Archive for June, 2014

Defining the Role and Practice of the Birth Coach

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

This video is the second in the introductory series of the Birth Coach Method, and it is establising  the  role and practice of the birth coach. In order to do so I rely on the GROW model of coaching , where ‘G’ stands for Goals, ‘R’ stands for Reality, ‘O’ stands for Options and ‘W’ for Will power. The model serves me in pointing out how the coaching process is so right and beneficial for women who prepare for birth, and the importance of getting coaching for birth.

I suggest to look at a healthy birth as a type of performance, since it definitely requires the mom to perform emotionally, physically and mentally in a certain way that is different from her every day habitual behavior, and from what is natural for her.  In order to be able to perform and have a healthy birth, I encourage moms to take the time to work with a birth coach, just like in sports and other human areas of performance- voice coaches, acting coaches, and these days we have relationship coaches and career coaches, for those of us who are challenged in these fields, simply because the character of these fields of performance are not in agreement with their circumstances,  and require coaching and practice.

This suggestion is a paradigm shift in the field of birth. To look at a birth as a performance, to think about natural birth as performance that is not natural, as it is not aligned at all with the character of women life circumstances, to hire a birth coach that will lead you towards healthy birth, not natural birth, this is a new perspective, a paradigm shift, and after being a childbirth educator and a birth doula for 16 years now, I believe it has the potential to increase the rates of healthy vaginal birth.

In the video I also suggest four domains of coaching that birth coaches will address and practice their coaching skills within:

1)    Pre-natal coaching tools.

2)    Coaching tools for Labor and birth.

3)    Coaching tools around medical aspects of the birth.

4)    Coaching tools for closure.

Watch this video to learn about the role and the practice of the birth coach.