Do you want to have a safe, comfortable and healthy natural birth (but you have more questions than answers!)?
Do you feel like you're getting mixed messages? Some people tell you you'll never make it through birth without pain medications... and other people say "it's just natural - trust your body and you'll be fine."
Some days you feel like a warrior-woman... strong, ready to tackle childbirth, motherhood, and take on the world!
...and other days you think for sure "they're right, I'll never be able to do this!"
In the end, you really need encouragement and support...
...and you really need proven, practical strategies for working with your baby and having a natural birth. After all, you can't just "trust your body" until you know what that means! Don't worry - help is on the way...
You CAN discover how to work with your baby and have a smooth, safe, natural birth!
After going through 7 natural births myself, I know exactly what kinds of questions, concerns and worries you have – and exactly what you need to know to put your mind at ease and prepare you for the “dream birth” you want to have.
If the idea of having an experienced natural birthing teacher take you by the hand and show you how to enjoy a healthy pregnancy, a good birth and a happy baby sounds like just what you’ve been looking for, keep reading.
I want you to enjoy your pregnancy and feel completely confident about your natural birth experience.
After going through the natural birthing process with each of my children, I’ve learned what what works, what doesn’t and what’s most important to know going in.
But you might still feel just a little anxiety when you think about giving birth - or giving birth again. I know I did (okay, okay, I actually felt a lot of anxiety... even fear)
THAT is also totally natural! Let me help you out...
...think about breastfeeding. We know that breastfeeding is best, and we know that it's natural. Fortunately most of us also know that it's something you (and baby) need to learn... it's a "womanly art," right?
Giving birth is the same. You need to learn how childbirth works - and discover practical skills to help you get through ALL of your labor and birth without medications or unnecessary interventions.
That's why I want you to take your time reading through the rest of this page, because this is the critical information you need to know in order to have a safe natural birth.
I've taught this class to hundreds of students who have reported back and told me how much it helped them feel empowered about their birth, work with their partners and midwives to make things go smoothly, and stay calm and control from beginning to end.
And I want the same for you. Right now we're going to go through the details that make the MamaBaby Birthing Class the best online resource you'll ever find to finally answer all your questions and make sense of the conflicting information you may have read about elsewhere.
Remember, you don't have to be "lucky" to have a good birth. You just have to know how to prepare for each step along the way (and what conventional advice you should steer clear from).
The happy and successful outcome of your natural birth is completely within your control. I'm looking forward to showing you how to empower yourself to have a safe birth where you feel calm, confident, and totally prepared.
"Just wanted to let you know, Grace was born weighing 8lbs.. after a 24 hr labour (12.5 hrs of that was early labour) and drug free hospital birth :)
I want to thank you for all the work you put into your birthing class, to empower woman to take control of their bodies and their experience. This was by far the "best" birth experience I have had, out of my 3 births. It wasn't perfect, but I stayed calm and in control the whole time. I got to give birth on my hands and knees, in the peaceful darkness of my room (the OB didn't make it to my birth, or else I wouldn't have had this), AND they delayed little Graces cord clamping. Thank you for all your help providing research for my OB! I couldn't be happier!"
I've put this natural childbirth class together in a way that will make it as easy as possible for you to learn what you need to know as well as give you full, unlimited access to personal support to answer any of the questions you have along the way.
(The personal support is a real perk to the class, because you’ll be able to get the most up-to-date information on natural birthing you’ll find anywhere.)
Hi Kristen, just listened to birthing behaviours. Excellent! Also wanted to say a wonderful and heartening tele class last night. Thank-you. Wish you could be here, there and everywhere to help mummy's around the world. We need a Kristen (or ten!)
Here's how the class works:
You receive 6 weekly class sessions, so you have plenty of time to go through the material without getting overwhelmed – the class is self paced, and you have lifetime access to the material.
In each session, you’ll have easy-to-listen-to audio lessons, printable handouts, and relevant videos that let you learn what you need to know and give you the flexibility to go through the materials whenever and wherever is easiest for you.
You’ll get special “make your life easier” material like a full 2-week daily menu plan for healthy eating (this is a take-you-by-the-hand-and-show-you-how-it’s-made plan you’re going to love) and a childbirth fear clearing template.
You’ll also get personal support for all your questions via a weekly Q&A call (and you can even email me if that’s easier for you!). Email access is unlimited, too – meaning you can get your questions answered even long after the class is done.
You'll hit the ground running this first week as you get the answers to all the important starting points – how you should eat so your baby stays healthy, how to keep your pelvic muscles strong so you give birth easily, and how to stay comfortable and safe throughout your entire pregnancy... and fit for your baby's birthday.
