We're here to answer any questions you have about Birthing Better with The Pink Kit Method®. This childbirth preparation system is unlike others. This Q & A is all about this childbirth system.
Hi, It has been a year to my marriage. Though we are not planning baby right now however I am suffering from iotrophobia (fear of doctors) so want their least interference. I feel pink kit can help me prepare myself better. What would be right time to start studying this. My elders suggest once I am pregnant. What do you say?
Thanks for your question. Once we figure out how to have questions and answers displayed on the FAQ then your's is a great one.
You are actually talking about two separate yet interconnected topics:
1) Discomfort with doctors
2) Becoming skilled
Become skilled! Any time you start is the right time.
There are many women/men who actually start before they get pregnant.
In fact, Kristen (one of our Pink Kit affiliates) discovered The Pink Kit Package right after her wonderful 3rd home birth.
She then went through and experienced all of the skills and did all of the exercises ... including the Internal Work.
When she fell pregnant with her fourth she was already much more skilled. Time integrates the skills between the mind and body. Visit her week-by-week 'how-to' The Pink Kit Package
The more skilled you are the more you will put your discomfort of doctors in perspective.
Let's address that issue. It's not uncommon.
Becoming more skilled in all areas of your own health and wellness will help you use the medical profession and providers in the best way for yourself. Often people are afraid of doctors because they feel so unknowledgeable and unskilled.
When you are skilled, you're also more likely to pick a physician with whom you can talk.
So, the short answer to your question ... become skilled now!
Hi There Is there any advantage to getting the pink package pack compared to the electronic version. Will you still be able to view the videos if I purchase the electronic version? Many Thanks Emma
The material in the hard copy Pink Package Package and the digital download is exactly the same. With Internet speeds getting faster and computers with more memory, we wanted to make digital downloads possible. While the material is exactly the same, digital downloads save the customer postage costs and the resource is immediately available ... no need to wait. Some expectant parents find us at 37 weeks so time is of the essence.
The digital download does only suit newer computers and high speed access. The DVD still takes time to download, it's a big file. Thanks for asking. Others will want to know.
Re: download of pink kit. Hi there! I am trying to get a hold of the pink kit but am unsure - can I download it direct from the internet after payment? ---Or are the CD's posted. I live in Delhi India and am unsure if postal service would get through. Thanks Amanda
Great question about the digital download. Until a few years ago most of us didn't have high speed Internet and we couldn't offer such a thing. How times change quickly!
Yes, as soon as you purchase The Pink Kit Package you will be able to download all 4 resources: DVD, 2 audio CDs and 1CD with 4 PDF books. The DVD is a large file and can take quite a while to download. If you have any trouble just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you right away.
Hello, I am eager to start up some prenatal classes here in Coff's Harbour. I had a home birth and found the Pink Kit very helpful, especially the birth positions and strategies. I am wondering if you would mind if I used some of the information in the kit in my classes, such as birthing positions and strategies? The classes will mostly be about, facing fears, building trust and building a birth team (at hospital or at home) and encouraging the fathers to participate with various roles, also meditation, massage and stretching.
Thanks for contacting us about The Pink Kit and your experience. BTW on our www.birthingbetter.com on top menu is a place for you to write your Pink Kit story. This is a new website and new web feature so we don't have many. Please put yours in. We also have a Pink Kit Method Facebook Page you are more than welcome to join and add your thoughts.
Here's the rub ... and we have over 40 years of experience so we understand the dilemma. On the one hand, you self-learned from our imperfect resource and that's why you found the skills helpful. On the other hand you now want to 'teach' the skills. Common Knowledge Trust knows from our vast experience that the former works and the latter doesn't.
This is good news! Instead of teaching it, become a distributor and encourage the type of self-responsibility you took. This means you can teach the things you want and inspire families to take their own responsibility in self-learning skills. You can sell, loan or rent the resources. You can also tell others how you went through the resources and how you got past the old fashioned presentation and lack of 1,2,3 order.
It's free to join and Lynley (our administrator at email@example.com) can help you sort out the details. Having people like yourself telling others that they must self learn is where the empowerment lies. We also have a sales flier on the wholesaler registration site and you can hang that up around town and sell to any expectant parent. This then grows a skilled birthing population. Your voice and experience helps people understand that being taught is not the same as self-learning. When we are taught by others we often do not own the skills. When we self-learn we do!
