Sunday May 6th 1-4pm or Saturday June 30th 1-4pm
with Beth Donnelly Cabán
$75 per couple per workshop
Spaces are limited, please register early
In this workshop, you will learn a variety of labor coping strategies, and partners gain practical physical and emotional labor support skills. We will explore positions, movement and rhythms that influence fetal position, encourage progress, and ease pain in labor. We will bring attention to the breath and explore ways that you might use it to steady and calm the mind, induce relaxation, and energize the body. We will work with touch – massage, counter pressure, acupressure points - as means to support comfort, facilitate progress, and relieve pain. When the mind is free of tension and fear, the body is able to give birth with greater ease. We will practice relaxation techniques and visualizations for labor and birth and examine the universal needs of laboring women. Other topics we will discuss include the use of heat and/or cold for comfort, eating and drinking as essential labor support, and the benefits of water. This workshop includes practices to do at home and a bibliography.
Beth Donnelly Cabán is a registered nurse and yoga teacher who has worked with people in promoting health and wellness for more than twenty years. She is a childbirth educator and doula, and has taught hundreds of childbirth education, newborn and infant care, and breastfeeding classes, and has attended over 150 births. She has trained with Janet Balaskas and Michel Odent at the Active Birth Centre in London and Ina May Gaskin and company at the Farm in Tennessee.