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You’re having a baby (or babies…eek)! This is a very exciting time in life!

Welcome to The Swaykin Journey. My name is Tara Stratton and I am a Birthing From Within® Mentor offering childbirth education and parenting workshops in Western Kansas and Eastern Missouri (Leawood, Lawrence, Overland Park, Kansas City, and Kearney). These workshops combine both modern and ancient ways to prepare for your transition to parenthood. We go beyond obstetric basics and explore the relationships with ourselves, our babies and our birth teams; to birth and parent in a state of awareness that has been missing in modern birth (from home birth to cesarean birth). In these two-hour topical workshops, you will learn pain and stress-coping practices based in mindfulness, as well as participate in interactive sensory-based exercises that help encourage a healthy pregnancy, an emotionally and physically safe birth, a satisfactory baby-feeding relationship, and a realistic transition to parenthood. These are the most unique birth and parenting workshops offered in Johnson, Douglas, Jackson and Clay Counties.

“Tara’s heart for reaching beyond the physical aspects of childbirth and into the soul of her clients, creating a safe place to ponder the uncomfortable and unexpected helped prepare me for the most amazing birth experience” – KD

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I offer childbirth and parenting workshops that are appropriate for families birthing in any location, planning any type of birth. While much of the information focuses on natural childbirth, the practices can be applied to any scenario in birth. They can be taken alone or in addition to any other birth preparation classes/practices parents desire. While I am an experienced Birthing From Within® Mentor, and workshops have elements of this model, there is a lot of “Tara’s style of no bullshit” learning that takes place during our time together. These workshops help give parents the tools to cope with anything birth and parenting may throw at them.

“She was instrumental in helping me achieve a natural birth with my son back in 2010. I went from a scared little lamb to a confident mother bear. Her knowledge, support, soulfulness and friendship is unmatched.” – KL

My hope is to help you discover the information and tools you need to birth and parent in awareness.

I specialize in helping families with:

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  • Natural Hospital Birth
  • Medically Assisted Hospital Birth
  • Family-Centered / Gentle Cesarean Birth
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Labor Induction Preparation
  • Home Birth & Water Birth
  • Birth Center Birth
  • Birth After Previous Loss
  • Rebozo Comfort Measures
  • Giving Birth After Sexual Abuse
  • Traumatic Birth Recovery
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • Breastfeeding Difficulties

I would love to speak with you about your upcoming birth.