BIRTHING FROM WITHIN

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Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

This childbirth class will help you finally feel like you know enough about childbirth. You and your partner will learn and relax together in this intimate class that is practical, fun, and thought provoking. 

We believe that evidence-based information + soulful preparation for birth = just the right mix!

Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

BIRTHING FROM WITHIN CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

We know that everyone comes into parenthood with a unique background and unique hopes for the future. Our Birthing From Within mentors deliver expert facilitation and individualized care to ensure that your experience is the best it can be.  

Our childbirth classes are for the pregnant parent AND the supporting partner/s. The emotional and hands on nature of the class allows for embodied knowledge that you can use during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.  

 

We promise that you will discover:​

  • How all the puzzle pieces of information fit together to form your soulful birth plan.
  • Mindfulness techniques to cope with discomfort and stress.
  • All of the things about birth that you didn’t know you needed to know!
  • Key labor coping techniques such as positions, breathing techniques, meditation & mindfulness , and partner massage.
  • Explore the compassionate use of medical support when needed, and how to stay open to the mystery of birth - even when it looks different than you had hoped.

COST: $300 / couple
Class also includes free registration to Nourishing Newborns breastfeeding class ($75 value) and free registration to Birth Story Listening after your baby is born ($75 value). Scholarships available. 

 

WHO THE CLASS IS FOR:  People who want to cultivate intention in parenting, anyone who is expecting a baby, single parents who wish to take class alone or with a friend, family member or doula, LGBTQ families, and families of color.

 

LOCATIONS:

THRESHOLDS CLASSROOM 
Our North Seattle classroom is found at 2611 NE 125th Street, Suite #80, Seattle, WA. Free parking.

COLUMBIA CITY STUDIO 
We also offer South Seattle childbirth classes in the Columbia City neighborhood. 

Want to feel prepared for baby? A Birthing From Within childbirth class is a great complement to our Bringing Baby Home workshop, allowing you to focus on both physical AND emotional preparation for birth. Be sure to consider one of our packages.

Curious to learn more about the experience of a Birthing from Within childbirth class? Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

How are Thresholds childbirth classes different from other community classes?

At Thresholds we approach life transitions like engagement, birth and parenting as a Rite of Passage, a time to grow and learn closer to yourself and to your partner. With the use of story telling, process art, and mindfulness we help people access their own strength and wisdom.

When should I take the class?

Birthing From Within classes can be taken any time during your pregnancy. People often take it sometime in the last trimester. Before your due date is always best. 

How do I request a scholarship?

Thresholds does our best to make sure that every family who wishes to take our classes is able. If finances are the only reason you don't sign up please email about scholarship and payment plan options.  > Learn more...

Who will lead my class?

The instructors are listed on all pages. Depending on our on-call doula schedule, client needs, we do not always know who will be teaching what class. If you have specific questions please be in touch.

I'm taking a hospital class - can I take Birthing From Within too?

Yes! Our class has very little crossover to traditional information based classes. Many parents take both types of classes and value the different needs that each workshop is providing. 

A Note from Amity:

Years ago I believed that if a person took the right classes, read enough books, or ate the right foods that their birth would be smooth and easy. After a few years of being a doula I learned that that was NOT the case. I saw people who did everything “right”, who still were left feeling awful and wishing for a different birth. I knew there was a better way. That is when I encountered the magic of Birthing From Within. By focusing on this experience (whatever it is) as a Rite of Passage, not a medical event; every single parent can have a meaningful birth experience.

UPCOMING DATES + MENTORS

Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

Birthing From Within® Childbirth Class Jan. 12 & 13, 2019

Blend your emotional and practical skills to access your inner birth warrior.Jan. 12 & 13

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Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

Birthing From Within® Columbia City Location, Feb 5. to Mar. 12, 2019

Blend your emotional and practical skills to access your inner birth warrior.Columbia City Location. Tuesday nights, Feb. 5 to March 12, 2019.

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Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

Birthing From Within® Feb 9 & 10, 2019

Blend your emotional and practical skills to access your inner birth warrior.February 9 & 10

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Birthing from Within Childbirth Classes

Birthing From Within® March 23 & 24, 2019

Blend your emotional and practical skills to access your inner birth warrior.MARCH 23 & 24

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AMITY KRAMER

OWNER / FOUNDER

“The class was excellent. I didn’t really know what to expect going into it, but felt it was absolutely worth it by the time we came out of it. Amity is a gracious and compassionate teacher. She is full of wisdom and insight, with an abundance of humility that allows each parent-to-be to explore and share their own innate wisdom.”

