Beaumont offers natural childbirth workshop in Troy


Beaumont Health System’s Natural Birth Workshop provides expecting moms the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a natural childbirthing experience. The course teaches expecting mothers and their support person breathing, relaxation, massage and other complementary techniques to support a comfortable, calm birthing experience. Participants will receive information on natural birth, newborn care and breast-feeding from a registered nurse who specializes in childbirth education.

The interactive course is offered in two formats: one full-day session, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or three evening sessions from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The first workshop begins Tuesday, July 15, at the PNC Center, 755 W. Big Beaver Road, in Troy. Cost is $120 per couple. Enrollment is available at .

The workshop also includes "Beyond Birth," a follow-up class after the baby is born, where postpartum adjustment time and priorities, infant massage and parenting topics are discussed. The fee for this class is included in the cost of the workshop.

“Our goal is to work closely with women who plan on birthing their baby naturally and without common medical interventions, such as epidural anesthesia to relieve pain,” says childbirth educator, Mary Anne Kenerson, RN. “We want to give women the resources and tools to prepare for one of the most important experiences of their lives.”

Expecting women and their support person are encouraged to attend the natural birth workshop at least four to six weeks before their planned due date.

Natural childbirth empowers women to give birth without routine medical interventions or the use of pharmaceutical drugs. This results in no loss of sensation or alertness. Natural birth discourages the use of common interventions such as induction of labor or augmentation of labor with oxytocin, artificial rupture of membranes (breaking the water), epidurals, IVs, continuous electronic fetal monitoring or episiotomies.

For more information on the new Karmanos Center for Natural Birth opening in late 2014 at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, visit

The center is funded through a $5 million gift from Danialle and Peter Karmanos Jr. It will include six deluxe birthing suites, a walking path and a roof top garden. Rooms are designed to create a spa-like environment, equipped with hydrotherapy tubs and other aids for natural birth.