Whole Mom, Whole Birth

Childbirth Education

Because if mom is thriving, so is baby

Congratulations! You are already a mother and you’re getting ready to welcome your baby into a world of joy and love.

In our comprehensive Whole Mom, Whole Birth class we cover all the topics typically offered by a hospital prepared childbirth class, and so much more:

we cover

  • the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth

  • warning signs and when to call your provider

  • when is the right time to go to the hospital?

  • what does labor feel like? how do I know when I’m in labor?

  • early labor vs. active labor

  • coping techniques and comfort measures for labor

  • pain management options (e.g. nitrous oxide, narcotics, epidural)

  • potential procedures and interventions (e.g. vaginal exams, inductions, IV fluids, assisted delivery, cesarean birth)

  • what to expect from pushing

  • what to expect immediately postpartum (delivery of the placenta, what’s happening with baby)

Additionally, we Dive deep into

  • how to write a birth plan your birth team will really respect

  • resources and information about maternal mental health

  • who is on your support team?

  • helping your birthing partner to provide outstanding support

  • enhancing your communication with your partner

  • more coping techniques for labor, including learning how to use a rebozo scarf for comfort

  • informed consent and shared decision-making

  • breastfeeding basics

  • what to expect from life with a newborn

  • exploring the emotional journey to parenthood

as you prepare for birth its normal to feel a mix of emotions

Perhaps you love being pregnant, but you are also feeling overwhelmed and scared of giving birth.

Perhaps you spend your days happily making lists of baby names, but find anxiety is keeping you up at night.

Perhaps you are looking forward to your due date, but are surprised to be haunted by something from your past.

Take a moment: feel the ground beneath your feet

You do not need to walk this journey alone


We know what it’s like to tap into our resilience as women and as mothers. We at Resilient Birth are here to help you connect to your power as a mother, make choices that are right for you, and advocate for the support you need.

from experience, we know you can

  • Embrace the birth you want without fear

  • Feel positive about your changing body

  • Nurture your relationships

  • Communicate your needs effectively with your health care provider

  • Continue the process of healing from past experiences

  • Develop strategies to reduce anxiety and bring calm to your journey to parenthood

  • Make confident and informed choices

  • Discover your voice in the medical system and as a mother

  • Mother in a way that honors your whole self

  • Develop a strong and loving attachment to your baby

Resilient Birth’s flagship six-week childbirth education program begins again on Wednesday May 15th at 6:00pm in Waltham, MA.


At Resilient Birth we honor the whole of your experience: the whole you

Dr Justine Leach, is a BACE certified childbirth educator, advocate for trauma-informed care, and mother of two. She has a Ph.D. on consent and sexual trauma, and has trained with Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus on supporting survivors giving birth.

Dr Justine Leach, holding newborn baby

Sarah Adelmann, M.A., M.Ed., is a trauma certified counselor, educator, and mother of two. Throughout her career, she has tirelessly worked to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, along with educating offenders.

Sarah Adelmann, holding newborn baby

Our Mission

It is our mission to help you advocate for what you need to feel confident and safe during childbirth, learn to hold the past in a way that feels right as you move into this next season of life, and embrace the transformational journey of motherhood.


Whole Mom, Whole Birth

Next six-week series begins

6:00-9:00pm, Wednesday May 15

85 River Street, Ste 9, 2nd floor, Waltham, MA 02452



What makes a Whole Mom, Whole Birth birthing class unique?

We celebrate all births

Whole Mom, Whole Birth is designed to support you no matter what form your birth takes. This class is a home for you whether you are planning a natural childbirth, think you might opt for an epidural, or need a cesarean. We cover it all!

We will support you whether you are seeking a healing experience after a trauma, wanting to make decisions based on evidence-based information, or have just discovered that your birth will have to take a path you had not anticipated. What matters is that you feel safe, respected, and able to make informed decisions.

Our classes are trauma-Informed

What does it mean to be trauma-informed? Simply put, it means we understand that everyone carries baggage, big and small, on their journey through life. This baggage can feel heavier in the months before and after giving birth. It does not mean that you have to share your story with us. Rather we hold space for the challenging feelings that can arise in pregnancy, and help you strategize so you come away from birth feeling empowered as a person and a parent.

To be trauma-informed means that we work on our end to make sure our teaching materials are sensitive. We promote your autonomy by providing choices and asking for your consent. We educate you about issues of maternal mental health. We teach coping and grounding techniques that will benefit you no matter the direction your birth journey takes. We truly believe that by taking care of you, by honouring your strength and resiliency, we are taking care of baby.

Our Support does not end after birth

After your baby arrives you may not see your OB or Midwife again until two, or even six, weeks later. There’ll be regular visits to the pediatricians office, but often the support that surrounded you before birth goes away. Let us help you build your mom tribe. Join us at one of our postpartum support groups and parenting classes


In our class you will receive

six weeks of support

With 18 hours of class time spread over six weeks, our classes are comprehensive. In this time, you will learn what you need to know to feel confident about birth, emotionally supported and prepared for life after you bring baby home.

A full day prenatal retreat

In addition to our weekly class time, Whole Mom, Whole Birth includes a 6 hour prenatal weekend day retreat at the same location. This is a time to feel pampered, dig deep, connect with yourself, your baby and your birthing partner, while learning additional comfort measure and grounding techniques.

Email and Phone Support

During your final weeks of pregnancy and first few months of motherhood we are available via email and phone to answer questions, suggest resources, and provide support. We truly mean it when we say, you don’t have to carry the weight of motherhood alone.

Hand-made rebozo gift

At the end of the first class, you receive a hand-made rebozo gift. The rebozo is a beautiful woven scarf with a rich Mexican history that we will teach you and your birth partner how to use to bring comfort and emotional safety in labor. We believe that the rebozo is such a useful tool for birth that we don’t want you heading into labor without one.

10% Off private consultations

Having a baby is a BIG deal and you might find that you need more personalized support. Whole Mom, Whole Birth participants receive 10% off individualized birth planning for survivors and people experiencing significant anxiety about their upcoming birth.

A certificate of Completion

Many insurance companies will refund you some or all of the cost of a private birthing class upon receipt of a certificate of completion. Please contact your insurance company to find out more about your particular benefits and how to access them.

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Transform your journey to parenthood, and imagine how powerful you could be. Sign up now and reserve your place.