The Bhava Birth Course?
Fear + Pain Psychology
Bhava Birth teaches you how to give birth with fear—embracing the truth that fear is a neutral messenger that deserves to be invited into the birth space. However, fear left unchecked can take over and hijack birth. With practice, you can learn the compassionate skill of meeting your fear face to face, starting a conversation, and using its message to take action. Fear can become a powerful ally! Once you learn how to integreate fear it then has the power to shift your perception and experience of pain, leading to better emotional outcomes and better coping skills.
"Learning stuff" constitutes about 25% of the Bhava Birth curriculum, including stages of labor, anatomy, and what to expect. What, then, is the other 75%? As Jon Kabat-Zinn puts it—rebodying, or returning to ourselves and inhabiting our own physicality. Because our brains also play a huge role in effective birth, embodiment allows mind and body to work together, igniting our instinctive, primal, intuitive nature while pacifying our analytical brain. We cannot "think our way" through birth. Instead, we can learn to get out of our heads and into our bodies in order for birth to flow uninhibited.
Mindfulness enables us to more fully experience birth (and life) without judgement, failed expectations, or suffering. It teaches us to be curious, open-minded, and prepared for the unexpected. It fosters resilience, fortitude, and emotional stamina. It doesn't necessarily make birth easy or guarantee specific birth outcomes but it can shift our interpretations and perceptions allowing us to cope rather than suffer. It is a learnable tool or skillset that can bring peace and contentment on your birth journey because the only thing you can control is your response to what is.
Meditation is powerful complementary medicine for effective coping and processing, and equally effective when used AS medicine when no other form of pain control is used. More specifically, meditation:
- floods your body with helpful hormones and endorphins
- soothes the brain patterns underlying pain allowing you to no longer feel the pain of childbirth with the same intensity
- takes you into a place ABOVE your thoughts (different from hypnosis, which drops you below conscious thought)
What' You Get?
Online Video Content
Engaging and inspiring, these classes will help you navigate your birth journey with confidence and self-compassion
The learning and community continues, in-person or via Zoom, as you integrate all of your curriculum.
Client Portal Access
Stream yoga classes, guided meditations, breath practices, yoga chants, and birth provider interviews!
300+ Page Manual
We cover all the childbirth basics PLUS all the things you didn't know you didn't know
Laminated Labor Guides
A visual guide for laboring positions and hands-on support that fits into any birth bag!
Join in on our community candle vigil or share your birth story postpartum with like-minded parents
What we will learn and practice together?
- The Psychology of pain + fear | Coping techniques
- How to give birth with fear and why that matters
- Hands-on partner-supported comfort measures
- Emotional processing | Navigating past trauma
- Birth stories | Cultural and familial influences
- Mindset + Non-Attachment
- Guided meditations | Mindfulness practices
- Yoga chants and lullabies
- Breath awareness
- Rituals v. Goals | Birth altars
- Kundalini awakening | Perinatal mood disorders
- Yoga asana, living movement, rebodying
- Templates for birth and postpartum planning
- Stages of birth and what to expect
- Mandala + Labyrinth meditation art projects
- Community support
- Birth as a path of self-development | Rebirth
This course takes its name from the Sanskrit word bhava, which means "becoming" and "to give birth." Buddhists define it as the growth we experience between each cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Bhava is the transformative potential of birth.
In Bahkti Yoga, bhava means "mindful intention" or the process of directing one's focus on an object of devotion. It is a form of cultivated mindfulness.
Bhava is being intentional and fully awake.
I value collaborative care
I value holistic practices and modern medicine. I see how both models of care play a critical role in my birthing experiences. I am eager to find my ideal birth team that supports my vision and will advocate for my preferences.
Because of traumatic birth (and/or life) experiences, I am dealing with triggers, worries, and fears that are interfering with my ability to relax and feel ready to give birth. I'm worried about being triggered during labor or crashing again postpartum.
I want to be in the driver's seat of my life and my birthing experiences. I don't want to feel "checked out" anymore. I sense that birth has the potential to help me be more fully present and personally empowered but I don't quite know how to get there on my own.
I don't know how to balance my desire for a perfect birth with reality. I don't want to feel like a failure again if I don't get the birth experience I expected. Is there a way that I can love my birth and trust that I did my best no matter the outcomes? Can I truly be at peace with whatever unfolds?
I'm navigating past trauma
I'm ready to do the work
I want to love my birth
Is this a natural birth course?
All birth is natural. Just because someone chooses or requires medical interventions at some point in their labor or delivery does not make their birth unnatural. Everyone benefits from learning pain-coping tools, regardless of what your birth plan may be. Beautiful, sacred, and transformative birth happens in every setting with every kind of intervention. Whether you're choosing a home birth, unmedicated hospital birth, an epidural supported birth, or planning for a medically necessary cesarean, we are committed to helping you navigate your birth with confidence.
Birth is birth—no labels necessary.
What' is holding me back?
I'm not sure if this course will work or help me achieve my ideal birth
Your concern is a valid one. All of us wish we could guarantee specific birth outcomes. Perhaps you even experienced extreme let down when you didn't get the birth of your dreams. That's so hard. The fact that we can't control or guarantee outcomes is the very thing that makes birth wild and holy. Instead of preparing for perfection, Bhava Birth helps you prepare for the beautiful messiness of unscripted, uncharted, unpredictable birth. We acknowledge that the one thing you CAN control is your mindset. Come learn how.
Check out testimonials from others that have walked this path:
I'm not sure we can afford it.
You're not alone. If money is the only thing preventing you from embarking on this journey, please reach out. We don't want personal finances holding you back from taking the next step. Tell us about yourself and your unique circumstances. We are always willing to personalize a payment plan, and you can also inquire about our scholarship program for single parents and other individuals facing financial restraints You can also check out our prenatal resources, as well, where there is something for every budget. Don't leave empty handed!
Feel free to email us your questions and concerns. Don't put it off!
My partner isn't on board.
We get it. We know that partners can feel "dragged along" to "boring" birth classes. But we also know that birth changes everyone—not just the one giving birth. We feel that partners undergo their very own transformation—and society is not modeling for them what it looks like or how to prepare for it. We specifically design the course with both parties in mind eager for the whole family unit to feel uplifted and prepared. And by the end of our cour, guess who often sings our praises the loudest? Partners. We hope we get the chance to dazzle your partner.
Be sure to check out these testimonials from birthers and partners alike: