Stephanie Larson is a leading world expert on supporting birth through movement and instinct and is the visionary Founder and Master Trainer of Dancing For Birth™ the prenatal and postpartum fitness and childbirth education fusion class that teaches expectant mothers simple moves for safer, easier birth. She calls for an end to forced back-lying birth (lithotomy position), and for a worldwide shift to primal, powerful, euphoric birth and empowered parenting. A renowned international speaker, her speaking engagements and TV appearances include DONA International, Lamaze International, CAPPA, ICAN, CIMS, ICEA, CAPPA Canada, AWHONN, CBS, NBC and FOX.
“I have loved to dance ever since I was a child, so when I was pregnant with my first child I kept dancing until and even during my birth. Dance helped me connect to my own womanly strength and primal birth wisdom. It was such an empowering, ecstatic experience that I talked about it nonstop. But I quickly realized that my birth was unusual. I learned that many women expect to endure birth at best, but certainly not enjoy it. I heard many birth stories, most of which involved fear and trauma experienced by the mothers. This was when I first discovered my calling to create Dancing For Birth™ classes to help women celebrate pregnancy, look forward to giving birth, and become mothers in the most effective and empowering way possible.
My years as a certified birth doula and childbirth educator gave me valuable hands-on experience with birth and showed me how powerful women are while my creative background gave me the ability to re-imagine birth and make the discoveries that now enable Dancing For Birth™ class participants to have safer, easier births.
As a pregnant and new mom, I wanted more than ever before to be with other moms and babies. Dancing For Birth™ classes represent everything that I needed (but couldn’t find) along my mothering path: support and mentorship beginning at the time I first started thinking about wanting to have a baby and extending well into parenting; childbirth education and body-based learning for labor; mind-body-spirit prenatal and postnatal fitness and wellness; and a circle of vibrant women coming together to celebrate each other and this sacred and transformative rite of passage that is pregnancy, birth and motherhood. My hope is for every woman to give birth and parent with new-found confidence, joy and ease.
My love and appreciation to my four wonderful children, Violette, Honor, Xavier and Lila, who are my heart.”
Larson combines world dance, hands-on childbirth education, and original techniques to give moms the knowledge to birth their babies with love, confidence and a shimmy in their sway! A few dance styles she draws from are Cuban, West African, Dominican, Belly Dance, and Latin. She spends the majority of her time traveling around the world teaching two-day Dancing For Birth training workshops for Birth Professionals and pregnant women to #standupforbirth and use gravity, instinct, and body wisdom to birth babies naturally.