The vision for BirthWorks began with Cathy Daub teaching childbirth education in 1981 in NJ, USA. At that time, pregnant women were being pressured into cesarean births, but Cathy deeply believed women should birth in the least risky way. She knew women have the knowledge within them of how to give birth, so over time BirthWorks Philosophy and her early classes grew ~ from small seeds into much more!
BirthWorks unique, experiential approach is part passion and part culmination of Cathy’s varied perspectives and talents. Cathy’s travels to 55 countries around the world, give her such a unique perspective on women of other cultures and their beliefs about birth. In addition, Cathy is a mother to two (a daughter and a son). She is also a Physical Therapist focused on pediatrics and special needs children, certified in pelvic work and as a Maya Abdominal Massage therapist, trained in techniques of myofascial release, and a teacher of human values. She teaches piano and is a music composer who created an album about birth: Believe!
In addition to being a long-time BirthWorks Childbirth Educator and Doula, she has trained and mentored hundreds of childbirth educators and doulas and birth workers in the USA and overseas. She co-authored BirthWorks Childbirth Educator Manual and the Doulas of Love book. The heart of her work culminated in her book Birthing In The Spirit , a human-values approach to childbirth. She also has contributed to magazines like Midwifery Today and Pathways to Wellness. She continues to mentor, teach and train trainers now 40 years later, both nationally and internationally.
Cathy’s passion for birth still grows, especially given primal health research – showing that what babies experience from conception to one year impacts their health and wellness into adulthood. Cathy is constantly finding new ways to understand and share both the holistic, spiritual view of birth and the evidence-based science that proves it. She believes birth is an integration of mind, body, and spirit and dedicates her life to helping women and children reach their full human potential.
Birthing in the Spirit
Music and lyrics to Birth is Ancient from CD Believe by Cathy Daub
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I wrote this book so birthing women can connect with spirit — so their births become peak experiences, serving as a source of strength during parenting years. I hope it teaches women not to be afraid of their own power in labor.
The book also shares ways that anyone supporting pregnant women to be sensitive to the physiological and spiritual needs of a birthing mother. (It is for fathers/partners as well as caregivers, doctors, midwives, nurses, and doulas.)
It is important for each woman and those with them on this journey to realize the importance of her happiness during pregnancy, labor, and birth, so she produces hormones of joy. I hope hormones of joy become the first experience of each growing baby! We know babies’ experience of this means more ease with eating and sleeping, but also that it assures babies’ nervous system and brain development in the most ideal ways!
Reading this, hopefully you feel a strong connection and shared bond with all women giving birth — for birth is cross-cultural, timeless, and ancient. Birth is also an experience greater than ourselves with immense transforming power, if we take the step of looking more deeply inside. After all, isn’t that what a woman needs to do when in labor?
I hope you feel touched at a deep level with inspiration to make changes in your pregnancy, birth, parenting and life for the better.
From the heart!