The enjoyment of learning

As you prepare for your baby’s birth and work through your baby’s birth journey

Common Knowledge Trust was entrusted with creating a self-learning childbirth education course for all expectant mothers and fathers-to-be based on comprehensive skills developed by hundreds of ordinary families in the early 1970s used in EVERY type of birth. The Birthing Better resource was made available online in 2000.

You will learn very specific skills to prepare your pregnant body for the birth of your baby based on a wonderful and simple shared, common Body Language. Please start from 24 weeks onward. Then you will be guided through effective birth and birth coaching skills that will work for you no matter where you birth, with whom or the circumstances. Whether you have a non-laboring Caesarean, an unexpected Caesarean after labor, have a highly medical labor and vaginal birth or a natural birth in hospital or home these skills will provide you focus and give you a deep and satisfying connection to yourself, each other and your baby’s birth journey.

In the Birthing Better resource you will …

Common Knowledge Trust is a  New Zealand not-for-profit charitable Trust with a mission to grow a skilled birthing population worldwide. All proceeds from the sale of Birthing Better resources return to the Trust to further the mission.

The Birthing Better resource is your TEACHER for use in the privacy of your own home. Learn at your own pace. These phenomenal skills are accessible to everyone, work well with all other skills-based techniques yet provide incredibly unique skills found in no other childbirth preparation resource. Your Birthing Better skills will work well with all birth providers and will lead you toward a positive and enriched birth experience.

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Investigate and focus on your unique pregnancy and birth situation and how Birthing Better skills will work no matter where you birth, what type of birth you plan, want or fear.
Discover our ‘Common Body Pregnancy Skills’ that create space for your baby, soften inside your body that make birth safer, more progressive and less traumatic for you and your baby.
Develop, share and effectively use throughout your pregnancy and your birth a ‘Common Body Language’ that builds confidence and competency.
Delight in learning adaptable and adjustable Directed Breathing skills along with Deep Touch Relaxation that cues internal body relaxation.
Develop non-verbal and verbal ‘Common Communication Skills’ that give you and your partner/other excellent Teamwork skills to work through your baby’s birth journey.
Increase your positive management, coping, working through and dealing with birth/coaching skills that decrease your negative birthing behaviors.
Expand the way you approach your coming birth by creating both a conventional Birth Plan and a Skills-based Birth Plan and fully understand the 3 roles in childbirth.
Attune your ability to practice your birth and coaching skills in your ordinary daily situations so they will become second nature for use as your birth unfolds.
Learn how to work through each of the 5 Phases of every contraction, recognize effective contractions so you will always feel in control throughout your birth.
Learn to apply your skills that will increase your inner relaxation and decrease internal tensions as you work through the natural occurring pain of birth.
Be guided exactly how to prepare your baby’s birth passage in order to prevent or reduce trauma to yourself or baby during 2nd stage of birth.
Take the fear out of your birth with Mindfulness skills that keep you in the Now and able to get into the Flow even if you hate the experience.

Learn the tried and true skills that make birth safer for you and your baby, that give you and your partner the confidence to face the unknown of your coming birth, that keep you in control and on top of your birth experience no matter the circumstances and creating Life-long positive birth memories of how you and your partner/other worked together through your baby’s birth journey.

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It`s all about skills

The Birthing Better skills have been developed over 40 years with countless families. What you will find today is an extensive and in depth collection of the most effective techniques and skills to help you gain greater control of your body and give you confidence on your birth journey. If you’ve ever wondered … ‘How do I birth?’ or ‘What can I do during the birth?’ or ‘How can I help my partner give birth?’ or ‘I want to know how to birth’ … then Birthing Better skills are for YOU.

When to start learning

Ideal start preparing your pregnant body around 24 weeks but if you’re reading this at 40 wks+ don’t fret … pick and choose the skills you want RIGHT NOW!

The online course is specifically set up to address your unique and individual situation such as what type of birth you are planning and where you want to birth. Then you can PICK AND CHOOSE which skills you want to learn and in what order. You might be fascinated about creating more space inside your body for your baby … so start with the Body Skills segments.

But there are SO many skills!

You bet there are! Preparing your body to give birth is simple when you have the right skills but it’s so essential. You’re giving your baby the best possible birth when you become skilled.

If you think for a moment that taking care of a baby doesn't require heaps of diverse skills then think twice. Preparing for birth and learning birth and birth coaching skills is far simpler … only 5-15 minutes every day or two. Yes there are heaps of skills and you might not use all of them but every one has been important to some birthing family at some point.

There are many reasons why expectant mothers and fathers learn skills. No matter your reason you can fill the Time it takes to birth your baby with skills that will leave you feeling incredibly empowered. Time is both your friend and enemy. Without skills you are likely to feel overwhelmed, out of control, passive and disconnected. With skills every single inhale and exhale can be skilled. Every position or posture can have an intent. Knowing exactly how to cope, manage, deal with, work through and experience birthing your baby changes birth from something that happens to you to something you know you did well. That was the goal of every single Birthing Better mother and father … to birth their baby well.