How do I find my nearest Dancing For Birth™ class? | At what point in my pregnancy should I attend DFB™ classes? | My baby is due any day now, is it too late for me to come to DFB™ classes? | I’m not yet pregnant, but I’m planning to be, can I come? | What should I wear to class? | Are there any guidelines for how old newborn should be before coming to class? | Are DFB™ classes held as a one-time series? | I’m having pregnancy related pelvic dysfunction, can DFB™ classes help me? | My baby is breech. Can DFB™ classes help me? | I’m pregnant with multiple babies, is this class right for me?
Who should attend Dancing For Birth™ Trainings? | I don’t have experience dancing or teaching dance classes – can I attend? | I’m an aspiring birth professional. Can I attend? | How can DFB™ techniques help me serve my pregnant/postpartum clients better? | My clients are using DFB™ techniques during their births with great results. How can I learn these techniques to best support them? | How do I become a Certified DFB TM Instructor? | I am an administrator or staff member at a Hospital, Birth Center, Yoga Studio or other facility. How can we offer Dancing For Birth™ classes here? | How do I set up a private DFB™ in-service training for staff at my Hospital, Birth Center, Yoga Studio or Doula Agency? | How can I host a Dancing For Birth™ Training? | Can I nominate my city for a training? | How can I hold a DFB™ training at my University, College or School? | I’m organizing a conference, and your training would be a good fit. | Did this FAQ page answer your questions?
How do I find my nearest Dancing For Birth™ class?
Our classes are offered in many countries. Click Here to find a class. Check back frequently to see new classes as they are added. You can also enjoy the home version of our class on DVD
At what point in my pregnancy should I attend DFB™ classes?
You can begin taking classes right away. The sooner you begin attending the better, to best support your prenatal fitness, your birth learning and planning, and your baby’s fetal position.
My baby is due any day now, is it too late for me to come to DFB™ classes?
It’s not too late. Every class is filled with information and techniques you’ll utilize at your birth, so get to as many classes as you can before your big day!
What should I wear to class?
Wear clothes that don’t inhibit your freedom of movement. T-shirts and shorts or leggings under skirts work well. Coin hip scarves are fun and accentuate your movement. You can purchase these at our online shop. We dance with bare feet, so you don’t need any special footwear.
Are there any guidelines for how old newborn should be before coming to class?
They can and often do come right away. It’s important for mom to get back to the supportive circle, but also important for her to have a ‘babymoon’ phase at home, so no rush. Head and neck support is mandatory when dancing with newborns. They need a supportive wrap, and mom’s hand during the more lively moves. Have mom use common sense to listen to her body and baby and not to overdo and also not to shake baby (avoid “mother milk-shake” and inversions that could make baby fall down). Some moms get confused about when to come back because some care providers say don’t exercise for six weeks. I say they should return to our circle right away, to share, to glow, to give highlights of their birth story, to receive the baby welcoming dance in their honor, to have their bones closed. But they don’t have to do anything rigorous until they are ready.
Are DFB™ classes held as a one-time series?
No. Our classes are held weekly to support your entire pregnancy. Benefits to your health, wellbeing and birth readiness begin at your first class and develop over time. Think of it as your new pregnancy lifestyle class.
I’m having pregnancy related pelvic dysfunction, can DFB™ classes help me?
Yes. The movements you’ll learn in class help to strengthen and stabilize your pelvis, which helps to resolve the dysfunction.
My baby is breech. Can DFB™ classes help me?
Yes. We have developed techniques that are effective at helping babies turn head down. Some midwives and doctors are skilled at breech births, which makes turning unnecessary.
I just had my baby. How soon can I attend class?
You can come back to class right away, check with your care provider if you’re unsure. During your first class back you can rest, glow, be celebrated, introduce your baby and share your birth story. How soon you begin dancing will depend on how you feel. Taking it at your own pace is encouraged.
I heard I can bring my baby to class is that right?
Yes. Bring your baby and a sling or wrap, so you can wear your baby during class. Babies love the motion and being close to you, and it helps them develop their balance and coordination.
Who should attend Dancing For Birth™ Trainings?
Birth professionals seeking new ways to help their clients have better birth and postpartum experiences; dancers/dance teachers seeking to address the specific needs of pregnant and postpartum women; Prenatal yoga or fitness instructors ready to expand their knowledge and offerings; massage and bodyworkers; active birth proponents. Click Here to find an upcoming training.
Can I earn CEUs (continuing education units) by attending?
Yes. This accredited workshop is worth 14 CEUs from DONA International (Provider #222) and NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork-Provider #451407-10) and is accepted by Lamaze, ICEA, CAPPA and other boards. Check with your organization to find out if they accept CE hours from Dancing For Birth™
How can DFB™ techniques help me serve my pregnant/postpartum clients better?
Our signature moves and techniques are designed to shorten labor, increase comfort, reduce the need for intervention, resolve fetal malposition, increase satisfaction, and support breastfeeding and bonding. You can utilize these techniques immediately after the training to support your pregnant and postpartum clients.
My clients are using DFB™ techniques during their births with great results. How can I learn these techniques to best support them?
By attending our one-day Level 1 training, you will learn many of our labor and birth techniques, and be able to utilize them during your clients’ births to help them have shorter labors, increased comfort, fewer complications and enjoyable births. You will also be listed on our Professionally Trained Resource List Optionally, continue with our Level 2 training.
How do I become a Certified DFB TM Instructor?
The certification process is explained here, All of our two-day workshops fulfil the training requirement for becoming certified.
I am an administrator or staff member at a Hospital, Birth Center, Yoga Studio or other facility. How can we offer Dancing For Birth™ classes here?
You will need to contact and hire a Certified DFB™ Instructor. Alternatively, one of your staff members can become a Certified Instructor. Facilities do not need to pay a licensing fee in order to offer DFB™ classes.
How do I set up a private DFB™ in-service training for staff at my Hospital, Birth Center, Yoga Studio or Doula Agency?
If you would like us to train your staff, please request an inservice application.
How can I host a Dancing For Birth™ Training?
If you have a group that wants to get trained, please request a hosting application.
How can I hold a DFB™ training at my University, College or School?
If you are an administrator and would like to offer our training at your school for your maternal child health, OB/GYN, midwifery, or nursing students, please request a school application.
I’m organizing a conference, and your training would be a good fit.
To hold our training as a pre- or post-conference training, please request a conference training. To request Dancing For Birth™ Founder Stephanie Larson as a keynote speaker at your conference please send us the details.
Did this FAQ page answer your questions?
If not, please e-mail us at: info@DancingForBirth.com or call us at 1-314-469-9118 (outside USA add prefix 011)