Help Moms Discover Their Birth Power,
Take Accountability in Their Birth and
Change the Culture of Birth
If this resonates with you then you may be an ideal BOLD METHOD™ Certified Birth Facilitator, a childbirth empowerment method that you can do online from anywhere in the world.
Let me tell you a story….
About 12 years ago I had my first home birth with 3 midwives and an apprentice by my side. A second followed 19 months later. With each birth, I felt empowered, whole, part of a deep sisterhood. At first I was excited to hear other women’s birth stories, but soon I became shocked to find so many were dark and shame-filled.
Over the years I have heard thousands of birth stories and many have moved me, but there was one story that really changed the course of my career. Almost 6 years ago I met Angela. Angela was a business woman and when she came to me she was in a very fragile state. I’d even say she was in a state of Post Traumatic Stress. She had given birth just a few weeks before I met her so the story was very raw.
She told me how she had met a doula in the last days of her pregnancy but that her family forbade the doula from attending the birth. She explained how she hid in the hospital bathroom on the phone with her doula and how she begged not to get the epidural, but was told by a family member that if she didn’t she would be “killing her baby.”
Angela did get the epidural but it failed and she was forced to have a C-section. After removing the baby, the doctor said to her, “See, don’t you wish we just scheduled the C-section to start with so you didn’t have to go through labor for nothing?”
Hearing that story was one of those times that I knew I had to do something. It was time to do more to help women who simply don’t have the tools to put themselves at the center of their birth. I’ve spent over a decade studying the elements required to create that shift in moms, and over the last 5 years I have developed a systematic program that turns the trend of unconscious births around and gives expectant moms, like Angela, the tools they need to have the birth they deserve.
Doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, and birth advocates face a daunting challenge. Women want you to guarantee a perfect birth and yet few doulas have the skills, knowledge, or systems in place to do that.
One doula told me:
If you asked me what was the one thing that got me through my homebirth… it wasn’t candles, or massage, or music…it was ME. There was so much faith in me and my body and I was left ALONE to do what I had to do. I was the best tool for myself. It was amazing and empowering. A woman needs to learn to speak up… advocate for herself and her body.”
One midwife said:
“The woman expects doulas and midwives to just POOF make a magical birth happen.”
And it’s an epidemic that goes far beyond the mainstream hospital moms.
Here’s how one birth advocate explained it to me:
“I work with women who want to have out of hospital births and I still see them not taking accountability prenatally for their pregnancy and birth. It amazes and horrifies me. They believe if they just “trust birth” that is enough. It’s so unrealistic and idealistic. There are so many things they overlook because they just focus on the birth process, not on pregnancy or postpartum. It drives me nuts. It drives me nuts. It shows they lack the ability to take responsibility and ownership.”
A childbirth educator I know says that she really wants to tell her clients:
“You need to do your own research and be held accountable. You need to learn to be your own advocate and find your voice.” But before THE BOLD METHOD she didn’t say that because she didn’t have the TOOLS! Now that she knows how to teach women to put themselves at the center of their birth experience, she can communicate this message gently and she knows she’ll get through.
That’s why I created THE BOLD METHOD and why I want to invite you to join others who work with expectant moms to show women how to speak up and advocate for themselves and their bodies. You will see how the change comes from an authentic place inside the women you are working with.
Many BOLD METHOD Certified Birth Facilitators say the transformation women have after they experience the BOLD METHOD is nothing short of miraculous.
It’s hard hearing stories of women saying they went into the hospital with a low-risk pregnancy, followed the doctor’s orders, and then ended up frustrated they had to have a c-section. Do you hear these stories too? It’s heart-breaking and we can do something about it!
You know what really gets me? So many smart women never make the connection that accepting all the medical interventions without questioning is part of what landed them in a bad situation. What’s worse is that many times they actually are grateful that the doctor saved them!
Through my play and my work as founder of the BOLD movement, I’ve collected and archived hundreds of birth stories and what I’ve found is shocking:
Mothers no longer see a role for themselves in their own births.
Not only are mothers resigned to comply with doctor’s orders, but many, like Angela, were actually forced.
What’s worse? They didn’t even know it.
It was like most women had been convinced in order to have a healthy baby, they needed to do exactly what the doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies said was best.
To keep their baby safe, they built their own prison, complete with bars, chains and shackles. It was the pain – and not the joy of birth – that I’ve found sometimes created a tiny window to let a little light through, but only a few women allowed themselves to notice it.
As one mom explained to me,
“I was under the belief staying in that prison and ignoring my body and my voice was the closest I could get to a guarantee I’d have a healthy baby. It seemed like a fair trade.”
Of course these aren’t physical prisons, they are prisons of the mind. Prisons from which few women ever try to escape. (To be honest, in our current culture I don’t even think they know escaping is a possibility.)
