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Childbirth Preparation

Classes are offered at Yoga Jai Ma in North San Diego County and are taught by Shelley Rahim.
Please click here for upcoming dates, or email for dates.

Cost: Group class fees are $325.00 and classes genereally meet on certain Mondays from 6-9 p.m. for 5-6 weeks. 

“Attending Shelley’s  Birthing From Within classes made me feel more connected to my husband and I feel that he sees me more clearly, having less anxiety about husbandry and parenting. I feel incredibly grateful for Shelley and her brave love of us all--the loving and truthful energy made all the difference to me.”  --Elie F.

Birthing From Within is a philosophy and system of holistic childbirth preparation that views pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period as a rite-of-passage for expecting parents. In addition to learning practical information, couples will deepen their knowing through thought-provoking dialogue and embodied exercises. Three kinds of knowing are required to Birth From Within ™. The first and most basic is the primal, intuitive knowing in your bones. The second kind of knowing is modern knowing—being savvy about the birth culture and the wide range of birth choices, the third is to know thyself. Shelley’s classes cultivate all three kinds of knowing, preparing couples to birth-in-awareness, and with love, whether you are birthing at home, birth center or hospital.

“The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery, not assimilating obstetric information”

Each five-week series (15 hours of instructions) includes:

  • pain-coping techniques that cultivate mindfulness, courage and internal power
  • understanding stages of labor and how labor works
  • practicing labor positions, relaxation techniques comfort measures
  • exploring vocal toning as a labor tool
  • exploring how to embrace the unknown and let go of control
  • Optimal fetal positioning for labor and birth
  • creative learning processes such as role plays, storytelling, and birth art
  • working through fears
  • exploring the wise and compassionate use of pain medication
  • coping kills for unwished for events such as Cesarean birth
  • preparation for life with baby, including caring for the mother and baby post-birth
  • partner breathing exercises to foster a deep interconnection, unity and non-verbal communication
  • Cultivating intuitive intelligence and awakening body wisdom
  • and much more! Each class is tailored to your unique needs.
“The intellect is a beautiful servant but a terrible master. Intellect is the power tool of our separateness. The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity.” —Ram Dass