2nd Stage Labor: Prepare to Push Effectively and Protect the Pelvic Floor

Giving birth can be one of the most significant events of a person’s life, and it may also bring up a lot of anxiety and fear, especially around pushing and the possibility of tearing.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How our positions, alignment and movement habits affect the pelvic floor, what is a functional core and how to connect the breath with the pelvic floor.
  • Find the landmarks of the bony pelvis in ourselves, make more space for the baby and determine how the pelvis and baby interact during birth.
  • Understand the essential role of the pelvic floor muscles and how they can help the baby to rotate to gain optimal birthing position and release for birth.
  • Discover what “2nd Stage” labor is and what happens during pushing.
  • Learn positions and breathing for pushing and how best to prepare. Learn strategies to shorten the pushing stage and minimize tearing.

Whether a physiological or epidural birth is planned, Pushing Power™ will leave you confident and prepared.


curriculum created and taught by Chantal Traub


Chantal Traub is the owner and founder of Pushing Power™ – a workshop to empower body and mind for birth, push effectively and protect the pelvic floor. She is passionate about teaching core health for birth and beyond and to offer the tools and resources to help. Chantal is a Certified Doula and Childbirth Educator (LAMAZE, CEA/MNY) and has been teaching and assisting expecting families in the New York Metro area since 2003. She is also Certified in both Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and is a Certified MUTU® System Pro.

For more information about Chantal and her work, please visit


IG: @chantal.traub

I attended the Pushing Workshop led by Chantal a few months ago and I still talk about it! The workshop was absolutely phenomenal as it was not only informative and educational, but Chantal also made it a very welcoming and warm environment so you can get all of your questions answered. I think anyone that is pregnant should attend this workshop. I learned so much about the labor and delivery process, as well as exercises and positions to do during labor to help alleviate pain, as well as to help encourage the baby to move into the correct position. I went into the workshop not knowing what to expect and left with a ton of valuable information that has helped me prepare for what is to come. Since the workshop, I have continued to discuss some of the things mentioned in the workshop with both my husband and my OB to ensure we are all on the same page. Without this workshop, I definitely would not know some of the things I know now that will help me hopefully have a safer and more natural labor and delivery experience. Thank you Chantal!

-Dr. Rachel Goldman


When I heard about this workshop, I knew I wanted to attend. What I didn’t know was just how incredibly informative and empowering it would be. Chantal has years of experience as a doula and birth educator and she shares her wisdom with generosity. She really takes the time to explain both the physical act of what actually happens during the stages of labor and how your body accommodates and reacts to it. Further, Chantal provides many insightful tips on how to manage pain, how to best try and achieve your birthing preferences, and how to manage in situations where that is not possible. The fears of the birthing process I brought into that room, I am so happy to say were eliminated. I walked out feeling empowered and informed in ways I have not been by reading books. Thank you, Chantal!

– Anita S.


Chantal was a wonderful doula, and I would highly recommend her to anyone. She was responsive throughout my pregnancy and always happy to chat about any questions or concerns that came up.I learned more about pregnancy and childbirth from Chantal than any book. She helped me prepare for childbirth by giving me exercises to help get the baby in the correct position and to help strengthen my core and open/relax my lower body.

Her Pushing workshops were an invaluable source of information. As a first time mom, I believe Chantal is the reason I had such a low stress labor and a very quick delivery! Before and during my labor Chantal was an excellent support for both me and my husband. As first time parents this was invaluable, as it helped alleviate any fears we had of this huge and exciting unknown. Chantal has a calm and quiet confidence and you can feel all of the love and respect she has for being a part of this journey. She also captured some of the most magical photos of my daughters first moments of life! Thanks to Chantal we had a wonderful birthing experience and would recommend her to anyone expecting a baby!

-Liz B.