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Other Birthing Programs and Associations

birth-sling-chair-300wIt seems like the number of "birthing programs" grows every year, almost every time a OB/GYN or midwife writes a new book or quite frequently when a mom or a birth coach discovers something new or sometimes something very old that "just worked." 

easyBirth embraces almost all non-dangerous birthing programs, and even goes one step further, and believes that each mother's birthing paradigm can be and probably should be an entirely unique family experience.  The key then it to discover what your birth values are and what your ideal birth experience looks like, and that can involve the blending and folding of a variety of birth programs and techniques.

The early 19th century origins of the modern western natural childbirth movement isn't based upon something new as much as it is based on something old, and primal, and natural.  The term "natural," when applied to natural births or natural foods, just means a return from what has become "un-natural."  However, sometimes, when people adopt the old, they also tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and fail to take advantage of modern medical knowledge.  We believe in a balanced approached, an educated approach to birth.

Mainstream Birth Programs

Below are some of the mainstream birthing programs offered in the United States that we have some personal experience with.  The links below are to articles on this website written about each program.

Below are external links to some regional or international birth programs that we have less experience with, plus professional associations that do not espouse and single program but support professional and responsible childbirth education.

Alexander Technique

The Alexander technique is meant to improve your ease and freedom of movement, balance, flexibility, and coordination. Ideally, you will take weekly lessons while pregnant. This is an educational process. So the more you practice, the greater the benefits. Although the technique can be used by anyone, the goals for expectant mothers include:

  • Improve comfort during pregnancy
  • Increase pushing effectiveness during delivery
  • Aid in recovery from childbirth
  • Ease the discomfort of nursing

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA):

Rather than a single birth philosophy or program, ICEA is an organization of over 4,000 members from throughout the United States and 42 countries who believe in freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care. ICEA offers a variety of learning opportunities for members, to enhance their personal development and the programs they provide for expectant parents and new families.

The International Birth and Wellness Project by

IBWP is a health and social service entity designed to educate and support women and families towards a healthier pregnancy, birth, post-partum and parenting experience. We believe that birth is a universal Rite of Passage that joins all people and all generations. In our services to women and families we strive to highlight and blend the most positive, healthy beliefs and traditions of all cultures to create a diverse tapestry of knowledge and techniques that emphasize the importance of the mind, body and spirit connection. We are a collective of health professionals focused on providing holistic services during the childbearing years. Our organization consists of three inter-connected efforts referred to as our circles of influence:

  • Holistic Birth Services
  • Individual and Community Education
  • Local/Domestic and International Advocacy

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

CAPPA is the world's largest childbirth education organization.  For over a decade, CAPPA's mission has been to offer comprehensive, evidence-based education, certification, professional membership and training to childbirth educators, lactation educators, labor doulas, antepartum doulas and postpartum doulas worldwide. CAPPA is proud to provide new and expectant families access to these professionals here. Cappa is a non-profit organization headquartered in the USA, with branches worldwide. Free Online Pregnancy Class offers a free online pregnancy class that starts every day.  This program was created mostly to support moms-to-be that are stuck at home or in the hospital under bed rest and cannot physically attend or affordably attend a group class.

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