Childbirth Prep 6 Week Series: In-Person

Member Price: $429.00

Core Facilitators

Please note: Registration includes two caregivers of the same child.


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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. 

  • Class Description

    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.

    Please Note:

    -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 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.

  • Details

    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


  • Facilitator(s)

    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.

    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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Melody C.
I learned a lot about what to expect during birth, how to make decision and how to prepare myself...

The exercises given are essential to preparing for the birth. The knowledge and support I got have been extremely helpful.

Attendee of Childbirth Prep
Knowledge which helped me feel more confident, informed and excited about giving birth

It was helpful and trustworthy info. It would be nice to have the ability to download the presentation files into a physical book.

Best thing we’ve done to prepare for labor

Loved this class! Lauren was engaging, experienced, knowledgeable, warm, inclusive. We had fun over the course of the 6 weeks learning, doing hands on exercises, and meeting the other expecting couples. Pace felt totally right for the amount of content covered, and gave enough time to build a community and come back with more questions on following weeks.

This class helped me and my partner figure out our own preferences for labor and change some of our original choices. Also really boosted our confidence in each other and was empowering overall. Absolutely would recommend. Thank you!

Glad you enjoyed it!!