breathe/push - childbirth education for the mindful parent

breathe/push is a six-week childbirth education series taught at Palouse Women’s Wellness in Moscow, Idaho. This birth preparation class is appropriate for all types of birth plans, and is not just for natural birth, homebirth, hospital birth, or vaginal birth. The knowledge and skills you will learn in breathe/push are applicable to any birth scenario. They can be adapted for any set of goals and any unpredictable deviations from your plans.

Your choices will be honored in this place!

In breathe/push, you will gain a solid understanding of the mental and physical processes that occur during childbirth. You will graduate knowing what to expect for yourself and your partner, as well as knowing what resources to consult when questions arise.  

You will learn decision-making tools that will allow you to successfully navigate the choices ahead of you in pregnancy, birth, and parenting. We will cover some of the most common decisions you may encounter, and you will develop a framework to use to evaluate any unexpected situations that come your way.

You will establish a comprehensive set of coping skills with deep roots in mindfulness practice, through which you will tap into and embrace your own inner resilience. In addition, you and your partner will learn a number of hands-on physical comfort measures. You will be equipped with a large toolbox you can use to reduce fear and stress, manage physical discomfort, connect with your partner and your baby, and be more present and joyful in your everyday life.

breathe/push will help you grow, birth, and raise your baby in a more informed, confident and connected way.

breathe/push consists of 15 hours of interactive classroom instruction, delivered as a six-week evening series. This format was chosen to be respectful of busy schedules while still providing a comprehensive education. Coursework will also include reading and practice to complete at home, which will maximize your class experience.

breathe/push Fall 2017 Session:
Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30pm
October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29
(No class Thanksgiving week)

breathe/push is an independent childbirth class unaffiliated with any medical providers or locations, so you have the peace of mind that the information presented will be current, evidence-based, and agenda-free.

breathe/push is open to any and all birthing people. The evidence in favor of continuous support in labor is definitive, so we recommend bringing a partner of your choice to class if possible. If you do not have a birth companion available, please reach out. We have ideas!

Invest in yourself.

breathe/push is structured to be affordable and accessible. Both the birthing person and one partner are covered by the $225 tuition, which includes classroom hours, textbooks, a custom workbook, and light refreshments. A $50 deposit reserves your spot in the class; the remaining $175 is due no later than the first day of class.

Palouse Women’s Wellness birth doula clients receive a $25 discount on tuition.

All classes are held at the Palouse Women’s Wellness office in Moscow, Idaho. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at hello@palousewomenswellness.com or call or text us at 208-503-6320.

When you’re ready to sign up, just fill out the form below to register. We’re looking forward to exploring mindful pregnancy, birth and parenting with you! 



breathe/push was developed and is taught by Laurel Bake, CD(DONA), co-owner of Palouse Women’s Wellness. As a practicing birth doula, Laurel has seen both the positive and negative impacts of childbirth education when and where it counts. She has taken what works, left out what doesn’t, and developed a curriculum custom-tailored to the needs of birthing families on the Palouse.