What Parents are saying about the Bhava Birth Course
This retreat has left me feeling very prepared going into my first birth. I feel very connected with my partner, knowing we are a team going into and coming out of our birth of our baby girl. The intentionality behind the details, curriculum and weekend was really much appreciated. I feel very set up for success with resources and point of focus around creating the best birth for me. I love Stephanie's calm demeanor, kind presence, and well of knowledge. I am so grateful and thrilled she will be the doula at my first birth.
NATALIE / MOTHER OF 1
I particularly enjoyed learning how to work with my partner more effectively when it comes to labor & the early postpartum!
ALEX / FATHER OF 1
I didn't quite know what to expect since I'm a partner and not a birther, but I felt enlightened to share the learning experience with other couples that could voice their insights (especially when they were different from my own). I also feel more connected with my wire and more able to respond to her needs since we were able to spend so much uninterrupted time together. We understand how to communicate a little better and are more ready to work together. Stephanie did a wonderful job of sharing while listening to the feelings of the group. It was wonderful.
TAYLOR / FATHER OF 5
Wow. What an absolute treat the Bhava Birth retreat was. My husband and I felt rejuvenated, inspired, and at peace. It was so cool to not just learn about things but to experience them together. Stephanie combines the wisdom of east and west in a way that is compelling and fascinating. This is our fifth baby, so we've been around the block, and the emotional/spiritual focus was exactly what we needed. This retreat is a gift! Highly recommend!!
JENESSA / MOTHER OF 5
This retreat was just what I needed. Wonderful, thorough and complete info in the curriculum, but with a different twist/perspective from other classes we've taken. I really liked the focus and combination of Kundalini yoga incorporated into birth. Many deep thoughts and insights that I will continue to ponder. This class is so preparatory for birth, in all its forms, but also to life. I enjoyed studying and learning more about non-attachment and deeper consciousness levels within myself and birth. It helped me to see this birth as an opportunity for greater self reflection and growth. Beautiful class to focus and prepare for the transformative power of birth as a couple.
SARAH / MOTHER OF 6
There are many classes discussing birth physiology etc., but this one gives you an opportunity to integrate realistic ways to prepare for birth and life as a new parent more holistically. It's one thing to know the information and another to put it into practice in a way that will feel second nature when the time comes.
SADEE / MOTHER OF 2
I highly recommend Stephanie’s birth retreat for couples. While other courses focus on the medical and physical aspect of labor, this course focuses on the deeply spiritual journey that a birthing mother experiences. It prepares you for the postpartum period in all aspects—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. What is great about the retreat is it includes your partner and recognizes their journey in it all. The meditation and emotional processing tools will help you long after the birthing process. I am a mother of three—soon to be 4—and I gained invaluable insight about my previous postpartum depression and how I grew into my mothering skin.
HEATHER / MOTHER OF 3
This course is so comprehensive and needed in our culture. There are enormous amounts about preparing mentally for the physical aspects of birth, but so few that prepare women for the emotional/spiritual transformation that takes place. This course promotes perspectives and practices that aide women not only through pregnancy, labor, and birth, but set a tone for owning her empowerment throughout her life. So necessary for the modern woman!
CARLY / MOTHER OF 6
I was nervous that this class would have been a waste of money because prior to enrolling I had read 7+ birth books and the information started to become redundant. I was so surprised and happy when Stephanie's class was able to give me a NEW perspective, and NEW information that I hadn't read in a book. Her voice, spirit, and demeanor all radiate love. She was born to do birth work and be a champion for women. 10/10 recommend.
NATALIE / MOTHER OF 1
A great opportunity to prepare spiritually and emotionally for birth which is often overlooked due to emphasis on physical preparation.
BENJAMIN / FATHER OF 6
This course has fulfilled all I hoped to take away from it. I wanted to fill myself with knowledge and understanding and personal strength--mentally, emotionally and physically--in preparation for the amazing work of labor and I feel more ready. I have tools and materials to come back to in order to prepare even more in the coming weeks. It is evident that Stephanie has put her heart and soul and mind into this course; she is a knowledgeable advocate for this special journey, and I'm so grateful for her sharing the culmination of her research and experience so fully.