Is there a schedule for how the materials in the pink kit should be covered?
Thanks for your question. There is NO order for working through the DVD, 2 audio CDs and 4PDF books. Why you ask? It's sort of like learning to drive a car. You don't first learn to steer before you learn about the gas pedal, breaks, turning, looking in mirrors etc. The very best way to work with The Pink Kit is to browse the material. Pick what you want to learn first and go from there. Your purpose is to learn to integrate the skills to one another.
At 32 weeks start The Internal Work (audio CD) even if you're still browsing the other skills. Don't hesitate to contact me with further questions ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Does this system also address multiples/twin births? Because I am pregnant with twins in my 29th week and looking to have a natural birth.
Love your questions and so will others. Birthing Better with The Pink Kit Method® is a WHOLE new approach to pregnancy and childbirth entirely from our viewpoint as expectant families. This is how we'd explain:
- None of us get pregnant to 'have' a Cesarean or vaginal birth. We all get pregnant to 'have' a baby ... or in your case more than one.
- This means that every Pink Kit family chose to prepare their pregnant body to become a birthing body ... as an expression of enjoyment (between us as partners/family) and manifestation of our role as parents.
- In other words, we knew that one day our baby/ies would be born and our role is always to work with his/her efforts to be born.
- This relationship between our pregnancy and the birth of our baby/ies never varied not under any circumstances.
- We also committed to learning then using the Birthing Better Pink Kit skills in our two equal yet different roles (birthing woman and coaching dad/other) during the journey our baby/ies took in order to come out of our pregnant/birthing body. We did this regardless of the way our baby/ies entered the world. We did this as an essential expression of our role as parents.
All other childbirth systems start off by separating types of birth. Birthing Better Pink Kit skills embrace the birth of all our babies. Pink Kit families birth better in any birth they and their baby experience even though the birth might not be as they hoped or wished for.
No matter how your twins come out of your body, you are doing the activity of giving birth while they are doing the activity of being born.
Don't hesitate to ask more questions.
Hi there, I live in London, I feel interested in getting the pink kit but I was wondering if the DVD´s could be played in our DVD region code which is 2 and another important question can the kit be delivered to me in England? many thanks
Yes, our DVD does play worldwide either as a PAL (as in the UK and most of the world) and NTSC (in the US and Canada). You can also order Birthing Better with The Pink Kit Method® as a digital download. Remember there is 1 DVD, 2 audio CDs and 1 CD with 4 ebooksPDF.
My wife and I are looking into buying the pink kit package. This will be her third birth, but first free birth, and this will be my first birth as a father ever. Is there a good amount of information in the PK package to help me understand, build confidence, and know what to do, or do I need any extra items? And she is about 28 weeks in, so will we have enough time to absorb this info? Be well, Lane Watson
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We have a audio CD in the Just for Series ... for women who want to have a VBAC. These CDs were made to explain the bigger picture of why it's so important to take a skills-based approach to pregnancy and childbirth particularly when wanting to achieve a successful vaginal birth after a previous Cesarean. They were produced 10 years ago.
Recently we've been creating more resources to more deeply explain the necessity and the written PDF became available 2010.
We make these available because people are still very hesitant to purchase a resource that might be like ones available elsewhere .... It takes time to explain to people that Birthing Better with The Pink Kit Method® is unique, for all pregnancies and comprehensives skills for all births and equally important for pregnancy women and coaching dad/other.
Neither of these are the skills. The skills are in The Pink Kit Package. That has a DVD (the body preparation), 2 audio CDS ... Internal Work and Birth Journey and a CD with 4 ebooks (Managing Skills, Companion guide, New Focus: Breath, Language and Touch and the PK book).
There's a free list of the most important parts of these resources that every pregnant family should work through from 24 weeks onward ... but if you're 36 weeks just speed up your learning. Any preparation is better than none, the more the better. Any skills used are better than none and the more the better.
For the past 40 years childbirth has existed in a 'choice-based approach' and letting a big object out of our body requires many more skills.
