- "child birth with out fear"
- uses controlled breathing and conscious and progressive relaxation of different muscle groups through out the entire body
this method instructs a woman to relax completely between contractions and keep all muscles except the uterus relaxed during contractions
promote a healthy, natural, and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting by advocating and working with health care providers, parents, and professional child birth educators
based on the idea of "birth without violence"
environmental variables are stressed to ease the transistion of the fetus from the uterus to the external environment (dim lights, soft voices, warm birthing room) water births are based on this method
stresses the partner's involvement as the birthing coach
this method emphasizs increasing self-awareness and teaching the woman to deal with the stress of labor by tuning into her own body
the mother is encouraged to trust her body and use natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education throughout her pregnancy