The non-member rate for this 6 Week Series is $499 and the member rate is $399. Click here to purchase your membership today.
We strongly recommend that you complete your prenatal education before your 36th week of pregnancy.
If you would like to attend the VIRTUAL Childbirth Prep 6 Week Series, you can register here.
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.
Every week we will:
-Guided visualization or comfort measures and positions
-Have an opportunity to ask questions.
-The “Details” tab holds specific information regarding each session in this series.
-The course fee includes a supplemental digital booklet filled with supporting information and resources.
-The registration fee includes a support person.
-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.
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
Cindy Sullivan is a Registered Nurse in a busy Labor and Delivery unit at CPMC and has worked with thousands of moms and newborns. She has a master’s degree in Perinatal Nursing from UCSF, a BA in Psychology and Holistic Health. Cindy worked for over 8 years in the Post Partum unit at CPMC, got her doula training here at Natural Resources in 2003 and has been teaching Child Birth Preparation since 2010.
Shalini Shah is a prenatal educator, lactation counselor, and full spectrum doula who has been working with expectant families for over 10 years. Throughout her career, she has supported over 1,500 families in navigating the pregnancy and birthing process.
Her pragmatic evidence based approach offers expectant parents the opportunity to tap into their intuition and navigate their options to make the best decisions for their families. Shalini believes pregnant people should birth where they feel comfortable, safe, and empowered and supports clients birthing at home, in hospitals, and at birth centers. She is down-to-earth and compassionate in her care, bringing a steady sense of peace, joy, and humor to the process.
Shalini is proud to work with people of all identities and family structures. She is passionate about supporting the BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community and created BIPOC In The Bay, a community resource network that increases visibility of BIPoC birth workers in the Bay Area.
Shalini is also the owner of Due Dates, a healthy date-based snack company designed for pregnant and postpartum parents.
Shalini lives in San Francisco and loves cooking, gardening, and exploring nature as an avid hiker and cyclist.