Birth Study Circle


The Birth Study Circle is an ongoing, live, monthly study circle open to all.

Participants pay once to join for 6-months and can join at any point in the year. Participants have access to the monthly Birth Study Circle facilitated via Zoom by Naima Beckles, Institute teacher and Holding Space Consultant.

Institute members receive 50% off of their Birth Study Circle tuition. Simply enter the membership code upon check out. All are welcome to join the Institute ~ membership is lifelong.


As I hold the hands of women in labor, watch them open to the challenge and wonder of birth, and offer loving encouragement – my heart is full. Somehow that young girl in Utah found her way to this work. Somehow she found the strength to mentor another in crossing a threshold she once feared.
~Amy Wright Glenn, writing for PhillyVoice


Join Institute Teacher and Holding Space Consultant Naima Beckles, MA
for an ongoing monthly study circle focused on birth.

Birth Study Circle
Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month
7-8pm EST


What does it mean to give birth?
How is birth understood in contemporary society?
How is birth portrayed in the media, in our religious/spiritual/wisdom traditions?
How do you hold space for the birthing experience in your own heart?

Each month, Naima facilitates an hour long study circle drawing upon:

*Teachings on birth from the world’s wisdom traditions
*Historical and cultural birth practices
*News articles relating to birthing people
*Efforts to increase our intuitive and symbolic understanding of birth
*Personal stories/experience

Each hour-long session is presented live via Zoom. Sessions are not recorded.


All are welcome.
We honor the diversity of our racial, cultural, and lived experiences and the ways that our intersectional identities inform our perspectives.



In giving birth to our babies,
we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.

~ Myla + Jon Kabat-Zinn



Naima Beckles holds an MA from Loyola Marymount University and taught middle and high school students in Los Angeles, DC, and New York City. Naima is an educator, doula and founding director of For Your Birth – an intentionally diverse doula agency. Soon after the birth of her first child, she chose the work of supporting expectant parents and earned certifications from Lamaze and DONA.  While training with Amy Glenn Wright in a pregnancy loss course, the desire to hold space for life’s big losses, including death, was sparked.  As a teacher, doula, and mother; Naima lovingly stands alongside individuals navigating difficulties and triumphs. Naima offers private consultations with individuals who are experiencing any kind of loss during this confusing and difficult time. Learn more.