Fresh from the Oven: Sharing from our Pregnancy and Birth Coaching Course

It is Exciting!

It’s exciting to lead the first group of birth professionals who joined the Birth Coach Method’s first coaching course. We have participants from all around the globe: The Netherlands, Israel, and the US (East and West Coast). We all come together on consecutive Tuesdays for eight weeks using the Zoom platform. It is a group mentoring session in which I get to expand on the topic of the current lesson studied prior to the meeting. In addition to highlighting important concepts, we all brainstorm scenarios and engage in powerful coaching exercises.

Stepping into the Coach’s Role

What do you see?

The first two lessons are a historical review of our field with the focus of distinguishing the difference between ‘labor coaches’, like doulas and childbirth educators, and professional ‘birth support coaches’. In our first meeting, we discussed the power of beliefs and people’s different models of the world, represented by the image on the right. We ended the meeting with a quote from Rumi: “Out Beyond Ideas of Wrongdoing and Right-doing, There is a Field. I’ll Meet You There.”

To be a successful coach, it is important to give up ‘the expert position’ that we are accustomed to using. As pregnancy and birth coaches, we need to give way to the partnership position. This partnership relies on mutual respect, mutual growth, and seeing the client as an expert in her own life.

The Case of the EFM

In the second meeting, we were honored when a group member shared a birth scenario that she recently encountered in her doula practice. It gave us the opportunity to implement some of the coaching principles that we already touched on. We explored the relationships between women’s experience (as defined in the coaching practice), medical knowledge, and technology in our field. We ended the meeting with a group exercise comparing the common ways in which labor coaches approach the EFM (External Fetal Monitor) and the coaching conversation around it. Check it out in the video clip below.

Join Us and Learn about the Five ‘C’s of Coaching

If you are committed to lead expectant individuals towards healthy and positive birth experiences, then take action and enroll in our coaching course. Are you burned-out or discouraged from doing the same thing over and over again, and not seeing your clients reaching their goals? Get your coaching certificate and learn how to lead your clients to achieve the 5 ‘C’s: Clarity, Confidence, Conviction, Commitment, and (in) Charge. Check our website HERE for the upcoming sessions.

 

Neri Life-Choma

I am the founder of Birth Coach Method and am celebrating 20 years of leadership in the field of childbirth support. Throughout my career, I have been honored to provide doula support and teach childbirth ed. classes to hundreds of expectant couples, as well as to direct two birth resource centers. I am also a doula leader in my community in the South Bay area of Silicon Valley in California.
Neri Life-Choma

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