“Amity was a gentle, knowledgeable and caring facilitator. I definitely feel the time in class has opened me to new ways of being at the center of our birth.”

Joshua R

“We talk about what we learned in your class all the time. It’s just such useful life information, not just birthing information. I’m 5 days out from my due date. Feeling great overall and looking forward to meeting the little one.”

Kassandra M.

“I would recommend this class to any pregnant woman or her partner. It was a truly unique and wonderful way for me to connect to my fears and questions about labor, and the fears of my partner and talk about how to cope with them honestly. We feel so prepared for birth and have learned so much about each other; I can’t imagine how I would feel if we hadn’t had some of the exercises that helped prepare us. Amity really helped each person (not just the mothers!) to look deeper than his/her questions to see what issues were beneath. Our class was the highlight of my week, everyone felt safe enough to contribute, and I will miss it very much in the last few weeks before my baby comes!”

“I am so hugely grateful we were able to meet and that Kerry and I were able to learn so much from you in our weekend immersion. You should know, that class brought us so much closer together as a couple, and we feel truly blessed to have gained so much from it. Thank you again for your wisdom and teachings.”

Erin

“Amity did a great job in preparing us for what to expect (as much as is possible) during labor and especially for the emergency c-section we had to have due to fetal distress. The “bag of tools” we brought into this experience was very valuable for both myself and my partner, and I felt very capable in dealing with my labor as it progressed, encountered some problems, with an eventual transfer to the hospital. Despite these unforeseen circumstances, we felt like we were able to deal with the changing situation because of this class.”

J. & B.

“We took the weekend intensive Birthing from Within class with Amity. We got what we expected as far as factual learning, what we weren’t expecting is the emotional learning. During our birth it was the emotional learning we tapped into to get us through the unexpected events. Cannot recommend it enough!”

Amanda

“We had an amazing birth experience, and taking the Birthing From Within class was very valuable! Jason and I were very thankful for all the knowledge and ways of thinking that you helped open our minds to. Honestly, I believe the class helped my husband most of all! within minutes of Malia being born, he said, “I sure am glad we took that class!”

Brandy

“Thank you so much for being such an inspiring mentor. You have taught me to trust in the natural process of childbirth, and you have instilled a great confidence in myself and my abilities to provide as a partner for my wife.”

Warren

“She was one of the most attentive teachers, answering every question that came to mind – and having the patience to wait for those questions to arise. She really took the time to get to know us and figure out what kind of experience for which we were hoping. Furthermore, it wasn’t just the physical act of birth – she really helped us focus on our relationship and communication as a couple. It was the perfect balance of the hard (and kind of scary!) realities of birth mixed with the encouragement and support we needed. I think we both left the class feeling better informed and more prepared, but also excited for what was going to happen. We are so grateful.”

Sarah C.

“Like many parents living in a socially progressive region, of course we had already done a great deal of reading and sought other ways of educating ourselves. This class gave us the opportunity to compare the methods we were already aware of with alternatives, and the methods being considered by our fellow classmates.”

“This has been a great class. I’ve been extremely impressed with how you’ve been able to cover a lot of territory while staying somewhat unbiased and not presenting everything as though there is a “right” way. Even if the discussion took an opinionated turn, you gracefully and tactfully steered that thought/ issue/ opinion to a less biased place. I felt comfortable asking any and all questions without feeling awkward or judged by you.”​​​​​​​​​​

Christina

“The Birthing from Within class taught by Amity was a pleasure to be a part of. My husband and I learned so much in the 3-day weekend course that we will take with us to our birth. Amity was engaging, thoughtful, and so much fun just to watch and listen to! She is a fantastic instructor and it is obvious how gifted she is at being a doula and an instructor. The tools used in the class keep you engaged and focused and the time goes by relatively quickly. We feel lucky to have had Amity as our instructor and it was great meeting the other couples in our class as well.”

Erika

“Our instructor, Amity, brought her years as a birth educator and a as doula to create a fun, engaging, and informative learning environment. She provided my wife and I an opportunity to reexamine and become re-energized about your birthing plan. I especially enjoyed that everyone’s vision for their child’s birth was met with encouragement.”

Crow

Not your first baby? Consider our Birthing Again Class.

The six week class is wonderful but you will be in it with a bunch of first time parents. This does not mean you can’t attend, you will get a lot out of the workshop. The thing that can rub people wrong is that you already have your birth is going to be magical dream dampened a bit and know the truth of how hard birth and parenting is and how it all is worth it because love rules all evil, and how that is really silly but kind of the truth. Follow this link to learn more about our Birthing Again childbirth refresher classes.