❌ A checklist downloaded from the internet is not going to cut it.
❌ Using your friend’s birth plan that worked for her is not going to cut it.
❌ Piecing bits together from internet searches is not going to cut it.
✅ What you need is a guide to take the stress and fear out of thinking about birth and start planning and preparing.
✅ What you need is to stop endless searches that lead you down a rabbit hole of horror stories and start getting the right information.
✅ What you need is a plan that empowers you to get what you want.
✅ What you need are the language and tools to explain your needs.
✅ What you need is the ability to effectively communicate your wishes to your birth team
✅ When you have these in place you will go into your birth feeling calm, confident and in control.
HI! I’m Karen. I’ve been a midwife for 25 years and I have watched how things have changed. Being pregnant in the 21st century is now a minefield of choices that can easily detract from the joy of giving birth.
I have seen too many couples being coerced into making decisions from a place of fear and uncertainty when offered interventions they do not fully understand.
I do not want this to happen to you.
– WHY YOU NEED THE 10 DAY BIRTH PLAN –
✅ A 10 step process to give you the confidence you need to have the birth you want.
✅ 10 video lessons + mini ebooks to help you figure out why the stuff you read sounds so scary and help you move beyond that fear with proven techniques.
✅ 10 brainstorming worksheets to help you see the big picture (real life birth is NOT like the movies)
✅ 10 days of guided learning + cheat sheets to give you the language to discuss your wishes with your care provider.
YOUR OWN UNIQUE BIRTH PLAN
PLUS THE NECESSARY TOOLS
SO THAT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
AND YOU KNOW HOW TO GET IT
✅ By the end of 10 days you have enough information to create a birth plan that is realistic and uniquely personal to you and your partner
✅ You will have the language, skills and the confidence to discuss your plan with your care provider and make the any tweaks or adjustments
✅ You will understand the factors that are out of your control and how to maximise your efforts to let go of these and focus on the factors that are within your control.
✅ Click the link below to listen to the podcast I did about birth plans if you are still feeling unsure.
Even though I ended up going for a c/section, I still had total trust in my body and knew that it was the right decision for me, thanks to all the classes with KarenKatarina, Germany
Karen taught me about “holding space” before I even knew it was a thing. The lessons I learned from her altered the course of my life. My pregnancy and birth experience was so amazing that it inspired me to become a doula.Hayley Rand
Karen helped me to understand the non-necessity of modern medical interventions and when to be able to say ‘no’Iram Ansari
DAY 1 PAIN VS SENSATION
The fear of pain can easily lead you into a negative and counter productive Fear/Tension/Pain cycle. Understanding what causes it and that there is a purpose and a reason behind it will help you to prepare effectively and learn powerful techniques to cope with it so that you use it effectively to manage the way you experience your labor.
DAY 2 POSITION
What is the best position to give birth in and why does it matter? Today you will learn how your body and your baby work together and how you can maximise your labor experience by staying active
DAY 3 PASSAGE & PELVIS
Today you learn about how your pelvis is perfectly designed to accommodate your baby (and how easily you can be led to believe that your baby is “too big”). When you understand how your baby moves down the birth canal you can optimise your position and movements to work together with your baby and shorten your labor.
DAY 4 POWER
Giving birth can be scary because it is so powerful. You may never have felt such power surging through your body. Just as you do not have to remind your heart to beat or your lungs to breathe, you do not need to show your body how to give birth. In this lesson you will learn all about the power of your body and how to cope with the intensity. We also talk about the power struggles that can occur in the hospital system when you know what you want – and I will guide you with the language to use to make sure you get it.
DAY 5 YOUR BABY (THE PASSENGER)
Your baby plays an integral role in being born. Today you will learn about how your baby is born and we tap into connecting with your baby so that you can work together as a team. You should not feel as if you are doing it on your own. You are giving birth and your baby is being born.
DAY 6 BREATHING TECHNIQUES (PRANAYAMA)
i was inspired to study prenatal yoga because of the women I met who used yoga and breathing techniques so effectively when I was working as a midwife in the labor room. They were able to stay calm and centred despite the intensity of the sensations and to use their breath to cope. I learned so much from them and then took my studies further to be able to teach these techniques to you. I also have a birth breathing app which we will use.
DAY 7 YOUR PERINEUM
This is the skin between your vagina and anus that you want to protect. Your pelvic floor changes in response to the increased weight of your pregnancy as well as the hormones. Kegels exercises are not enough – you need to learn how to use your breath and how to release when giving birth. I will also be teaching you how to discuss episiotomy with your care provider and how to avoid having one.
DAY 8 YOUR PARTNER
Whether or not your partner joins you on this course or watches the videos or reads the ebooks, he or she will be an integral part of your birth. How will you include your partner and what is their role. Very often they shy away from courses and classes because they are so unsure of how they can help and almost feel inadequate. Let’s empower your partner to be the best they can be because we both know that is exactly what they want too!
DAY 9 YOUR PLACE OF BIRTH
You may already have decided where you will give birth, but there are still many considerations to make. If you are having a hospital birth, I will help you to manage your expectations and guide you to make the best of the policy driven system.
DAY 10 YOUR PLACENTA and AFTER THE BIRTH
Today we discuss the different ways to manage your third stage and the importance of delayed cord clamping. We talk about the hormone oxytocin again and the golden hour after birth. This is the last day of lessons but you will have access to the videos for a lifetime!
Everybody loves a little something extra and I love giving gifts. Check your inbox after you have signed up and you will find the first of 3 bonus gifts to get you started on your 10 Day Online Birth Plan. Get colouring while you wait for the course to begin.