What People Are Saying:
I was surprised at how easy it was to fall in to "labor land". I labored through most of my pitocin induction by using the coping strategies I learned in the course and time went so quickly. Even three hours of pushing felt like a moment.
I didn’t think I needed to take a birth prep course since I already have a 3 year old. But going through this material made me realize that birthing is more than just checking in to a hospital and delivering a baby. In my previous birthing experience I didn’t feel like I had any ownership or control over my situation, I had to just give myself over to the hospital staff and hope for the best. But now, thanks to this course I’ve learned to find my voice and establish preferences on things that I didn’t know I could ask for… for example, things like being able to walk around during early labor, change positions, eat/drink, dimming lights, and even asking hospital staff to prioritize skin-to-skin. I appreciate Cara and this course so much for giving me that and for helping me establish a connection to this process.
What really resonated with us was Cara's open-minded, culturally sensitive, and holistic approach to the many different ways of birthing. Her approach connects evidence-based principles, including the latest scientific research, with the emotional, spiritual, and intensely personal dimensions of birthing. We also enjoyed the incorporation of art, movement, and humor. The ice, breathing, and stretching practices were particularly helpful.
The Brave Journey Birth Prep Program was a fabulous experience for my partner and I to go through together. The go at our own pace style made it so we did not have to rush through anything, and we were able to have meaningful conversations with each other. Cara’s compassion and experience shines through in each lesson. I feel much more confident navigating my birth.
One of the modules I initially wanted to skip was on interventions. The plan was always to have an unmedicated birth, so I figured that module wasn’t relevant to me. And even though we thankfully did have the birth experience we were hoping for, I was very grateful we took the time to learn about various interventions that may be necessary in the course of birth. It helped me to not feel afraid if that outcome was something we had to endure. Again, knowledge is such a valuable tool when it comes to managing pain and fear.
I absolutely love Cara’s gentle and loving energy and how it translates into the birthing material in this course. She presents information without bias or judgement and lets you decide whether this is something that you want to apply or not. Her perspectives are balanced and delivered with the birthing person in mind, drawing from personal experience and the wisdom she’s gained from being a doula. Even though this is an online course, I feel like the content is very informative and educational without being boring or dry, even if you are not a first time parent. I love that we are learning not just about what happens during labor physically and anatomically but also what we can do to prepare the spirit and mind for this process. It’s truly been a pleasure taking this course and going deeper than just the bodily changes that happen during pregnancy and labor.
Katlin really appreciated how it felt like we were in this virtual living room with Cara sitting right there with us. It was calm and soothing to watch the videos. ... The Brave Journey course is a contemplative's approach to birth preparation. And that is very wonderful.