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Welcome to the BirthWays Classes! We appreciate you choosing BirthWays to be a part of your journey during this pregnancy and parenting experience! We have a wide variety of options available, from birthing and breastfeeding, to parenting and newborn classes. Use the links below to find out the current schedule for each class and how to register. Remember, we offer some great multi-class discounts, so be sure to take advantage of this benefit if you plan on taking more than one class with us. If you have any questions about the classes or how to register, please email Tisa for support.

For providers looking to teach, offer classes, or rent BirthWays, please click here.

To obtain a multi-class discount, sign up for a Childbirth Preparation Class at the regular price and receive 20% off of TWO New Parent and Baby Classes.
Enter the Promo Code BPP when you register to ensure you receive this discount. This offer excludes the Breastfeeding classes.
The discount only applies to the classes offered under the heading of New Parent and Baby Classes, and you MUST register for all the classes at the same time to qualify for the discount.

Please click on a class below to see the available dates.

Childbirth Preparation Classes
Childbirth Preparation (7-week series)
Childbirth Preparation Intensive (3-part series)
Hypnobirthing
Labor Support Techniques

New Parent and Baby Classes and Groups
Breastfeeding
Newborn Care
CPR for Infants & Children
New Mom’s Group – NEW

Mini Workshop Series
Spring Schedule Coming Soon!

Community Events
Meet the Doula Night
Homebirth Information Night – FREE
HypnoBirthing Information Night – FREE

BirthWays YelpCancellation Policy: If you cancel your registration at least 14 days in advance, 75% of your fee will be refunded or 100% credit towards a future class. If you cancel less than 14 days in advance or if you do not show for a class and fail to notify us by e-mail, your class fee will be forfeited. For questions or to cancel a class, please email classes@birthways.org

 


Childbirth Preparation

Complete childbirth class now offered as a seven-week series. Topics include: common procedures and alternatives, stages of labor, creating your labor and support team, relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures, and breastfeeding. Price is listed per couple.

What are people saying about this class?

"Information, helpful, we're not scared. We're ready! :)"
"I feel more prepared to use the skills I learned in class. I would recommend this class to someone else, and I think it brings the partners to the same page. Pregnancy is nothing like I expected,and after this class I can admit that child birth will be different than my expectations as well."
"It was very helpful that I could feel very comfortable to be open about my own worries and concerns."

Price: $250.00

Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 5

Date: May 11, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 7

Date: June 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 7

Date: July 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 8


Childbirth Preparation Intensive

Our classic childbirth preparation series condensed down into an intensive three weekend day class series. Topics include: common procedures and alternatives, stages of labor, nature and purpose of contractions and what to do when you are having one, assembling a support team, relaxation and breathing techniques, and comfort measures. Price is listed per couple.

What are people saying about this class?

"Invaluable information! We are much better prepared!"
"Thanks!! We can do this and we are going to do this!"

Price: $200.00

Date: April 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This date is full. Please send us an email to inquire about the wait list.

Date: May 2, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Available Spaces: 4

Date: June 13, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Available Spaces: 7

Date: July 18, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Available Spaces: 8


Hypnobirthing

Learn more about the HypnoBirthing philosophy and technique. Price is listed per couple.

What are people saying about this class?

"Great class - we are confident in the upcoming birth of our baby now. No fears! Only excitement."
"This class was very empowering! I am so glad we will have concrete things to use during the process!"

Price: $300.00

Date: June 29, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 9


Comfort Measures & Labor Support Techniques

Review and explore new techniques to help you in labor and delivery. Learn first hand tips from a doula, childbirth educator, and mom about what works to help you in the birth of your baby. Price is listed per couple.

What are people saying about this class?

"I loved the different positioning and touch for dealing with labor."
"It was really helpful, offered a balanced view and I feel way more prepared and empowered"

Price: $90.00

Date: June 7, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Available Spaces: 8


Breastfeeding

Learn how to get off to a good start, build a robust milk supply, recognize newborn cues, know your baby is getting enough milk, and strategies to prevent or address common difficulties. Partners strongly encouraged to attend! Price is listed per couple.

What are people saying about this class?

"I learned several tips that I hadn't thought about or heard before"
"The most helpful thing was learning about breastfeeding myths"
"It was helpful to learn about latch, positions, and pumping"

Price: $50.00

Date: March 31, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 3

Date: May 4, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 5

Date: July 9, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Available Spaces: 8


Newborn Care

Greet your new baby and begin your new roles of discovery and care with competence and confidence. Price is listed per couple.

What are people saying about this class?

"There was a good variety and depth"
"I valued most the techniques for holding the baby and feeding comfortably."

