Course Content

Mindful Childbirth Education

This series of 5 classes (3 hours each class) will cover the following topics:​

The physiology of normal labor, birth and early postpartum

How to optimize the hormones of labor for a smooth and safe birth

Positioning to facilitate the normal progress of labor and birth – optimizing the position of the baby and the dimensions of the pelvis

Comfort measures for the woman and tools for her partner to take an active role in the labor and birth

Relaxation skills to use during pregnancy and labor

Mindfulness tools to help the woman stay in the moment, recognizing when the mind has gone into a story (e.g. ‘what ifs’) and how to bring it back to the present

Evidence-based information about choices in birth

Communication skills for the pregnant woman and her partner with members of the health care team

Guidance for the pregnant woman to make informed decisions about medical procedures, including non-pharmacological pain relief (e.g. epidurals) and cesarean birth, always focusing on how to keep birth as normal as possible even if an intervention is requested or medically necessary

Breastfeeding and the early postpartum period

How to cope with the baby when you bring him/her home

Healthy lifestyles for pregnancy and the postpartum period

A reunion once all the babies have been born. We will have an opportunity to meet all the babies and to talk about some hands-on parenting issues

Classes are in English and are restricted to a maximum of 7 couples. They are held in Arnona, Jerusalem, 7.30 – 10.30 pm.
Cost: 850 NIS. | Some local hospitals and some health funds refund part of this amount.

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This series of 5 classes (3 hours each class) will cover the following topics:​

The physiology of normal labor, birth and early postpartum

How to optimize the hormones of labor for a smooth and safe birth

Positioning to facilitate the normal progress of labor and birth – optimizing the position of the baby and the dimensions of the pelvis

Comfort measures for the woman and tools for her partner to take an active role in the labor and birth

Relaxation skills to use during pregnancy and labor

Mindfulness tools to help the woman stay in the moment, recognizing when the mind has gone into a story (e.g. ‘what ifs’) and how to bring it back to the present

Evidence-based information about choices in birth

Communication skills for the pregnant woman and her partner with members of the health care team

Guidance for the pregnant woman to make informed decisions about medical procedures, including non-pharmacological pain relief (e.g. epidurals) and cesarean birth, always focusing on how to keep birth as normal as possible even if an intervention is requested or medically necessary

Breastfeeding and the early postpartum period

How to cope with the baby when you bring him/her home

Healthy lifestyles for pregnancy and the postpartum period

A reunion once all the babies have been born. We will have an opportunity to meet all the babies and to talk about some hands-on parenting issues

Classes are in English and are restricted to a maximum of 7 couples. They are held in Arnona, Jerusalem, 7.30 – 10.30 pm.
Cost: 850 NIS. | Some local hospitals and some health funds refund part of this amount.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)

This course includes: 8 weekly classes (3 hours each class), an All-Day practice session (5 hours), and a reunion class after birth. The following topics are covered:

Most of the topics listed above in the Mindful Childbirth Education course (physiology, comfort tools, interventions, advocacy, etc.)

Learning and practicing mindfulness meditations including Awareness of Breath, Body Scan, Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, Mindful Movement (Yoga), and Compassion Meditation

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

Tap into inner resources of strength, confidence and courage

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

Learn how moment-to-moment awareness can be a powerful tool for the challenges of birthing and parenting

Learn how cultivating awareness, rather than reacting on auto-pilot, can help us respond to our children more skillfully and with compassion

Classes are in English and are restricted to a maximum of 7 couples. They are held in Arnona, Jerusalem, 7.00 – 10.00 pm.
Cost: 1500 NIS. | Some local hospitals and some health funds refund part of this amount.

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This course includes: 8 weekly classes (3 hours each class), an All-Day practice session (5 hours), and a reunion class after birth. The following topics are covered:

Most of the topics listed above in the Mindful Childbirth Education course (physiology, comfort tools, interventions, advocacy, etc.)

Learning and practicing mindfulness meditations including Awareness of Breath, Body Scan, Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, Mindful Movement (Yoga), and Compassion Meditation

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

Tap into inner resources of strength, confidence and courage

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

Learn how moment-to-moment awareness can be a powerful tool for the challenges of birthing and parenting

Learn how cultivating awareness, rather than reacting on auto-pilot, can help us respond to our children more skillfully and with compassion

Classes are in English and are restricted to a maximum of 7 couples. They are held in Arnona, Jerusalem, 7.00 – 10.00 pm.
Cost: 1500 NIS. | Some local hospitals and some health funds refund part of this amount.

The Mind In Labor Workshop

THIS INTENSIVE WORKSHOP OF 2 CLASSES (7 HOURS EACH CLASS) IS A CONCENTRATED VERSION OF THE MBCP COURSE AND INCLUDES MOST OF THE TOPICS AND MINDFULNESS PRACTICES LISTED ABOVE IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE MBCP COURSE.

Often pain and anxiety are our greatest challenges in childbirth. Learning to use our minds to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experiences.

The Mind in Labor workshop is a time to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold.

The workshop is an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience requiring special medical attention or for those who have had a previous difficult birth experience.

Classes are in English and are restricted to a maximum of 7 couples.
They are held in Arnona, Jerusalem. These classes are usually held on 2 consecutive Sundays, 3.00 – 10.00 pm OR
Fridays 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. | Cost: 950 NIS. | Some local hospitals and some health funds refund part of this amount.

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THIS INTENSIVE WORKSHOP OF 2 CLASSES (7 HOURS EACH CLASS) IS A CONCENTRATED VERSION OF THE MBCP COURSE AND INCLUDES MOST OF THE TOPICS AND MINDFULNESS PRACTICES LISTED ABOVE IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE MBCP COURSE.

Often pain and anxiety are our greatest challenges in childbirth. Learning to use our minds to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experiences.

The Mind in Labor workshop is a time to look deeply at pain and fear in childbirth and to cultivate present moment awareness for meeting whatever childbirth experience might unfold.

The workshop is an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience requiring special medical attention or for those who have had a previous difficult birth experience.

Classes are in English and are restricted to a maximum of 7 couples.
They are held in Arnona, Jerusalem. These classes are usually held on 2 consecutive Sundays, 3.00 – 10.00 pm OR
Fridays 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. | Cost: 950 NIS. | Some local hospitals and some health funds refund part of this amount.