Some of the highlights of this week include:
...and so much more. You’ll also get the “little details that make a difference”, like the $20 seat that will make you a lot more comfortable and recommended supplements and safety information.
Then you’ll be ready for...
In week 2 you'll discover what important preparations you and your partner need to make for a healthy, natural birth.
You'll also learn foundational skills for natural birthing, cover "good choices" vs. "bad choices" on the big day, and find out how to handle worries and doubts so that you'll enter the process feeling confident.
Some of the highlights of this week include:
This week gets you and your partner ready to work together during labor and birth - you'll know your partner can be there for you, and he or she will be confident in supporting you!
Next, you'll discover...
In Week 3 you'll learn about what breathing techniques you should be using (and why the ones taught in the past don't cut it), how to communicate with your partner during birth, and how to get touch that makes you feel better during the process.
You'll also learn about how your baby moves through your pelvis and how to relax in all the right ways to make birthing much, much easier.
Some of the highlights of this week include:
...and so much more. You'll also discover how to keep on top of your breathing no matter what, which conventional birthing advice you can safely ignore, and how the right birthing position makes such a difference in having a successful birth.
Next you'll cover...
In week 4 you'll get all the nitty-gritty details on things like positions for labor and giving birth (complete with full color photos to make “getting it” easy and intuitive). You'll learn about trusted, proven techniques for keeping labor moving and getting stalled labors back in gear.
You'll also learn important details you need to know to make a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) happen safely and comfortably.
Some of the highlights of this week include:
...and so much more. You'll discover what you MUST pay attention to in your last six weeks of pregnancy, how to reduce the risk of tearing, and additional strategies for keeping that baby moving!
After that you’ll explore...
In week 5, you'll be armed with all the information you need to help ensure a safe, natural birth with the lowest risk of complications possible. You'll discover what "aware" birthing really means, when to say yes and when to say no during the process, and how to have a powerful birth in any situation.
You'll also learn about how to avoid possible complications and interventions so that your birth happens as smoothly as it can go.
In other words, we'll cover how to make sure you stay "low risk" so complications don't require interventions - and how to tell when someone is pushing something you and your baby don't need.
This is part of being prepared and it's incredibly effective at keeping birth SAFER for you and your baby...
It even works if you're planning to birth at a hospital - and many moms find it's helpful to have a great birth even if they know they or baby need a little extra support...
...and so much more. You’ll learn about what active birthing means (and why you want to do it), get access to easy-to-reference handouts for common birth situations, and alternatives to the ineffective (or dangerous) suggestions that others may make as you move into birth.
Then you’ll be ready for...
In week 6 you'll learn what you need to know to decide if you want to have a birth plan, discover how to practice for a smooth and easy birth (without going into labor), and learn how to remove fear and anxiety about childbirth.
At the end of this session you'll feel your confidence go up and gain the peace of mind that you can handle labor and birth with grace.
Some of the highlights of this week include:
...and so much more. You’ll learn about bonding with your baby prenatally, create positive images of birth that will make the process easier, and have a more rewarding and fulfilling natural birth experience.
Super quick message.
My baby boy was born yesterday morning.
Amazing !!! Had him in our birth pool, I did it !!!!
Thank you for your guidance......it was all there. I drew on so much from you. It was truly a conscious birth. I thought my way through all of it. I was PRESENT I stayed with my baby. We worked together. I didn't forget or ignore that he was there or what I was doing this for. My scar never hurt me at all , so my body let me know all was fine and I was able to let that go completely and just concentrate on my work.
Much love and blessings to you.
Here's what you'll receive when you order today:
Again, when you've finished listening to each lesson you'll know exactly what you need to do to have a healthy pregnancy and feel confident and prepared for your baby's natural birth, too!
"Just wanted to let you know that my little one is here! Zachary David was born on August 4th at home, a wonderful and very positive natural birth experience! It was so empowering for me, and Zach was born so alert and content! Thank you so much for your classes. It was so helpful to me as a first time mom to know what to expect as labor progressed. I felt like I had a healthy pregnancy, which set him up for a great start in life."
"Thanks for all the advice through the podcasts and Mama Baby Birthing classes - it was very useful to have all this information as well as the direct sources for more details and it also helped me through pregnancy and to prepare for birthing. I managed to have an almost fully natural birth in Bangalore in India in a hyper-modern hospital where they have a cesarean rate of 50% and give Pitocin quasi-systematically. The labour and birthing was hard work but it was great."
