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Doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, students and birth care professionals will find course offerings that will deepen knowledge and understanding of gentle birth options to inform and integrate into professional practice. Expecting or returning parents gain practical knowledge about gentle birth choices.
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We offer the following courses:
We cover the basics as well as the specifics:
- Current Research
- Integrating waterbirth into a hospital, birth center or home birth practice
- AAP and ACOG objections to waterbirth
- Newborn breathing mechanisms and the physiology of newborn transition
- Delayed cord clamping and its influence on transitional physiology
- Evaluating the newborn after a waterbirth
- Using water as an intervention in labor
- Assessing blood loss
- Preventing and dealing with shoulder dystocia during a waterbirth
- Protecting the perineum
- Contraindications to waterbirth
This course will cover how and why to integrate water immersion into maternity care, including benefits of waterbirth as part of a gentle birth approach to maternity care; the neurology of water immersion; managing and preventing complications; the latest research on waterbirth; the common contraindications to birth in water; the rationales for delayed cord clamping; the necessity of protecting and seeding the microbiome of the infant; accomplishing skin to skin contact and kangaroo mother care; physiological third stage and newborn transitional physiology. There is a special emphasis on hospital integration and safety during this session with demonstrations, films and hundreds of photographs.
This workshop is intended to support practice by:
- Promoting critical thinking on issues relating to undisturbed birth;
- Broadening knowledge around key issues of planning, implementing, providing and documenting maternity care that includes an awareness of the benefits of water immersion;
- Identifying evidence-informed practices to facilitate the woman’s informed choice;
- Offering opportunity for each care provider to reflect on their own maternity care practices.
At the end of this session participant will be able to:
- Discuss the ACOG/AAP position statement on birth in water based on current research.
- Outline the recommended steps to prevent and/or resolve a shoulder dystocia when it occurs while the mother is in the water.
- List three instances where water immersion could be used as an intervention in labor.
- Explain the physiology of newborn transition and the significance of delayed cord clamping on newborn breathing.
- Explain the four physiological mechanisms that prevent the baby from taking a breath in water.
The course has been approved by the American College of Nurse Midwives – program #2012/028. This course has also been previously approved for CME credits for physicians by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Applications for CMEs are the responsibility of the education department of each hospital. Recent approval has been obtained. Doulas and childbirth educators who have taken this course have submitted their attendance certificate as documentation of continuing education and it has been recognized by other organizations.
Gentle Birth employs wellness promotion, integrative health care modalities, and responsiveness to the unique physiology unfolding in the mother and baby in all aspects of perinatal care, and follows the dictum, “First, Do No Harm” when considering any intervention.
Rooted in a strong sense of “pure service,” Gentle Birth practitioners place the physical, psychological, and emotional well being of the mother-infant pair, above all other system considerations and they uphold the right of childbearing women to exercise full autonomy in their care decisions.
When we acknowledge that the baby is a conscious participant during birth and immediately postpartum and has one opportunity to accomplish time sequenced specific tasks, will our birth practices be different? Evidence is presented demonstrating the psychological, physiological and neurological milestones in human development that are supported or hindered by common birth and postpartum practices.
This session will help us “rethink” birth from this biophysiologic perspective and examine core beliefs.
Waterbirth, often called the Gentlest of Gentle Births, has taught us many things during the past thirty years. The use of water during the birth process for a breech position of baby was at first considered risky. But experience in facilitating breech births in water is growing throughout the world. One of the things we clearly see babies do is unfold more easily in the water. Breech babies born on land and water born vertex babies transition in very similar ways. This course will review the cardinal rules when attending a breech birth – hands off, hands and knees, patience, leave the cord intact – and discuss the variabilities of how the water changes the perspective when attending a breech birth. Special emphasis will also be given on the fetal primitive neurologic reflexes and how they are expressed in a breech birth.
Waterbirth is more than a fad or trend – it is evidence-based practice in hospitals, birth centers and home birth throughout the world. Spending most or all of labor in water eases discomfort and creates a gentler birth process. The benefits of warm water immersion in labor and birth have been studied in many countries for over three decades. This course will explain why to integrate water immersion as a comfort measure option during childbirth and highlight the benefits of waterbirth as part of a gentle birth approach to maternity care. Special emphasis is given on newborn transitional physiology, the latest research, the impact of the ACOG opinion and we’ll discuss the Seven Secrets of Successful Waterbirth which include: Mobility, Intimacy, Safety, Research, Confidence, Consciousness and Fetal and Newborn Capabilities.
This workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop mindfulness meditation, which has been proven to assist care givers in creating a peaceful birth environment. Mindfulness is an awareness that results from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment with a sense of connection. It is most often used for reducing stress and promoting self-care, but can also be an enhancement for work place satisfaction and prevention of burn-out. When mindfulness is integrated into maternity care, the practitioner “holds space” for the birthing mother and baby to unfold in their own time, in their own way. Exercises, deep relaxation, affirmations and an exploration of our own birth issues helps the participant identify and readjust their core beliefs about birth and life. The care provider can also teach these simple techniques to their clients.
In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth, yet hospitals throughout the world are creating more and more technological approaches to birth. By applying and integrating the principles and practices of Gentle Birth, maternity care systems in any country can achieve safe, healthy, and normal physiologic childbirth. This workshop will assist maternity care providers and their birthing families with the tools to protect, promote, support and respect the innate childbearing process and avoid overuse of interventions, thus achieving better care, better health, and lower costs.
We discuss current neurological, psychological – including prenatal and perinatal psychology and attachment – and physiological evidence of optimal brain development during the Primary Developmental Period. The importance of supporting the mother to achieve an undisturbed birth and why skin to skin contact in the first few hours after birth is absolutely necessary for optimal brain function. This session discusses the Gentle Birth Principals and Practices that Support Normal Birth, including the use of warm water immersion during labor and birth.
This session will focus on why it is vital from both the baby’s and the mother’s perspective to achieve a natural normal vaginal birth experience, as well as the importance of protecting the first hour after birth. This lecture expands the knowledge base of the nurse, physician and childbirth educator using the latest physiological and psychological research to support the rationales for natural undisturbed birth. This session illustrates the Gentle Birth Principals and Practices that Support Normal Birth, including the role of the doula and the use of warm water immersion during labor and birth. The session will explore issues of prenatal and perinatal psychology and bonding and the life long effects on the human psyche.
Birth is more than we can see or feel. Acknowledging that there is a governing force beyond the physical modifies how we define risk. This workshop explores normal physiological birth processes and the timed sequenced behavior of the fetus/newborn. Interwoven throughout the workshop are scriptural and prophetic writings that support or describe the mother’s ability to give birth without intervention or interference. Current research and thoughts on brain chemistry and the development of the soul will be reviewed.
Birth practices in different parts of the world vary greatly. Caesarean birth rates have dramatically increased in most developing nations. Waterbirth is attractive to many foreign maternity centers, especially in China, India and Central and South America. Join me on a journey through some of the 61 countries where Waterbirth International has helped establish waterbirth practices and see how water immersion is influencing normal birth practices in these countries. Waterbirth teaches many lessons on the normalcy of birth. We will also explore the most current research, which refutes the 2014 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists position paper which states that delivering babies in water is only to be considered an experimental procedure and can endanger the life of the baby.