Birthlight Yoga for Maternity training

Birthlight Yoga Maternity ProfessionalsBirthlight Yoga for Maternity aims to enhance women’s comfort during pregnancy and labour and to reduce the need for medical intervention in childbirth with carefully selected and tested adaptations of yoga. ‘Birthlight Yoga’ teachers will be able to impart to pregnant and labouring women the understanding and skills they require in  order to be positively involved in their birth experience, however the process unfolds at the time. Rather than  information, women take body memories and awareness to their labour space: this is how yoga is effective.

‘Birthlight Yoga’ has been developed in collaboration with midwives over 20 years. The course was inspired by Amazonian rainforest midwives and by women using their breath to ‘exhale push’ without strain irrespective of previous experience of yoga or levels of fitness.

The course is in full conformity with NICE guidelines for normalising birth (2008). Research has confirmed that central oxytocin levels associated with positive outcomes are raised by yoga practice (McNabb 2003).

Midwife and Birthlight tutor, Wendy Gadsden shares her experiences of using Birthlight yoga in NHS practice and makes a case for a move away from cascades of intervention in pregnancy and birth

Who is the course for?

The course is open to applicants with an interest for yoga who are:

  • Registered health professionals (midwife, health visitor, obstetrician, etc)
  • Qualified doulas
  • Certified childbirth educators
  • Children centre’s staff
  • Qualified Birthlight teachers

There is a pre-reading for those who are not health professionals.

Birthlight yoga for maternity level 1 (3 days)

Course Outline

  • Provides resources to design safe and effective Birthlight Yoga classes for the antenatal period and to use yoga resources on the labour ward
  • Offers a standard and well tested set of adapted postures and breathing practices that are conducive to optimal fitness in pregnancy and that will facilitate‘normal’ childbirth and ease postnatal recovery
  • Assists implementation of Birthlight Yoga within a publicly funded birthing unit

How is this course assessed?

This course is tutor assessed by means of a simple practical and some home study. Coursework consists of a worksheet and a case study (minimum of 4 sessions). It should be submitted within six months following the course.

What qualification is gained on this course?

On completion of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Training that entitles them to teach towards their case studies as probational teachers, valid for one year. On satisfactory completion of their course assignments, probational teachers gain the Certified Birthlight Yoga for Maternity Level 1 teaching qualification.

Birthlight Yoga Maternity Professionals

Birthlight yoga for maternity level 2 (2 days)

Course outline

  • Develops the role of simple yoga in preventative care and in alleviation common ailments during pregnancy, intrapartum and postnatally
  • Helps in gaining a greater understanding of psychosomatic processes and offers simple practices toalleviate maternal anxiety before and after birth
  • Assists women to take a greater responsibility for their own health and their baby’s health antenatally
  • Offers assistance in preparing audits in order to assess benefits.

How is this course assessed?

This course is tutor assessed by means of a simple practical at the end of the course.

What qualification is gained on this course?

On successful completion of the Level 2 practical assessment, Level 1 certified teachers obtain the qualification of Certified Birthlight Teacher in Yoga for Maternity. This is the full teaching qualification recognized for purposes of insurance and professional accreditation with the Royal College of Midwives.

The Birthlight Yoga for Maternity Level 1 and Level 2 courses are accredited with the Royal College of Midwives.

The course has been allocated 15 elective educational points from the New Zealand Midwifery Council. It has also been awarded 18 MidPLUS points from the Australian College of Midwives Professional Development Committee.

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