The Book

“What happens during birth” (Was geschieht bei der Geburt) is the original book on which this online course is based.

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What happens at birth? How is the uterus attached in the abdomen? How does breathing affect childbirth? What is the role of the pelvic floor? How does a woman recognize labor pains and how can she prepare for it? Where does pain come from during pregnancy and childbirth? How can the birth partner understand and support a woman during labor?

The video course 'Giving Birth Explained' is based on the book 'Was Geschieht Bei Der Geburt' written by Antoinette El Agamy Etman and published in Switzerland by the hep-verlag. It contains numerous exercises to better understand body functions and to develop body awareness, as well as breathing, relaxation and recovery exercises. In the back of the book there are twelve maps with large-format anatomical representations to visualize the birthing journey.

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The original book was published in German. In our English video course the glossary was translated in the following way:

  • Body awareness - Körperbewusstsein
  • Contractions - Wehen
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions - Wilde Wehen, Übungswehen
  • Lightening Contractions - Senkwehen
  • Ripening - Reifungszeit
  • First Stage of Labor  / True Labour Contractions - Eröffnungswehen
  • Second Stage of Labor/ Expulsion Contractions - Austreibungswehen/ Presswehen
  • Third Stage of Labor - Nachgeburtswehe
  • Fourth Stage of Labor - Nachwehen und Nachgeburtszeit
  • Postpartem excercises - Rückbildungsübungen
  • Cervix - Muttermund


Prof. Dr. med. Luigi Raio

Universitätsklinik für

Frauenheilkunde, Inselspital

Bern, Switzerland

Giving Birth Explained is a wonderful, medically founded source of information to learn more about the natural process of giving birth. Mrs. El Agamy - Etman shares her work experience of many years in an understandable fashion and explains the birth process with very impressive illustrations. Recommended for mothers and fathers to be.

Jessica Kilmer

Midwife and Doula

Moses Lake,


I really enjoyed Giving Birth Explained, and found the information in it helpful and straightforward. I thought it was a good pace, and the visuals really enhanced the experience. It is so important to empower birthing people with knowledge about the process. I enjoyed the exercises in the videos and that we were encouraged to listen to our body, instead of trying to fit a certain mold. 

Elisabeth Bleisch

Midwife, Self-employed,

Bern, Switzerland

These videos are perfect for the preparation of your Birth. If you do the Giving Birth Explained exercises, you will be very well prepared for your big day.

Irène Wyss-Gerber

Hypnotherapist NGH/VHS Birth Hypnosis

Ananda-Interlaken Practice for Hypnosis and Guided Visualization

This video course is excellently structured and a must in my practice for every pregnant woman and her partner to prepare responsibly for the birth of their baby. The videos illustrate the birth very clearly so that the woman is familiar with the processes in the body and can engage in the birth. 
Thanks to the visualization of the birth process, the woman will succeed in relaxing during the birth and will be in the mentioned flow.