Want to know what’s ironic?
As you can imagine, women from all over the world share their birth stories with me.
When they tell their stories, women often complain about their bodies inadequacies, their own bad luck, their inability to stand up to pressure from friends, family and partners, even insurance company regulations, frustrating procedures and heartless medical professionals, all without realizing they they have the key to escape this (psychological) prison!
Do you want to know how to help pregnant women be their own advocate and find power?
I have learned how to help women see the key for themselves. Once they discover it’s there, it takes a while to find the courage to try the lock. But as they connect with their body and find their voice a natural urge to take action takes over.
Once women have the key in their hands, they become accountable for their own happiness in their pregnancy and start to look inside, rather than out, for the guarantees and assurances they need to face the challenge of labor.
Of course, as they decide to break free and put the key in the hole, they drop it at least a dozen times. They will need guidance to stay connected until the time when they will put the key in the hole, and it will turn “just right” and the door opens! RELIEF!
For many women, freedom and joy during pregnancy seems out of reach because of their fear around labor which drives them to be disconnected, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Freedom is attainable when birth workers like doulas and childbirth educators can learn to teach women to overcome their fear and fully embrace the feminine.
THE BOLD METHOD for Birth has helped women realize that like Dorothy and her ruby slippers, pregnant women have the key to their birth journey at their feet.
Pregnant moms already have the power inside themselves that they are looking to the medical community, and even to doulas and childbirth educators for. Once they believe their shoes can take them home, the birth professionals they work with become guides and mentors instead of lifelines and magicians.
In order to change the culture of birth, we have to connect women to their own power. As a BOLD METHOD Birth Facilitator, you will know just how to make that happen with your clients.
Now that I’ve created the THE BOLD METHOD and made it available to all birth workers and birth activists, you can learn for yourself how to break expectant moms out of their self-imposed prisons. So many people who work with expectant moms are expected to be the savior – and you can save your clients – but not by fixing their situation. Instead you can be a savior by giving them the tools they need to learn how to make conscious choices and to find their real power.
Imagine having a practice full of clients that are fully accountable for their own births?
When you are certified as a BOLD METHOD Birth Facilitator, you’ll be able to teach your clients that they have a power within themselves – in their bodies – that they can tap into at any time during their pregnancy and birth no matter the circumstance.
Expectant moms need someone to talk to and often family, friends and partners don’t feel safe. They are told to keep their focus on the baby and not to worry. They are reminded ‘women give birth everyday.’ They are told ‘don’t be scared,’ and led to believe they are worrying for no reason that ‘it can’t be that bad.’
People like you are the people pregnant women feel safe talking to, but unfortunately if you are like most birth workers, you know a lot about the physiology of birth and about pain relief techniques, but you haven’t really been trained on how to talk women through their fears and how to create a space where they can find their inner power.
Until now, there has been no comprehensive empowerment system available to teach these skills. That’s why I created this program.
It reminds me of what one of my certified BOLD METHOD Birth Facilitators, Aimee Brill, told me. Here’s some of what Aimee said:
“As a childbirth educator, I have been trained in several different modalities. Yet, after each training program was completed I always experienced this nagging feeling that something was missing from the course. A light REALLY went off for me when I took THE BOLD METHOD Training. As a NYC childbirth educator, I was constantly challenged by my students who wanted “comprehensive evidence-based research”. Please know, I LOVE knowledge and think it has its place, but I started questioning this model of education. I felt that my students were afraid of being afraid. And like so many of us, we’ve been taught to avoid feeling our fear and push it away with more knowledge, more control, and more answers. I have always felt that the deeper invitation and possibility is for them to EMPTY INTO being.
I have been trying to do this with my couples and mamas on my own, and now I feel that I finally have an amazing set of tools to tap into the language and power of women. Now that I am teaching through the intuitive soul, body, and heart–not just the thinking questioning mind – I see how my clients are released from their fear and able to birth from a place of freedom and faith in themselves.”
A BOLD METHOD Birth Facilitator Certification Could Change Everything for You.
This is not a typical certification program where you are given a ton of information and expected to figure out what to do with it. In this program, I take you by the
hand and show you exactly, step-by-step how to put what you learn into action.
Not only does the THE BOLD METHOD Birth certification program include information you won’t find anywhere else, but the approach to the training will give you everything you need to put the information to use and to increase you’re the revenue for your business.
