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I am a holistic health coach and wanted a course that was going to approach pre/postnatal pregnancy training with a comprehensive understanding of the body. Other certifications seemed to have an out of date, rigid approach to training. Fit for Birth's approach is constantly staying current, aware that the science is always being updated and training women in a way that is suitable for their body type and lifestyle. My specific goal was to learn how to safely train a pre/postnatal body. This course far exceeded my highest expectations. The content from this course has changed my approach to training ALL clients, not just pre/postnatal. The concepts taught in the course are transferable to everyone.
I found the breathing assessment and exercises to be most useful. I always taught patient's to avoid valsalva maneuver through nose and mouth breathing, but never how to strengthen the core through the diaphragm, as I was too focused on the transverse abdominis and pelvic floor. However, having clients perform active exercises with the "belly pumping" technique along with diaphragmatic breathing is a great way to strengthen the core. James coached me through the most effective way to teach this skill and it is something that I will be applying to all my patients in my practice going forward.
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for providing this amazing education & certification for people who are wanting to change the way women see birth!! Since deciding to take this career path, I've always wanted to provide something deeper than simply fitness for mamas. Your training is giving me the knowledge to do just that! I'm so blown away by how thorough this training is and I am beyond excited to share it with my future clients!! You are not only giving me the knowledge I need to change the lives of other women but my pregnancies will be even more special now that I hold this wisdom!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I REALLY enjoyed the history of childbirth segment. I felt that starting with that information on childbirth really set the stage for the rest of the course. I don't know another pre/postnatal fitness specialist that gained that thorough of an understanding of its history, where it came from and what happened along the way. I talk to my clients often about certain aspects of what we learned during that time and they are completely fascinated. There was unfortunately a lot of sadness & anger that came up for me when learning about the history of childbirth but to have the awareness allows change to occur in today's birthing field. I feel that this part of the certification truly makes fit for birth stand out among all other certifications. We must know where we came from to move forward in a positive light. ? I LOVED everything about the Fit for Birth training and could give you several more examples but this one always sticks out in my mind.
I believe this course could help to change our birth culture. As a massage therapist and personal trainer, I now have the tools to teach my clients to take care of their own health and prepare effectively for their pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. I can also now address issues like 'diastasis recti' which many clients have suffered from with no support or tools to deal with or heal it. This course educates about the challenges of modern birth but also empowers the students to see that natural birth can be prepared for. It provides tools to move forward to implement positive changes.
The best part of the course was being able to watch the pregnant women go through the assessment. Before this course, I didn't know the extent in which pregnant women could exercise safely. I also find it extremely helpful to have the program design breakdown. Most other courses I've taken don't help you design your workouts - it’s nice to not only see the design but also learn the 'why' behind it.
This course has really been an amazing experience! The amount of detail and resources provided is amazing. I have so many books to read to help me expand my knowledge on various subjects from pregnant women to water intake to corrective exercise. Midway through this course, I was able to help my parents improve their breathing and deep squat, all from a course dedicated to the pregnant client! The ability to apply these concepts to a wide array of clients is valuable beyond belief. This course is a must for all trainers because it goes so much deeper than the pregnant client, it’s for ALL human beings! THANK YOU