Coping with contractions

No matter how you ask this question: ‘How do I cope with contractions?’, ‘What will ease contraction pain?’, ‘How can I ease contractions?’ or ‘What things will help with contraction pain? What you are saying in one word: ‘HELP’!

Here are a few links to other websites. It’s all about…

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NZ Midwife 2-year Training/Supporting You

Who supports you?

Your clients and Common Knowledge Trust are your two support partners during this 2-year midwife training and collaborative effort.

This training may seem like a heavy lift but in fact, it will be much easier than you think. Common Knowledge Trust knows from 45 years’ experience…

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NZ Midwife 2-Year Training/The Concept

The Concept

You’ll be trained to teach a Concept that is a societal message to all expectant families:

  1. That self-learning birth and birth-coaching skills are an essential part of childbirth preparation along with choices.
  2. And using skills to do the activity of birthing your baby in every circumstance…
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NZ Midwife 2-year Training/Midwife Participation

Interested in participating? 

Personally, you might be thrilled, excited, keen to start this NZ midwife 2-year training and feel relieved something like this is now available or you might feel skeptical, critical, unbelieving and hope to prove The Concept wrong. Every willing midwife is accepted.

There are no hoops…

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Calling All New Zealand NZCOM Midwives

Your Partners can help you more


Our Nelson Charitable Trust, Common Knowledge Trust is inviting 100-150 NZ midwives to participate in a unique 2-year training of the benefits of growing a skilled birthing population for all families, every birth … no matter where the birth takes place, who…

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Calling All New Zealand Expectant Mums And Dads

We love our NZCOM midwives 


By now all of you know New Zealand is the ONLY country in the whole-wide-world with a 24/7 continuity of care Midwifery Partnership.

Our Nelson-based Charitable, Common Knowledge, has worked in New Zealand since 1996 to grow a skilled birthing population for all births…

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Give-A-Little Flyer Fundraising

Great News!

New Zealand College Of Midwives has approved our Trust, Common Knowledge Trust, to insert our flyer into the September Midwifery Journal. That’s exciting.

Our Trust can now reach 3500 NZ midwives and offer 100-150 an opportunity to join a 2-year training that is guaranteed to create positive results very rapidly.


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NZ Midwife 2-Year Training/Childbirth Trends

Understanding Childbirth Trends


This post is for childbirth nerds who have a fascination with childbirth histories.

We are where we are because we’ve done what we’ve done.

Childbirth trends are very new because modernity is very new. Our modern world is very different from our many thousands of diverse traditional…

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NZ Midwife 2-year Training/Birthing Better Childbirth Preparation

Birthing Better is one of many childbirth skills-methods


Birthing Better skills developed in the early 1970s when three skills-based childbirth methods had been well known in the US from the 1950s: Grantly Dick-Read, Lamaze, and Bradley Method. These methods focused on three specific goals:

  • Natural birth
  • Pain-free labour
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