Empowered Birth

Natural Childbirth Course

Natural Childbirth Classes

Our intensive 6 week Empowered Birth course views birth as a natural process and that, with the right preparation, most women can avoid pain medication and routine interventions during labor and birth.  The birth experience, regardless of whether held in the hospital, birth center or in the couple's home, can and should be family centered.  The process of labor, when done with superior preparation, will create a stronger bond between the expectant parents, thus enriching their new family at the time of birth and beyond.  Our classes are 3 hours each week and are more intensive than other childbirth education classes. Many couples start the program in their fifth or sixth month of pregnancy, but the early you begin, the more prepared you will be.  Our course addresses all aspects of natural childbirth, as well as many pregnancy and postpartum issues. The course also emphasizes educating partners to be effective coaches.  It is extremely comprehensive.  To make sure the classes are thorough and personal, classes are limited to seven couples and are currently held in Herndon, Va.

What will my partner and I learn in this natural childbirth course?

  • Nutrition and how it affects a growing fetus, as well as how to help women thrive during their childbearing years

  • Exercise for pregnancy

  • Common pregnancy symptoms and complaints, and how to cope with them

  • Techniques for relaxation during labor and birth, with an emphasis on natural breathing methods to help you "tune-in" and manage your pain rather than distract you from it

  • Methods to help your partner be an active participant and a skilled coach during labor as well as an effective advocate during the entire birth process

  • The stages of labor and how to cope with the changes your body experiences during each one

  • Positions and techniques for each stage of labor and birth

  • Optimal Fetal Positioning for an easier birth

  • Medical interventions and how to avoid unnecessary ones

  • How to reduce your risk of having a c-section and what to do if it becomes medically necessary

  • Making a birth plan and how to communicate effectively with your medical team

  • Breastfeeding

  • Newborn procedures

  • Newborn care/basics and adjusting to your role as parents

  • Postpartum recovery and healing


includes a workbook, a folder filled with additional information on expanded topics and a 'swag bag' of samples and coupons.  Participants also receive special pricing on the additional services provided through Devon Roe Photography

Upcoming Course Start Dates:

Jan 2020

 Sundays  2:00 - 5:00pm

(For March+ due dates)

Private and semi-private options may still be available throughout 2019

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Empowered Birth Workshop

Learn ways of working together as a team during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period in this 3.5 hour intensive workshop, designed to help you achieve the empowering birth you desire!  We will learn various positions for all stages of labor as well as relaxation and massage techniques. We will be doing some yoga and pregnancy-specific exercises for pregnancy and birth preparation.  We will discuss optimal fetal positioning and how you can help get your baby into the most optimal position for birth (to help avoid back labor!), as well as birthing options, doulas, natural childbirth in any setting (ie. hospital, birth center or at home), along with discussion on various interventions and cesarean sections.  Additionally we will touch on nutrition and breastfeeding, postpartum and newborn care, as well as understanding newborn procedures so you can make informed decisions for you and your baby.  You will receive a folder filled with information as well as a 'swag bag’ of specials, samples and deals! Please attend as a couple, or with a partner that will be there for you during your birth if at all possible. Attend at any stage of pregnancy! This course is MUCH more comprehensive than a hospital class.  This workshop is currently being offered in Gambrills, Maryland and has limited space and availability.  



Upcoming Workshop Dates:

November 2019

2:00 - 6:00pm


Private Courses & Workshops

Private courses & workshops can be arranged by request.  To schedule in your home, our location or your location, please call Devon Roe Photography at 571-926-8123