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Tools for Teaching: “The Birthing From Within Holistic Sphere”: A Conceptual Model for Childbirth Education

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An expanded conceptual model of childbirth education is offered, proposing the benefits of balancing informative teaching processes with creative, experiential, introspective learning processes for parents. The application of these two teaching dimensions to exploring four different perspectives of birth (the mother's, the father's, the baby's, and the culture's) is discussed, along with examples from “Birthing From Within” classes. Implications for current practice and the evolving role of childbirth educator are noted.

Keywords: birth art; childbirth education

Document Type: Standard Article


Affiliations: 1: PAM ENGLAND is the creator and coauthor of Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation. She is a nurse-midwife and currently devotes her time to international training of childbirth professionals in the Birthing From Within approach. 2: ROB HOROWITZ, coauthor of Birthing From Within, is a writer and clinical/family psychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Publication date: 2000-04-01

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