The Project Birth Philosophy
There are many ways that birth can be different to what you expect and you can’t always know what may happen on the day, but it doesn’t have to be something you fear. Education and preparation are the key!
Studies have shown that the more knowledgeable and prepared a birthing woman and her birthing partner are the more positive the experience, they have less complicated births, less use of interventions and a faster recovery.
No one can promise you the perfect birth but you can learn how to take control of your experience and birth better. Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference to how your baby is born and what the experience is like for both of you.
Even though women do have an innate ability to birth, it isn’t enough to just ‘wing it’ or hope and wait for an ‘inner birthing goddess’ to magically emerge once in labour. Unfortunately too many other things can get in the way. Negative thoughts or fear, hospital policies or outdated routine proceedures, lack of support or knowledge, no coping skills, a busy ward or a care provider with a different birthing philosophy can all have a massive impact on how your baby is born. And rarely does a smooth, easy or natural birth experience come down to just good luck...it comes down to you and education and preparation are the key to a positive birth
Pregnancy, labour and birth and new parenthood are some of the most magical experiences of your life. A positive, empowering birth is something that will help you start parenthood on the right foot and is something you can look back and draw on through tough parenting moments.
People usually say the most momentous days of their life were their wedding day and the births of their children. We can spend tens of thousands of dollars and up to a year planning a wedding so shouldn’t we also put the same effort into the day our children enter the world? Parents-to-be can often put so much time and money into getting the nursery just right and making sure they have everything ticked off the new baby checklist. Yet barely anything is put towards preparing for birth. The baby won’t care if their nursery is worthy of a photo spread in Vogue Living, or whether they are riding around in the most expensive pram on the market.
But their immediate and long term health and wellbeing can be significantly affected by how they are born, why wouldn’t you invest in that? (Watch Microbirth Film Trailer to find out more)
You don’t really know what is going to help you on the day. Every woman is different and every birth unique. So why not go into it with a ton of knowledge, a bag of tools and a range of effective skills up your sleeve. You will have the confidence to create a supportive birth environment, stay calm, stand by your choices, trust your body and journey through labour in a way that feels right for you.
Your Body, Your Birth, Your Baby means Your CHOICE!
By knowing what your choices are, puts YOU in the driving seat so that YOU are in command of your birth experience.
Something that sets us apart from other birth methods is that we don't just teach ONE way to labour or ONE type of pain management skill, for example JUST hypnosis or JUST active birth techniques. If a woman has only learnt one type of skill and it doesn't suit her, it doesn't work or if labour takes a different turn to what she expects, it can send her into panic if she has no other skills to fall back on. This lack of skill and knowledge can be detrimental to a positive and smooth labour.
I believe in exploring a variety of skills and show you ways to discover what will work for YOU! Project Birth's success is in this comprehensive philosophy and the wide range of skills, tools and preparation techniques for YOU to choose from.
In other words, I will not to tell you how to birth- your body and baby already know how to do that! But I will help you align yourself with your natural ability to birth and open the doors to your options- it up to you which ones you walk through.
And even if birth takes a different turn from the one you dreamed of, all the preparation work you have done will allow you to stay calm, make informed decisions, adapt to whatever situation arises and remain the centre of your birth experience.
You will still feel proud that you gave it your best shot and reflect on the birth as a positive experience.
So I whole heartedly encourage you to do everything possible to make birth the best it can be for yourself, your baby and your new little family!
Why “PROJECT” Birth?
pro.ject (n) an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim.
From Latin word ‘projectum’ meaning something prominent or important.
Other words related to having or doing a project that can help us on our journey to birth:
…research, investigate, read, practice, plan, question, discuss, define, learn, create, listen, equip, contemplate, prepare, collaborate, organise, commit…
Preparing for the birth of your child can be your own exciting and empowering little project!