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
The 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 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.
"Galactic Baby" -award winning image from Cat Fancote - all rights reserved https://birthphotographyperth.com.au/
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!