Reducing cesarean rates and increasing vaginal deliveries are worldwide goals in women's healthcare and obstetrics-gynecology. In recent years, many organizations, including ACOG, WHO, and CMQCC, have worked hard to reduce cesarean rates in the USA and support the vaginal birth initiative.
The coaching approach taught in this CE approved workshop suggests that this change cannot be achieved by implementing new clinical policies, but rather can be found in new interpersonal skills which will establish a new type of relationship in L&D.
This new class of relationship is the core principle of the coaching professions and is called client-centered relationships. It perceives the client as an expert in her own life, and the coach as a partner that helps her get in touch with her belief system, values, areas of strengths, her goals, and the steps towards achieving them. Coaches help clients overcome internal resistances in various areas of life, and fulfill their desired vision.
The coaching relationships are aligned with the sought transition of the medical system from providing standardized and evidence-based care provided by authoritative experts towards individualized maternal care that respects patients' autonomy.