Prenatal Partner Yoga Workshop

Helping mamas to be feel seen, held and supported no matter the birth they desire. We’ll show your birth partner how to give you the yummiest hands on support in yoga poses and birth positions, preparing for labor & delivery, and overall enjoying a more relaxed pregnancy.

How it all started

I created this workshop 2017 as a way to mingle what I was doing and noticing as a birth doula and as a prenatal yoga instructor. So much of what we practiced in our prenatal classes was helping women at births, and what I was doing at these births was something I realized we could also bring into our classes.

So we decided to bring the partners in and teach them all the ways (and is why this workshop is also unofficially called ‘dads as doulas’)!

“I swear I would’ve never been able to get through natural childbirth without Jess providing counterpressure during every contraction.”

What you will learn

1. Counterpressure – Hands on relief for hips and low back

A lot of what we do is teach your birth partner the specific hands on counterpressure (relief) techniques for the hips and low back. I’ve found that what feels good during pregnancy is also what provides immense relief during labor.

And once you can get clear on that, it’s a magical tool to support mama as she’s in the throws of it, that you can revisit over and over again. I love teaching this, and it is so rewarding to see moms so relaxed at the hands of their partners.

2. Breath – So we can stay calm and centered even amidst strong sensation

Learn how to utilize the breath to support yourself in labor. Most women say it is the #1 tool they call upon during their labors and deliveries. Which means it’s important to practice during pregnancy, so that it’s easy to call upon when you need it most.

2. Breath – So we can stay calm and centered even amidst strong sensation

Learn how to utilize the breath to support yourself in labor. Most women say it is the #1 tool they call upon during their labors and deliveries. Which means it’s important to practice during pregnancy, so that it’s easy to call upon when you need it most.

4. Confidence – Teach your birth partner to feel confident in their role

Partners are given concrete, tangible ways to feel confident in their role as birth support person. It’s normal for people to feel a little lost when it comes to supporting someone going through labor. It can be emotional, overwhelming and very unknown.

Which is why it’s important for your birth partner to know how to be your safe space, your confidant and your calm, grounding force. By teaching practical tools to do this, partners can stand strong in their roles, so mothers can go inward and really lean on the strength and steadiness of their partners.

You’ll come away from the workshop with a handy downloadable info sheet with all the reminders needed to remain calm, cool, helpful and connected. You can revisit it anytime and I have a lot of parents that put it in their birth bags!

3. Poses – To support the body in pregnancy and use during labor

We practice poses that feel good during pregnancy, and also ones that are specifically helpful during labor and delivery. It’s important for your partner to know these poses, so they can help encourage you to do them (practice the workshop and do them together!) on days you know you need to move but are having a hard time finding the motivation. Plus if they know how to massage and help you relax while in them, all the better!

When it comes to labor, knowing what movements will help things progress and when to call upon them is immensely helpful. It’s important for partners to be familiar with these so that they can be the leader for mom while she’s going through it.

4. Confidence – Teach your birth partner to feel confident in their role

Partners are given concrete, tangible ways to feel confident in their role as birth support person. It’s normal for people to feel a little lost when it comes to supporting someone going through labor. It can be emotional, overwhelming and very unknown.

Which is why it’s important for your birth partner to know how to be your safe space, your confidant and your calm, grounding force. By teaching practical tools to do this, partners can stand strong in their roles, so mothers can go inward and really lean on the strength and steadiness of their partners.

You’ll come away from the workshop with a handy downloadable info sheet with all the reminders needed to remain calm, cool, helpful and connected. You can revisit it anytime and I have a lot of parents that I put it in their birth bags!

3. Poses – To support the body in pregnancy and use during labor

We practice poses that feel good during pregnancy, and also ones that are specifically helpful during labor and delivery. It’s important for your partner to know these poses, so they can help encourage you to do them (practice the workshop and do them together!) on days you know you need to move but are having a hard time finding the motivation. Plus if they know how to massage and help you relax while in them, all the better!

When it comes to labor, knowing what movements will help things progress and when to call upon them is immensely helpful. It’s important for partners to be familiar with these so that they can be the leader for mom while she’s going through it.

5. Practice what actually matters – Connection, calm and confidence

It can feel good to check things off the to do list, prepare the nursery, curate the perfect postpartum supplies, but when it comes down to it none of that is what’s going to make a difference in your birth.

