Episode 53: Birthing From Within Childbirth Preparation: Interview with Nikki Shaheed

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In today’s episode I am kicking off the series about childbirth preparation classes. I am featuring a different type of birth education program each week in the month of May.

I had the privilege of interviewing Nikki Shaheed and she is a certified Trainer, Mentor, and Doula for Birthing from Within, as well as the author of Heart Centered Pregnancy Journal. Nikki is passionate about bringing balance and self-compassion to the childbearing year. She lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband and three amazing children.

In this episode we discuss:

Background of Birthing From Within

  • Created by Pam England, who is the author of Birthing From Within
  • Her birth experience led her to ask herself: what did I need to know as a mother that I didn’t know as a midwife?
  • That question inspired her quest to find self compassion and a way to help people to have more realistic and holistic expectations before they give birth

What is the BFW "unmethod"?

  • There is no way to get it wrong with Birthing From Within, it is not outcome based
  • It is all about developing self love, self acceptance and doing what the moment calls for without being held back by conditioning or judgment

Words we use in birth

  • The words we use are powerful and create imagery
  • The term “natural childbirth” makes Cesarean or medicated birth seem “unnatural”

You cannot plan out your birth

  • You can prepare for birth, but you cannot control birth outcomes
  • Center preparation around the foundational concept that you are stepping into the unknown
  • Nikki likes to call Birthing From Within the “self compassion buffet”
  • Self compassion is the most important thing to pack in your birth bag

What will parents learn about childbirth, as well as themselves?

  • Parents will learn the “nuts and bolts” of birth
  • Stages of labor
  • Common procedures that can occur during birth
  • How to prepare the for the unknown

Birth Art

  • Embodied experience that allows parents to practice figuring out what to do when they don’t know what to do
  • Wise and compassionate mentor is there to encourage them to keep going

Emphasis on the postpartum journey is a big differentiator between Birthing From Within and other birth preparation programs
Find a Birthing From Within Birth Education Mentor
How to get in touch with/follow Nikki

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