When you become a BOLD METHOD Certified Birth facilitator you will learn:
|Easy, resistance-free techniques to help frightened and stressed out pregnant women connect with their body – the first critical step in taking ownership for their birth experience.|
|Quick connect techniques that guide women to the source of their internal power to shore up their confidence even in the face of push-back from partners, family, or medical staff.|
|How to gently lead women to their true, authentic voice.|
|Secrets to helping women get clear on their vision, values, goals, and plans for their birth, in part by trading their birth plan for a bold method Birth
|The key to moving women out of fear to freedom and changing their perception of birth workers from fixers to mentors in the process.|
|Releasing your susceptibility for Birth Worker Burn-out Syndrome by attracting clients that don’t expect you to sprinkle pixie dust over their birth. If you want birth to be different for pregnant women, you must teach women to tap into that power that is already inside of them.|
Want to be a part of changing the culture of birth?
Next Enrollment: 2014
The Culture of Birth Can Be Transformed. Learning The BOLD METHOD Tools will help you do it.
As a certified BOLD METHOD Birth facilitator, you can instantly begin transforming the birth culture by teaching pregnant women how to reclaim their freedom and give birth with clarity and confidence no matter what the circumstances are. You will find as a BOLD METHOD Birth Certified Facilitator, your life and your client’s lives will positively change in ways that you never even imagined.
If you have ever wanted to make a big difference in the world of birth and be part of a movement to lead women to a free and empowered birth experience no matter who their doctor or insurance company is, this program is jam-packed with 12 classes, 20 audio recordings, 8 videos, and over 73 training documents containing the information you’ve been craving to free your clients from an unconscious birth.
As a participant, you’ll discover the amazing secrets of how to move women from scared to empowered in the face of their labor and delivery. You’ll love watching your clients as they connect to their body, their voice, and ultimately begin to take action and move into a leading role in their birth.
Imagine, for a moment, that it’s six months from today and you are a BOLD METHOD Certified Facilitator. How will your life be different?
|You will be able to use THE BOLD METHOD Birth Certified Facilitator Seal on your website and the BMB initials after your name.|
|You will have a fully prepped 7 week course and a 2 day intensive course that you can add to your class schedule. (In fact, you can earn back your tuition in one weekend, just by having 3 or 4 moms in a 2 day intensive class!)|
|Your clients will be empowered and they will know what to do no matter what happens in their birth.|
|You will be walking on cloud 9 when one of your moms thanks you for helping her find the inner strength she needed to have an empowered birth.|
|You will be incredibly proud to know you are part of a movement that is really changing the culture of birth.|
|You’ll have more income from your current clients and raving referrals to help to attract new ones.|
|You will set yourself apart from what other birth workers are doing, increasing your business.|
|You will have more time and energy for your own family because your clients aren’t expecting you to deliver a perfect birth experience for them.|
Can I make you a promise?
I’ve trained and coached lots of women but this is my first certification program. I didn’t want to create this program if I wasn’t sure it would help doulas, childbirth educators, and others who wanted to help put women at the center of their own birth. After testing the program with 31 pre-launch students the verdict was overwhelming: this product will teach you how to literally change the way most women think about their births.
If you are a busy midwife, doula, or birth advocate wrestling with a complicated schedule I am committed to making it easy for you to discover everything you need to empower women and help take them from fear to freedom in their births.
The course is available anytime in our private BOLD METHOD student center.
As a BOLD METHOD Certified Birth Facilitator you’ll change women’s lives & you’ll change the culture of birth.
So, Why Should You Listen to Me?
By now, you know about my play BIRTH. As part of the BOLD movement it’s been seen by tens of thousands of people around the world and performances of BIRTH have helped to raise almost $1,000,000 to improve maternity care around the world.
I’ve learned a lot about expectant moms and the needs of childbirth workers but that’s not the only reason you should listen to me.
Before writing my play I trained as a doula myself so I know what challenges doulas face. I have also founded several advocate groups in addition to BOLD, including Arkansas Citizens for Midwives and the Takoma Birthing Circle (now called Birth Options Alliance), so I understand what challenges midwives and birth advocates face.
And I am a trained Yoga Nidra instructor with iRest (Integrative Restoration Institute) so I understand the challenges Prenatal Yoga Instructors face.
I’ve been where you are and I’ve been frustrated with moms that just don’t seem to get it. I’ve had my boundaries pushed and I’ve felt like giving up because working with people who put all the responsibility on you is exhausting.
But I’ve been fortunate that my training led me to develop THE BOLD METHOD Body-Voice-ActionTM Formula and I’ve seen firsthand how quickly and effectively it helps women connect to their truth and live their best life and I want to share what I’ve learned with you.
THE BOLD METHOD Birth Facilitator Training teaches doulas and birth workers a compelling and potentially life changing way to prepare women for labor and delivery and ultimately for motherhood.
In the program there are detailed and specific suggestions as to how to create intensive weekend workshops, one-on-one coaching packages, an extended series of classes, or just incorporate the THE BOLD METHOD tools into your current training.
