Yogini Birthing –Making Childbirth
an Enlightened Experience
By Dorothy Guerra , owner of Fertility to
Delivery Yoga, Childbirth Educator,
Labour Doula, Creator of The Yoga BirthMethod
Woman flock to prenatal yoga classes during their
9months of pregnancy to help stay fit, promote flexibility
for birth and to distress while awaiting the birth
of their child.
Prenatal yoga classes can be far more useful than
just an avenue for fitness. The Yoga Birth Method
otherwise known as Yogini Birthing is a new concept
thatmakes birth a natural and enlightened experience.
Childbirth is a natural process; however through access
to medical attention and medications the naturalness
has lost its meaning. The idea that an epidural is
readily available makes woman fear birth and expect
the need for medications. Yogini Birthing empowers
woman to take control back of the natural birthing
process, it gives woman the tools they need to prepare
for their labour by educating themon how to connect
to their body using yoga postures, how tomanage pain
with breath awareness and how to embrace the birth
of their child with mindfulness and meditation.
This technique allows baby and mother to work together
during labour to create a natural experience.
The Yoga Birth Method is an 8 step pathway used during
labour to encourage progression through the three
stages of labour efficiently and with ease. When a
woman identifies and acknowledges her pain threshold
she applies the specific techniques in the method
and has a better chance at natural birth. The birth
method gives a woman mindful control over her body
and she is more likely to be connected to her baby
during the entire birth process.
When a woman does not have the tools and understanding
of what is happening to her during labour she can
become overwhelmed and reaches out for medication
to avoid the pain and the experience. This disconnects
from her birth process.
The Yoga Birth Method is taught to woman in prenatal
classes as an educational tool for childbirth preparation.
The classes cover birthing topics and teach woman
the specific postures and breath sequences that are
used in early, active and transition stage to help
manage contractions and build pain tolerance. The
initial step of The Yoga Birth Method is to set a
birthing intention; these intentions are based on
10 positive behaviours that the practice of yoga follows.
When a woman has chosen an intention that best suits
her outlook for her birth it becomes her point of
focus. It’s through establishing this connection
to her birth intention that she enters a state of
natural meditation. In combination with her postures
and breath she becomes embraced in a state of calmness
and mindfulness that enables her to experience “yogini
Childbirth and Yoga share amazing similarities, both
rely on breath, physical movement and self awareness.
By bringing them together in labour a woman gains
the power to experience the gift of childbirth in
a positive and peaceful state. By using yoga in her
labour, she empowers other woman through her childbirth
story to see labour as something that should be embraced
Dorothy Guerra offers Yoga Birth Method Child Birth
Preparation classes at her studio Fertility to Delivery
Yoga Centre; she is doula and uses this technique
in her support to woman during labour. She trains
and certifies doulas, childbirth educators and prenatal
yoga teachers. Dorothy is a conference speaker for
Lamaze and Doula’s of North America.
For more information on classes, training and speaking
engagements please visit her website at www.fertilitytodelivery.com
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