Extolling the virtues of a childbirth kit
This is an article I wrote for a Nursing Journal. I have been inspired to share the knowledge of the 'Pink Kit' I have used in preparation for the birth of my second baby. It has taught me childbirth is a learned skill and by knowing and understanding our body, we can take control and progress the birth of our baby. The kit is a self-educational package in simple language and is easy to use. It consists of a DVD, 4 ebooks and 2 audio CDs to facilitate and validate the learning process. Part of the kit is learning about our anatomy and includes mapping your pelvic outlet. This is important as you then learn what positions to use during childbirth that help to keep you 'open'. Other exercises and positions are also detailed and can be performed to assist with such issues as labour not progressing or persistent pain in the same place. The directed breathing techniques help to keep you focused, relaxed and later on, moving through painful contractions. The kit does not replace medical intervention but does provide women, their partners and support people with knowledge about birth that has been learned from women and men of diverse backgrounds. It is essential knowledge for women and men wanting to prepare for, progress and assist with childbirth. As health care professionals, I believe it is important to share such knowledge so others may benefit.