The A.R.T. of Childbirth

Autogenic Respiratory Training
She has given me priceless tips on how to better set up my son’s home environment and how to maximize his independence… currently expecting baby number two and will be asking her back for some more ideas… Thank you, Jeanne-Marie for all your help. Our whole family has benefited from your service!
Colette Poy
mother of two

Autogenic Respiratory Training was developed in the 70’s by Italian obstetrician Umberto Piscicelli, based on the relaxation response work of German psychologist Schultz. This method (often abbreviated as RAT, but we prefer ART) guides the laboring woman to breathe in the same pattern as when she sleeps, ensuring a deep level of relaxation and oxygenation.
The difference between ART and other methods of preparation for childbirth is that ART encourages a woman to focus on what is actually happening in her body during labor, while effectively managing her emotions and physical discomfort. The central idea is that body and mind can stay relaxed and aware even when the womb is contracting. A calm and well-oxygenated woman does not loose her muscle strength and energy during labor, so she can use it when it is needed the most—during the pushing phase.
To learn this technique, a woman needs to prepare her mind and body in the months leading up to the birth. Our eight-week course gives you the training necessary to have a successful natural birth in any setting. The ART training is given together with a parenting workshop that prepares you to welcome your baby into your home. This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system
  • Embryonic and fetal development
  • Physical and psychological factors during pregnancy
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Physical exercise during pregnancy
  • Stages of labor and delivery
  • Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding
  • Preparation of breast, bras, pads, etc.
  • Weaning process
  • Preparing the home environment, including clothing and shoes
  • Development of movement from birth to three years
  • Furniture that aids and hinders physical development
  • Understanding the importance of the first 8 weeks of life (Symbiosis period)
  • After birth care of infant, mother and father
  • Bathing the infant
  • Role of the father during pregnancy, the birth and the child’s first years
  • Development of language birth to three years.
  • Reading, television, background noise
  • Bilingual language environment


Format: The first hour of each class is devoted to relaxation techniques, while the second hour focuses on developing parenting skills.