The mission of the Birth Coach Method is to integrate the coaching principles, tools and strategies, into the field of childbirth support. The Birth Coach Method is a pathway for all birth professionals seeking to lead women towards their desired birth experience, and to promote a healthier concept of childbirth in our society. We believe that by integrating coaching into birth support, we have the chance to create a much needed change in maternal care – to provide a patient/client-centered maternal care. This type of care entails active listening, facilitating clarity about the clients’ belief system about childbirth in general, and about their wishes and goals for their birth, as well as an inquiry and guidance about the actions they take towards achieving them. By integrating the coaching principles and strategies into your practice, you are in a position to align your clients’ beliefs, goals and the actions they take, and to elicit their accountability for their process.  In addition, the process of coaching for childbirth involves helping your clients to distinguish truth from myths and fears from reality about childbirth, and empowering them to be at choice. The Birth Coach Method’s way is a pathway  towards care-giving based on mutual respect, mutual trust and satisfying relationships for all parties involved – the birthing mother and any of her caregiver. 

 

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 Coaching for Childbirth is an innovative guide for professionals who serve pregnant women and want to integrate coaching techniques into their work. Neri has done a wonderful job of clarifying the coaching role and distinguishing it from therapeutic care and teaching. The exercises and scripts Neri offers are excellent resources, and she constructs a convincing case for the value of incorporating coaching into birth support by healthcare workers, childbirth educators, doulas, and other birth workers. One of the concepts I liked most in Neri’s approach is about being accountable to the process, rather than the outcome, of childbirth. What a powerful tool for helping clients maintain the flexibility that childbirth demands, while honoring the experience as an opportunity for growth, a time of passage, and a peak life experience! Neri’s guide is full of useful, practical, applicable techniques that will make your work of supporting birthing women more effective and more gratifying. Michal Klau-Stevens, The Birth Lady 
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