How would it feel to be secure in the knowledge that you can birth your baby in your own way, in your power?
‘Reclaiming Pregnancy & Birth’ is our new, comprehensive series of antenatal workshops, designed to prepare women and their families for a birth experience where she feels respected, in control, and in her power throughout.
Many antenatal and hypnobirthing courses offer information about the birth process, and the tools and comfort measures that can be used for a more positive experience. However, most courses fail to consider the challenge of applying this knowledge within a system that is not women-centred.
Our workshops aims to fill these gaps, offering you a combination of independent, holistic education, alongside emotional and practical support. With this you will go forwards feeling informed, confident, and prepared for the birth of your baby.
Our workshops will give you the autonomy, knowledge, tools, and confidence to advocate for yourself and make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy and birth.
Every woman deserves to enter motherhood feeling emotionally well, capable, informed, connected to others, prepared, supported, resilient, and strong.
What will we cover?
Workshops will be facilitated by two experienced doulas over six, weekly three hour sessions. Some of the topics we will cover:
- Human rights in childbirth
- The physiology of birth and understanding the birth process
- Birth as a hormonal event
- Realistic birth preparation and planning
- Writing your birth plan
- Breastfeeding politics, information, and support
- Accessing individualised care
- Obtaining evidenced based information
- Communicating with authority figures
- Interpreting data and analysing statistics
- Consent and capacity
- Informed decision making
- Power dynamics, language and semantics
- Navigating maternity systems
- Declining treatment
- Self-advocacy and assertiveness
- Relaxation and comfort measures
- Hypnobirthing techniques
- Preparing for the postpartum period
- Normal newborn behaviour
- Postpartum healing
In addition, one of the sessions will be held as a women only birth circle. An opportunity to be nurtured and nourished, to connect with your body and you baby, and to celebrate the magic of pregnancy and birth alongside other women.
Following on from the workshops, we will also offer each woman and her birth partners a private HoldingSpace session with two doulas. This complementary session will give you the opportunity to talk more in depth about your upcoming birth, create a realistic plan with your birth team, and apply all your learning from the course.
Who is it for?
Our workshops are open to all pregnant women who want to explore their human rights in pregnancy and deepen their understanding of normal, physiological birth.
It is especially for women who are open to taking a critical view of the obstetric model in order to create realistic birth plans, and prepare for the birth they choose.
With the knowledge that as a result of institutionalised racism BAME women have significantly poorer outcomes in pregnancy and birth, we particularly welcome women of colour to join us.
We believe this workshop will equip BAME women with the tools to navigate these inadequate systems of care, so that they can best protect themselves and their babies.
When will it be?
The first series of workshops will start in June 2020 and run for six weeks with a week’s break in between. Each workshop will run from 1pm – 4pm.
Sunday 7th June
Sunday 14th June
Sunday 21st June
Sunday 5th July
Sunday 12th July
Sunday 19th July
The HoldingSpace session will be a arranged at a later date, held outside of the workshops at a time that suits you.
Where will it take place?
The workshops are held at the wonderful Nest in Levenshulme. The Owl and The Coconut is a women-run social enterprise with a mission to cultivate wellness in Manchester. The venue is accessible, with nearby road parking and excellent public transport links. Vegan refreshments will be provided.
How much will it cost?
We believe that holistic birth education should be accessible to all women, regardless of their circumstances. For this reason there is no set fee for these workshops.
For anyone who is able to contribute, donations will allow us to continue offering these workshops in the future.
Below are some suggested donations depending on your situation, however please know that there is absolutely no obligation to donate if you cannot comfortably contribute.
No income (including those who do not have access to their household income)
Receiving means tested benefits e.g. Universal Credit, Income Support
Receiving tax credits
How do I book?
If you are interesting in joining us please fill out our online booking form. Once we receive your form we will be in touch as soon as possible to confirm your place on the course.