Childbirth Preparation ~ Private Classes

Private classes are designed to enhance confidence and trust in your ability to give birth, and help you to prepare both physically and emotionally for your birth experience.

We will discuss:

* Understanding and working with the contraction in labor.

* Making informed choices about medical interventions.

* Relaxation, pelvic awareness and bodywork.

* Nutrition, exercise, and postpartum wellness.

* Labor companionship and comfort measures.

* How our beliefs and attitudes affect our experience of birth.

* Human Values and their impact on birthing.

* Healing past emotional trauma to facilitate normal birth.

* Options for your birth and birth planning.

* Breastfeeding….. And more!

Private classes are designed for:
Anyone preparing for birth, new parents and those with previous vaginal or cesarean birth experiences. A private session can be scheduled at anytime during your pregnancy.

Classes are taught by Amy Jarjusey, trained professional through Birth Works International ®. Amy is a homeschooling mom of four and an Evanston resident who has found one of her many passions in being a part of the birthing world. The Birth Works International ® philosophy encompasses her beliefs and resonates with her deeply: when a woman is in their safe place, birth is instinctual. Birth Works ® was a natural step in her journey as it relates to each of her very different birthing experiences and she enjoys sharing this same philosophy and empowerment with women at their place on their journeys. In addition to this passion, Amy shares in mother’s blessings through creating belly castings and henna designs to cherish each woman’s unique life journey.  

Please feel free to email Amy directly with questions at:

To register, fill out the form below, and submit your $50 non-refundable deposit. The $200 balance may be paid all at once with your deposit, or on/before the first private meeting. If fee assistance is needed, please feel free to contact Amy directly regarding a payment plan. No one in need will be turned away.

Registration Form: 


If you’d like to learn more about Amy’s henna art, visit the products and services pages here. Thank you!



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BirthWorks Believes That:

* Women’s bodies were designed to give birth. The knowledge about how to give birth already exists inside every woman.

* A woman will labor the best wherever she feels the safest and most secure. For some that may be a hospital– for others, it may mean at home or in an alternative birthing center.

* The nutrition of a pregnant woman has a great impact on the health of her baby from its life as a fetus through adulthood.

* Breast milk provides optimum nutrition for the newborn baby.

* Birth is one of the greatest challenges life has to offer. It provides an opportunity for personal growth for all involved.

* While a cesarean section may be necessary at times, the current rate is too high.

* In most cases, VBAC is a safer alternative to routine, repeat cesarean.

* BirthWorks is a process, not a method.

* BirthWorks seeks to facilitate a woman’s or a couple’s personal process in childbearing, not to impart a preconceived method of labor and birth. There is not one right way to give birth.

* Each birth is unique.

* A woman in labor deserves an environment in which her privacy, autonomy, and emotional security are protected, and her mobility is encouraged.

* Expectant parents should have access to information they need about obstetrical procedures.

*They should participate in decisions regarding the judicious use of obstetrical medications and procedures.

* The emotions of a birthing woman have profound effects on the birth outcome. Women must be allowed to express all their birth-related feelings.

* The practice of Human Values builds character and instills confidence in birth and life.

* Love is the foundation upon which positive birthing begins. One must have love of oneself before being able to love others.




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Birth Works International

So I was perusing Facebook this evening and came across a posting from BWI regarding this little video/commercial regarding BWI and their philosophies. I almost did not stop to watch because I know just what the philosophies are, but I did anyway. I am so impressed with the quality and how well they put it together! It makes me SO happy to be a part of this organization and what it represents. I am eager to complete my certification and get moving  on teaching. I have set a new goal for myself. I’d like to be teaching by this July or August the latest. I feel revived from recently finishing a book I’d be working on for just SO long and sending in a book report finally. If I can keep diligent on my reading I will retain my goal and SO happy to be out there helping amazing women on their incredible journeys.



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Ina May Gaskin on Maternal Mortality Rate

Ina May Gaskin on Rising U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate, Midwifery and Home Births

As the controversy over women’s access to contraception continues, Democracy Now! looks at the access to safe, affordable and comfortable birthing options with pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin, director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. Her book is “Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta.”
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