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Our History


cathy-daubCathy Daub designed and taught the first BirthWorks classes in New Jersey in 1981.

My first birth was a cesarean for a single footling breech, and then I had a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) without interventions for my second birth. When my husband and I moved from Massachusetts to New Jersey, I found out women were having planned repeat cesareans even though VBAC is a safer option in most cases. As I believe women should be encouraged to birth in the path of least risk, I designed and taught BirthWorks classes to educate and inform women about the safety of VBACs, and also to help prevent the first cesarean. My passion for birth has grown since then, especially because of the research on primal health (the time from conception to the end of the first year of life), knowing that what a baby experiences during that time–including whether or not hormonal behaviors are able to be expressed–is known to have permanent effects into adulthood. Good childbirth education is crucial now more than ever before. Women need to know that the knowledge about how to give birth is already inside of them and childbirth education needs to be directed towards helping them to have more trust and faith in that knowledge.

~ Cathy Daub

BirthWorks joined The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) in 1982 and Cathy served as chairperson of the education committee for the organization to develop BirthWorks into a certification program. The program was completed in 1988 and the first childbirth educator training workshop was held. In 1994 BirthWorks became incorporated to form its own non-profit organization with a full Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.

Cathy Daub is a physical therapist who has worked with handicapped children over the last 25 years. She is the founder and designer of BirthWorks International, a non-profit organization with childbirth educator and doula certification programs and which offers childlbirth preparation classes and doula services. Cathy is a music teacher, childbirth educator, doula, and performs Maya Abdominal Massage. She has taught childbirth education and doula workshops nationwide over the last 22 years. She brings together all her talents to present a unique and experiential approach to childbirth education.

Cathy is co-founder of the BirthWorks International doula program and also teaches national doula training workshops. She is writer for the BirthWorks Childbirth Educator Manual, author of Birthing In The Spirit,Doulas of Love: A Guidebook for Doulas and Expectant Parents, and composer of the CD of original birthing songs entitled Believe.

Cathy teaches workshops on human values, nutrition, and parenting. She is a world traveler having spent 3 ½ years abroad visiting 50 countries of the world giving her a unique perspective on women of other cultures and their beliefs. She is the mother of two children. Cathy believes that birth is an integration of the mind, body, and spirit and has dedicated her life to helping women and children to reach their full human potential.