Childbirth Preparation Classes and Talks

Cozy little space for teaching…

Cozy little space for teaching…


It all started when…

…her nursing career with midwives and Birthing From Within collided - it was a match made in heaven!

20-something years later, thousands of prepared couples and a shift from work as a full-time nurse to a full-time educator and doula, Barb mentors an outside-the-box, complete preparation for all types of birth!

7 Chapters for Birth is not just a “get it together” nor “ducks in a row” approach to preparation. This class inspires parents to thrive through pregnancy and birth as they become savvy about birth in the culture, learn where exactly it is they want their compass for birth aimed, and how to get there. This will not be a regurgitation of obstetrical information, rather, assistance in self-discovery where you uncover your own best ways of coping with the unknown of labor and birth.

Chapter 1: Hormones of Labor and Why They Matter

Chapter 2: Uncharted Territory: Finding Your Way Through the Unknown

Chapter 3: Coping with Labor: Is it Truly the Hardest Thing I’ll Ever Do?

Chapter 4: Opening for Birth

Chapter 5: Inviting Your Dragon to Tea (Coping with fears now!)

Chapter 6: Effective Pushing

Chapter 7: Mama’s Return


*Is Barb a good fit for me and my family?

Barb is Knoxville’s birth expert, according to former clients! She helps guide parents who have fears and perhaps feel excluded from being active participants in their care. She’s, of course, knowledgeable but, more importantly, has a way of personalizing each class and creating space for everyone to learn and have some fun too. Read some more about her here.

*How much is the series?

Currently you can save $89 on the series at $140 for all seven chapters. 2020 pricing is anticipated to be $229.

*Should my husband/partner attend with me?

Yes, yes and YES! It’s important that your entire team be on the same sheet of music when it comes to your wishes for birth!

AND…if you are single parenting YOU should come too and bring whomever will be with you during your labor and birth.

Doulas and childbirth educators are always welcome! Contact Barb for details.

*When is the right time to come to the series?

Any time IS the right time! The earlier in pregnancy you can attend, the more time you have to put the philosophies and exercises into practice. But it’s never, ever too late! And here’s some more good news: if you complete the series early in pregnancy and want a refresher later on you can do that at no additional charge!

*When are classes available?

Barb regularly mentors Thursday evening classes and alternates with a Saturday immersion for those who need a one day, in and out kind of class!

Click here for all the available dates.

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What people are saying…

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That amazing trick of forgetting everything from two years ago when my son was born led me to seek out ways to (re)educate and (re)mind myself of what pregnancy, labor, and delivery may be like. I was a bit nervous starting the Seven Chapters of Birth Series with Barb, primarily because I am not a first time mom. Thirty seconds into the first "chapter" class, I was comfortable and at ease. Barb has a magical way of connecting with everyone in the room, even when the room is full. The chapters built upon each other from week to week in a logical but powerful way, that allowed me to digest the information Barb shared. Through Barb's teaching, support, and facilitation I was able to understand my body, myself, and this journey of pregnancy and birth! I really enjoyed the sense of community that evolved over the course of the series and believe I will hold those connections close throughout the rest of my pregnancy and into labor and birth. Barb is, of course, knowledgeable, but she is also patient, understanding, and thoughtful. There was such a range of experience, background, and beliefs/mindsets represented in the series. I was blown away that Barb was able to personalize each hour long class as well as create a cohesive time and space for everyone to learn! My partner attended a few of the "chapters" with me and he was also able to take away valuable information and knowledge we use daily and plan to use during labor and delivery. I am so glad I had the opportunity to learn from Barb and would encourage anyone and everyone whether this is your first or your 17th pregnancy to take advantage of her offerings! Thank you, Barb, for your validation of our concerns, fears, reflections on the birth of our first child, and empowering us as we prepare for the arrival of our second babe! ~Nora V.

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