BirthRite Workshop for Midwives
Breathing and Bodywork
We all know how to breathe… but do we???

Half-day Workshop at Your Location

Workshop Leader: Monika Boenigk, CM, CNS, Childbirth Educator, Dip Couns

Breathing and bodywork workshop

For most of us, most of the time, breathing comes naturally. So naturally, that we are barely aware of it. But in childbirth, awareness of breathing is crucial. Breathing is the fabric which holds a woman together in labour. An acute awareness of various breathing modalities is required of both woman and midwife. The first part of this workshop concentrates on developing this awareness and on mastering techniques for the control of breathing in the various phases of labour. Midwives learn to appreciate every nuance of breathing: timing, rhythm, depth, effort and making constructive sounds. The focus is always on “relaxing and opening”.

Breathing and bodywork workshop

In the Body-and-Pelvic-Awareness part of the workshop, we will survey the physical areas that matter in childbirth: neck, shoulders, pelvis, soft birth passage and thighs. We will experiment with bodywork which brings awareness of these areas. The exercises strengthen, and at the same time relax, these parts of the body. By practising the exercises themselves, midwives will develop their skills in helping women to gain access to, and get the most out of, these parts of the body during labour. In being subjected to some fairly uncomfortable stretching exercises, midwives will get a sense of their internal resources helping them to cope with these sensations, just as a woman needs to do when she inevitably discovers that labour is “more painful than she thought”….

All the exercises are suitable for pregnant women to explore during antenatal classes, or antenatal bodywork, and form an integral part of the preparation for normal childbirth.

This workshop provides a firm foundation for implementing the relaxation strand of holistic midwifery.


After completion of this workshop

Breathing and bodywork workshop

Note: We require a large, quiet, well-ventilated room. For our practical exercises near floor level, each participant needs to bring a blanket or small mat. Suitable for approximately 14–18 participants.

For further details of this workshop, please contact BirthRite Head Office (Germany).
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