So, if you just want to get stuck into learning the skills then skip both of the other resources and purchase the PKPackage. You might also like to read any of the 3 free PDFs if you still need to understand the impact these skills have on families
How will i know for sure that i have started my labour and that its time for me to head to the birthing center?
Hi Phub Zam
It's some times difficult to know exactly at what moment you are in labor. If you have worked through The Pink Kit Package, done the Internal Work, learned The Pelvic Clock and Directed Breathing etc then during this strange period as you move from being pregnant to knowing you are in labor then just start using those skills and periodically check yourself.
In other words, begin to use your skills so that once labor starts and labor pains become intense then you'll have developed a habit of using skills to respond to the rapid changes in your body.
During this transition period between pregnancy and labor is a time to keep calming yourself down and learning how your baby is preparing your body. Each tightening of your uterus now becomes a message from your baby.
In this early phase if your baby is just preparing your body gently then the 'pre-labor' contractions will not get longer, closer together or more intense. That's ok ... just keep doing the skills, learning, becoming comfortable.
If this pre-labor continues for more than 12 hours then use the skills in Managing Skills resource on Niggling Labor. Instead of getting tired and irritable just work with your partner or family with this question: 'What do I want to do now?' This is the best question to ask until your contractions get longer, stronger and closer together. Do something then do something again ... walk, eat, go to a movie, shower ... keep living your life, using your skills and learning the rhythm.
Once the contractions get longer, stronger and closer together then you can 'check yourself' again to feel for 'change' inside. The tissue up there will get thinner and smoother. Then at some point you'll be able to feel the the rim of your cervix.
Your Birth Center probably has a rule or suggestion that you don't arrive before your contractions are 5 minutes apart and lasting 1 min long. You'll need to check with them.
As this transition period moves into 'active labor' then the contractions will get longer, stronger and closer together every hour or so. This does become obvious. If that's not happening then drop back into 'What do I want to do now.' You don't need to rush into being in labor. Your baby is giving you and your body time to change gently over time if the pre-labor lingers. Just keep working with the skills and balance doing things and resting.
Hi I've really got two questions to ask about The Pink Kit. Firstly, will the skills it teaches still be useful to me as an older first time mum,whose partner doesn't want to be informed or involved in the childbirth process (I don't have friends or family close enough to ask either) Secondly, can I still use a TENS machine to reduce the pain of labour without interfering with the process. Many Thanks.
So happy you reached out to ask those questions.
Here's where these skills come from: .... any pregnant family, with any type of circumstances because pregnancy will eventually lead to the activity of giving birth (from your perspective) and from being born (your baby's perspective).
So ... get joy from preparing your pregnant body to become a birthing body. Then learn skills so you can work with your baby's efforts to be born no matter how your baby is born ... even whether you labor and have a vaginal birth, labor and have a Cesarean birth or a non-laboring Cesarean delivery. Skills are what you can use to always work with your baby's birthing journey because together you are taking a journey.
Second. Many men think pregnancy and birth is a woman's world. However, all men were born from a woman's body which means men are hard-wired to know about birth. No woman has ever been inside a man's body. He needs to know this.
He also needs to know that the skills to let a big object out of your body are based on our human body which we share. By helping you learn to open your body, he protects both you and his child. By helping you work through the process of letting this big object out, he is showing his child that birth is an activity that a family can do together. What many men need to understand is that giving birth is an exercise in plumbing ... you need to open up a container to let a big object come down, through and out.
Birthing Better is about practical skills.
He can browse the below expectant fathers blog. You can download the free PDF on www.birthingbetter.com called 3 Births and ask him to just read the fathers' Birth Stories. Then download the free 'must-do' guide so you cherry pick the most important skills to learn over the next weeks/months.
Also welcome him to be in touch. Skills are not rocket science and will give you confidence ... and they are reasonably funny to learn. Even if he just learns the Breathing skills in New Focus PDF in the Pink Kit Package that will help.
These skills evolved in the early 1970s with families ... not just women. Men wanted practical skills that worked alongside birth professionals and those that didn't irritate the crap out of the woman.
Hope this helps.