What is most important is finding ways to truly go inward, find your center, open up to a place of surrender, and know how to support each other as a team, no matter the birth setting or circumstance,

This workshop provides just that – a vital chance to step out of the to do lists, other people’s birth stories, and really focus on each other and baby.

A lot of partners say it’s the first time they feel truly connected to their babies!

“The labor and delivery nurses all commented how amazing my breath was during labor and it was thanks to your classes and this workshop!”

Ways to take this workshop

Private Prenatal Partner Yoga Workshop

Schedule a private session with you and your partner, get tools and tips specific to your needs, situations, and birth desires (done in person in Bozeman or virtually)

$299 / 90 minutes
Includes cheat sheet with reminders

Pre-recorded online Prenatal Partner Yoga Workshop

Purchase the pre recorded on-line version, with access anytime, anywhere. Practice from the comfort of your own home and revisit it anytime.

$89 / 45 minutes
Includes cheat sheet with reminders

Bonus

If you schedule a Private Prenatal Yoga Workshop with me, you receive 50% off the pre-recorded on-line workshop! Practice one on one with me to get specific advice, support and guidance pertinent to you, then have access to the pre-recorded workshop to practice over and over again.

“My husband Brian and I attended Jess’ workshop when I was in my first trimester. Even though I’ve wanted kids my whole life, I found myself a little untethered and nervous during that time in my pregnancy- so many new feelings and physical sensations… I was a little lost. Jess’ workshop was extremely helpful to me. It provided me with great grounding tools for emotional and physical relief. Through Jess’ guidance, my husband was engaged and participatory in helping me feel calm and powerful- a trait I’ve seen him continue throughout my pregnancy. I’m now 31 weeks pregnant and we are still using the techniques and exercises we learned from Jess. As a teacher she is centered, knowledgeable, peaceful and reassuring. Her expertise is clearly communicated and extremely helpful. This workshop is an incredible resource for both pregnant mamas and their partners!”

FAQs

Is prior yoga experience required?

Absolutely not! Many people turn to yoga for the first time ever during pregnancy. And many men try yoga for the first time during my Prenatal Partner Yoga workshops. These practices are made to be accessible and whether you’re seasoned or new, you will get so much out of learning the specific prenatal and partner yoga workshop techniques.

Is this the same as a childbirth class?

The short answer is no. Often in a childbirth class, you’re learning the stages of labor, information about newborns, etc. This workshop is specifically teaching you the things you can’t learn in a text book. It’s teaching you both the real time tools (rather than facts) that I’ve found to be most helpful at a birth, and how to apply them. It’s bringing you closer together as a couple, with a solid foundation to land upon no matter the birth setting. It’s why it’s unofficially called Dads as Doulas!

What is a doula?

A doula is a birth support person. Someone who is looking out for the couple, and is there to truly focus on the mother. A doula is not making any medical decisions or actions. Doulas help clients talk through their options, feel confident in their choices, and acheive better birth outcomes from knowledge of poses and natural pain relief, and how to make sure mom is listened to, cared for, and heard. This workshop is me doing my best to teach your birth support person how to feel confident in this role for you!

How far along should I be to do the Prenatal Partner Yoga workshop?

You will benefit no matter the stage of your pregnancy. I’ve had some couples take it twice! Ideally if you’re doing in person, it would be done in the 3rd trimester, so it’s fresh on your mind for birth and when you’re probably most uncomfortable. But it will provide a sense of teamwork and support in whatever stage you’re in. You’ll receive a workshop recap pdf too, as a refresher for all that we do and can revisit it any time. And if you purchase the pre-recorded workshop, you’ll have access to it anytime!

What if I want to do the in person and pre-recorded Prenatal Partner Yoga Workshop?

Great! I offer a discount if you do both. Doing the workshop in person will provide cues and support in finding the hands-on touch, cues, and poses that are specifically best for you. Doing the recorded workshop will allow you to revisit and receive from it often.

Do you offer this in group settings?

Not currently. However if you have your own group in mind, I love to share this workshop with friends and/or family. So if you have a doula you’d like to have join, or another expecting couple that wants to get in on the action, then be sure to reach out and let me know more so we can create a workshop just for you and the group you have in mind (and split some of the costs)! In person only. For the pre-recorded option, please purchase one per couple.