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Physiological breech birth study day - Montreal, Quebec
Mon 16 May 2016, 09:00 – 16:00 EDT
This study day for obstetricians, midwives, nurses, family physicians and paramedics will provide a thorough, interactive update on professional skills to facilitate physiological breech births, planned or unexpected. Although the study day is focused on hands-on skills and designed for practising professionals, others interested in learning about physiological breech birth are welcome.
Your participation in the training will include:
* Access to the on-line learning space prior to the event (research update)
* Thorough theoretical and hands-on explanations of how breech babies journey through the maternal pelvis in a completely spontaneous birth (the breech mechanisms), enabling you to distinguish between normal progress and dystocia
* Hands-on simulation of complicated breech births and resolutions, using narratives and videos of real breech complications, to enable you to practice problem-solving in real time
* One year's access to the on-line learning space following the training, to continue viewing and reflecting on birth videos (one per month) in a secure forum, and resources for sharing teaching with professionals in your community
The local organiser, Rivka Cymbalist (montrealdoula @ yahoo.com) can answer questions about the event.
Facilitator: Shawn Walker is a UK midwife and PhD researcher who studies how professionals learn skills to safely facilitate breech births. Clinically, she has worked in all midwifery settings – labour wards, freestanding and alongside birth centres, and home births. She led the development of a breech clinic pathway at the James Paget University Hospital (2012-2014), where she worked as a Breech Specialist Midwife. Her research focus on breech birth is part of a wider interest in complex normality – working with obstetric colleagues to enable women at moderate and high risk to birth and bond physiologically where possible. She currently works clinically on a busy London labour ward.
Since 2011, Walker has been delivering specialist breech training to NHS staff, aiming to increase competence, confidence and choice. The Breech Birth Network study days have been continually developed from feedback, and in light of Walker’s primary research, summarised in Standards for maternity care professionals attending planned upright breech births: a Delphi study. Although this research specifically involved professionals with experience supporting active breech births, most results are applicable to all breech births.