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Classes

Upcoming courses:

 

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Course (MBCP):

TBA

The classes take place in my home in Arnona, Jerusalem, on Monday nights from 7.00 - 10.00 pm. (If a group of expectant couples would like classes in another location, I am happy to teach in other cities. Minimum number of participants for a course is 6 couples).

 

All the classes are taught in English, with medical terminology also given in Hebrew.

 

Course includes: 8 weekly classes before birth (3 hours each class), an All-Day practice session (5 hours), a Reunion class after birth, and course materials (handouts and CDs).

 

 

The MIND IN LABOR seminar: 2 days intensive (7 hours each day) 

Fridays 2nd and 9th August, 2019

 

  • Practice mindfulness and its applications for working with pain and fear during labor

  • Understand the mind/body connection in childbirth and how mindful awareness can be a critical element in facilitating the birth process

  • Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment for maintaining the optimal physiology for childbirth

  • Learn how to be fully present to give comfort and support as a birth partner

  • Begin or deepen an understanding of the power of mindfulness – moment-to-moment awareness – for the challenges of birthing and parenting

This recently-published study used the Mind In Labor seminar as the intervention group: 2017: "Benefits of preparing for childbirth with mindfulness training: a randomized controlled trial with active comparison"

 

בסדנה זו:
- נתרגל מיינדפולנס ונלמד כיצד ניתן ליישם כלי זה בעבודה עם כאב ופחד במהלך הלידה.
- נבין את הקשר בין הגוף לנפש בלידה ואת הדרך שבה מודעות קשובה יכולה להיות מרכיב קריטי כדי לקדם את תהליך הלידה.
- נלמד באופן חווייתי כיצד ניתן להשתמש בנשימה כעוגן על מנת לחזור לרגע הנוכחי כדי לשמור על מצב פיזיולוגי אופטימלי עבור הלידה.
- נלמד כיצד להיות נוכחים באופן מלא על מנת להקל ולתת תמיכה בתור שותפ/ה ללידה.
- נעמיק את הבנתנו לגבי הכוח של מיינדפולנס - מודעות לא שיפוטית מרגע לרגע - בהתמודדות עם האתגרים הכרוכים בלידה והורות.

Class Content

 

In the MBCP program, expectant parents learn and practice techniques of mindfulness meditation, yoga, and mindfulness in daily life. Classes include the physiology of childbirth, ways to use the mind to work with pain and fear during labor, positions for birthing, breastfeeding, and parenting a newborn. As we actively cultivate mindfulness together we may find that we are able to more fully live the joys and more gracefully navigate the inevitable challenges of this life- transforming time, while building a foundation and a lifelong resource for healthy living and wise parenting.

 

In this class we will:
• Access deep physical and mental relaxation
• Learn to engage the mind to work with pain and fear during labor with a variety

   of coping practices and positions for labor and birth

• Understand the mind/body connection in childbirth and how mindful awareness 

   can be a critical element in facilitating the birth process

• Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment for maintaining

   the optimal physiology for childbirth

• Learn how to be fully present to give comfort and support as a birth partner

• Increase confidence for the experience of labor and delivery
• Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
• Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life
• Enhance partner communication skills

• Instruction on breastfeeding, postpartum adjustment and the social and

   emotional needs of the newborn
• Become more aware of your own approach to parenting

 

MBCP classes combine childbirth preparation with mindfulness skills. Meditation instruction is given and practiced in each class. In addition, expectant couples (both partners) practice meditation at home with CDs for 1/2 hour a day, six days a week, throughout the course. A yoga practice is included in the course, and a yoga CD helps the couple practice at home.

 

 

Parenting Skills (a unique aspect of this birth preparation course)

 

As parents we can often feel overwhelmed by the stresses of parenting and the challenges of juggling family and work schedules, whether we work within or outside of the home. We may find ourselves reacting to our children with frustration or irritation, then judge ourselves harshly, wishing we were a “better parent.” Through practicing mindfulness, we strengthen our ability to respond, rather than simply react to our children. As we cultivate awareness, we may find we are able to bring greater wisdom, open-heartedness, joy, and balance to parenting and to all aspects of our daily lives.

 

Practicing mindfulness can help us:
• Become more aware of our own approach to parenting
• Increase our ability to manage stress in family life and the workplace
• Develop tools that foster caring and interconnectedness

• Enhance communication skills with our partner

• Tap into inner reservoirs of patience, calm and joy
• Cultivate the capacity to be fully present with ourselves and our children

 

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