Plus when you sign up you will get a monthly live coaching call with me. Not only will I teach you THE BOLD METHOD and explain the benefits your clients will enjoy once they have made the body-voice-action connection, but I’ll also go into the intricacies of how to apply it into your own life.
What I’m offering in this certification program is the opportunity to change the culture of birth one woman at a time WITHOUT requiring any changes from government, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, or doctors.
So here’s what the training includes:
|Twelve 45-60 minute video and audio based sessions with me teaching you everything you need to know help your clients rock their pregnancy & delivery quickly and easily. You’ll be surprised by how intimate these classes are and how much information I deliver|
|Personal assistance, community support, and an optional monthly 1-hour live coaching call with me as you work through the program|
|Sample training scripts, templates, lesson plans, class outlines, detailed instructions for transforming your students|
|Critical resource and reading lists & music, reading and poetry to use in class|
|Instructions for teaching the Mother-Centered Napping|
|THE BOLD METHOD at home Fitness Routine (It’s like getting 2 trainings for the price of 1!)|
|7 secrets of helping pregnant moms access their Birth Power|
|A detailed, step-by-step Body-Voice-Action formula to start using THE BOLD METHOD one-on-one or in group settings.|
In addition, each student will receive 6 special bonuses:
|Audio recording of Karen’s 7-week online THE BOLD METHOD Pregnancy Empowerment Class (valued at $199)|
|Special class on how to stay empowered as a facilitator (valued at $59)|
|THE BOLD METHOD Fitness Routine for Birth Workers and Activists (valued at $99)|
|The ABCs of setting up your first Tele-Course training (valued at $24.50)|
|Suggestions for workshop topics and venues (valued at$10)|
|An ongoing private support forum on Facebook|
In order to accommodate the unpredictability of birth which affects many of our students schedules, as well as the different times zones, I am offering the classes as MP3 recordings you can listen to at your convenience in our private online student area.
Transcripts and supporting documents will also be available on demand. Plus each module in the course has an open book test which you will need to complete before certification.
To get your certification you must also complete a 2 hour practical exam which is a live class you will teach.
This is a program that goes at your pace. It can be completed in a few weeks or spread out over a year. The recommended time to complete is 12 – 24 weeks.
In fact, to encourage you to complete the program within 24 weeks we are waiving the $250 certification fee if you complete your certification within 6 months of starting the training.
I created this training program so you can change the culture of birth + increase the unique powerful offerings for your birth business + practice birth work the way you want to…making a difference.
You can teach our BOLD Method for Birth classes as a stand alone class or sprinkle our method into every class + prenatal + birth network meeting + live birth you attend. We don’t require you to pay us any percentage per class you teach + we don’t require additional CEUs.
Come along with me. I invite you to make a commitment to your self and to changing the culture of birth.
JOIN THE BOLD MOVEMENT TO PLANT THE SEEDS OF EMPOWERMENT WITH EVERY WOMEN YOU WORK WITH AND MAKE A LIFE-LONG DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD
When you become a BOLD METHOD Certified Birth Facilitator you join a community of women who are changing the culture of birth one mom at a time. Your clients will reach a new level of awareness about themselves and their bodies. They will have the tools to be accountable for their own birth in a way that is simply not available today through the techniques most doulas and childbirth educators were taught.
The certification is taught in modules which you can complete at your own pace. Each module is available online.
|Are you making the strongest possible contribution to changing the way birth is done in your community?|
You’ve only got one life and you’ve decided to use it for a noble cause. Today is the day you need to take that commitment to the next level.
Becoming certified as a BOLD METHOD Certified Birth Facilitator will shake things up. That’s why I founded BOLD. The new paradigm of EVERYTHING is urging changemakers to use a new mindset to solve pressing issues. You will have new tools to help your current clients, ideas for attracting new clients, and additional services for pregnant women that you can add to your current offerings.
Please don’t let another woman have an unnecessary c-section like Angela.
We can blame the medical establishment if we want, but that approach has not worked to date.
When a woman is activated to claim her power she can keep her internal power switch on and for many they can create the birth experience they want. You can make that possible.
I am here to take you by the hand and share with you every shred of knowledge I possess to get you through the program and out in the world changing pregnant women’s lives… so… if you’re serious about wanting to change the culture of birth and if you are tired of having clients that expect you to sprinkle pixie dust over their birth experiences while they blame everyone else for things not going perfectly,register today for the THE BOLD METHOD training.
Finally, a guarantee.
If you take the training and are not completely satisfied we’ll give you your money back within the first 6 weeks from the time you start. We only want people to take our training who feel passionate about using The BOLD Method for Birth.
I don’t want you to miss this opportunity to join us, so please sign up today.
It’s time to be BOLD. Let’s do it.
Visionary hugs to you,
Creator of THE BOLD METHOD for Birth
Founder, BOLD | Playwright, BIRTH