Birthing from Within childbirth preparation is a method for preparing mothers and partners for childbirth and parenthood created by Pam England and Virginia Bobro. The birthing classes are based on the information gathered in the book titled Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz.
“Because of Christine’s Birthing From Within class, my husband and I had all of the tools to make the birth of our first child an amazing experience! The classes were so small and intimate that we were able to get all of our questions answered, while at the same time getting to know other couples who were going through the same things. What we loved the most, is that Christine doesn’t only tell you about the childbirth experience, she shows you ways of coping with pain and gives you and your partner a chance to practice different techniques and to express your thoughts and fears through birth art. Taking Christine’s Birthing From Within class was one of the best decisions we have ever made.”
Birthing from Within's guiding principles acknowledge childbirth as a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the event). It sees the essence of childbirth as a self-discovery process, not assimilating obstetric information. Here the purpose of childbirth preparation is to prepare mothers to give birth in awareness, not to achieve a specific birth outcome. It acknowledges pain as an inevitable part of childbirth, yet looks at what can be done to ease suffering. It accepts pregnancy and birth outcomes are influenced by a variety of factors, but can't be controlled by planning. Birthing from Within encourages Fathers to help best as birth guardians or loving partners, not as coaches; they also need support.