Finally, if you want to use TENS no worries. Use whatever you want. Look at it like driving a car. You have to learn heaps of skills, practice until you're able to perfect them, take a test (the birth). But when you or your husband drive now, both of you must continually use and adapt those multiple skills at every single moment you are driving no matter the conditions, how you feel or what is happening to or around you. So, learn, practice and use your skills at every single moment during your birthing journey ... and you can hate every single second but know you've managed the activity well.
How long does it typically take to learn the material? How does the Pink Kit compare to the Bradley birth class?
Thanks for contacting us. I do have a less common name ... Wintergreen, but at 67 I assume people will just roll with it.
On www.birthingbetter.com is a free download of a 'must-do list' week-by-week of The PKPackage. Ideally start about 24 weeks however if you've discovered this at 38 weeks then browse through the material and start anywhere that strikes your fancy.
There are also 3 other free PDF resources: 2 Birth Plans, 3 Births and 3 Birth roles.
Now, to the question about how Bradley and Birthing Better with The Pink Kit Method® differ.
1) The PK skills come from just ordinary people while Bradley comes from a doctor
2) Bradley, like Lamaze, seeks to achieve more 'natural birth'. The PK focuses on the fact 100% of pregnant women will give birth. We believe that all pregnant women should prepare their pregnant body to become a birthing body then learn skills so that no matter how a baby is born the mother and father can always have skills to work with their baby's efforts. This means the skills work in all births and adapt. My daughter and her husband had their first baby a year ago. She bled at 31 weeks and spent the next 8 at home not certain whether she would have a non-laboring c/s or a trial of labor. She and her husband thoroughly enjoyed learning the skills and preparing for their son's birth. They used the skills during every doctor visit until it was determined a c/s would be safer. The day before the surgery, along with her Braxton-Hicks contractions they used their skills. On the day of surgery they used their skills on way to hospital, while being prepped, during their son's birth and in recovery. On the other hand, my son and his wife gave birth 5 months ago and also prepared with the resource. She had a 4 hour birth from start to finish, loved every moment. Had extensive 2 degree tears and she said: 'We didn't do enough internal work ... next time we will'. So The PK is about developing a relationship in pregnancy to 'how-to' do the activity of giving birth no matter what is happening to or around you.
3) The PK is just skills for both mothers/fathers-to-be and based on our human body and behaviors. This means it's easy for men to learn the skills and become comfortable with how to help a 3-D object come through your 3-D body.
Hello, my name is Amelia and I am 2 months away from giving birth to my first child. I haven't really prepared for anything yet and am looking for something to better prepare me for this experience. Is it too late to start the Pink Kit now with only two months left? I didn't decide until recently that I wanted a natural childbirth and hope it's not too late to ready myself. At what point durring pregnancy should I have started this kit to get the full experience?
Hi. I was wondering if I could purchase the information on Mapping the Pelvis separately?
I am 32 weeks pregnant and just recently discovered the pink kit. Do you have any suggestions for someone whose husband gets queasy and mentally overwhelmed when it comes to birth and pain and medical situations. He has told me that just the thought of the pain the person has gone through makes him queasy. For instance, he doesn't like seeing or even talking about broken bones; when his mom gave birth to his sister he went to visit her in the hospital hours after the birth and turned green when he saw his mom and the baby beside her. Just thinking about what went on mentally overwhelmed him, almost like he gets physically connected to what happened or is happening; he tried donating blood the other day and the whole situation was stopped because he couldn't relax and got the shivers. This is the same for the other males in his family. They just don't handle medical situations well. They turn green. What would you suggest or recommend for me to do knowing this about him. Should I just have him "wait outside" when I'm in labor and going to give birth? Is there a way he can prepare? Would I be better off having him do a completely different role or for my sake not be that involved or around? My mom is going through the pink kit with me to be my birth partner instead. Both she and my husband are important people to me. What would you recommend? It's not that he doesn't want to support, it's probably more that mentally, knowing his background, he might not be as useful. Or could he be? What do you think?Hi Sabrina and husband (name?)
: Hi, I am an RN hired at a soon to be opening birth center in Mpls, MN. I am beginning to put together some educational materials and had the following questions. What is your policy for business use of your program? Do you have the pink kit in Spanish? Do you have any resources in Spanish? The Pink Kit seems designed for personal use, has it been used effectively as part of a Child Birth class at a birth center or hospital?
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