COURTNEY / MOTHER OF 2
This course blew me away...I am on my third birth and have studied how to have a natural birth with each one, but have never felt so well-equipped as I do now. Stephanie is compassionate, well-informed, and above all helps convey how to own your birth experience, regardless of how the birth of your child is achieved. I feel like this course helped me process the difficulties of my past two births, which was completely necessary for my next. I highly recommend this beautiful experience to everyone.
MONTANA / MOTHER OF 3
This class is awesome! Great info, good lessons, and fun activities for both husband and wife. If you're nervous, scared, frustrated, or confused about birth and your place in it—then this is the class for you! It will provide great answers and a clear path to a wonderful birth experience. Thanks, Steph!
KEVIN / FATHER OF 6
This was my first professional class about birth. As a foster parent I've had lots of experience with children in our home but never a birth. This class helped me know I have support and can learn those skills to be an active partner in her birth. Loved the activities, food, and education I recieved.
CARSON / FATHER OF 6
I highly recommend this course for all couples looking for positive self-healing and progress in their birth experience. I felt heard, lifted, and encouraged in my individual story and journey while hopefully building my circle of connection and "village." I feel blessed to complete the course with my husband to share insights, learning, and furthering our journey in the roles we play for our baby.
LEISHAANNE / MOTHER OF 6
I really enjoyed this course because it allowed my partner and I to explore and learn valuable mental and physical techniques to help us during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Stephanie is very knowledgeable and she provides enlightening information from Eastern and Western practices, so that we as a couple can choose the things that are best for our family.
STEPHANIE / MOTHER OF 1
For me, I was extremely impressed with Stephanie as an instructor. I appreciate her non-dogmatic very objective approach. As a scientist/medical professional I appreciate the amount of research she did, and that she was not forceful in ideologies, but provided many perspectives and approaches. She was informative, but also acknowledged that she didn't know everything and would research more on given subjects. I learned many things to help me and my wife to prepare for this journey together. It was a great experience that was well worth it. I would highly recommend it to everyone!
JUSTIN / FATHER OF 1
Such a unique and multi-faceted approach to child birth! I love that it covers all four trimesters!
MEG / MOTHER OF 3
This will be the third time I’ve given birth. With my first pregnancy I read, watched, and researched as much as I could. Basically everything I’ve learned over the years is contained in this manual and birth class. Stephanie also focuses a lot on the other aspects of birth, not just the physical portion, which I found incredibly valuable because that’s where I experienced past trauma and not feeling ready. She also discusses postpartum in a slightly different way that I had never heard before—it rang completely true to me and challenged the idea that I’m a victim and not capable. Stephanie gives you tools that make a difference. I’m so grateful for the knowledge ad support I received here. It was empowering and I feel much more at peace. It was also a great way to involve my husband more and connect with him through this beautiful season of life as we welcome our new baby into the world.
MICHELLE / MOTHER OF 2
Stephanie has a wealth of knowledge about birth from a physical, emotional, spiritual, and philosophical level. Her insight, and practical skills will leave you feeling empwered and prepared for a beautiful birth experience.
KELSEY / MOTHER OF 2
The couples retreat was exactly what I needed to educate myself and my husband on ways to prepare for the childbirth journey. Stephanie is very knowledgeable and her presence brings a sense of encouragement and energy.
SHERRI / MOTHER OF 5
I felt like the course helped me understand the birthing process from a clearer perspective. I felt like it gave me actionable tools to be a more supportive partner leading up to, during, and after the birth. The tools can also be applied to every day life!
BRADEN / FATHER OF 6
I LOVED this birthing class! I felt like me and my spouse have really bonded
and it will make our birth so much easier!
TASHA / MOTHER OF 1
The blend of knowledge—the body's physical aspect and the spiritual journey that birth takes you on—helped my partner and me so much. I left feeling empowered with the knowledge I need to confidently support my partner during her birthing time.
NIC / FATHER OF 3
We absolutely recommend this course! The Bhava Birth retreat was fantastic. It was informative, but more than anything I feel enlightened, comforted, and prepared for birth.
MELISSA / MOTHER OF 1
If you're overwhelmed with all the birthing classes or information—take this class! It's a great overall orientation, covers a lot of content, and they provide resources that go into much more depth. Treat is as a stand-alone prep, or start here to learn more.
