Childbirth Prep 6 Week Series: In-Person
Please note: Registration includes two caregivers of the same child.
The non-member rate for this 6 Week Series is $536 and the member rate is $429. The registration fee includes two caregivers. Click here to purchase your membership today.
IMPORTANT: Sessions 2, 3, and 5 will be held virtually via Zoom.
We strongly recommend that you complete your prenatal education before your 36th week of pregnancy. Starting this course between weeks 28-32 will allow you time to comfortably integrate the content into your birth preparation and further explore topics that spark your interest.
Note: Many classes fill up quickly! The earlier you register, the more options and flexibility you'll have regarding class dates and times.
The Natural Resources Childbirth Prep 6 Week course educates and empowers parents to make informed decisions around the birth of their child. Each educator presents the skills and knowledge which most greatly encourage a supported, calm, and positive labor and birth. Built into the framework of the course are practices of deep relaxation, breath work, visualization and mindfulness. Educators thoroughly frame birth as normal and natural while providing tools for understanding and working with fear.
At times, the curriculum may resonate with Hypnobirthing or HypnoBabies, Bradley, Lamaze, Birthing From Within or Birthworks, Mindfulness Based Childbirth Prep or Calm Birth. Rather than a single method, the Natural Resources Childbirth Prep course is designed to cover extensive ground which is particularly relevant to labor and birth in the San Francisco Bay Area. This ensures that each family is empowered and informed to find what works best for them. All of the Childbirth instructors also draw from practical experience attending births or working with new parents and babies directly. While many of the birthing people taking this class will go on to have unmedicated births, our real focus is on "normal" or physiologic birth. We define "normal birth" as birth with confidence and joy rather than with fear guiding decisions or actions.
-Content covered in these sessions is included in the Details section below.
-The course fee includes a supplemental digital booklet filled with supporting information and resources.
-The registration fee includes a support person (two caregivers of the same child).
-This class is intended for pregnant people. If you are not pregnant or you are interested in attending as a professional please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
IMPORTANT IN-PERSON POLICY: If health and safety concerns warrant it (uptick in COVID-19 infection, poor air quality due to wild fires, etc) all in-person classes may be moved to a virtual format. Refunds and rescheduling, would not be offered in these circumstances. By signing up for in-person classes you are agreeing to this stipulation. We reserve the right to make this change at our discretion.
The outline listed below is intended to serve as a loose guide for your class time pending the interests of each cohort. Our facilitators skillfully prepare for each cohort by reading through student submissions before the start of session 1. You will receive a welcome email 5 days prior to the Intensive with the link to the questionnaire.
Your facilitators welcome feedback throughout the course to ensure they are meeting student expectations while presenting accurate and up-to-date information.
Class 1: Overview & Stages of Labor, Anatomy & Physiology, Preparation in Pregnancy
Class 2: First Stage of Labor
Class 3: 2nd & 3rd Stages of Labor
Class 4: Comfort Measures & Pain-Coping
Class 5: Common Routines & Interventions
Class 6: Your Newborn & Postpartum
Reise Tanner is a seasoned doula, educator, Certified Life Coach for moms, helpers and healers, Advanced Birthing From Within Mentor, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and mother who has worked with hundreds of families on their birth journeys. She believes that each birth has the power to be transformative and meaningful for everyone involved and that those who support new parents deserve support, as well. Her mission is to change the world by shifting the culture around birth, making it friendlier to mothers, babies and the next generation.
She is currently completing a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and certification in Eco-Psychology, writing about birth and mothering, and facilitating new mom groups—including her signature programs: Wild Return and Wild & Rooted. She has attended many midwifery and birth-related trainings in the US and abroad, spoken publicly on several panels and presented to the medical community. She has also been a yoga instructor since 1997, a holistic women's health practitioner certified in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy for pregnancy, postpartum and newborns, and a Lactation Counselor.
Reise first began birthwork after attending the Natural Resources doula training (just for fun) and is a longstanding member of the core education team. Her classes blend practical information, up-to-date research, fresh insight, traditional wisdom, story-telling and experiential learning that engages mind and body in a sacred and supportive space.
Lauren Miller Brown is a San Francisco Bay Area native who specializes in providing nurturing, connective, therapeutic massage, doula services and childbirth education classes. She has been a birth doula for since 2007 and feel very fortunate that she is so passionate about her work and that she found it at such a young age. Her work continues to inspire her to this day and she can't imagine doing anything else.
Lauren's road to birth work began after taking a Doulas of North America training in 2007. After completing her Doula certification she enrolled in Alive and Well! The Institute of Conscious Bodywork in Marin County. Lauren completed her massage training in 2008 and has been working as a bodyworker ever since. After massage school, Lauren worked as a massage therapist at The Mindful Body in San Francisco from 2009-2015, focusing on prenatal massage in particular, as well as with a wide variety of clients, including athletes, yogis, and San Francisco's tech community.
Jewel Buchanan-Boone (also known as HoneyB) is a Renaissance woman living and loving in Oakland, California. A Full Spectrum Birthworker, Cultural Producer, Emcee, Community Sex-Birth-Health Educator, and Village Aunty, Jewel loves creating spaces for authentic expression and shared learning. A fierce reproductive justice advocate, Jewel has been featured in interviews with ATTN, Oaklandside, and the Oakland Better Birth Foundation. Her writing has been published in Birth Work As Care Work, Kearny Street Workshop's Interdisciplinary Writers Lab 2021 Chapbook, and Liwanag Vol. 3. When she's not teaching with Natural Resources, Jewel can be found advocating for birthing folks, teaching her Dance Baby Down workshops, making placenta art, or perched on the porch with her cat, B. For collaborations, workshop requests, or media requests contact her via email at Birth@jewelbb.com.
Cindy Sullivan is a Bay Area native, a Labor and Delivery nurse at California Pacific Medical Center with a Masters Degree in Perinatal Nursing from UCSF and a graduate of Natural Resources Doula Program. She has been teaching Childbirth Preparation at Natural Resources since 2010. She has a passion for birth and bringing natural birth to the hospital setting. She loves educating families on the various birth options, in and out of a hospital setting, and empowering families to create the birth that feels right for them.