Workshops

Birth International offers a number of skills based, interactive workshops for midwives, childbirth educators and doulas. The number of participants in each program is limited to enable experiential learning and small group work.

The topics and dates for these programs change from time to time.  Read more about the workshops currently listed in our schedule.

Seminars

Seminars are designed to provide important and relevant information on the chosen topic. The number of particpants is not limited as these programs have a more formal presentation style.

Topics and dates are constantly changing as new events are added. Please check the schedule to see the the details of the seminars currently available.

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Rising to the challenge: Maternal obesity and OP labours

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This workshop will focus on two labour and birth scenarios that present challenges to both mothers and midwives.

Obesity in women of childbearing age is associated with a number of significant implications for women’s reproductive health.The increasing rate of obesity occurring in the younger population of childbearing age means that midwives are caring for greater numbers of overweight, obese and morbidly obese young pregnant women.  Along with examining the implications of obesity on women’s reproductive health, practical aspects of caring for the obese woman are explored from a midwifery perspective.

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.

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.

Program Aims:

Maternal obesity:

  • To define the differences between overweight, obesity and morbid obesity.
  • To explore attitudes to maternal obesity and their impact on culture, language and maternity care practice.
  • To develop a repertoire of practical measures to support obese women during labour and birth.

Occipito-posterior labours:

  • To explore the issues of occipito-posterior labour and its effects on labour.
  • To examine the explore the culture of contemporary practice surrounding OP labours.
  • To develop practical strategies for managing these kinds of labours.

Learning outcomes:

Maternal obesity
By the end of this program, participants will have:

  • Discussed the implications of maternal overweight and obesity
  • Identified the implications overweight or obesity has for women before, during and after pregnancy, labour and birth.
  • Developed a repertoire of practical ways to support these women during pregnancy, labour and birth.

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.

Program: 

FULL PROGRAM OUTLINE

Morning session:  Maternal overweight, obesity and morbid obesity

  Time                  Topic                                                                                                                                   

  9.30 a.m.

  Introductions
  Background:
  • The incidence of maternal obesity
  • Defining overweight, obesity and morbid obesity

  Attitudes to maternal obesity:
  Culture/birth culture
  Language
  Maternity care practice

 10.30 a.m

  Refreshments


10.45 a.m.


  Midwives and maternal obesity

  • Midwives and midwifery care
  • Unique challenges:
       Services
       Current
       Preconception
       Antenatal
       Labour and birth
       Postnatal      

  12.15  p.m.

  LUNCH
 
Afternoon program:  Managing OP labours
 
Time Topic
  1.00 p.m.        

  The culture of contemporary OP labour and birth:

  • in the wider context
  • in the workplace/practice

   Information about OP given to women during:

  • preconception
  • pregnancy
  • labour and birth
  • after the birth
  • future birth

 

  2.30 p.m.    Refreshments

  2.45 p.m.

  Current practice

  • in pregnancy
  • during labour and birth
  • after the birth
  • at maternity service review meetings

  Practical approaches to care of women with OP labours:

  • Honing communication skills with other health professionals in challenging labour and birth situations
  • Exploring of a variety of tools to assist in caring for a woman with an OP presentation.

Exploration of the phenomenon of ‘the disappearing woman’ when intervention is necessary.

 4.00 p.m.    Evaluation
 4.15 p.m.

 Close

 Continuing Professional Development Points

This program has been awarded 6 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives.

Facilitator:

 LYNNE STAFF


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

 Registration: 

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Workshop numbers limited.

 

Skills for Midwives: Sterile water injections

 

The use of intradermal injections of small amounts of sterile water has proven very effective for easing or temporarily eliminating back pain experienced by women whose babies are lying in a posterior position during labour. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to practice the technique so they feel confident and skilled in its use.

 Aims:

 To gain insights into the theory behind the use of sterile water injections

  • To explore the literature that supports its use and explains its effectiveness
  • To practise the techniques involved in administering the injections for maximum benefit for labour women.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how the technique works to women in labour
  • Identify the evidence that supports its use
  • Administer the injections and develop skills in their use.

