Birth Coach Method – A Paradigm Shift in Birth Support
What happened the first time I introduced my coaching method
Last week I had my very first public speaking introducing the Birth Coach Method to a local audience of birth professionals at the South Bay Area California. It was a moment of truth, and I have to confess – I was crazy stressed. It is one thing working diligently on my laptop in the comfort of my home, being fully convinced that integrating coaching strategies into birth support practice is the right direction and another thing to stand and talk in front of birth professionals. An hour before the talk there was no sign to my strong convictions.
My local community is the warmest, most engaged and fun audience I could have asked for. In just a few moments, I was able to connect to my motivation and strong found conviction, and confidently introduce Birth Coach Method philosophy using the PowerPoint presentation I made.
“Neri, it’s a real paradigm shift,” Patricia said
Then it happened – 30 minutes into the talk and the most experienced doula in the room, my old pal Patricia, said: “Neri, this is a real paradigm shift you suggest here “! (And she doesn’t even know I studied life coaching with the group called The Paradigm Shift Coaching Group :))
Yes! I call for a paradigm shift! No more doulas as ‘companions’/ ‘mothering the mother’/ ‘labor support’. Let’s change the old paradigm that implies servitude and non-professional status, and step into the new paradigm, in which we are Birth Support Coaches practicing with coaching tools and leadership skills. And Yes; this does imply prenatal coaching sessions before the birth. In no other coaching field, the coaching is during the performance itself.