Eutokia workshops for AT teachers
These workshops on the application of the AT to pregnancy and childbirth
are designed for AT teachers and third-year students who wish to expand
their work in this exciting field. They are based on The Alexander
Technique Birth Book, which I co-authored with Angela and Jonathan
Drake (for details, click on ‘Publications’ in the Navigation
bar). The course is practical and theoretical, covering a range of topics
relevant to pregnancy and birth. Participants learn to apply their AT
skills to the special needs of expecting mothers. They train to conduct
small antenatal classes in which women and their partners are prepared for
childbirth using AT principles. They also learn how to be a birth companion
(doula). The course is recognized by Doula UK.
A workshop runs for five consecutive days, or on five Sundays over several
months. It is designed for up to 12 AT teachers and third-year AT
The next workshop will be held from 16 to 22 April, 2018, and will be run
by Natasha Broke.
41 Thornhill Road, London, N1 1JS.
Fee: £500.00 includes lunch and tea (concessions available for students).
For further information and booking please phone 020 7609 3733 or 07899
061 758, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Syllabus of the workshop
- Physical and emotional changes during pregnancy
- Vulnerability of the pregnant woman; ways of coping
with it and
- Encouraging the baby to settle in the optimal
- Physiology of the labour process
- Common difficulties in normal labour
- Labour pain and how to cope with it
- Importance of good use and movement in preventing or
dystocia and tension
- Pharmacological methods of pain relief; their side
- Medical-technological intervention in labour; its
- Refraining from advising on medical matters
- Home and hospital birth
- Water birth
- Postnatal AT work
Floating topic: enthusiasm for natural childbirth backed by use of AT
10:00 – 10:45 sharing AT work
10:45 – 11:30 talk on topic related to pregnancy and childbirth
11:30 – 11:45 tea break
11:45 – 13:00 practical work
13:00 – 14:15 light lunch
14:15 – 14:30 lying down
14:30 – 16:30 discussion and practical work
16:30 – 17:00 tea and summing up
The practical work each day relates to the current topic of discussion and
includes movements I teach in my eutokia classes.
I strongly recommend:
- Michel Odent’s Birth Reborn, Fontana,
- Sheila Kitzinger’s Pregnancy and
Penguin, the latest edition
The following list is a small selection of good books that are relevant
- Murray Enkin & others, Effective care in
childbirth, (3rd ed) OUP, 2000
- Caroline Flint, Sensitive Midwifery,
- Ina May Gaskin, Spiritual Midwifery, The
- A Miller & others, Obstetrics Illustrated,
Livingstone: latest edition
- Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher & Suzanne Arms,
Getting Breastfeeding Right for You (2nd ed), Celestial Arts,
- Penny Simkin & Ruth Ancheta, The Labour
Handbook, Blackwell, 2000
- Marjory Tew, Safer Childbirth? Chapman &
- Marsden Wagner, Pursuing the Birth Machine,
My e-book, The Alexander Technique Birth
Stories, can be downloaded.
Participants are advised to try to arrange to be present at a birth before
coming to the workshop. This can be a very useful experience.
I also recommend attending (as a visitor) an antenatal class organized by
a local hospital, clinic, childbirth educational organization — such
as the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). This should not be too difficult.