Sunday, February 17, 2008

Welcome to Nurture...

A few years ago, my friend and colleague Mychelle and I, Amy, got to talking about birthing classes. I had already had one child and Mychelle was just pregnant with her first. We both loved the Birthing From Within (BFW) birth preparation program, and as art therapists, our minds started churning together about how wonderful it would be to facilitate our own birth preparation classes using the BFW tenents with our own experience as art therapists.

A year later, after I had just had my second child and Mychelle was pregnant with her second, we prepared our curriculum, and had the amazing opportunity to review our ideas with Pam England herself! Today, maybe a year since we developed our curriuclum, and after several years in the making, we are very proud to begin this journey with mothers and mothers-to-be by offering our first series of childbirth preparation classes. Here's the information for the class:

Nurturing Birth
Birthing From Within/Art Therapy Birth Preparation Class
Saturday mornings, April 5, 12, 19 & 26, 9:30-1:00PM

Giving birth is a profound emotional and physical experience that can be empowering and can strengthen your relationship with your partner. We believe mothers prepare for childbirth guided by an intrinsic inner wisdom that, when discovered and listened to, can guide them to give birth in whatever way they must, and to parent in fulfilling ways regardless of the unexpected turns in the road.

Utilizing these beliefs and many other ideas from the book Birthing from Within (by Pam England and Rob Horowitz,, and guided by our own knowledge and experiences as mothers and Board Certified Art Therapists, we invite you to join us, in a safe and nurturing environment, down a creative path to birth preparation. This rich group experience emphasizes the use of artistic expression to explore relationships, while also providing information and guidance through birth education and pain-coping practices based on ideas from the book Birthing from Within. Develop lifelong friendships with other mothers and their partners as you explore the emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of birthing and parenting. Come and explore your expectations, fears, and inherent wisdom of the process of childbirth and parenting.

Additionally, cost of this group includes all the following:
  • refreshments and wholesome snacks,
  • birthing wisdom remembrance journal,
  • birth sculptures,
  • belly-casting,
  • a group blessing ceremony to honor the rite of passage. ,
and much more!

Cost: $250 per couple.
Openings will be available for those needing tuition assistance.

To register or for more information,
please contact
Mychelle 971.344.7527 or Amy 503.913.5934

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