Active Birth

Empowering midwives to empower women

One of the greatest pleasures for midwives is being able to assist a woman through a normal, physiological birth. To help a woman in this way requires skills, patience and trust in the natural birth process. Although midwives recognise the dangers inherent in tampering with normal physiology, we live in a society where women have little trust that their bodies are capable of giving birth safely, and fear pain in labour. Women are demanding epidurals, elective caesareans and inductions, believing these are safe for themselves and their babies. Midwives, caught up in the politics of maternity care, often feel powerless to change this situation yet there is much they can do.

If you haven't been to one of these workshops before, here's your chance. If you have attended in the past, is it time you updated? Do you need to be re-inspired and re-motivated? You can discover tools that will empower you to empower the women in your care:

  • Learn more about women's physiology and how it works during labour.
  • Find out how you can support and protect women so they can labour instinctively.
  • Learn how to motivate and encourage women to trust the birth process.
  • See how to assist women giving birth in various upright
    positions and off the bed.
  • Learn how to use effective non-drug forms of pain relief, as alternatives to epidurals.
  • Develop strategies for implementing these ideas in hospital settings.

Are you incorporating active birth principles into your work as a midwife? Take our quiz and find out.

Workshop aims:

This is a two-day experiential learning workshop (12 contact hours) for health professionals working with expectant parents: childbirth educators, midwives, physiotherapists, doctors, nurses.

  • To review the rationale behind "active birth".
  • To explore the role of professional caregivers in assisting women have physiologic birth.
  • To discuss ways of empowering women and caregivers to achieve desired birth outcomes.

Learning outcomes:

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have:

  • Reviewed the normal physiologic process of birth.
  • Explored appropriate, practical teaching strategies for increasing the confidence of expectant parents in being able to give birth physiologically.
  • Practised a variety of self-help techniques and positions for labour and birth designed to enhance normal physiology during parturition.
  • Viewed films and discussed teaching strategies for pre-natal and intra-natal education of expectant parents.
  • Explored strategies for introducing physiologic birth management into hospitals and pre-natal classes.

 

Continuing Professional Development Points

Awarded 12 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives.

Program:

FULL PROGRAM PDF

Facilitator:

ANDREA ROBERTSON


Cost:
$350 - Includes lunch, refreshments, workshop folders and notes.
Student discounts
available

Registration: 

The following events have been scheduled for 2014:

Brisbane:  Monday March 10 and Tuesday March 11

Melbourne:  Wednesday June 18 and Thursday June 19

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Save $40 when you register early!

Workshop numbers limited.