Preparing Your Body For Birth

Price

$89

Duration

4 Weeks

About the Course

Have you ever been in a yoga class and been told to "lock" your pelvic floor, or "bring your navel to your spine?"

If the pelvic floor is in some ways a doorway which must open to allow a baby through, does practicing "locking" that door over and over sound like a helpful strategy to prepare for birth?

Dominant narratives around pelvic floor health are created by and for men and have little to do with actual physiology of people with uteruses.

The lion's share of conventional wisdom on how to prepare the body for birth is simply wrong. For generations, what we've been taught—and not taught—about the birthing body has been through the filter of patriarchy, white supremacy and colonization.

There is much to unlearn and more to learn, and it's exciting, because we're doing it together. I have spent the larger part of a decade obsessively researching and, most importantly, deeply accompanying pregnancy and birth. This course is where I will share with you the most important tips, tools, tricks and wisdom practices I've learnt on how to prepare for birth in a physiological way.

This course allows you to learn at your own pace. It includes:
- (Weeks 1-3) Four hours of educational material
- Weekly embodied assignments
- (Week 4) An easy to follow half hour of body liberation support practice
- Bonus for those who sign up before Jan. 1st—a live Q&A with Annie!

If you would benefit from this course but cost is prohibitive, please get in touch about a sliding scale.

Your Instructor

Gem Kocher

Annie Kocher, CD (DTI) is a queer non-binary full spectrum doula based in Berlin, Germany. Birth work called them shortly after graduating from Brown University in 2014, and they’ve since accompanied hundreds of families through their pregnancy, birth, postpartum, loss, and gender transition journeys. Annie’s mission as a doula is to create meaningful change in people’s lives through inclusion, information liberation, and grassroots care work. They are on Earth to hold space for a more radical, more just, more healed world to be born. Annie is fluent in English & German.

Gem Kocher