- Please press here to view the BirthWorks International Philosophies video.
- The knowledge about how to give birth already exists inside every woman. Women’s bodies were designed to give birth.
- The nutrition of a pregnant woman has a great impact on the health of her baby from its life as a fetus through adulthood and that breast milk provides optimum nutrition for the newborn baby.
- A woman will labor the best wherever she feels the safest and most secure. For some that may be a hospital; for others it may mean at home or in an alternative birthing center.
- Birthing a baby requires integration of the mind, body, and spirit.
- Birth is one of the greatest challenges life has to offer. It provides an opportunity for personal growth.
- While a cesarean section can be necessary at times, the current rate is too high.
- In most cases, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) is a safer alternative to routine repeat cesareans.
- Birth Works is a process, not a method. BirthWorks seeks to facilitate a woman’s or a couple’s personal process in childbearing, not to impart a preconceived method of labor and birth. There is not one right way to give birth; each birth is unique.
- A woman in labor deserves an environment in which her privacy, autonomy, and emotional security are protected, and her mobility is encouraged.
- Expectant parents should have access to information they need about obstetrical procedures. They should participate in decisions regarding the judicious use of obstetrical medications and procedures.
- A woman’s beliefs influence her birth. Exploring her beliefs heightens self-awareness, serving as a catalyst for positive change.
- The emotions of a birthing woman have profound effects on the birth outcome. Women must be allowed to express all their birth-related feelings.
- The practice of Human Values builds character and instills confidence in birth and life.
- Love is the foundation upon which positive birthing begins, and that one must have love of oneself before being able to love others.
BirthWorks embodies the philosophy of developing a woman’s self-confidence, trust, and faith in her innate ability to give birth. It is our mission to train childbirth educators and doulas who in turn provide evidence-based, current information to birthing families through a unique experiential approach that is based on human values. BirthWorks seeks working relationships with other childbirth related organizations, striving together to help birthing families make more informed and safe choices for birth.
BirthWorks, through the practice of its mission and values, manifests a global vision in which:
Women are empowered by the truth that birth is instinctive and that the knowledge about how to give birth is born within them. They have trust and faith in their ability to give birth.
Women have access to birthing places of their choice, where they feel safe and protected
Women are supported by caregivers who believe in normal, natural birth and minimal intervention
Birthing families receive current evidence-based information in childbirth classes, dispelling fear-inducing myths which have been propagated by the media
Babies are born gently and given immediate skin-to-skin contact, breastfed through the first year and beyond, and raised in nurturing environments.