Workshop Presenter: Cathy Daub, Founder of BirthWorks International
What is your Name, title and role in the birth community?
Cathy Daub, President of BirthWorks International
Why did you get into the field of birth?
Initially to help women become informed about the safety of VBAC or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, and then it evolved into empowering women to have more confidence and less fear when giving birth (through the practice of human values) so there is a greater opportunity to avoid unnecessary cesareans and medical procedures yet empowering them to know when they are truly necessary.
Currently, what topic in birth are you most fascinated by?
Primal Health – that the experiences a baby has in the primal period (conception to the end of the first year of life) have a direct impact on the baby’s health as an adult and that this encompasses all medical fields.
Currently, what issue in birth are you most concerned with?
The nocebo effect – things being said to pregnant women and women in labor that instills fear and lack of confidence in their own body’s ability to give birth. Also reaching more women of childbearing age to help them believe they were born with the knowledge about how to give birth and to help them have more trust and faith in the birth process. Finally, that women are giving birth lying down and numb to the experience with epidurals. Learning only comes through experience so they are losing the learning and gift that birth has to offer.
Why is having peace in birth so important?
It increases the flow of oxytocin, the hormone of love, helping to keep the body at an equilibrium physiologically, and helps labor to progress. This ensures the full secretion and expression of birth hormones with their physical and behavioral characteristics that all play an important role in birthing a baby.
What books or resources has inspired you lately?
Books on nutrition and the microbiome because if a pregnant woman eats a healthy diet, then it helps to ensure a healthy baby. Books would be How Not to Die by Michael Greger and The Microbiome Solution by Robynne Chutkan.
What sparked your interest to speak at the BirthWorks Conference this year?
To help women realize that upright positions are advantageous for easier births and also to inspire them about the power of the practice of human values and ways to integrate the mind, body, and spirit in birth.
What can attendees expect to hear about while attending your session(s)?
Birth is sacred and Birth is instinctive. What is instinctive doesn’t need to be learned. All women are born with the knowledge about how to give birth. In BirthWorks we help them to have more trust and faith in their innate ability to give birth. This is a unique approach and is empowering and transforming in nature. They can expect to realize that a woman’s position in birth matters and that she should assume upright positions to work with gravity and not against it. Finally they will realize the power of the practice of human values in increasing confidence at birth and decreasing fear, to have the birth of their dreams.
If you were given the power to change only one aspect of birth in American culture today… what would it be?
Give women a choice to be supported by midwives in whatever place they feel safe and have it be insured.
What is a funny or inspiring quote you’ve heard from one of your clients?
“Personally, I walked away from the BirthWorks workshop with peace and confidence in my ability to help women through their birth journey. Thank you BirthWorks!
“No other organization offered the spiritual/philosophical training methodology with its unique human values approach comparable to what I found in BirthWorks, so this was the pivotal reason for my decision to become a BirthWorks doula.”
I loved the pelvic bodywork and optimal pelvic positioning, being able to experience the room and space of the pelvic outlet. This wasn’t a picture or pelvic model; it was my body.”
“BirthWorks opened up new paths of communication between my husband and myself. We owe a great deal to BirthWorks.”
finish this phrase: birth is…A miracle.