Birthing From Within® is holistic, flexible, and in-depth preparation for birth and parenthood. Whether you are planning a home or hospital birth, having your first or subsequent child, hoping for a natural labor, or still exploring your options, you will learn how to remain present, mindful and connected no matter how labor unfolds.

Through insightful lessons, a hands-on approach to coping practices, and creative exercises intended to strengthen the bond between you and your support team, you will gain the skills, wisdom and confidence needed to surrender in birth and parenting.

Discover what you need to know to be resourceful giving birth and becoming a parent!

Classes are co-taught by Shannon Padlog and Alli Cuentos, seasoned birth doulas and educators. 

upcoming class schedule

To register for a class, click the Class Sign Up Form button above.
I will follow up with a confirmation email and instructions for payment.    

January/February 6 week series
Schedule: Tuesdays 1/9 - 2/13, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
**Just In Case Class: Tuesday, 2/20 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Community Well SF, 78 Ocean Ave
Cost: $450 per couple
Great for mamas due late February through April

February One Day Intensive
Schedule: Saturday February 24th, 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Community Well SF, 78 Ocean Ave
*Cost: $250 - $350 Sliding Scale (per couple)
Great for mamas due March through May  

*Cost: We offer a sliding scale to allow families some flexibility based on their income. After we have confirmed your slot, you will be asked to submit the amount on the scale that you can pay.  

** Since your instructors are on call as birth doulas, the "just in case" classes are alternate dates, reserved in advance, in the RARE event that both of us get called to a birth and need to reschedule a class session.  

October One Day Intensive
Schedule: Saturday October 7th, 10 am to 6 pm
**Just In Case Class: Saturday, October 21st - 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Community Well SF, 78 Ocean Ave
*Cost: $250 - $350 Sliding Scale (per couple)
Great for mamas due late October through December

November One Day Intensive
Schedule: Saturday November 4th, 10 am to 6 pm
**Just In Case Class: Saturday, November 18th - 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Community Well SF, 78 Ocean Ave
*Cost: $250 - $350 Sliding Scale (per couple)
Great for mamas due late November through January

December One Day Intensive
Schedule: Saturday December 9th, 10 am to 6 pm
**Just In Case Class: Saturday, December 16th - 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Community Well SF, 78 Ocean Ave
*Cost: $250 - $350 Sliding Scale (per couple)
Great for mamas due late December through February  

core curriculum

  • creating a supportive birth space and team
  • labor physiology
  • modern learning about current birth practices
  • greeting unwished for surprises
  • effective pain coping practices & comfort measures
  • positions and massage for labor
  • building a positive, confident and open mindset
  • how to ask questions and make decisions in labor
  • birth partner support skills
  • wise and compassionate use of interventions
  • pushing your baby out
  • includes Yes! To Birth relaxation audio guide 

covered in 6 week series only

  • learning and practicing several mindfulness-based coping techniques to fill your "tool box" 
  • optimal fetal positioning
  • preparing for a supported and healthy postpartum
  • recovering from birth
  • cesarean birth in awareness
  • mama pampering ritual set up by partners


6 week Series

  • 1 evening per week, 15 hours total
  • Allows participants to absorb a little at a time, with a week between classes to read, process, and practice coping techniques
  • Time to make lasting connections with other couples having a baby around the same time as you
  • In-depth coverage of all topics and ample time for questions

One Day Intensive

  • Class held on one day, 8 hours total
  • Perfect for those with less time to dedicate to a class
  • Great as a refresher course for second time parents
  • Includes many follow up resources for home study 


Ideally your class will start between 24 and 32 weeks and end before 37 weeks. Many parents prefer to finish their class around 32-34 weeks to allow time to incorporate what you gain into your birth and postpartum preparations, reduce anxiety, and positively influence your hormones and birthing mindset at the end of pregnancy. 

what parents have said 

"I loved how incredibly interactive the class was, especially the demonstrations of what labor might look and sound like. I also really enjoyed the variety of teaching methods: ice practice, demonstrations, storytelling, posters, photos, and the pelvis/baby demo."

"Overall this class was a beautiful experience for my husband and I. It made our relationship stronger by getting us to talk and experience things that we normally wouldn't have the chance to."

“These classes are so much more than learning about labor and the birth process - they were healing! It was also about learning more about myself and my husband. I know it sounds cheesy, but it truly was life changing. Shannon has an amazing gift to help people process birth and to hold a safe space to grow. She is extremely dynamic and has a gift of being able to shift the energy to help people move forward in a positive way.”  

"The information presented helped me truly understand the birth process and how to work with the hospital to ensure my needs are being met. It also helped bring my partner and I closer and gave us tools to support each other through birth and parenting."