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!


"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, videos, 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."



5 Week Series

  • 1 evening per week, 3 hrs 15 min per class, 16 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 Sunday, 8 hours total
  • Perfect for those with less time to dedicate to a class
  • Great as a refresher course for second time parents


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. 

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

covered in 5 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
  • breastfeeding basics
  • cesarean birth in awareness
  • mama pampering ritual set up by partners

upcoming classes & sign up

To Sign Up for a class, click the "Add to Cart" button of the class you are interested in.

** Since I am on call as a birth doula, the "just in case" classes are alternate dates, reserved in advance, in the event that I get called to a birth and need to reschedule a class session.  

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July One Day Intensive - One spot left!
Schedule: Sunday July 10th, 10 am to 6 pm
**Just In Case Class: Sunday, July 17th - 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Community Well SF, 78 Ocean Ave
Cost: $250 per couple
Great for mamas due late July through September

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August/September 5 week series
Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:15 to 9:30 pm 8/10 - 9/7
**Just in Case Class: Thursday 8/30, Tuesday 9/6 & Wednesday 9/14
Location: Recess Urban Recreation, Potrero Hill (470 Carolina St)
Cost: $450 per couple
Great for mamas due late September through November

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October One Day Intensive
Schedule: Sunday October 16th, 10 am to 6 pm
**Just In Case Class: Sunday, October 23rd - 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Community Well SF, 78 Ocean Ave
Cost: $250 per couple
Great for mamas due November through December