The second edition of our most successful DVD, Practicing for an Active Birth, a childbirth preparation guide for an active and healthy birth. This visual guide has been sold on Amazon and on our store in a DVD format for years and has received raving reviews from couples, doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives.
Now on USB with two additional tools:
- A recorded relaxation with positive birth affirmation.
- A printable guide for writing your birth plan.
After teaching this workshop for 12 years, I decided to produce this visual guide and reach out to the global community of birth givers and their support figures. Whether you are a birth support professional or an expectant individual, practicing for an active birth is an excellent resource to learn and practice coping techniques and comfort measures for childbirth. The labor support techniques and comfort measures are brought to you in correlation with labor phases; we want you to be able to pace yourself when using these techniques, reserve your energy, and find the best position, breathing techniques, or massage for each phase of your birth. At the beginning of each chapter of this visual guide, we will teach you to recognize the emotional and physiological symptoms of each labor phase, to make sure you will apply the appropriate techniques during the birth.
Practicing labor support tools regularly while preparing for childbirth is the only way to gain memory muscle, and to make these coping techniques your habitual response to labor contractions. Daily practice will help you gain confidence and rely on these techniques during your healthy birth.
Read our excellent reviews on Amazon.
With this DVD you will learn to:
- Understand the physiology and anatomy of childbirth and the relationships between these and your comfort measures.
- Learn a wide variety of childbirth positions and use them wisely; in accordance with labor phases.
- Practice different types of breathing techniques which will support the phase you are in.
- Practice relaxation.
- Practice various visualization techniques to support labor progress.
- Learn to apply massage techniques to support the birthing mother.
The DVD’s menu allows you to choose what you want to practice!
Here are the DVD chapters:
- Introduction: Understanding the relationship between labor support tools and the physiology and anatomy of childbirth.
- Labor support tools for the Early phase
- Labor support tools for the Active phase
- Labor support tools for the Transition phase
- Birthing techniques and positions for the safe delivery of the baby.
“Congratulations on this quality video! …I really like that you are working to enable patients and their partners to navigate through labor and delivery and making the whole process not terrifying.” Wayneab Truneh, OBGYN, CA
” I want to highly recommend it to all expectant families. Neri Choma, the instructor, and publisher of the DVD is a local doula, doula trainer, childbirth educator, and life coach. She used to teach Practicing for Active Birth Workshop at Blossom Birth, and many of my clients took and felt that it helped tremendously with relaxation, “mindful preparation” and “open-mindedness” about birth.” Olga Libova, CNM, CA
I have been an independent childbirth educator for 36 years. Currently teaching in a progressive OB/GYN office with small classes and GREAT results. However, because my classes are 16 hours total not everyone can commit or make all the classes. For years I have been looking for a feasible alternative for those who cannot make it to an in-person class. Now I have it!! Much of what Neri teaches in this DVD is in alignment with my own teaching style and beliefs. You never find anyone who is 100% but this is very close! As for the person who fell asleep? I LOVE when people in my classes fall asleep…means I am getting the point across about relaxation. I love how she encourages the support people to be actively involved while also caring for themselves. Still prefer people take an in-person series but when they can’t…great alternative!!GREAT Comfort Skills for Labor by Crystal Sada, Childbirth Educator
The techniques in this video really work! My doula suggested I get this DVD so that my husband and I could practice for our first birth at home. We watched the DVD together to learn about the stages of labor and birth and practiced the positions, massage, and movements along with the video. It was a great supplement to the birth class and really could have been used in place of the birth class. When my water broke, we let the doula know and started the movements and positions from the DVD. I used stage 1 techniques while getting ready and waiting for my husband to get home. When I arrived at the hospital I was already 5 cm dilated. My doula asked why I didn’t ask her to come sooner. My answer? I didn’t realize I was that far along in my labor because I wasn’t in immense pain. I used the movements from this video to cope right into active labor. We moved right into the next stage of motions from the DVD continued using it’s suggested activities through the birth. I had a fantastic natural labor with no pain medication! My family and I are big fans of this video. (Liz A., Amazon Buyer)
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