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Midwives, Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructors Teacher Train Mindfulness Childbirth and Parenting

Mindfulness Childbirth and Parenting Coach 20 CPD Points Approved Training.

TO BOOK CALL CELINE ON 07766801939 Quote CTHA member for £20.00 discount voucher!

The Mindful Birthing and Parenting Diploma, teaches individuals and health professionals to become qualified instructors of relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and birthing techniques to support pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

This course explores the profound change in not only the body but the also the mind and emotions during pregnancy and beyond. It offers successful practices to fully experience the beautiful and challenging journey of pregnancy resulting role of parent. It helps you cultivate the lifelong skills required for healthy living; using the wisdom of mindfulness and relaxation to create enhanced well-being and effective stress management.

Module One - Introduction to Mindfulness and Relaxation - Exploring how we can naturally promote an increased sense of well-being:

1. Explaining the Relaxation Response and the Stress Response
2. Cultivating the qualities of mindfulness and how this helps us develop gentleness and kindness toward ourselves. Qualities include 'beginner mind, curiosity, surrender, acceptance, trust, patience and compassion
3. The mind/body connection how psychological / physiological responses impact on our well-being
4. Create a good foundation for health and well-being by tapping into your bio chemistry to self soothe and release oxytocin.
5. Release old ‘stress related’ toxins from the mind, body and emotions using visualisation and guided imagery.
6. Physiology of Pain - and why mindfulness and other active birth techniques can help with pain management
7. Pain gate Theory, how belief systems and positive self-esteem can be a contributing factor in managing pain in labour
Module Two – How we can have a say in our increased well-being by using our minds to relate to pain and anxiety in more creative and resourceful ways:
1. Brand and Story – Simple Thoughts are not facts
2. Cultivating awareness of your internal chatter, what we think determines how we feel and how we feel determines how we act.
3. Exploring Consciousness and conditioning - recognising thoughts are not facts.
4. Letting go of preconceived ideas, exploring endorphin flow and examples of this in action.
5. Highlighting how the use of language used can play a vital part in positive labour experiences i.e. replace “pain” with more positive labels such as powerful, productive or intense.
6. Mindfulness Meditations for relaxation and other focussed awareness strategies for managing contractions
7. Tools for managing stress in pregnancy and beyond
8. Stanislavsky relaxation exercise and others, describing the art of letting go and the biological changes in body during deep relaxation, safety and trust meditation.

Module 3 - Exploring sensory awareness and acceptance and resistance

1. Birthing postures & Mindful Movement – explain how bringing about specific movements and a shift in posture can assist in freeing up tension, to manage pain, feel more in charge of what is happening and promote dilation of cervix
2. Grounding exercises i.e. Rocking back and forth on heel/toes and hoola hoop motions to release lumbar pain, squatting position being supported by partner, use of Swiss ball and other accessories
3. Bring in the non-judgemental aspect of a mindful practitioner and that transformation takes place when the individual is perfectly ready rather than a forced approach
4. Relaxation and Endorphin Elicitation - specific guided imagery for increased well-being
5. Mind/body skills for working with pain and fear in childbirth
6. Acceptance and transformation ‘being with what is’
7. Understand the mind/body connection in childbirth and how mindful awareness can be a critical element in facilitating the birth process V
8. Visual imagery techniques and simple breathing methods, explain the importance of releasing excess muscular tension during contractions and how working “with” contractions may speed up delivery,
9. Highlight importance of using positive and supportive language such as trust or flowing with the energy of contractions to facilitate easier breathing patterns.
Module Four – The Role of the birthing partner and integrating mindfulness and relaxation into the whole birthing/parenting process.
1. How the breath can be an anchor to the present moment
2. Strength, confidence and courage for childbirth using visualisation and guided imagery methods.
3. Ways to give assistance as a birth partner gentle holding and energy techniques, supporting positions on all fours to relieve back ache but to also assist gravity to promote dilation of cervix
4. To cultivate the powerful tool of ,mindfulness, moment-to-moment awareness, for the challenges of birthing and parenting
5. Highlight how a “baby steps” approach can gradually build consistency and a solid foundation into the practice of mindfulness living
6. The role of birth partner and possible anxieties and tensions they may bring to the labour scenario. A range of essential “hands on” tools are presented so the partner has a clearer understanding of how they can be of assistance as well as knowing when to “step back” and simply have presence
7. Connection meditation with your baby growing within

Approved Post Graduate Qualification in Mindful Parenting and Birthing requires 60 hours of home study learning and 16 hours of supervised skills development.

Assessment for the Diploma in Mindful birthing and Parenting occurs through:

1. Supervised skills development practice
2. One 1hr Lesson Plan (delivery and reflection write-up 1 page A4)
3. Delivery of 10 minute Mind/Body Relaxation Session
4. Reflective learning journal
5. Record of personal practice for six weeks
6. One book review, from a reading list (length 1 page A4)


Applicants need to: Have acceptable qualifications, in related areas e.g. health professionals, training professionals and those working in the field of physical, mental or emotional well-being. Or be able to demonstrate that their accumulated knowledge and skills is equal to the requirements of the above.
Complementary Therapists Association
CThA Approved Core Therapy Status
Benefits – CPD points
All students that obtain a CThA Approved Core Therapy qualification will automatically be accepted as members.

COST: £365.00

Two days supervised training Brighton Saturday 4th/5th May 2013

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