Birthing From Within® Childbirth Preparation Classes

BFW.logoI run periodic classes using the Birthing From Within framework. If you are interested in participating in this class or arranging another, please contact me via this form or call/text 773-255-4542 for more information and/or to discuss possible dates and times. You can find out more about what to expect from Birthing From Within classes here.

Birthing From Within …for First Time Expectant Parents:

My next class is an intensive series of six classes condensed into three days, from 3-7:30 pm Sundays February 3, 10, and 24th (skipping the holiday weekend). The price for this class is $325 for two participants. The location is Third Coast Birth and Family at 2624 W Fullerton Ave Chicago.

Content includes practical information about labor including extensive, hands-on pain coping strategies, medical decision making, birth partner communication, postpartum planning, and interactive activities and self-reflective work to build confidence and strengthen your ability to meet whatever your birth may bring.

You will learn through “three ways of knowing:”

* Modern knowledge about pregnancy, labor, and postpartum from an evidence-based perspective

* Intuitive knowledge from an old-as-time perspective – the sort of knowledge that birthing mammals act out in our instincts

* And self-knowledge, made of the meanings you take into birth and parenting. Understanding what is uniquely important to you is key to knowing how to access the first two types of knowledge.

Come ready to build confidence and strengthen your ability to meet whatever your birth may bring!


If at any given time, group classes do not work for you, private classes are available. I also have Pam England’s Birthing From Within Pain-Coping Practice cd available to borrow or purchase. Give me a call or drop me a line!

Doula Services

  • Labor and Birth
  • Siblings at Birth
  • Postpartum
  • Abortion Support
  • Miscarriage Support

I ask for a flat fee of $975 for my labor doula services package, however when needed they are available on a sliding scale. Please call or email me to discuss what working with me would include and to see if you would like to set up a phone interview or time to meet in person. I can be reached by phone at 773-255-4542.

Please also shop around! There are many amazing doulas and birth educators in Chicago and it is important to find the one who is right for you. You can check out local birth and postpartum doula listings at Birthlink or visit

My Lending Library

I make my own personal collection of books and movies available to anyone who uses my services. Here is a sample of available titles:


Birthing From Within, by Pam England

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, by Peggy Simkin, Janet Whalley and Ann Keppler

Mama’s Little Baby – The Black Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy Childbirth and Baby’s First Year, by Dr. Dennis Brown and Pamela A. Toussant

Gentle Birth Choices, Barbara Harper

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, by Kathleen Huggins

The Birth Partner, by Peggy Simkin

Laborinth, by Pam England

Operating Instructions – A Journal of My Son’s First Year, by Anne Lamott


“Birth Day” with midwife and mother Naoli Vinaver Lopez

“The Business of Being Born” with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

“Delivery Self Attachment” with Dr. Lennart Righard

“The Happiest Baby on the Block” with Dr. Harvey Karp

Other Anti-Violence Work

In addition to birth and reproductive rights work, I provide a range of popular education workshops about domestic and sexual violence (including “DV for Doulas”) as well as anti-oppression trainings such as “Intercultural Communication for Birth Workers” and Unlearning Racism and Heterosexism. Please email me if you are interested in setting up a training or class for your group.