The Phoenix Heart ARISE™  workshops are based on my 20 years experience and training in Western medicine and my 17 years of learning from women in childbirth, post-birth, loss, trauma and surgery.  All of my classes and work integrate science, the sacred, focused action, intuition, practical application and inspiration - all presented to uplift and help create much-needed balance within and on this planet.  Please be assured that in all of these classes, we will remain clothed, respectfully boundaried, and encourage each person to exercise informed consent/refusal as to how they participate.  We honor diversity while strengthening our connection to each other.

April teaches a variety of childbirth preparation classes:

  • Private childbirth preparation classes for first-time parents
  • Private refresher classes for experienced mothers/couples
  • A 7-week birth preparation series for women/couples planning to birth in the home or at a free-standing birth center

April was our guide into parenthood.  We met her as our childbirth instructor and asked her to be our doula.  We were drawn to her deep level of expertise, her wit and humor, and the evident significance of love, acceptance, and intuition in her life and in her work.  From building our birth plan, to sharing clues that labor was on its way, to the actual childbirth and delivery, she was a confident advocate that birth is a celebration and that we would be ready to be parents.
--Jeanne & David, expectant parents in my Great Starts Childbirth Preparation Class and doula clients, Spring 2009

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These private classes are tailored to meet your individual needs and schedule. They are taught in April's residence/healing space in West Seattle and you can invite anyone who is going to support you at the birth to this class. We cover a lot of material in a short amount of time and it's explained so you understand it all. April teaches using visual aids, demonstration, drawings, handouts, practice of coping measures, and a touch of humor. This is a professional, current class where information is shared in an energetic way that is engaging and memorable. Since it is your class, you can choose which topics we talk about and which practice techniques you would like to emphasize. For example, some parents want a complete overview of labor and birth and newborn care. Others may have read many books and have a good idea of what to anticipate in labor and just want to concentrate on practicing comfort measures for labor and birth. A good breastfeeding class taught by a lactation consultant as well as a newborn care class are recommended supplements this class.  I recommend checking out for GreatStarts.org for any added classes.

We are extremely thankful to have met April and feel lucky to have had her as our teacher. She was present for us during our baby's birth and her teaching was so important to us during the entire time. She's been a gift to our entire family. --Expectant parents in my Great Starts Childbirth Preparation Class, 2004
 
For first time parents, three hours is recommended. If you have experienced birthing before, a two-three hour refresher class is usually all you need. If you are working within a budget, we will work within the time constraints you set. Class includes handouts.  Recommended reading includes Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn and The Birth Partner.
 
Rate
$100 for first hour; $50 per hour thereafter.
A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold your spot when your class is scheduled.  Balance is  paid day of the class.
 
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April teaches this private class in her West Seattle home.  You will review your previous birth experience(s) and explore how you would like things to happen this time.  April will help you plan and prepare for the birth experience you want.  If you want a different experience than before, choosing a different care provider and birth setting may make all the difference.  If this is not an option, then developing a strategies to move through this labor in the way you'd like to.  Everyone can benefit from a review of what to expect in labor and coping measures.

As with all April's private childbirth classes, this refresher class is tailored to meet your needs, schedule and you can invite your labor support team to be in this class with you.  She teaches using visual aids, demonstration, drawings, handouts, review and practice of coping measures, all with some humor.  This is a professional, current class where information is shared in an energetic way that is engaging and memorable.  Since it is your class, you can choose which topics/practice techniques you would like to emphasize.  This class typically takes three hours, though sometimes less.  If you are working within a budget, April will work within the time constraints you set.  Class includes handouts.  The book  Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is available for purchase.

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april__penny_dona_conference_2011.jpgThese classes are offered through Penny Simkin's office and the instructors are Penny Simkin, PT, Sharon Muza and April Bolding, PT.  April's classes are taught in her residence in West Seattle.  We recommend a class that ends 2-5 weeks before your due date.

To find out a complete schedule of these classes, fees and to sign up, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Penny's office or call (206) 325-1419.  If a class series is full, you can request to get on a waiting list or you can contact April for a private childbirth class.

Many of you know that I had the privilege of being Ben and Tricia Haggerty's childbirth educator and birth doula for the birth of their daughter Sloane Ava Simone in 2015.  While Tricia was creating a baby, Ben was creating music.  Both were creating space in their lives for this transformation into parenthood.  I am so proud of them for doing what they do for each other, their daughter while doing things to raise up the world.  After seeing another great interview today with Ben trying to keep it real within the destabilizing context of fame, I'm inspired to post some of the great things M&RL and family/team do. Some of it will be about their transition to parenthood.  There will be nothing I share here that isn't already public or that I haven't gotten permission to post. I sincerely love Ben, Tricia and Sloane and feel I want to use my (humble) platform to support them.

Photo above: Liner notes from 2016 CD This Unruly Mess I've Made; Sloane's birth with Tricia, Ben, midwife Tina Tsiakalis, doula April Bolding.