I had the labour I wanted. It was 25 hours long - 21 of those at home. They didn't believe I was in labour because I was so calm! It was a difficult birth due to her positioning - but I remembered to 'work with my baby' and didn't try to run from the pain. I used it as a tool. I honestly believe if it hadn't been for you and the others mentioned above I would have had an emergency c-section. Instead, I moved a lot. In fact I demanded to be able to move a lot! I ate and drank, laughed quite a bit (!!?!) and labored in the shower for the bulk of the time. I got to have Frances on my chest immediately and breastfeeding for the first hour. She was so alert straight away.
My little Aria Claire was born at home on September 11 four days ago. It was a wonderful experience. As soon as she was out, I was ready to do it all over again. :) I took the MamaBaby Birthing class during pregnancy. It helped this first-time mom feel so prepared and even excited about my birthing time. I had no fear during any part of labor.
I actually reviewed the birthing techniques audio lesson while working through some intense "back labor."
My husband and I found the most effective way for him to apply counter pressure was by literally sitting on my tailbone. Our midwife found that amusing. :)
All the preparation and work was so worth it.
Thank you for the work you do. Please keep changing the world by helping mamas and babies!
Just click below to enroll and start learning everything you need to know for a safe, comfortable natural birth!
Once you click the button below, you’ll be taken to a special order page where you can register for your self-paced, online natural birthing class. It's a single payment of $97 for lifetime access.
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"I birthed a beautiful baby boy, Lucas, 6 weeks ago. Drug free including a physiological third stage no synthetic oxytocin. So happy and proud of my efforts to achieve a successful VBAC and glad I put the hard work in beforehand with your great course.I felt the last 5 hours were hard and intense but I knew in myself we could do it and we did it!
Thanks for putting a great course together and for the work you do in cyber space!"
I really do appreciate your classes we took. They were our 3rd set of childbirth classes. One hospital class and one Bradley and dh and I still learned things we never knew. The best thing I took away is that I was working with my sweet babe and seemed to really understand that I was connecting with her and communicating with her even when she was in utero. I already felt that before your classes but kind of felt silly for feeling that way, but then realized after taking your classes that I was not silly and what I was feeling was actually very normal.
It is funny that even though I've had her I've thought about listening in on some of your Wed. calls. I haven't yet as we are back to homeschooling full-time and it is hard for me to find time to fit it in, but I did love being on the calls and there's a pull to listen in.
...I could feel the baby descending into the birth canal. I remembered the whole birth how you talked about working with the baby. I stood in the shower or leaned on the sink for a few contractions.
Honestly I pushed maybe three times and she was all the way out safe into the world. Again thank you so much for sharing important information about birth.
"I can't believe how much detail you are able to pack into the class yet make it reasonable and manageable to get through. It's really great!"
"The material is SO GREAT in your program, I'm so glad I've found it."
"I have really been enjoying your course! I've been a Bradley childbirth instructor for about a year, but I'm pregnant with my 2nd and am really appreciating the chance to review w/an outside source. Not to mention I've been learning a lot of new things too! I appreciate all the hard work that you've put into this course...it is so thorough and full of great information."
Haven Samira Taylor was born today at 12:16pm, 7lbs 7oz, all natural (as possible) birth in the hospital.
I woke up with contractions at 6am, got to the hospital around 9am (40 min drive), and walked the halls for an hour. I was moved from triage to a room at 12:00 and she was born at 12:16, before the doctor could arrive or the nurse could catch her! My water broke while I was standing up laboring at the bed and I barely made it onto the bed before she literally slid right out, thanks to that fetal ejection reflex you taught about. I did have to concede to my doctor's protocol of a small dose of IM pitocin after the placenta was delivered but otherwise, no interventions.
She's nursing like a champ (although she does have tongue tie, unfortunately) and I'm feeling good!
I am so thankful I found your podcast and class for this, my third baby. While all were delivered naturally in the hospital, this was my best experience yet because I had so much more information about the hormonal process and felt so prepared.
THANK YOU! :)
I just wanted to thank you for your online childbirth classes. I've just given birth 100% drug free & intervention free! not even a vaginal Exam! I had a beautiful water birth and this was my first baby. I know I would not have had the confidence to have done it this way without having done your course so thank you for what you do... You are doing such an important job empowering and enlightening women on being about to trust in birth and their bodies to be able to birth their babies. As a result I have one gorgeous calm & alert little baby. Thanks again.
