About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower expectant parents and the professionals who provide them with care throughout their pregnancy and birth.
We are leading a cultural change in maternal care by teaching and encouraging birth professionals to integrate the coaching principles, tools and strategies, into the field of childbirth support. The Birth Coach Method is a professional development for all birth professionals seeking to lead women toward 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 can create a much-needed change in maternal care – to provide a patient/client-centered maternal care. This type of care leads expectant mothers and their families to make choices based on their belief systems about childbirth, their individual needs, personal goals,  strengths and skills, and with consideration of their areas of challenge. The coaching approach elicits women’s accountability to their own process,  regardless of the outcomes.  The coaching approach can also facilitate acceptance of what becomes impossible for birthing mothers during the birth of their child. 
By integrating the coaching principles and strategies into your practice, you are in a position to align your clients’ beliefs, knowledge, and goals, with the actions they take, and 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 approach elicits caregiving based on mutual respect, mutual trust, and satisfying relationships.  

Neri Life-Choma, Founder 

Neri holds an M.A degree in cognitive science; she is a certified Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator, and she is a certified Hypnotherapist and a Life Coach. 557ebd9f-16d6-42e4-afa6-f07b1aa8accaNeri works and resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a mother of three girls.

During her 17 years of practice Neri founded a doula support program in a major hospital, and a birth resource center, and directed two birth resource centers. She led hundreds of childbirth education classes and workshops and supported hundreds of couples through their birth. (See Neri’s CV here)

For the last six year, Neri created and taught doula training programs and led professional development workshops for doulas with the goal of integrating coaching skill into the field of birth support.  After founding Birth Coach Method Neri created the workshop ‘The Art of Coaching for Childbirth’ (DONA CEUs) and began leading worldwide webinars, enriching birth professionals with coaching tools for childbirth.

In November 2012 Neri launched her DVD Practicing for an Active Birth, The Most Comprehensive Audio-Visual Guide for an Active and Healthy birth, which you can find in our store.

In November 2016 Neri published her first book The Art of Coaching for Childbirth, Integrating the Principles of Coaching into Birth Support 

“Neri: It gives me a great sense of fulfillment to be able to mentor birth doulas as coaches all over the world. I am grateful for having the most experienced and knowledgeable birth professionals joining me on the Birth Coach Method advisory committee.”

 

Stephanie Sheldon-Mollinier, Project Manager

Stephanie joined birth Coach method as the head of birth workers enrichment and relation department. She is a certified Birth Coach Method Doula and an educator.  Stephanie holds a BA in Communication Studies and an MA in Teaching English. She enjoyed teaching English to international students at the university level for over ten years.

Stephanie is the mother of three vibrant daughters and has been married to a Frenchman for over fifteen years.  She lives with her family in Santa Clara, California.

Stephanie: “I love the challenge and beauty of birth. I am following my passion and calling in life as a birth doula. In my eyes, it is important that women and couples feel supported, respected and cared for as they welcome their child(ren) to the world.”

 

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Olga Libova, RN, Advisory Committee

Olga is a DNP, M.S, and California Board Certified Nurse- Midwife. She is a tenured nursing faculty in De Anza college nursing program and Childbirth Educator.  Olga practices and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area California. She is a mother of three children.

These days Olga is practicing with Altos Oaks Medical Group in Mountain View California.  Olga contributes a wealth of information to our program when it comes to prenatal care and alterations, medical aspects of labor, and birth and labor and delivery medical procedures. She is always updated when it comes to obstetric regulations and recommendations of ACOG.

 

Alit Ronen, RN, Advisory Committee

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Alit is a CNM (Israel), Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula, as well as co-founder of Mama Center (Israel and CA). She is practicing as an L&D nurse in UCLA Santa Monica, LA since 1991. She is a mother of two children.

In 1999 Alit moved to Israel and enrolled in Midwifery school and became a CNM.  She worked in the hospital setting as a midwife and attended home births too.

Alit: “: It was during the early months in Israel that I met Neri and a very strong bond was created both personally and professionally.  We co-founded Mama Center- a birth resource center. My goal and passion is to empower women through education to have the birth of their choice.  With the changing climate of healthcare, professional doulas can help women greatly in achieving their desired birth.” 

 

Julie Dubrouillet, Advisory Committee

Julie is a certified labor support doula, childbirth and lactation educator and prenatal yoga instructor, as well as a trainer of childbirth educators. She is the pre-natal Health Education Specialist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Julie taught thousands of couples how best to approach childbirth, and directly supported hundreds of couples through the births of their children. Julie’s experience and knowledge are a great contribution to the advisory committee of the Birth Coach Method.

Julie is the co-author of the book Deliver! A concise guide to helping the woman you love through labor which you can find at our store.  Julie is a mother of two children, and lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 Julie: “I am thrilled to work with an amazing Birth Professional such as Neri.  She brings a knowledge that can only come with years of experience to all she does and I believe her ideas and program will help all those individuals who support laboring women.”