Childbirth! It happens every where. An event unique to women’s lives … happening every place on Earth, in every culture. While our cultures have great diversity in approaches to pregnancy, birth, after birth care and reintroduction of the mother and baby into the daily activity of society; childbirth is extraordinarily similar to all women. It’s a natural consequence of being pregnant and exhibits itself as a series of contractive waves that build in intensity, length and frequency. Then the contractive waves change to expulsive efforts and our babies move out of our bodies…out the same hole.

 

So, we are faced with two realities: our culture diversity and our universal humanity. Common Knowledge Trust, a charitable Trust in New Zealand, produces The Pink Kit Method for birthing better™ resources. The resources explain the four universal components, common to all childbirth experiences and present them as resources for birth preparation, childbirth management and coaching (support) skills that ordinary pregnant women and their support people can use within their own cultural and religious beliefs.

Labour is a unique and infrequent Life experience. There are skills that any woman can learn in order to have a more positive experience and lessen potential birth trauma to themselves and their baby.

The four foundations and universal components of The Pink Kit Method are:

  • Know your birthing body: All women share one human body. We can ‘map our pelvis’, discover the curve or flatness of our sacrum, feel what positions keep our ‘map’ open and our baby over the pelvic inlet. We can learn to internally relax inside our ‘Pelvic Clock’ and create space by using The Hip Lift, Kate’s Cat and Sit Bone Spread. All of us, men included, can ‘feel’ the Truth of this self knowledge. We can all ‘feel’ how our own tension can stop our bodies from being mobile thus inhibiting the birthing process.
  • Managing Skills: Any woman and her support can learn to work together well. Women can develop pain management skills, how to focus their skills even when they feel pain.
  • Breath, Language and Touch: All humans do these three behaviours. For example, there are only 4 ways that humans breathe and only two that are positive types of breathing in labour. The other two indicate that we are not coping well.  We can learn those two and have our support people help us keep to them. These two positive breathing types can be used to focus our energy, expand areas of our body or relax parts of our body. Language or communication can move from general terms e.g. ‘relax’ to specific cues e.g. ‘soften inside your right hip.’ Non verbal communication can be established which a woman can use to cue her support person. Touch is as essential and women and her support people can learn a universal way to create deep relaxation of the inner soft tissue through Rising Touch.

Women should not have to struggle through labour or find the pain of labour (which is a very natural part of the process of childbirth) too overbearing. With simple to learn skills, based on preparation, women can respond to the concentrated work that labour requires.

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  • Preparing the birth canal: The inside of a woman’s vagina is as different as finger prints. The baby must pass through this pass. We can prepare that space to be more pliable and flexible. Many traditional cultures do prepare down there. Modern women do not. Besides the tightness of the vaginal soft tissue, women can tense up these inner muscles if she doesn’t like the sensation of her baby passing through that area e.g. feeling like you will move your bowel (in public).  This can slow the delivery. A baby should not have to struggle through the vagina and a woman’s vagina does not need to be damaged when the internal work is done for 8 weeks before labour.

Common Knowledge Trust knows that these skills work because Common Knowledge Trust is the stories and compiled skills of thousands upon thousands of women and men from diverse backgrounds that have worked again and again to improve the birth experience. When women work through the pain of childbirth using good labour management skills, rather then tensing, then childbirth progresses more regularly.

By Haadi