Saturday, May 14, 2011

Growing Developments for BirthKuwait and EngagingBirth

There have been so many new and exciting developments for both BirthKuwait and EngagingBirth, that I haven't been able to keep up with my blog lately. On May 5th, a group of 40+ women met at my home in Salmiya. We talked about the creation of a new organization called BirthKuwait. We want mothers and babies in Kuwait to have access to the best resources and services available today. Through this organization, we will create a website that we intend on being the central-hub in Kuwait for information and resources related to pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. We will also create an online Kuwait Birth Survey to help improve transparency of maternity services and provide reviews of practitioners and facilities. In addition, we plan to facilitate future training workshops for doulas, prenatal education and breastfeeding specialists, and possibly prenatal yoga or water-aerobics instructors so that there are more resources available in Kuwait.

I was really touched by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm for this organization. We collected names and contact information from women who want to be members of BirthKuwait, and from other women who were interested or willing to volunteer in the future. Once we have the website up and running, we will begin mobilizing the volunteer and outreach sectors of BirthKuwait- so for all of you who passed on your contact info, enjoy your summer and expect to hear from us in the fall!



In addition to BirthKuwait's growth and development- I recently added to some of my own professional development. I took advantage of Katharine Graves visit to Kuwait over the weekend of May5th- and participated in a four day intensive HypnoBirthing teacher training workshop. HypnoBirthing is an antenatal teaching approach that helps mother's reprogram the way that they look at birth by eliminating fear and building confidence and trust in their body's ability to birth their baby normally and naturally by using guided imagery and deep relaxation. The focus of HypnoBirthing is primarily labor and birth. I also took my certifying exam for Lamaze the week before (you have to have 60+ hours of teaching time and extensive training before you even qualify for the exam). I look forward to incorporating the HypnoBirthing relaxation techniques into my EngagingBirth antenatal classes, and will finally be able to put LCCE (Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator) after my name instead of just Lamaze trained. In addition, I will be completing my Pre-natal Yoga certification in the USA in June- so I look forward to offering prenatal yoga through EngagingBirth in the fall as well- another important ingredient for pregnancy that highlights the mind-body connection. Like I said- lots of exciting developments for BirthKuwait and EngagingBirth!

In addition- great news for mothers in Kuwait- there were three other women in the training seminar, so now there are at least four hypnobirthing instructors in Kuwait! Hopefully we will soon be able to post their contact info on the new BirthKuwait website in the fall. I will keep you informed as things develop.

2 comments:

  1. WOW, I definitevily want you as my pregnancy&labour partner, I <3 the way how you fuse lamaze with hypnobirthing and yoga. Wishing u tons of luck!

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  2. We are so proud of your accomplishments and look forward to further collaborations between us!
    Will definitely recommend your services + would hope to beagle to have you as a coach in the near future
    Cheers

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