Anyone who is going to come into contact with pregnant women or couples during
their professional lives will take much away from this course. To better understand
and help women achieve a better birth it is vital to understand the physiological,
emotional and anatomical changes that take place in order to birth a baby. Individual
professions (including motherhood) will benefit from this informative, enjoyable
and lively journey.
For Yoga Teachers
Being able to teach a class in a safe and enjoyable manner help you keep
a large client base. However, being a mine of information and an inspiration
to them can really make a difference in how they experience birth. Midwives
always comment on how mothers using yoga as a birth preparation are able to
focus and deal with most of what labour can throw at them.
In this course we go beyond that. We teach you how to get a woman to believe
in herself, in her body and trust the best birth for her baby is the one where
she is in charge. We address the fears she may experience directly and provide
ideas for her to cope with those fears and find a way around them. If you
have little experience of birth in a hospital environment, we will open your
eyes into how the system works and how your mothers can best navigate around
So, go beyond yoga, relaxation and breath work and bring a wealth of knowledge
to your teaching. You will really make a difference to your mothers.
You may meet many mothers during your career. Some you may remember, some
will seem like a distant blurred memory. The important thing is – they will
never forget you.
The number of physiological normal labours some midwives get to attend
can be incredibly low. We have found that newly qualified midwives may have
never experienced one during their training. You may work in a unit that
practices active management of labour or be supervised by someone who supports
it. In your heart if you think that this is wrong, this course may just
be for you.
Take the opportunity to step back from the medicalisation of birth and
see the wonder and hear the stories of how empowering and achievable a natural
birth can be in a hospital. This course will provide you with skills to
use antenatally, during early labour, the throws of labour and postnataly.
- Improve antenatal education
- Learn group teaching skills
- Learn and practice pain coping techniques
- See how language affects women in labour and learn to empower through your
- Show a woman how fantastically her body works
- Try out different positions for all stages of labour
- Discover massage, counter pressure and acupressure techniques
- Learn how to teach medical interventions in a compassionate way and help
parents take control of decisions in labour
- Find a plethora of ways to avoid mothers getting an epidural
- Learn to relax and stay calm when under duress
- Make a difference – one mother at a time
Whether you are experienced in assisting mothers or new to it, this course
will consolidate your existing knowledge about the importance of unmanaged
birth. Get to meet midwives, and learn how they experience birth in hospitals
and how you can work together. As a doula, with this course you have the fantastic
opportunity to give your mothers & fathers, great antenatal education.
Improve the quality of that education by getting as much information yourself
and learning different ways to teach that knowledge.
Lisa has been assisting births for nearly 3 years now and has worked in all
the dublin area hospitals. She has great tips for how to work within the system
without antagonising it. Lisa has the utmost respect for midwives and believes
that doulas need to network with them to gain a better understanding of their
issues. See the section for midwives on what you may benefit from, and specifically
the course will help:
- Work better with mothers
- Provide detailed information regarding medical interventions and empower
them to use their knowledge in birth
- Learn how to relax mothers (and fathers) and reduce adrenalin production
- Work within the hospital system sympathetically
- Empower mothers and partners to expect the best service but to be prepared
for a scenario where this might not be the case
- Learn how to relax in the face of adversity
- Learn practical pain coping techniques and when they may be necessary
- Learn some alternative therapies for pregnancy and birth
Some of our students have been mothers. Not yoga teachers or birth professionals
but mothers who have had an experience of birth that has made them determined
to help others or themselves. Some mothers have had both positive and negative
experiences of birth and wish to help other mothers get the best from their
birth from a deep understanding of the importance it has in a womans life.
All of these mothers have made a massive contribution to our courses and
we welcome them.
It maybe that you wish to start teaching others or just get a better understanding
for yourself. Perhaps your birth didn’t go according to plan and you feel
with better preparation, things may have been different. Our instructors
differ in their birth experiences, one had a home birth, the other had a
planned home birth but transferred for an emergency section. We have experience
from both ends of the system.
If you have never taught before, the course will grow these skills and
studio provides an opportunity to observe and assist in classes to build
your confidence. We find mothers make some of the best teachers, so please
join us if you wish to experience this birth journey with a group of like
Many of you will already be working with pregnant woman. Some of you want
to but feel you don’t have enough experience of labour and birth to understand
to feel confident to bring it into your professional practice. We have been
working in the studio over the last 6 years with homeopaths, reflexologists,
acupuncturists, osteopaths, chiropractors, physio therapists, massage therapists,
shiatsu practitioners and many more. These therapists have helped pregnant
woman with a whole gamut of problems or just plain helped them to relax
and treat themselves.
If you do work with pregnant women and are planning to, this course will
help you become a wealth of information to help them in pregnancy, birth
and beyond. Who knows, you may even expand your proffesional practice to
start teaching yoga and empowerment.
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.