Courses for Pregnant Couples - Online

mother and baby heart 300px Lockdown has forced us to develop new ways of offering antenatal services - "Moving for an Easier Birth" offers a wealth of information about positions, movements and rebozo techniques that can help labour progress, manage discomfort through labour and help carry baby more comfortably. Book Here

Advanced Biomechanics

bjsports 2018 December 52 23 1497 F1largeThe advanced biomechanics course is for birth workers who have been putting the knowledge from the biomechanics course into practice. It explores the subject in greater depth and is an essential step for anyone wanting to teach. The first course was warmly received by participants but Covid 19 restrictions mean we can't plan new dates for the foreseeable future - an online version will be availalbe in the spring of 2021



Biomechanics for Birth - Online

floating globe 175Biomechanics for Birth Online   breaks the day long live course mix of pre-recorded videos, live zoom presentations and workshops. It's delivered with Molly's usual panache, avoids  Covid restrictions and opens the door to birthworkers around the world with participants from Australia and Hong Kong already taking part.

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Why Optimal Birth?

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Over the past few years, there have been times when the debate about childbirth and especially choices about how and where to give birth, have become deeply polarised. As always, the media have been quick to reduce the debate to extremes, pitting dire warnings of “certain death if a baby is born at home” against "natural birth at any price".

While these extreme views do exist among birth practitioners they are rare, but any birth practitioner not blindly wedded to the guidelines will acknowledge there is much about the status quo in many obstetric units that work actively against "a good birth". It’s also recognised that challenging institutional drivers of practices can be very difficult, even those with little or no evidence to support them.

As a midwife my role is to help women have the best birth possible. I understand the medical model plays an important role but I also believe many interventions are used inappropriately. All too frequently attempts to question mainstream practice tends to degenerate into a “natural birth versus managed birth” argument. That’s the wrong debate. It should be “how birth practitioners can embrace best practice to make sure all women can have an optimal birth”.

This site was initially created to publicise my planned post retirement business, teaching women the approaches to labour and birth I’d evolved to help them have the best birth possible. Events have pushed me from antenatal teaching into a roving trainer for professional colleagues who are motivated by the same urge to help women have an “Optimal Birth”. It's taken over my life over the past 18 months - one of the positives of the enforced break is having time to develop online resources for both pregnant women and colleagues - no more excuses for delays!

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Effraspace biomechanics course participants pose for pictures

Live courses at last - participants in Sunday's Biomechanics Foundation course at Effraspace poses for end of day pictures!

Covid 19 

Last time this page was updated we were optimistic we might see a return to live dates fairly soon. It's a very different picture today. Quarantine and the frequency of rule changes mean there's too much uncertainty - we will have to see what surprises Mr Johnson springs on us to know when they can start again but we aren't betting on much changing before June 2021 so all live courses are off for the foreseeable future. 

Interest in online courses is snowballing - with courses going further and further afield. I ran a course with a group of Doualas in Saudi Arabia and there's another booked, a course in Croatia, and maybe a course for Bermudan midwives is on it's way (virtual sadly!)  Online courses are fully booked until 3/4th March - there are new dates on 23/24th March, 8/9th April, 20/21st April, 5/6th May and 25/26th May.

Latest Update from the RCOG on pregnancy and covid

Updates from 12/01/2021 with comprehensive C19 news for pregnant people can be found here : https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/ 

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