Rising to the challenge: Occipito-posterior labours and VBAC


This workshop will focus on two labour and birth scenarios that present challenges to both mothers and midwives. When babies present in the occipito-posterior position, labour is usually longer, more painful and tiring, with women frequently opting for epidurals as a "way out". This kind of labour, whilst hard and difficult for women, has its own rewards and enabling a mother to achieve a natural birth in this curcumstance requires patience, insight and skills from the midwives at her side. This is not a complicated labour, just a variation, and one that can be viewed as a unique opportunity to realise one's full potentials, both for the labouring woman and the midwife assisting her.

The largest component of the rising Caesarean birth rate are repeat Ceasarean births. If the inexorable rise in surgical birth is to slowed and then reversed, managing vaginal birth after previous Caesarean (VBAC) birth is a necessity. Women need good education about VBAC births and midwives need good communication skills and appropriate labour support techniques to make VBAC a positive and achievable outcome.

During this program, culture and contemporary practices around both of these issues will be explored, including the opportunity to practice skills around communication and labour support. This will be an interactive program based around experiential learning principals.

Continuing Professional Development Points

This workshop has been awarded 6 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives towards re-registration requirements.

Program Aims:

To explore the issues of occipito-posterior labour and previous caesarean birth and their effects on labour.
To examine the explore the culture of contemporary practice surrounding OP and VBAC labours. To review current statistics and local practices around birth after caesarean.
To develop practical strategies for managing these kinds of labours.

Learning outcomes:

Occipito-posterior labours
By the end of this program, participants will have:

  • Critically examined the information given to women
  • Collated a toolkit of practical labour support strategies
  • Developed effective communication skills to use with women and colleagues regarding OP labours.

VBAC labours:

  • Developed a tool kit for supporting women and their partners during VBAC
  • Considered debriefing techniques following birth experiences
  • Planned an outline for a VBAC program for expectant parents

 

Continuing Professional Development Points

Awarded 6 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives.

Program:

FULL PROGRAM PDF

Facilitator:

 LYNNE STAFF


Cost:
$240 - Includes lunch, refreshments, workshop folders and notes.
Student discounts
available

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