Common Knowledge Trust

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Common Knowledge Trust is a registered New Zealand educational Charitable Trust (NGO) set up in 1996 under New Zealand Charities Services (CC24400).

Our Trust’s over-all goals and objects are: “To promote the understanding and tolerance of diversified health issues/wellness systems in relation to the individual, families, groups, societies and cultures: locally and nationally (and internationally).”

Common Knowledge Trust seeks to:

  • Promote the conservation of diversified health/wellness knowledge.
  • Educate people in the diversified health/wellness knowledge known by culturally diversified groups.
  • Promote ‘Common Knowledge’ approaches in regards to the health/wellness of individuals, families and cultural groups

Common Knowledge Trust encourages the sharing of traditional and indigenous health and wellness information worldwide.

Our Trust has two major branches through which health and wellness knowledge is shared:

  • Celebrating Common Knowledge

This branch celebrates our Individuality.

This branch welcomes people of all cultures to share what is their common health and wellness knowledge through our newsletter and international get-togethers. See our newsletter from our 1998 Zimbabwe Gathering Newsletter.

  • Birthing Better Childbirth Preparation

This branch celebrates our Commonality. All proceeds from the sales of Birthing Better online birthing classes return to our not-for-profit to forward our goals and objectivess. 

The second branch houses both a childbirth Concept and the birth and birth-coaching skills placed into our Trust in 1996. These online birthing classes are called … Birthing Better (previously known as The Pink Kit).

Hundreds of ordinary families in the US in the early 1970s helped to develop these extraordinary birth and birth-coachings skills:

  1. to prepare the pregnant body to give birth
  2. to work through the birth journey any baby takes with the mother

Expectant families PRIMARILY want:

  • To have as safe a birth as possible
  • To face the unknown of the coming birth with confidence
  • To cope, manage, work through, deal with, handle stay on top of and feel in control of their birth experience no matter where their birth occurs, who is present, the personal circumstances or what happens and to the birthing woman during her birth.
  • To look back on their baby’s birth with pride and empowerment

Expectant families ALSO want:

  • Families wanted something to do together as they made the journey from pregnancy through birth to being a mother and fathers.
  • They wanted skills to deal with two BIG questions:
    • What about me ….?’
    • What if …?’
  • To use skills to reduce or prevent ‘issues’ from becoming problems

Our Commonality

  • We share one thing in common … our human body. We all blink, cough and can tighten up our rectum.
  • Women are either pregnant or not
  • Once pregnant, 100% of women will give birth one way or another.
  • Giving birth is always an activity each woman does with her baby no matter the type of birth.
  • Humans thrive on being skilled to do any activity

Our Commonality Grew The Common Knowledge Concept

Innovation brings forth ideas. 

  • Giving birth is always an activity each woman does with her baby.

From ideas come words

  • That it should be a very high societal expectation that all expectant families self-learn birth and birth-coaching skills during pregnancy
  • Use birth and birth-coaching skills to work through the activity of birthing your baby.

From words come actions

  • Start as close to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Pick one skills-based methods (Lamaze, The Bradley Method, Grantly Dick-Read, Birthing Better, Hynobirthing, Hynobabies, Calm Birth, Birthing Within or others)
  • From 24 weeks onwards through each appointment, tell your birth provider what skill you learned this month and have them notate that skill in your records along with your tests and choices
  • Create your own Skills-based Birth Plan which you use as your ‘cheat sheet’. Refer to it throughout your birth journey.
  • Ask your birth provider to praise you during birth when you are coping well and your birth-coach is helping you.
  • Ask your birth provider to encourage you to use skills if you’re looking stressed or overwhelmed.

Some actions create systems

Some systems become wrapped up in policies. 

  • It’s up to YOU to create a Societal Policy that all expectant families should become skilled to birth their baby.
  • Your grand-mother, grand-father, mother and father probably did not become skilled.
  • When you become skilled and use your skills throughout your baby’s birth then you will tell your daughters and sons that they need to learn, practice and use birth and birth-coaching skills when they give birth to your grandchildren.
  • YOU ARE THE POLICY!

Common Knowledge Trust takes this mission to grow a skilled birthing population very seriously. You will birth better when you use birth and birth-coaching skills.

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What Is Common Knowledge?

All women carry the future generation of Women and Men in their body and birth them from their body. Any man can plant the Seed of Life within a Woman. We are ALL ONE. We all blink, cough, know happiness and sorrow. There is our collective biological Common Knowledge. We cannot separate ourselves one from another.

Humanity also has a very creative Mind. With Mind, humankind has developed cultures, societies, religions, beliefs, skills, tools and stories that are diverse. This diversity brings beauty and is our cultural Common Knowledge. This is what we use to separate ourselves.

What Cultural Common Knowledge can we share?

  • The ‘front of the house’.
    There are many aspects of cultural traditions that people enjoy sharing with others. This is where Common Knowledge Trust would like to develop international gatherings with people in those cultures.
  • the ‘back of our house’.
    There are aspects of every cultural or religious group that will never be shared with those not part of that group. Common Knowledge Trust is not trying to get groups to share this part of their cultures or beliefs.
  • Losing our traditions
    The loss of traditional knowledge and skills is as significant as that of the loss of species or seed diversity.

Common Knowledge Trust is not seeking to blend modern health skills with culturally diverse ones. Instead, we are interested in identifying cultural knowledge as it’s own unique information.

If individual people within any culture wish to blend modern and their own health knowledge and systems or keep them separate, then that is their own response as individuals, families, communities and beyond.

Common Knowledge does not see ‘alternative’ health care. We see all health care as caring for wellness and wellbeing.

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