Continuing Professional Development Points

This program has been awarded 3 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives.

Program

PROGRAM PDF

Facilitator

LYNNE STAFF

 

Note:  This is a half-day program and will be combined with other topics to make a full day event. Please check with your workshop host for the full details.

Dates and locations:

At present there are no scheduled workshops on this theme.  If your hospital or area health service would like to sponsor a program on this topic for the benefit of you and your colleagues, please direct them to this link, which contains information on how to set up in-service courses through Birth International. 

 

Managing Postdates pregnancy

The "due date" is a fundamental marker in a woman's pregnancy. The care she receives will be anchored to this date, calculated by various methods and recorded as though it is a predictable milestone. The significance of this date is enormous: it can determine care
options, determine women's choices, shape the style of care she will receive and impact on birth outcomes for women and their babies. Going "overdue" can carry significant risks of intervention and being "early" also predisposes the baby to medicalised care. For midwives, keeping birth normal often means working around the "due date" with women and care providers and developing a range
of strategies and care plans that will work in a risk-averse world.

Aims:

  • To explore the concepts of "due date", "postdates" and "post term" and their implications for women and midwives.
  • To examine the research evidence that supports and challenges these concepts.
  • To consider the practical strategies around expectant management and induction of labour

Learner outcomes:

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the implications of constructing definite time frames for gestation
  • Identify strategies for use with women anxious about being "overdue"
  • Describe the difference between postdates and post term pregnancy
  • Examine the evidence provided by contemporary research and its implications for the management of pregnancy
  • Explore communication strategies to facilitate informed decision-making
  • Provide examples of best care for women who choose not to be induced.

Continuing Professional Development

This program has been awarded 3 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives.

It may be combined with other half day programs to make a full program of 6 points.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Facilitator:

This worshop will be facilitated by LYNNE STAFF.

Dates and locations

At present there are no scheduled workshops on this theme.  If your hospital or area health service would like to sponsor a program on this topic for the benefit of you and your colleagues, please direct them to this link, which contains information on how to set up in-service courses through Birth International.

 

   

Promoting and supporting VBAC

A one day workshop for midwives on how to encourage women to consider vaginal birth after a previous Caesarean, educate them about their options, put risk into perspective and support them during labour.

The largest component of the rising Caesarean birth rate are repeat Caesarean 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.

Aims:

  • To explore the issues previous Caesarean birth and its impact on future labour.
  • To examine and explore the culture of contemporary practice surrounding VBAC labours.
  • To review current statistics and local practices around birth after Caesarean.
  • To develop practical strategies for managing this kind of labours.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, participants will have:

  • 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

This program has been awarded 3 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives. It may be combined with other half day programs to make a full program of 6 points.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Facilitator:

LYNNE STAFF.

Dates and locations:

Melbourne   Friday March 21, 2014

If your hospital or area health service would like to sponsor a program on this topic for the benefit of you and your colleagues, please direct them to this link, which contains information on how to set up in-service courses through Birth International. 

 

 

 

 

Supporting OP labours

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".  Working with women to achieve a natural birth is rewarding for everyone, and offers midwives opportunities to demonstrate their special skills in support that will help to keep the birth normal and avoid interventions.

Participants will practise a number of practical skills including positioning, rebozo, movement, massage and counter-pressure.

Workshop aims:

This program aims:

  • To explore the issues of occipito-posterior labour and its effects on labour.
  • To examine the culture of contemporary practice surrounding OP labours.
  • To develop practical strategies for managing this kind of labours.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Critically examine the information given to women
  • Collate a toolkit of practical labour support strategies
  • Develop effective communication skills to use with women and colleages regarding OP labours

Continuing Professional Development

This program has been awarded 3 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives.

It may be combined with other half day programs to make a full program of 6 points.

 

WORKSHOP PROGRAM PDF

This program will be facilitated by LYNNE STAFF

 

Dates and locations

Brisbane    September 19, 2013


If there are no scheduled workshops on this topic, your hospital or area health could sponsor a program on this theme for the benefit of you and your colleagues. Please direct them to this link, which contains information on how to set up in-service courses through Birth International.

 

   

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