Birth Preparation

Our birth preparation classes, which we call Preparing for an Empowering Birth, are inspired by the many births we have attended as doulas, our training with Pam England (Birthing from Within), our many years practicing yoga and the constant learning that comes from working with expectant families. We offer this course in three different formats: as a six module interactive ONLINE COURSE, as a six week IN-PERSON COURSE and as a WEEKEND INTENSIVE.  Scroll down for our course schedule.

The topics covered during the course include:

  • Understanding the physiology of labour and delivery.
  • The beginning of labour; how to cope with the joys and challenges of early labour effectively and positively.
  • The middle and end of labour; building a positive coping mindset, understanding how positions affect labour, exploring massage and all comfort measures that ease the process of labour. Tapping into our warrior spirit; building trust, confidence, endurance, gentleness and awareness.
  • Pushing; exploring positions, how to be effective during this stage, perineal massage, gentle birth etc.
  • The Partner’s/Father’s Role; exploring their concerns, what is good labour support? Exploring their role at the birth.
  • Recovery, Healing, Adjusting to the postpartum period.

A portion of each class is dedicated to exploring coping strategies ie; the breath, movement, sound, visualization, massage etc. Experiential exercises are used to explore fears, concerns, expectations and to tap into inner resources and wisdom, building awareness around how we are approaching birth and parenting.

Workshops that complement this class:
Welcoming Your New Baby

Preparing for an Empowering Birth: Online Course

with Sasha Padron
February 7 – March 14, 2018
March 21 – April 25
May 2 – June 6

Cost is $190 (including tax)

Preparing for an Empowering Birth: In-Person Course

with Geraldine Dempsey
Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
October 18 – November 15
January 10 – February 7
February 14 – March 14
April 11 – May 9
$260 per couple (plus tax)

Location: Spadina and Dupont, Toronto

TO REGISTER for a Wednesday session, please email Geraldine @

Preparing for an Empowering Birth: Weekend Intensives

with Geraldine Dempsey and Sasha Padron
Saturday & Sunday or Two Sundays
11am – 6pm
February 3/4
March 3/4
April 15/22
May 6/13
June 10/17


$260 per couple (plus tax)
Location: Spadina and Dupont

TO REGISTER for one of the weekend intensives; let us know which one, send us your names, midwife or doctor’s name and due date. Let us know which form of payment you prefer: paypal, e-transfer or cheque.

To pay using paypal click on the yellow button below.
If you have any questions or would like TO REGISTER please contact us

Cancellation Policy: Any cancellations made thirty days prior to a session’s start date will be fully refunded. Payments are non-refundable if cancellation occurs fewer than thirty days prior to start date.

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