Coaching for
Healthy Births

Learn coaching strategies and labor support tools that establish patient-centered care, patient engagement, and partnerships in L&D. The pathway to healthy and satisfying births experiences

Creating a New Paradigm in Birth Support

Aren't childbirth educators, doulas, birth partners, and other members of the support group called 'Labor Coaches'? You may wonder: As a doula or a childbirth educator, don't I coach?

You're right to assume so.  As a childbirth educator and a seasoned doula myself, I wish I could come up with a better title than Birth Support Coach and avoid confusion. Since the seventies, those who provide education and support to birthing individuals are all called 'Labor Coaches'. So here are the differences in a nutshell:

  • Childbirth educators teach and inform
  • Doulas support the moment
  • Birth Support Coaches coach for the experience

Our approach to coaching expectant individuals is built around the five 'C's: 
Clarity, Confidence, Conviction, Commitment, and (in) Charge

The integration of the coaching principles, strategies, and relationships into birth support is at the heart of Birth Coach Method's philosophy and practice. 

Birth Support Coach - a birth support professional (such as a doula, childbirth educator, prenatal yoga teacher, obstetric nurse, or other), trained with well-established verbal coaching strategies, used by coaches in a variety of fields to lead and empower individuals undergoing major life transitions and wanting to create a vision for the next step. 

birth support coach teaching pregnant client

What We Teach

The coaching strategies we teach will allow you to lead powerful and engaging prenatal conversations in order to:

  • Increase birth givers' trust in themselves and in the normal process of childbirth
  • Elicit individuals' accountability for actively creating their healthy journey of pregnancy and birth
  • Facilitate strong convictions, based on your clients' beliefs and values, and allow them to advocate for themselves
  • Help your clients practice new skills for their birth
  • Strengthen birth giver’s trust in your partnership as a member of their support team
coaching is an important skill for doulas and nurses to have

What's So Great About Coaching?

Coaching is the practice of leading individuals closer to achieving their goals. Coaches do so by facilitating clarity and providing clients with the strategies to confidently overcome challenges and internal resistances.
This sounds perfect for childbirth, right?

Indeed, the healthcare system already recognizes the value of coaching and collaborates with health and lifestyle coaches. With the practicality of coaching tools, you can create a powerful shift in your clients’ perspectives and help birthing women acknowledge and own their power and accountability in the birthing process. 

Neri demonstrating the coaching method

Birth Coach Method strives to lead pregnancy and birth support that is based on mutual respect, mutual trust, and partnership.

Meet the Team

Neri Life-Choma

M.A., Founder

Neri is a seasoned birth doula and doula trainer.   
She is the author of The Art of Coaching for Childbirth and the founder of Birth Coach Method.
Neri holds a master's degree in cognitive science. She is a certified hypnotherapist,  transformational life coach, and an NLP practitioner.

During her 20 years of practice, Neri founded a doula support program in a major hospital and a birth resource center. She led hundreds of childbirth education classes and workshops and supported many couples through their birth. (See Neri's CV here.)

Since the establishment of Birth Coach Method, Neri has been committed to leading all types of birth professionals to integrate principles and strategies of coaching in order to achieve the most important goals of improved maternal care: patient- engagement, patient-centered care, increased rates of vaginal births and patients' satisfaction, and partnerships in L&D.

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 she published her first book The Art of Coaching for Childbirth, Integrating the Principles of Coaching into Birth Support.

Neri Life-Choma, Founder of Birth Coach Method

"It gives me a great sense of fulfillment when recall all the couples I've educated and supported in my 20 years of practice. Teaching birth support professionals is an honor. Thank you for joining me on our mission to provide birth support that acknowledges our clients' truth and vulnerability, and then infuses them with our professional knowledge and evidence-based practice." 

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, CD(DONA) 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 Sheldon-Mollinier, Certified Birth Doula and Educator

"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."  

Olga Libova

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.  

Olga Libova, Certified Nurse Midwife

Alit Ronen

Advisory Committee

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 as well as a grandma of two.

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 Ronen, Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula

" My goal and passion are 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."