Price: $100.00

Date: April 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Available Spaces: 3

Date: May 9, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Available Spaces: 6

Date: June 6, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Available Spaces: 7

Date: July 18, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Available Spaces: 8


CPR for Infants & Children

Prevent, assess and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for children up to 12 years old. Price is listed per couple.

What are people saying about this class?

"We are very thankful for the guidance. Anna is terrific!!"
"The most valuable aspect was having examples of actual scenarios, real life stories of keeping someone alive."

Price: $100.00

Date: May 2, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Available Spaces: 3

Date: June 13, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Available Spaces: 6

Date: July 11, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Available Spaces: 7


New Moms Group

Six week facilitated mom's group series.

Price: $175.00

Date: April 21, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Available Spaces: 7


Meet the Doula Night

Join us at this facilitated event where you will get the chance to learn about the roles and Scope of Practice of Labor and Postpartum Doulas, get your questions answered, and meet some of the local doulas! For local doulas interested in joining, please Email Tabitha Ames to inquire how to sign up and get on the rotation.

Price is listed per couple.

Price: $10.00

Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Available Spaces: 20

Date: May 17, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Available Spaces: 20

Date: June 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Available Spaces: 20

Date: July 19, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Available Spaces: 20

Date: August 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Available Spaces: 20


Homebirth Information Night

Meet other families also considering a home birth and local midwives who can answer your questions.

Price: Free!

Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Available Spaces: 17

Date: June 21, 2015
Time: 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Available Spaces: 20

Date: August 16, 2015
Time: 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Available Spaces: 20

Date: October 18, 2015
Time: 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Available Spaces: 20


HypnoBirthing Information Night

Price: Free!

Date: May 24, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Available Spaces: 18

 


 

More great classes offered at Birthways…

HypnoBirthing Childbirthing Preparation

Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31 & April 7, 14, 2015
(1 space left)
Early Registration before Feb 24th

Wednesdays & Tuesdays, May 13, 20, 27 & Jun 2, 9, 2015
Early Registration before Apr 22nd

Thursdays & Fridays, Jun 18, 25 & Jul 9, 17, 24, 2015 (skips 7/2)
Early Registration before May 28th

Mondays, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015
Early Registration before Jul 13th

HypnoBirthing® is a method of natural childbirth preparation that views birth as a celebration of life and family. Birth can be a rewarding and joyful experience for all those involved. The class properly prepares mothers physically, mentally and emotionally. Mothers can feel more connected to her birthing instincts and her body by creating a state of calm. Partners will learn specific techniques to support mothers during the birth and become more informed about birthing options.
In this class you will learn: Self-hypnosis, breathing, massage, positions, and visualization techniques to prepare for labor and birth; Techniques to reach deep relaxation easily to reduce pain and fear; What is happening in your body during labor & birthing, so you can work with your birthing body; How fear affects labor and birth; Preparing your body and mind for birth; The importance of bonding and connecting to your baby; The birthing companion’s role and specific techniques to support mothers.

For more info & to register, visit: www.kathywoo.com

 


 

Drop-In Pregnancy Wellness Group

Wed, March 25, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Mon, April 27, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Fri, May 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Wed, June 24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Wed, July 29, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Wed, August 26, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tue, September 29, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tue, October 27, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Mon, November 16, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tue, December 15, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
For more info & to register, visit: www.kathywoo.com

 


 

Holotropic Breathwork™ Workshop

Sat, March 28, 11am – 7pm

Birth & Rebirthing: Healing Birth Trauma through the symbolism of water and dolphins

A 1-day Holotropic Breathwork™ workshop for healing birth trauma in a focused, personal session format in a small group with Svetlana Doroganich, certified Holotropic Breathwork™ facilitator.

The primary source of psychological and physical problems we experience as adults are intimately linked to our own birth. Workshops heal Birth Traumas and help to avoid Birth Trauma in the limbic imprinting of our children. Although breathwork is used in therapy and for medical procedures, in labor and birth to control anxiety, Holotropic Breathwork™ strengthens awareness of repressed connections to our self and others. Healing our Birth Trauma through Holotropic Breathwork™ gives us a blueprint for a Re-Birth while still living. When we stop living from our distorted birth imprints and start living from our own perfect healthy blueprint, our Life changes. When our life changes, the lives of those closest to us change as well.

Holotropic Breathwork™, created by Stanislav and Christina Grof, is an elegantly simple, minimalist practice using elements that support healing through non-ordinary states of consciousness with protection, permission, and connection. The workshop draws upon ancient principles of healing and modern psychotherapy to help reclaim your health and vibrance.

