BFL Live Workshop
Live Workshop :: a powerful workshop focusing on what’s missing in most childbirth education classes
The Birthing From Love Live Workshop is a ‘pay what you want‘ one-day workshop focusing on the psychology of birth. We dive into releasing fear, worry, and anxiety and increasing peace, trust, and confidence.
Birthing From Love is designed to be a transformational process. It was created to help you clear away anything that might get in the way of you having a positive, peaceful, and powerful birth experience. No matter how it unfolds.
We focus on doing what needs to be done so that your mind can support your body during childbirth.
My favorite element of the workshop is the feeling comes from having the experiences and energy of many different women gathered together for the same purpose. It’s a delight!
why love and fear?
Here’s what I think. There are two ways to give birth, one is from fear (causing worry, anxiety, stress, depression) and one is from love (causing peace, confidence, contentment, excitement, and strength). I’m pretty sure the latter will make the birth experience a whole lot better. And that’s what I want for you. You deserve it. Every woman does.
There are heaps of experiences that can create fear, anxiety, and worry about birth. Reality T.V. (and regular T.V.!), scary birth stories, trauma, past birth experiences, relationship issues, books, the list goes on. It’s totally normal to have fear about childbirth. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
What I know for sure is that fear hinders the birth process, it tenses the muscles, intensifies the perception of pain, and messes up the uber-powerful birthing hormones.
Pregnancy and birth represent one of the most powerful times in a woman’s life. Becoming a mother (or becoming a mother again) has a profound impact on a woman, and that process is never a neutral event. It’s often the best or the worst day (or simultaneously both!) of a woman’s life.
Because of the powerful nature of birth, pregnancy is often surrounded by fears ::
- fear of the unknown
- fear of the pain
- fear of the possible complications
- fear of unwanted interventions
- fear of not being supported
- fear of not doing it right
- fear of pooping in front of strangers
- …the list goes on and on
Pregnancy and birth often bring up other fears as well :: am I in the right relationship? Can we afford another child? How will I possibly manage everything?
The problem with fear is that, regardless of what the fear is about, it has a profound impact on your body, your mind, your baby, and the birth process.
why should I overcome fear?
Research indicates that by releasing the fears that surround childbirth you can ::
- Decrease the feeling of pain
- Decrease time in labor
- Decrease risk of unwanted interventions
- Increase the safety of mom and baby
This is big meaningful stuff. It matters. Really.
is this workshop for me?
This workshop will be most useful to you if ::
- You want to become pregnant but have significant fears about giving birth
- You’re already pregnant and are fearful or anxious about your upcoming birth
- You’ve given birth before and had an experience that created fears about birthing again
- You want your birth experience to be peaceful, powerful, and rewarding
- You want to gain confidence in your ability to birth and deepen trust in yourself
- This is your first pregnancy, and you want guidance in facing the unknown
- You’ve had a child and want a better birthing experience this time around
- You have a scheduled intervention and you’re upset about it
Birthing From Love is designed to help process and clear and release fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt so that you can move into your birth process with emotional freedom. Birthing From Love is for you if you want to ::
- Have the best birth experience possible.
- Prepare for it in a way that feels good to you.
- Have instant access to materials that can help you prepare
- Prepare your mind to support your body during your birth process
- Have tools you can use to prepare for labor, birth, and motherhood
The workshop runs from 10:00am-5:00pm and we break mid-day for a delicious catered lunch. Here are the dates for 2012
Pay what you want at the end of the day. Really. You can pay what you want.
Want more details about what this means? Click here.
Remember: all, or a portion, of what you decide to pay may be covered by your extended health care benefits under “psychological services” or “counseling.”
Self Connection Books, Montgomery Place #125, 4611 Bowness Rd NW located in Calgary, Alberta
how does it work?
Through my research I learned that there are two ways to give birth. One is from fear, a traumatic experience that can cause tons of problems. The other way to give birth is from love, a positive birthing process that empowers women to feel great no matter what happens.
There are five steps to psychologically move from fear into love ::
- Understand the Mind
- Understand the Social Birth Culture
- Understand your Personal Birth Culture
- Understand and Release Fears
- Understand and Increase Love
For more details on the five steps sign up for the free guide to Birthing From Love, you’ll find the handy little box on the upper right hand corner of this page.
I limit the number of participants to ten. This gives the workshop a safe cozy feeling and ensures that everyone receives individual attention.
Each Birthing From Love Live is run a little differently because I adapt it based on the needs of the women in the group. If your curious about the flow of the workshop, read this.
how is this different from every other birthing education class?
There are countless wonderful birthing education classes out there. They demonstrate different birthing positions. They talk about the physiology of birth. Chances are pretty good you’ll leave feeling knowledgeable about birth. That’s a very good thing.
But, there’s something that’s missing :: psychology of birth.
I have studied and researched the psychology of childbirth and the psychology of fear in order to help women mentally and emotionally prepare for childbirth.
I know that you know that the mind has a very powerful effect on the body. Not only does it have an effect on us as mothers, but it also has an effect on how our babies develop mentally and physically.
When I was pregnant, I found tons of information to help me physically prepare for birth, but I couldn’t find a single thing to help me psychologically prepare for birth. Birthing from Love was designed to fill that gap, empowering women to transform their birth. Birthing From Love is all about mastering the psychology of birth so your mind can support your body in having the best birth possible.
as we transform birth, we transform the world
the new world of birth
The birthing world is changing, and there seems to be a split.
Some women are seeing the power and peace that comes from giving birth from a place of love.
On the other hand more women are terrified of the birth process.
Let me be clear: I am 100% supportive of a woman choosing to give birth in the way that is right for her. My concern is that too many women are experiencing birth as a traumatic and fearful event when it doesn’t have to be that way.
Birth can be a powerful and positive experience. In my opinion, the number one thing that is getting in the way of that is fear.
wisdom. empowerment. freedom.
I’ve worked with thousands of women, helping them overcome fear, doubt, insecurity, anxiety, depression, and worry. I feel strongly that transformation works best when it comes from a place of wisdom, empowerment, and freedom.
I know you have the knowledge within you to have this kind of birth experience, you just might need a little support to access it.
what it isn’t.
This is not a typical childbirth education class. It’s not going to help you find the most comfortable position to birth your baby in and we are not going to learn different breathing techniques to cope with the sensations of labor (though we will learn different techniques that you can use during labor)
It is all about the psychology of birth. Thoughts. Emotions. Beliefs. These have a profound influence on how your birth unfolds and how you experience birth. Birthing From Love gives you knowledge and guides you discover your wisdom.
This is what guided me when I was developing this program ::
- It has to be loving
- It has to be valuable
- It has to be practical
- It has to be meaningful
- It has to be inspirational
- It has to combine theory and practice
- It has to move you from A (fear) to B (love)
Each section builds on the previous section to give you a strong foundation to grow from. Once the foundation is built, we move into various processes and exercises to help reduce fear, anxiety, and worry and increase peace, trust and love.
By the end of the day you will have learnt different tools and techniques that you can use by yourself, with your birth partner, or with a group of like-minded mamas. Birthing From Love groups are springing up all over the place. Why not start your own?
In the Birthing From Love Live Workshop , you’ll get my deep and detailed knowledge that comes from helping thousands of women. By now you’ll know if this program is for you. Trust your intuition. It will guide to where you most need to be.
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