2a. Labor of Love: Movement and Partner Support for Birth (part 1)

How can movement help a baby be born? Does kneeling really open the pelvis wider than lying down? How on earth does a baby fit!? Can you stand while pushing the baby out? How can you use movement if you’ve had an epidural? And how can support people be most helpful and engaged in birth?

In this duel-focus class, learn how movement helps our body and baby’s body find their best fit; support sensation coping; and increase endurance and confidence.

Then delve into partner support tools, practicing how to be sensitive to a laboring person’s needs and how to offer physical and emotional supports.  Together discover the powerful connection that is built between birth partners as they breathe and move together.

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 depth in the 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

pregnant woman lying on her side while her male partner is sitting behind her massaging her back.

©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth


The Awareness Scan (birth meditation)

Why Move in Birth (group discussion)

  • Baby positioning
  • Baby descent
  • Uterine Function
  • Comfort (physical and emotional)
  • Supporting endurance
  • Heightening likelihood of Vaginal Delivery, whether planning medicated or unmedicated birth

Supporting the Laboring Parent: Tools for Birth Support

  • Feeling the Breath (partner exercise)
  • Understanding the laboring person’s experience and needs
  • Reading and adapting to the signals of a laboring parent (group discussion)

Practicing Movement for Labor

  • Dance, baby dance: move those hips!
  • Forward leaning
  • Side-lunging/asymmetric poses
  • Squatting
  • Pushing + Birth
  • Movement for parents choosing epidurals

Pacing Yourself in Labor: What to Do When

*The Birth Education Resource Page links to instructional videos on hands-on manual supports techniques, acupressure, fetal positioning + more.

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

©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth

Kaeli is an amazing instructor! Her kindness and patience helped me so much during my pregnancy! I’ve learned a lot during the 7-Week Comprehensive Series, from understanding birth, to newborn care and postpartum. Her classes empowered me and gave me confidence! What I appreciated most about her teaching style was the fact that she used evidence-based and real-life examples during the class. Also, my husband and I loved the opportunity to meet other couples expecting a baby, just like us.


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