This program is an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for supporting the profound changes in our bodies and minds during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Through mindfulness meditation, movement and group dialogue we can learn to cultivate skills for birthing, healthy living, and wise parenting, inviting you to fully live the joys and challenges of this transformative time.
In this class, you will have the opportunity to:
You will also learn about:
This class uses a mindfulness lens to cover much of what is covered in a typical childbirth education class including: the stages of labor, positions for ease in labor, birth plans and skills for communicating well with providers. The class fee includes the book, Mindful Birthing and audio meditations for home practice. It is recommended that you plan to practice the skills introduced in the class at home for approximately 30 minutes per day, six times per week. This home practice supports the learning and integration of mindfulness into your day-to-day life.
Sundays, April 26 - June 21, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
June 7 will be an extended class from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Taught by Zachary Pollack & Maggie Bolton
Classes held at Swedish Ballard
Fee: $385 per couple
Childbirth can be a challenging experience that often involves physical pain and anxiety. How we use our minds to relate to that pain and anxiety can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experience. Based on the mind/body work at the pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts, this will be a weekend for looking deeply at pain and fear during childbirth and for cultivating tools to work with them in the process of giving birth.
In this workshop, you will:
• Practice various mind/body modalities for working with pain in childbirth
• Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment
• Tap into inner reservoirs of strength, confidence and courage
• Learn how to be fully present to give assistance as a birth partner
• Begin to cultivate the powerful tool of mindfulness and moment-to-moment awareness for the challenges of birthing and parenting
This workshop is an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience that needs special medical attention or who have had a difficult previous birth experience. This workshop allows you time to go deep into the mindfulness practices, and includes partner-based experiential exercises.
Upcoming Dates (Friday – Sunday):
February 21 - 23*
May 29 - 31
Friday: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Classes held at Swedish First Hill
Taught by Becca Calhoun
Fee: $350 per couple
*Registration is handled by Swedish & generally opens 2 months prior to the class.