Through accelerated breathing, evocative music, focused energy release bodywork, mandala drawing and group sharing, the participant enters into a non-ordinary state of consciousness, which activates a natural healing process within their psyche.

Each participant will have one Holotropic Breathwork™ session as a breather and one Holotropic Breathwork™ as a sitter during this workshop.

This will be a day of deep exploration of one’s inner being, mindful of our aquatic beginnings in the womb and the maternal healing consciousness of the dolphin.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

1600 Shattuck, Suite 122, Berkeley

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Program schedule:

– Introduction to Holotropic Breathwork™ and symbolism of water and dolphins

– Break – Afternoon session, Mandala drawing

– Break

– Evening session, Mandala drawing

– Group sharing and Integration suggestions

Price: $120.00 per person before March 22;

$150 after; $180 at the door

To register visit: http://www.integralsveta.com/events.html

 


 

Birth and Bonding: Practical Applications of Pre and Perinatal Psychology for Birthworkers

WHEN: 8 Sundays, March-May 2015

3/22: 2:30-5 pm

3/29: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

4/12: 2:30-5pm

5/3: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

5/10: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

5/17: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

5/24: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

5/31: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

An 8-week series (March – May 2015) for Birthworkers drawn to both ancient wisdom and cutting-edge research about babies and birth: we are born with a fully developed consciousness, and having a real and remembered experience from the earliest moments of our lives. This series is for birthworkers interested in understanding how their own birth affects them as providers, as well as practical tools for supporting families to create the most empowering and connected experiences possible in pregnancy, birth, and bonding. Contact info: Sarah Theismann, MA, SEP stheismann@yahoo.com Michelle Borok, LM, CPM takeroot.nourish@gmail.com michelleborok.com

 


 

Birth Professional Renewal and Healing CE Circle Series

Sun, March 29, 3pm – 6pm

Sun, April 19, 3pm – 6pm

Birth Professional Renewal and Healing CE Circle Series For Doulas, midwives, nurses and all birth professionals Each monthly Circle will offer: Renewal Relaxation exercise Doula, Midwives and Nurses CEs Teacher and peer consultation on a case you demonstrated a strength and/or growth in and a case you found or find challenging Energy practice for body grounding strengths and body calming Lesson on Theory and Practice of a specific skill for spiritual and emotional wellness preparation, trauma prevention and healing, Closure, Homework Circles will meet monthly for 9 months Space limited: 12 max Fee: $88/mo , commitment for 9 month series, whether able to make all circles or not. May pay monthly. Gena McCarthy RN,MFT#32708 www.birthspiritualityandhealing.com 510-685-6827 genamccarthy@comcast.net

 


Baby Sign Language – Introductory Workshop

Mon, March 30, 9:30am – 11:00am

BABY SIGN LANGUAGE Jump-start your child’s verbal language! Stop guessing what your baby is trying to tell you. Baby Sign Language gives babies the opportunity to communicate long before they can verbalize their wants and needs. Signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child’s self esteem, and deepens the bond between parent and child. Introductory Workshop – One 90-minute class. Birth to 18 months old This workshop introduces beginning baby signs that are based on American Sign Language (ASL). You will learn about the important benefits of signing with your baby along with the techniques on how to teach your pre-verbal baby to sign. Fun activities and songs will show you how easy it can be to integrate more than 20 simple signs into your everyday routine to jump-start your baby’s verbal skills. For more information visit http://www.touchbluesky.com/baby-sign-language.html and To register for this class: http://www.touchbluesky.com/east-bay.html or https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea84rkg5f41f5c08&oseq=&c=&ch=

 


 

New Parent Workshop: You’ve got a birth plan, but do you have a parenting plan?

Sat, April 18, 2:30pm – 5:30pm

New Parent Workshop: You’ve got a birth plan, but do you have a parenting plan? Our parenting workshop will provide parents with scientifically based information about child development and attachment in a way that is easy to understand, culturally sensitive and relevant to everyday life. This class emphasizes the importance of building a strong parent/child relationship by helping families create a Home Base: one that incorporates Love, Laughter, and Limits. We also stress the importance of developing a strong/respectful relationship between spouses/partners. Price: $150.00 per couple Available Spaces: 5 couples To register please contact: Home Base: Parenting Fundamentals 411 30th Street, Suite 514 Oakland, CA 94609 510-823-2035

 


 

Infant and Child CPR

Sun, April 19, 9am – 12pm

The following classes are offered in North Berkeley, and are open to all with preregistration. The Infant and Child CPR class is a non-certified training that includes lots of hands-on practice in CPR and the choking rescue, using realistic life-sized manikins.

