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Waterbirth Certification and Education Workshops

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_4″ layout=”1_4″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=”” min_height=””][fusion_text]DSC03747[/fusion_text][fusion_button link=”/water/courses/” color=”default” size=”medium” stretch=”” type=”” target=”_blank” title=”” button_gradient_top_color=”” button_gradient_bottom_color=”” button_gradient_top_color_hover=”” button_gradient_bottom_color_hover=”” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ animation_offset=”” alignment=”” class=”” id=”” border_radius=”2″]Click here to see the current course offerings[/fusion_button][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”3_4″ layout=”3_4″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=”” min_height=””][fusion_title size=”4″ content_align=”left” style_type=”underline solid” sep_color=”#288cff” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”10px ” class=”” id=””]Waterbirth Certification Workshop[/fusion_title][fusion_text]This one day workshop is required by many hospitals for midwives and doctors for hospital privileges to attend water labors and births.

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 it’s 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

Session Description:
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 seeing 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, film 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.

Behavioral Objectives:
At the end of this session participant will be able to:
1. Discuss the ACOG/AAP position statement on birth in water based on current research.
2. Outline the recommended steps to prevent and/or resolve a shoulder dystocia when it occurs while the mother is in the water.
3. List three instances where water immersion could be used as an intervention in labor.
4. Explain the physiology of newborn transition and the significance of delayed cord clamping on newborn breathing.
5. 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.
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