These classes are based on the ‘Birthing From Within’ philosophy.
- 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.
- Pregnancy and birth outcome are influenced by a variety of factors, but can't be controlled by planning.
- Pain is an inevitable part of childbirth, yet much can be done to ease suffering.
- 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, caesarean, home birth, or bottle-feeding).
- 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.
- Childbirth preparation is also parent preparation.