2b. Labor of Love: Pushing + Birth,
      Massage, Hands-on Support, Acupressure (part 2)

In part 2 of the Labor of Love class,* dive more deeply into labor support tools. Receive guidance while practicing hands-on techniques including counter pressure, acupressure and labor massage. *This class can only be taken in combination with Labor of Love, Part 1)

Continue on to learn about the pushing stage of labor, including options and different approaches in the medical field to the the second stage of labor (pushing and birth), and the distinct practice of following your body’s urges in unmedicated birth. Practice effective pushing positions and sensory awareness.

Below you will find a sample class meditation audio recording as well as a video about Choices In Birth (coming soon) that we encourage families to watch as early in pregnancy as possible. (This topic is explored in more depth in our Informed Choices workshop.)


Teaching Hiatus

Thank you for visiting Open Circle and your interest in our center. We are currently on an extended teaching hiatus.

While away from teaching, we are preparing a self-paced version of our unique, experiential-based childbirth and parenting education courses.

For parent + baby services in the community, we invite you to visit our local resources page to explore supports from local providers with a range of specialties. For prenatal yoga, please visit Full Radiance Yoga. Additional educational supports can be found on our YouTube page and Series Resources page.

Over the past 20 years, we have been nourished and had our work deepened through sharing time with each of you. It has been an honor to witness new birth and community between families grow.

As we enter our own process of gestation, transformation and eventual re-birth, we would love to continue to support thriving connection. Let us know about your family’s adventures, share reflections on your experiences at the center, and reach out for contact information of other families you met while at Open Circle.* Let’s connect!

*shared only with express permission

a couple with hands together while holding hands

©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth


Progressive Relaxation (exercise)

Second Stage of Labor – Pushing + Birth

  • How Does it Work!?

Approaches to the Pushing + Birth Stage

  • Physiologic Pushing
  • Guided Pushing
  • Coached Pushing

Movement + Positions for 2nd Stage/Birth

  • Supporting Pelvic Floor Health
  • Pushing awareness (sensory exercise)
  • Knowing Your Practitioner

Deepening Labor Support Skills (hands on)

Massage for Labor + Birth

Acupressure For Labor + Birth

Counter pressure techniques

  • Double Hip Squeeze
  • Sacral Pressure
  • Double Knee Press

Envisioning Your Birth (partner exercise)

Open Circle offers prenatal massage as well as postpartum massage with baby in Providence, Rhode Island

©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth

Even though we were pregnant the second time around, we found the Birthing Workshop hugely beneficial. We learned tons of valuable info from hands-on laboring techniques  (that we actually used during labor!) to in depth knowledge about homebirth, hospital birth and everything in between. It was also an excellent way as a couple, to spend some dedicated time together focusing on the pregnancy. 

J + W

New York