Kim Vopni has pioneered the way to help women prepare the pelvic floor prior to birth and how to restore after the birth.
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Want something a little more in depth than the book and can't make it to a workshop or a consult?
No worries - everything you need including photos and videos is available in the e-course. Do it at your own pace and learn everything you need to know to prepare your body for birth.
Topics include posture, breathing, alignment, the pelvic floor, diastasis recti, birth positions, optimal pushing technique, postpartum healing and preventive and restorative exercises that will support your body through birth and encourage optimal healing postpartum.
Your Pelvic Floor
$9.97 soft cover
Your Pelvic Floor The Inside Story is a comprehensive and fun exploration of pelvic floor health across all the stages of womanhood: from pregnancy, through motherhood, and into menopause.
Illustrated with simple diagrams and fun, casual language, it is your ultimate guide to restoring and preserving the most important and tragically ignored part of women’s health.
Here’s a taste of what you will learn:
Prepare to Push
$19.00 soft cover
This book is designed to inform and empower women with an honest look at how pregnancy and birth change the body and how women can best support their body through these changes.
Written by Kim Vopni - The Fitness Doula, Prepare To Push™ highlights the need to prepare the body for birth and recover with core restoration. As a mother of two, Kim used many of the techniques in the book to prepare for and recover from her own pregnancies and births.
It is a truly unique book that blends the fitness principle of specificity with the support aspect of a doula to provide women with information and body awareness that will help them achieve a more comfortable pregnancy, a fabulous birth and a body they feel confident in throughout motherhood.
Prepare To Push™ is a mind-body approach to pregnancy, birth and postpartum healing. Women will learn about their bodies in a whole new light with information that is too often overlooked in typical prenatal education when it should be foundational knowledge even before conception.
This book will ensure women are not left asking ‘why didn’t anyone tell me about this before?’
This is the ebook version of Prepare to Push, $7.97.
First German Clinical Trial
Summary: Conducted at the Technical University of Munich, under Prof. K.T.M.Schneider, 50 first-time mothers who used EPI-NO were compared in matched pairs for rates of episiotomy, perineal tears, fetal APGAR Scores, duration of labour and analgesia during delivery. Anxiety was measured in both groups outside the scope of the Trial. A significant reduction was found in the rate of episiotomy, perineal tears for EPI-NO users was half that of the Control, and a significant shortening in 2nd Stage Labour was determined. The EPI-NO group required less analgesics, and their babies had better APGAR Scores. A reduction in Anxiety levels was identified.
View the full clinical paper here
Israeli Midwife Study
Summary: An interview questionaire of 233 women who had used EPI-NO was conducted in Israel by Judy Slome-Cohain ANM, MSN, an American-Israeli RN/Midwife. The results of their childbirth experience was compared with published perinatal statistics for mothers birthing in Israel. The Study showed that women who had trained with EPI-NO had a lower episiotomy rate. The majority of women reported an increased confidence in their ability to birth, and that EPI-NO prepared them for the sensations of pushing and the birth. 98% of the women interviewed stated that they would recommend using EPI-NO.
Pilot StudyThis study investigates what extent using the Epi-no has on positively influencing the birth outcome.
Read the full published results of the pilot study here
German Multi-Centre Clinical Trial
Summary: A multi-centre randomised single-blind EPI-NO Study was undertaken in four university hospitals in Germany. The Study of 276 first-time mothers under Dr Eugen Ruckhaberle included hospitals in Frankfurt, Munich and Ulm. The aim of the Study was to verify the preliminary positive results of EPI-NO use in previous studies, but in a new high compliance prospective randomised trial. The study concluded that training with EPI-NO increases significantly the liklihood of having an intact perineum and reduces the episiotomy rate.
This study was published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Volume 49, No.5, October 2009.
Read the results of the study here.