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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
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:
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.
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 Life-Choma, MA, is a mother, veteran childbirth educator, birth doula, and doula trainer, and the founder of Birth Coach Method. For the last 22 years, she has worked with individuals and couples as they prepared for the transformation of giving birth and becoming parents. During these years Life-Choma directed and managed the programs of two birth resource centers- Mama Center in Tel-Aviv Israel, and Blossom Birth in Palo Alto, CA with great results in the community reach out and creating change in maternal care.
Neri's work with parents has been enriched by continuing her education and becoming a transformational life coach, hypnotherapist, and NLP practitioner. Neri has integrated principles and strategies of all these modalities of care into birth support in her book The Art of Coaching for Childbirth, which has been sold on Amazon with rave reviews. Neri leads the Tarnsformtional Birth Support Coaching Course which keeps attracting birth professionals from all over the globe.
"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 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.
"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 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 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.
" 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."