go through it.  I was thankful to have had the birthing classes and to have had Jennifer there every step of the way. 

Once my daughter Avery arrived, my visits with Jennifer did not end.  She came by the house to check on us and made sure we had everything we needed.  She helped me with breast feeding and answered all of our questions. Plus, she’s fantastic with our daughter! The classes she offers are interesting and fun!  Having Jennifer as a Doula was invaluable!  I really don’t know how women labor without a Doula!!  The best part was that Jennifer documented our whole experience with a Birth Story she typed up and presented to us!  You can forget some things during labor and this keepsake will always help us remember and treasure the birth of our daughter. Our daughter can even read it when she’s old enough!  What a great memento! 

“Birthing From Within®” is a wonderful class to take and the book is great, too!  The human body is equipped for natural labor.  Women have been doing it for thousands of years!  To “Birth from Within®” is to really connect with every aspect of the birth process.  It helps you understand what’s to come and you’ll learn more about yourself in the process.  Every couple should take this class to adequately prepare for the miracle of childbirth.

Jennifer is such a kind, caring soul.  We are happy to have met her and you will be too!

Yours in Health,
Dr. Michele O’Brien
September 26, 2005

 

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