Digging Into The Research That Has Been Done So Far

The wheel may well have already been invented!

You don’t have to have been working in the birth world for long to know that research findings, the evidence, is vital when it comes to how we practice as professionals. The NICE guidelines that refer to our work areas have become like the bible and guide our practice.

What can we then say about The Birthing Awareness 3 Step Process (BA3SP)? Upon what research is it based? Can we be confident that the people we serve are kept safe?

I begin my talks and workshops by saying, nothing I say today is true, and there isn’t anything to believe as a result of listening to me talk today. This comment seems to amuse the audience. I go on to say that the human-animal never interacts with the ‘Truth’ directly. We create a record of each experience as the filtered data coming at us from the outside world gets sorted, categorised and judged. We are doing all this in a split second from our vantage points.

Much the same way as research never arrives at the ‘Truth’. Research does, however, reveal the potential correlations between effects. The closeness of these correlations is then measured, often using statistical analysis, taking note of as many potential variables as possible. 

Even the fruit of a robustly designed Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) does not arrive at the ‘Truth’. The practice implications of the research still need to be ongoingly tested inside the experience of the practitioners and the clients they serve. This process is both personal and collective.

Why do I take the time to say all this?

Over the years, we as birth professionals have in some ways tended to separate our own felt experience from what our institutions regard as evidence. What is needed is acknowledging that our felt experience and that of our clients is a form of proof, a potent source of data shaping our practice. For the last 18 years, I have used the (BA3SP) with people who describe the birth of their baby as traumatic. And I have repeatedly seen the effects it has had in their lives. 

When surveyed, 100% of 235 clients said that the  (BA3SP) impacted their lives positively.

Birth professionals practice in environments that demand they test their experience in ways that the scientific community approves. The rigours of the empirical scientific method get applied as a safeguard against any kind of superstitious, magical thinking about the practices we use with the general public.

I want us now to focus on testing the claims of those who use and teach the (BA3SP). What studies are already out there?

Many of you will be familiar with the UK based institution called The Human Givens. For many years they have been teaching what they call the rewind technique (openly based on the fast phobia cure developed by the originators of the model of NLP). The Human givens institution (HGI) have gathered evidence on the effectiveness of its use. Here is the link to their paper on the evidence base so far. The HGI Rewind Technique uses similar principles (BA3SP), but it is different in some critical ways.

In closing, I want to point you in the direction of what I think is a significant and exciting body of evidence in the USA. Here is a short video to introduce you to this non-profit organisation working with military veterans. This video contains links to the organisations’ website; you will find completed research articles there. The method taught by this organisation is gain similar but not the same as (BA3SP).

Thanks for reading this far; in my next blog, I will start the process of reviewing, from my perspective, all the research sources I have mentioned above.