​From Birthing From Within:

  • Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth).
  • The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery, not assimilating obstetric information. The teacher (mentor) is "midwife" to the parents' discovery process, not the expert from whom wisdom flows.
  • Childbirth preparation is a continually evolving process (for parents and teachers), not a static structure of techniques and knowledge.
  • Parents' individual needs and differences help determine class content.
  • Active, creative self-expression is critical to childbirth preparation.
  • The purpose of childbirth preparation is to prepare mothers to give birth-in-awareness, not to achieve a specific birth outcome.
  • Pregnancy and birth outcome are influenced by a variety of factors, but can't be controlled by planning.
  • In order to help parents mobilize their coping resources, it is critical for childbirth classes to acknowledge that unexpected, unwelcome events may happen during labor.
  • Parents deserve support for any birth option which might be right for them (whether it be drugs, cesarean, home birth, or bottle-feeding).
  • Pain is an inevitable part of childbirth, yet much can be done to ease suffering.
  • Pain-coping practices work best when integrated into daily life, rather than "dusted off" for labor.
  • Fathers and birth partners help best as birth guardians or loving partners, not as coaches; they also need support.
  • For parents, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a time of continuous learning and adjustment; holistic support and education should be available throughout that period.
  • Childbirth preparation is also parent preparation.


APRIL 29th, 4-6PM & 30th, 10-5PM

1 hour lunch break

1559 West Gurley

$200.00 PER COUPLE

​   I also offer Birth Art Circles and private sessions for pregnant women looking for a creative and personal way to prepare for birth and motherhood. I provide a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmenal environment for making and

  exploring images about pregnancy, birth, and mothering.
  NO artistic talent, skill or experience is needed; art will not be analyzed or displayed. Our focus is on the learning        

  process, self-discovery, and deepening your connection to your baby and yourself.

email for questions about private childbirth classes or private birth art session​ valerie@sacredbirthguru.com


Check out this video about Fear and Birth by Ina May Gaskin

​​MountainMama Sacred Birth Services

Guiding women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum