San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Birth Languages curriculum prepares couples for birth with evidence-based information and hands-on learning experiences. The Birth Languages Method focuses on empowering families to make informed choices. The course fully covers:
The physiology of labor, including fetal positioning, hormones, and biological functions and how they can support the labor process
Ways to make labor shorter and easier
Nutrition and exercise and how they can support a healthy pregnancy and delivery
Comfort and coping mechanisms based on your individual birth language
Awareness, visualization, vocalization, movement, breathing, and relaxation for labor
Medical interventions and how to make informed decisions
Five three-hour classes fully cover everything you need to be confident about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery.
Each week, you will explore coping mechanisms designed to appeal to all four Birth Languages. This is intentional. Even though women have a primary Birth Language, techniques from any language may help you during labor. Learning about a range of coping mechanisms will help you have a complete Toolkit for labor.
The teaching and learning doesn’t stop in the classroom! The Birth Languages method offers students spaces to connect via social media, an online portal, and timed information sent to you at key intervals after birth.
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Megan's own personal experiences with childbirth are what led her to want to support women during pregnancy and birth. Her first two births took place in a hospital without any prior preparation and little knowledge of the birth process, where she ultimately wound up asking for medications she did not want, and consenting to interventions she had hoped to avoid. Both births ultimately ended in unnecessary c-sections. For her third birth, she opted to deliver in a freestanding birth center with a great support team after taking a wonderful childbirth preparation class and exploring her options. The result was an unmedicated, intervention-free VBA2C (vaginal birth after 2 c-sections).
That experience was so profoundly healing it inspired her to become a doula and childbirth educator, so that she might help women achieve the birth they desire. After 6 months of attending births as a doula, it became clear that pursuing midwifery was what she felt called to do. She is currently enrolled at Via Vita School of Midwifery, has attended over 55 births in her three years as a doula, and is a midwifery apprentice and birth assistant at Brookhaven Birth Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
As a childbirth educator, Megan believes that birth is a normal and healthy process. She respects both the physical and emotional aspects of labor. She understands that women have complex needs during pregnancy and birth and deserve individualized care. She believes that preparing for birth as a couple empowers parents to have the safest, most satisfying birth, and that birth can serve as a bonding experience that strengthens the couple and family.
In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her family of 5, reading, and appreciating Nature.