Thanks for your encouragement several months back that I can have a homebirth even with baby #9. He was born in my bathtub on Sunday morning, on his due date! It was an incredible experience!
(For comparison, out of the other eight, one had an epidural, one was an unplanned homebirth attended by my friend who came to babysit, and six were natural births in a hospital).
We wanted to extend a very BIG thank you to you after the birth of our little girl Órlaith (pronounced "Orla"), which took place last Wednesday on her due date!
All the advice and information that you provided to us during pregnancy and about the birth was extremely beneficial. We really felt that we were prepared going into labor.
And even though the birth did not go to "plan" and we wound up having an emergency c-section after getting to the pushing stage of a long arduous labor, we still felt like we had prepared ourselves for possible complications and we were able to make an informed decision very quickly with little stress. 5 minutes later Órlaith was born!
No time was wasted and that was definitely because we had done our homework, faced our fears and already considered what we would do if given this choice.
During the 72 hours of pre-labor / labor, I was able to cope exceeding well due to all your techniques. In fact, when I was admitted to hospital almost fully dilated, the midwives couldn't believe I was in labor since I could I cope well with the pain / rushes. :-)
A very BIG thank you again. We're so happy with our little girl and glad that she's healthy and here!!!
I just gave birth to my beautiful baby girl Jane Virginia on February 20. She is my third baby. I've desired a wonderful natural birth experience with all of my babies. It wasn't until I took your course with this pregnancy that I was able to accomplish this. I wish I'd have found you with my first baby!
...The whole experience was so peaceful and beautiful! The whole time I heard your voice in my head to "work with my baby" and to get her in the optimal position. In one of your teachings you encouraged visualization of the birth you desire. My birth was almost exactly how I visualized it!
Sorry it has taken me so long, but I want to thank you for all the information and support you gave me for my H2VBA3C!
He was born 3/8 at 1:45am before the time change ;) His labor was less than 2 hours beginning to end. My last birth was 36 hours with 3 hours of pushing! It was so great to have my doula and my husband as my birth team and to enjoy my sleepy-eyed boys join us minutes after Peter's arrival. I didn't tear and baby got the clean bill of health from our physician.
I am not sure if we are done having babies, but I am not sure how we will top this delivery
Thanks again for helping me and all you do for Mommas around the globe!
Hi, I'm Kristen! You've already heard me and seen a few pictures of me - that's me again with my 7th baby, Sadie Grace!
I've been writing and teaching about natural birth for over a decade now, and I've had my own babies naturally. Each was an incredible experience that taught me a lot - and left me with a passion for helping mamas have healthy babies and wonderful births. I'm thrilled to be a little part of your birthing and mothering journey. I can't wait to "see you" on the Q&A call this week!
MamaBaby Birthing is an incredible program. This is a tested and proven method.
...and you don't have to wonder if it will work for you, because all of these mamas and babies have gone through it... they've done the testing for you...
The techniques are all there...
After a little tweaking, all you have to do is...
Birth your beautiful baby.
...It's yours! It's not going to leave you - it's there for you, whenever your labor starts, wherever you are...
Home or hospital...
Midwife or doctor...
Assisted or unassisted...
That's the real beauty of knowing HOW to have a great birth (and not just why it's a great idea)
It becomes part of your birthing instincts - the ones you worried you didn't have...
...and you know your body can do this...
...with your first baby...
...with your fifth baby...
...with your VBAC...
It works - when you work with it - and work with your baby
That's not hype.
That's how this is MEANT to be :)
I often get asked "Is MamaBaby Birthing the right class for me?" I've put together a comparison chart to help you decide:
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A natural childbirth class is a class that focuses on preparing you for a vaginal childbirth without medications or unnecessary interventions such as labor induction. MamaBaby Birthing classes focus on keeping you healthy throughout pregnancy, which means your body is ready for labor and your baby is strong and healthy. The classes build on this solid foundation with information about labor and birth, how it progresses, and how your body opens. The class covers solid techniques for keeping labor moving, what to do about labor pain, and how to have a safe birth for your baby. Bonding, overcoming anxieties, good baby positioning, trusting your body, and more are also covered in our online natural birthing classes.
Choosing a midwife is a great first step towards natural birth. I used a midwife for all of my babies – and I had them all at home! I’m a believer in natural birth, no matter where you give birth. Having said that, there’s a big difference between prepared natural birth and just having labor start and hoping for the best. When you prepare for birth you clear away issues that could come up during birthing (and even stall your labor). You truly understand your body, so you’re free to trust it and your baby. And you have a whole host of birth skills (techniques) that have become natural, instinctive, and easy to use when you need them. Your midwife and homebirth are perfect compliments for your beauty and power as a prepared birthing woman.
Enrollment for my classes is always open because this is a self-paced online childbirth class. I recommend you plan to begin MamaBaby Birthing around the beginning of your third trimester, but many of my students want to start much earlier! Since classes are self-paced and membership is unlimited, you may repeat any lessons you want to as you get closer to your due date. If you’re already near your due date just let me know and I’ll point you to the MamaBaby Birthing Crash Course materials ;)
Classes are self-paced, so you can go through at the rate that feels right for you. There are homework assignments with some of the lessons, such as keeping a food diary. These assignments are not mandatory, but completing them helps you become more aware of your body, and they help you build a healthy baby and prepare for a safe birth. I hold live, weekly tele-classes (you can listen streaming online, too). These are not mandatory and you’ll receive a recording of each class if you can’t attend live.
MamaBaby Birthing classes are a custom-designed natural birthing class. I created them based on my own experience birthing seven babies naturally, working with mamas and families for the last ten years, and with continuous feedback from students in my classes. My classes focus on healthy and enjoyable pregnancy, healthy babies, and conscious, aware birthing.
You receive full access to the private MamaBaby Birthing course website, which contains all class audio, video, and written material in digital format. Additionally, you can download all class materials to store on your computer, and to listen to or read on your phone, iPad, or tablet. You also get access to live weekly class calls and unlimited email consultation with me.
You and your partner choose how to work through the classes together. You can both listen to the class sessions, or just have your partner listen to certain sessions. MamaBaby Birthing classes do cover partner involvement in-depth; there’s a nice balance of lessons that offer practical information for your partner and classes that are designed specifically for you as the birthing mother.
Though many hospital instructors are dedicated to providing great information on labor and birth, their classes are not geared to families planning a natural birth experience. MamaBaby Birthing students make a wide variety of choices and give birth at home, in birth centers, and at the hospital. Hospital classes give a few tips on breathing and relaxation and then cover all the medications you can use when “natural” techniques don’t work. My classes focus first on the health of you and your baby, because healthy mothers and babies have great natural births. Then my classes teach you not only what happens during labor and birth, but how to keep labor moving, how to understand what your baby needs you do to be born… and exactly what to do if labor does feel overwhelming at a given point – without drugs.
This is one of the most common questions I get :) YES! You can start preparing for a healthy pregnancy now, and the information on pregnancy in my classes will get you started. Your MamaBaby Birthing membership is a lifetime membership, so you can go through the classes now and come back to them at any point in your pregnancy.
Yes! The classes come with a complimentary copy of my 7 Steps to a Successful VBAC eBook and I have a detailed lesson for VBAC mamas. I have found that moms planning a VBAC often take advantage of class calls and email consultation to help prepare themselves mentally and emotionally. Processing your past birth experience (or experiences) is usually important for VBAC moms and between my lessons on emotional preparation and my personal help, VBAC moms feel prepared and ready for great births (and I love getting the VBAC birth stories!)
I hold a live call each week and you’re welcome to ask any questions you have live on the call. If you’re listening in via online streaming you can type in your question for me to answer live on the call. You also have complete email access to me, and can expect a reply to any (and all) questions or concerns you have within 24 hours, Monday – Friday.
Both have advantages. If you have an independent natural childbirth instructor in your area, live classes can offer you the chance to meet like-minded parents and interact with an instructor face-to-face. Online classes give you the option of a self-paced class that fits into your busy schedule. Additionally, my online birth course offers live weekly phone calls, so you can interact with me, get answers to your questions, and get in-depth information on topics important to pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I’m also happy to help you compile evidence-based research to facilitate informed, respectful discussion with your doctor, midwife, or hospital team.
Natural childbirth can be intense and even painful at times. MamaBaby Birthing classes are respectful of how you want to think about birth – lessons generally use language that does not focus birth being “painful” but rather a process you work through with your baby. Having said that, I believe that moms (and partners) need practical techniques to work through labor and all that comes with it, so there are plenty of strategies to help you handle all the feelings of giving birth, and even techniques for getting back in control when you feel like you’re “losing it.” I’ve given birth six times and believes in giving practical information that works so mothers and babies have a safe, satisfying natural birth.
P.S.: If you have any questions – any at all – about this online class and how it can help you, please get in touch via email at kristen (at) naturalbirthandbabycare (dot) com. As a student in this class you'll have unlimited email access to me, so I want you to know I’m checking my inbox in case you have any pre-class questions. :)
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