MIKE / FATHER OF 1
I didn’t know much about this course and was actually frustrated that my wife scheduled us to spend our only open Saturday before our baby is born in this class, but I am glad we came! My wife needed this time for us to focus on such a large and wonderful life event and I haven’t had much time to do so. I was also surprised and impressed at how much I learned, particularly the insight I gained by looking at things from a non-western traditional point of view. Generally, I feel much more prepared to support my wife and enjoy and fully participate in our upcoming birth experience.
JOSH / FATHER OF 5
Mentally, I feel a sense of calmness to organize my thoughts and needs, like I was given language to articulate them. Emotionally, I feel peace. Physically, I learned great birthing positions and good food choices. The take-home material helped calm the need to write everything down or to remember it all. I’m so grateful for different perspectives from all over the world, both holistic and Western.
SONYA / MOTHER OF 1
This course has empowered me to walk this journey confident, aware, and at peace with the journey ahead. Knowledge is power and that’s exactly what this course did for me!
BRENDA / MOTHER OF 2
This course was a great opportunity for my husband and I to talk openly about topics we had not considered before in preparing for our labor and delivery experience. We were able to see more clearly each others perspectives and come to a place of mutual understanding and solidarity. I gained more confidence in his ability and willingness to be my support. I never would have guessed that the labyrinth art would be so therapeutic and fun, especially because I am NOT an artist. Stephanie has such a peaceful, calming presence and really helped us feel open and accepted, whatever our thoughts or beliefs. Her own confidence in the birthing process was inspiring and she is so knowledgeable. By the end, my lingering worries evaporated and I have confidence that, whatever the outcome, my birth experience will be beautiful and special to both of us.
KAMILLE / MOTHER OF 1
Even though I was with strangers, I really felt connected to them, particularly when tying the twine [in the Blessingway Circle]. I really felt like we were on the same journey. I loved seeing birth as a spiritual experience regardless of not being a religious person.
KOA / FATHER OF 1
We really enjoyed the atmosphere of openess. We were able to sit and talk about the things that mattered most about having our child. We discussed what we really wanted and how we're going to be able to accomplish it. The class was informative and interactive. I even enjoyed the art portion. I would recommend the weekend retreat to anyone.
BRANDON / FATHER OF 1
I feel the love I had before for my spouse changed and was amplified to a new level just by role playing scenarios together. I feel SO much more prepared to go into this! Thank you!
KAMDON / FATHER OF 1
This retreat helped me explore so many different aspects of birth, not just the process, but how to prepare mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! The compilation of tools not only helped me in this pregnancy/birth, but life. So grateful for this opportunity!
KRISTIN / MOTHER OF 1
This course is great for all people, especially those who want to learn how to be mindful throughout the entire birth, pregnancy and postpartum aspects. Great course, I learned so much and feel empowered for the rest of the journey.
TYLER / FATHER OF 2
This course helped reign in all the info I've gathered from so many sources and make it more applicable to me personally. It's just what I needed to feel at peace with my birth preparation.
TARA / MOTHER OF 1
This couples weekend retreat was amazing. Very knowledgeable; it not only covers labor and delivery, but also pregnancy, postpartum, baby care, and even mom and dad care. It exceeded my expectations. It brought us closer together. Now my husband is more involved and equally knows every important detail that will make him a great supportive labor partner. Stephanie is amazing, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. I'm very grateful for the experience. It helped me grow, transmute my fears, and empowered me in so many ways.
STEPHANIE / MOTHER OF 2
We covered so many topics I never even thought of. I'm very grateful to know what I know now, I'll describe it as very eye opening. I also feel my wife and I know what options we have and it will help us be more on the same page with every aspect of the pregnancy, and after!
DANIEL / FATHER OF 2
I really appreciated how you took the time before, during, and after this retreat to answer ALL my questions. I really appreciated your wealth of knowledge and willingness to share your experiences with me. This trip [from California] was well worth it. Thanks a million!
MELANIE / MOTHER OF 6
I LOVED the retreat! I feel more connected to my partner and we both have knowledge and tools for birth. This course made that possible! Everyone should be aware of both sides of Holistic and Medical aspects of birth and Bhava Birth is just that!
SOFIA / MOTHER OF 1
I love the broad strokes this course painted across different practices and how we can integrate those into our birthing rituals and mindset, so we can develop and cement our plans into our next birth experience.
JOSH / FATHER OF 3