Anna Griffin, EMT 510 653-8573 www.annagriffincpr.com

 


 

Tum e Time

THURSDAYS: (2 class times available)
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

April 23, 30, May 7, 14

Tum e Time with Kim Lyons tumetime.com

 


CAPPA Childbirth Educator Training

Fri, April 24, 8:30am – 5:30pm

Tabitha Ames Luminary Birth www.luminarybirth.com/trainings.html
www.facebook.com/LuminaryBirth

 


 

Baby Sign Language – Playgroup BOOM

Mon, April 27- June 8, 10am – 11am

BABY SIGN LANGUAGE Jump-start your child’s verbal language! (To view full course description please switch to AGENDA view) Stop guessing what your baby is trying to tell you. Baby Sign Language gives babies the opportunity to communicate long before they can verbalize their wants and needs. Signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child’s self esteem, and deepens the bond between parent and child. Sign Language Playgroups – Six weekly one-hour classes. 4 to 18 months old Once your baby is around six months old, our playgroup series is a great way to build your signing skills, your vocabulary, and most importantly, your confidence with themes like mealtime, animals, colors, family, bedtime, and more. Touch Blue Sky offers two different playgroup series – Playgroup Boom and Playgroup Zoom. No need to take them in order; you can start with either one. Both Playgroups include the essential basic starter signs but vary in the more advanced vocabulary. Having an alternate series is perfect for increasing your signing vocabulary, when your baby signing ability grows, or you find you would like a refresher course. Playgroup Boom Basic Mealtime plus Boom Food Colors and Clothing Animals on the Farm and Pets Bath Time Signs Let’s Go Outside Family Signs and Final Review Playgroup Zoom Basic Mealtime plus Zoom Food Colors and Things That Go Zoom Animals in the Zoo and Ocean Bedtime Signs Playtime Signs Feelings Signs and Final Review It is recommended that participants enroll in the Introductory Workshop prior to taking a playgroup series. Babies are welcome to attend but not required. For more information visit http://www.touchbluesky.com/baby-sign-language.html and To register for this class: http://www.touchbluesky.com/east-bay.html or https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea84t7dyf2e09f47&oseq=&c=&ch=

 


CAPPA Labor Doula Training

Sat, August 22, 2015, 8am – 6pm

http://www.integrativechildbirth.net/Registration—Doula-Training.html

Rena Koerner http://integrativechildbirth.net Doularena@integrativechildbirth.com

 


 

Holotropic Breathwork™ Workshop

Sat, May 30, 11am – 7pm

Birth & Rebirthing: Healing Birth Trauma through the symbolism of water and dolphins

A 1-day Holotropic Breathwork™ workshop for healing birth trauma in a focused, personal session format in a small group with Svetlana Doroganich, certified Holotropic Breathwork™ facilitator.

The primary source of psychological and physical problems we experience as adults are intimately linked to our own birth. Workshops heal Birth Traumas and help to avoid Birth Trauma in the limbic imprinting of our children. Although breathwork is used in therapy and for medical procedures, in labor and birth to control anxiety, Holotropic Breathwork™ strengthens awareness of repressed connections to our self and others. Healing our Birth Trauma through Holotropic Breathwork™ gives us a blueprint for a Re-Birth while still living. When we stop living from our distorted birth imprints and start living from our own perfect healthy blueprint, our Life changes. When our life changes, the lives of those closest to us change as well.

Holotropic Breathwork™, created by Stanislav and Christina Grof, is an elegantly simple, minimalist practice using elements that support healing through non-ordinary states of consciousness with protection, permission, and connection. The workshop draws upon ancient principles of healing and modern psychotherapy to help reclaim your health and vibrance.

Through accelerated breathing, evocative music, focused energy release bodywork, mandala drawing and group sharing, the participant enters into a non-ordinary state of consciousness, which activates a natural healing process within their psyche.

Each participant will have one Holotropic Breathwork™ session as a breather and one Holotropic Breathwork™ as a sitter during this workshop.

This will be a day of deep exploration of one’s inner being, mindful of our aquatic beginnings in the womb and the maternal healing consciousness of the dolphin.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

1600 Shattuck, Suite 122, Berkeley

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Program schedule:

– Introduction to Holotropic Breathwork™ and symbolism of water and dolphins

– Break

– Afternoon session, Mandala drawing

– Break

– Evening session, Mandala drawing

– Group sharing and Integration suggestions

Price: $120.00 per person before May 24;

$150 after; $180 at the door

To register visit: http://www.integralsveta.com/events.html

 

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