Why you should introduce The Positive Birth Program to your workplace…and how you can do that!
THE WHY: THE POWER OF A POSITIVE BIRTH
A Queensland study showed that, “women who rated their birth experience as ‘very positive’ were significantly more likely to experience high postnatal functioning than women who did not rate their intrapartum care and birth experience as highly.”1
A positive birth creates feelings of empowerment and pride, and new parents take those feelings with them into the early weeks and months of parenthood…and beyond.
Employees who experience a positive birth followed by a gratifying postpartum period means they return to work feeling assured, secure in their familial attachments, and confident that they’ll be able to manage a satisfying work life balance.
Unfortunately, a positive birth experience is not the norm.
Nearly 34% of Australian women describe their birth experience as traumatic and nearly 20% sustain a long-term physical injury from childbirth.
Birth may be just one day, but the impacts are lasting.
Recent Australian data suggests that approximately 17% of women have elevated levels of depression at six months postpartum and 13% have elevated levels of anxiety. Clinically diagnosable level of PTSD linked to childbirth effect roughly 3% of women and nearly 25% of the population experience subclinical levels of the disorder.
And, although screening is limited, research is finding that the peak incidence of postpartum depression is not within the first year as commonly thought, but it is actually most prevalent 3 to 5 years after birth.
These issues are not limited to women. Just over 10% of men experience postnatal depression and the rates of postal anxiety in men are roughly the same. Notably, men are more vulnerable to postnatal mood disorders if their partner is experiencing poor mental health.
“It is clear that the birth experience has a powerful effect on parents with a potential for permanent or long-term positive or negative impact.”2
How do we ensure a positive birth experience?
Research has found that a mother’s perceived level of control during childbirth can influence her satisfaction with the experience and predict her feelings of comfort and self-efficacy.1
Another study found a significant association between partners providing a low level of emotional support during labour and maternal maladjustment.3
So we know that helping women feel in control and providing effective tools for partners to use during labour are two criteria that can promote positive birth experiences.
The Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth Program as taught by Caitlin Dyer, helps parents-to-be have a birth experience where
– they are calm,
– they feel in control,
– their partner is actively involved and their role is respected,
– they understand the physiology of labour and they work with their body,
– they understand various medical interventions,
– they make the best choices for them and their individual circumstances,
– they are prepared no matter how their birth unfolds.
“I felt completely in control of each step, informed, and supported to make the best decision at the time. So we’re happy with how everything turned out, and very happy that we did the course with you. One of the biggest benefits is that Ryan was prepared too, he understood what was happening at each step and could advocate for me when I was in ‘the zone.’ So thank you Caitlin!”
Angela and Ryan
By providing a childbirth education package for parents-to-be in your workplace, you are not only acknowledging what a significant time in their lives this is – you are creating a workplace culture committed to complete health and wellness and you are investing in your employees confidence, self-esteem, and future performance.
If a parent emerges from a traumatic birth experience with PNDA, there are short and long term impacts on that parent as well as short and long term impacts on the partner without PNDA
These impacts include productivity losses associated with increased workforce exit, absenteeism, presenteeism, family breakdown, carer requirements, and stress.
The total yearly economic cost of the 90,000 Australian parents with PNDA is estimated to be $643,000,000.4 Assuming all 90,000 parents are in the workforce, this breaks down to over $7,000 in annual productivity losses per person.
“The positive impact is permanent. Many of the women in this study believe, 15 to 20 years later, that they achieved something highly significant in having a positive birth. Many felt it had to do with being in control, or with accomplishing a goal, and that the experience enhanced their self-confidence and self-esteem.”2
A positive birth experience offers immediate and long term benefits for employees and employers.
When employees are ready to return to work, they do so as healthy and happy parents, less likely to take sick leave, less likely to underperform, more like to meet the challenges of the workplace, and more likely to feel satisfied that they have achieved an effective work – family balance.
There are many ways to incorporate the Positive Birth Program into your workplace wellness offerings.
Four options are outlined below, but please contact us to discuss customised packages.
1. A gift voucher for an online, Zoom, or in person course.
The vouchers can range from $199.00 for an online course to $970.00 for a private course.
2. Running quarterly Zoom or in person courses specifically for your employees.
From $495.00 per couple.
3. Inviting Caitlin to your workplace to talk about the importance of positive birth and to help your team members put a plan in place for effective support throughout pregnancy, birth, parental leave, and beyond.
4. Other options include gifting your employees birth planning sessions, postpartum planning sessions, and birth debriefing sessions.
From $149.00 per session.
Caitlin Dyer is the woman behind Mother Down Under.
She is a Registered Nurse, a certified Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, a qualified postpartum doula.
Before she became a childbirth educator, she worked in a large corporate law firm and as a trader for a hedge fund in New York. So while her current focus is birth, she completely understands the challenges of the corporate environment.
Over the 8 years that she has been supporting parents-to-be, she has helped hundreds of families have a positive beginning and she has seen firsthand the impacts of a positive birth experience on the physical and mental wellbeing of new mothers and fathers.
Supporting parents to be prepared, to feel in control, to be educated about their choices, and to look forward to one of the most significant experiences of their lives is the centre of her purpose and passion.
It also perfectly combines her areas of study – a degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Nursing, and a graduate certificate in Health Professional Education.
Having had two positive births herself, she also practices what she preaches!
“Honestly, taking a hypnobirthing class was the best thing I ever did.
It really set me up to have a positive birth and a positive start to mothering.
Hypnobirthing teaches you to trust yourself and it reinforces the fact that you are an advocate for your baby…these skills are crucial not just in birth but in general life as a parent!”
Together with compassionate and forward thinking businesses like you, Caitlin hopes to extend the support offered to working parents. Through understanding and acknowledging the impact of birth, we have the opportunity to create powerful positive change.
The Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth Program is a modern, evidence-based, professionally respected program that focuses on education, empowerment, and equipping parents-to-be with the tools and skills they need to navigate their birth experiences with knowledge and confidence.
A recent study found that independent childbirth education which includes instruction of various complementary therapy techniques, such as the Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth Program, reduced the rates of labour augmentation, epidurals, perineal trauma, caesarean section, and the need for resuscitation of the newborn.5
For testimonials, birth stories, and more from my clients, please head here.
READY FOR MORE?
We would love the opportunity to discuss how adding the Positive Birth Program to your existing wellness package would enhance individual employee wellbeing, reinforce your supportive workplace ethos, and facilitate an early and easy return to work for parents.
Please give us a call now on 0432 829 368 or choose a time below.
“Childbirth is not a transient episode in the lives of some people. It is the foundational episode in the lives of all people.”
Dr Neel Shah
1. Michels, A., Kruske, S., and Thompson, R. (2013). ‘Women’s postnatal psychological functioning: the role of satisfaction with intrapartum care and the birth experience.’ Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31(2), 172-182.
2. Simkin, P. (1991). ‘Just Another Day in a Woman’s Life? Women’s Long-Term Perceptions of Their First Birth Experience. Part 1.’ Birth, 18(4), 203-210.
3. Lemola, S., Stadlmayr, W., and Grob, A. (2007). ‘Maternal adjustment five months after birth: The impact of the subjective experience of childbirth and emotional support from the partner.’ Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 25,(1), 190–202.
4. PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting Australia. (2019). The cost of perinatal depression and anxiety in Australia.
5. Levett, K., Smith, C., et al. (2016). Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour. BMJ Open, 6(7), doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010691.