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Why Optimal Birth?

image "Galactic Baby" copyright 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!

Covid 19 Update

 The virus has forced me to cancel all courses until the beginning of June - It's quite possible I may not be able to start teaching again until September - or even later. I'm hoping to rearrange as many dates as possible from September onwards but am holding off from making firm plans until I can get a better idea of how the situation evolves. I will/have contacted course organisers and participants - keep an eye out here and on the Biomechanics for Birth facebook group for news.electron microscope image of corona virus Meanwhile... ... in these difficult times my biggest concern is the effect the bug is having on women's choices in childbirth. There's a lot of genuine anger among midwives who feel that trusts insisting all women must go to delivery suite for reasons that dont stand up well to any honest analysis is not accetable. Far from making things safer for women it's a plan that will put even more pressure on already overstretched hospital resources, is exposing women to infection from the virus and has led to many women considering freebirthing. I've been heavilly involved in the debate on this issue - it remains to be seen whether or not trusts will change their thinking.

I don't have a lot of say-so over trust thinking but I can do something to help pregnant women who finding themselves cut off from antenatal support. I can't work anyway so I'm developing on some online courses for women and producing short videos with tips and information starting with a "Pregancy and Covid 19 page" giving advice, exercises, info and key news news for pregnant women this will be live shortly.

Biomechanics for Birth Professionals

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Biomechanics for Birth Professionals teaches techniques and strategies helpful for any labouring women but especially for women with malpositioned babies and those experiencing long labours. The seven hour course covers the biomechanics of the pelvis and its functions through birth,  tools to help better identify malposition, the effects of trauma on baby's path through the pelvis and how women can be guided to use positions and movement to help labour progress.

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We are making changes to the front page of the site to reach out more directly to women during this period when Molly is unable to travel and train birth professionals directly. Was something we wanted to develop anyway so we won't be bored during lockdown!

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