Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Pink Kit

Last week I finished reading all the written materials for The Pink Kit (Common Knowledge Trust, New Zealand). I also listened to the CD and watched about half the DVD. (I have trouble making room in my life to watch things--I ALWAYS have time to read things, but things to watch sit for months without being looked at.)

I enjoyed the materials overall and got some ideas of things to use in classes. The emphasis is on pelvic bodywork and the focus is primarily on getting to know your pelvis--both the bony pelvis and the "soft pelvis" (the soft tissue structures connected to the pelvis). The Pink Kit teaches you how to "map" your pelvis and explore the structures. It also covers material on breath work, touch, and communication. As I mentioned there is a DVD and a CD. There is also a short book (that is basically an overview of the program--it isn't really a stand alone). Plus, there are three more pdf books on a CD: New Focus: Breath, Language, & Touch; Managing Skills; and Companion Guide. New Focus was my favorite and the most useful, I think. I printed each one of these out and used my burgeoning book-binding skills to "perfect bind" each one into a real book, instead of putting them in a binder. I even took a picture to share :)
My only complaint was that there was a heavy emphasis on "managing birth well" and "staying in control" and "using your skills." I have a more "organic"--"do what feels right to you" philosophy, instead of a "there's a right way to give birth and if you 'train' properly, you will do it right." (I did appreciate their stance that these "skills" can be used by all women in all circumstances and all types of births--they are not only for one specific setting or type of birth. i.e. knowing about how the pelvis works and about how to calm yourself with your breath, is still valuable with a cesarean birth experience.) There were comments made about not "moaning or groaning" or "wasting energy" by making noise--I feel much differently about noise in labor! Moan and groan all you want! It is useful! To be clear, the Kit does frequently mention that birth is not controllable and things like that, but I felt an overlay of "prepare properly"--there's a "right way" to work through birth and manage yourself well...

I shared some quotes from the book on my birth blog about birth as a rite of passage.

This is all I have time to write about this week (I did read two other books, but alas, they will have to keep waiting!).



Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the Pink Kit. I also can see it that it could be both good and bad in labor. If a woman is going into labor thinking that if she just knows "this or that", or does "this and that," everything will go perfectly, then I do not think this is the resource for them. I think where this would be excellent is if a woman wants to really know and understand her body better, and learn how it may best work for her. I also think that this would be a great resource for midwives. I think it is also great because so many women are told that squatting is the best position to birth in, and the Pink Kit shows that this is simply not the case. It may be the best position for some, but there are many other positions that will be better for other women.
I think it would be great to teach women about their bodies, and help them to know what MAY (not will) help them birth their babies, and I feel this information can really do that if presented in the right way.

Molly said...

Oh definitely. The "pelvic mapping" stuff was great. I also liked the directed breathing idea (not where someone is telling you how to breathe, but instead it refers to directing where you breathe into specific body parts, pelvis especially--it really seems to work).