I’m about to take a 12-hour plane trip in two weeks which I enjoy. Sometimes I like to read the book-of-the day, watch movies and fiddle with something else. Shopping today for the trip I ran across Brain Games … stimulate problem-solving and focus concentration. Many people do Word Find, Crosswords, Suduko and other mind games. The introduction to this brain book reminded me of what’s happening with childbirth.

Over the last 25 years, the popular media have eagerly stepped up to report the latest recommendations to keep our bodies in a healthy state. But only very recently has there been much mainstream mention of how to maintain a well-functioning and healthy mind.

Couple the Mind to Body

For the past 40 years, the popular media has reported the latest recommendations that will lead to a good birth experience. That recommendation is for expectant couples to learn as much as possible so they can make informed choices. However, the mainstream media has not yet tweaked on the need to have good childbirth skills for mothers and fathers-to-be so that birthing women and birth-coaching dads/other can yoke the Brain and the Body! Good birth skills do that.

This brain book then goes on:

And it’s pretty much common knowledge in the importance of emotional fitness. We need to connect with family and friends, have good support networks, make time for fun and laughter. Yet, despite all the news and advice, one extremely important element of healthy lifestyle has only very recently begun to get the attention it deserves. That essential component is cognitive fitness.

In childbirth, couples have also been told of the importance of making Birth Plans. So gathering information and birth plans have been promoted as the road to a successful birth. Yet, the use of medical pain relief, elective cesareans, and even emergency cesarean deliveries is on the rise.

Although ‘cognitive fitness’ is beginning to catch people’s eye and the media, having good birth skills for women and men or even connecting being pregnant with learning to birth is not even in the media radar or the childbirth arena.

Like this book that states

this guide is so important and designed to fill that gap and provide you with brain-challenging puzzles and mental exercises that can help you train your brain and keep it ‘fit’ for years to come….

The Birthing Better online birthing classes fill in the gap left by focusing entirely on ‘information’ and ‘choice’.

To have a positive birth in all births (remember having a healthy, active mind can take place in a person who has major health issues and needs lots of medical attention and birth skills are the same) … we need to be skilled.

Did you notice the book used the word ‘common knowledge’? That’s the name of our Trust.

Birthing Better skills were developed by moms and dads in the early 1970s in the US and used by many thousands globally in all types of birth. Birthing Better online birthing classes are housed in Common Knowledge Trust.