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An introduction to birth, focusing on the stages and phases of labor, comfort measures & the role of the mind. 

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Tools to support informed choice & the birthing person. 

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An in depth exploration of research findings pertaining to common interventions & alternatives

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Photos by the Gray Hive Photography

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birth basics

Class Objective: This class was designed to familiarize expectant families with birth, focusing on both the mind and body. After taking this class, we hope that you will feel confident in your ability to birth and be equipped with techniques to help manage pain and support a positive birth experience.

Intended Audience: This class was designed with first time parents in mind, but would also be appropriate as a refresher for subsequent births. Content is equally applicable to families with midwifery, family doctor, and obstetrical care.

Topics Covered

- Pre labour through to immediate postpartum
- Strategies to help navigate each stage
- Common comfort measures and discussion of when they are typically most helpful

- Introductory evidence on select topics such as pushing positions
- A brief introduction into pain medications and common interventions
- The hormones associated with birth and how one can influence them

Topics Not Covered

- In depth evidence on pain medications, interventions and alternatives (taught in Exploring Evidence)

- Comparison of evidence based care to standard practice
- In depth information specific to the birth partner (taught in Advocacy & Support)

- Tools to support advocacy (taught in Advocacy & Support)

- Breastfeeding & the fourth trimester

A Note: This class is meant to be introductory and thus wil not cover all birth-related topics in great depth. However, we have attached several resources that provide more extensive information and also offer additional courses to expand your knowledge.

 

advocacy & support

Class Objective: This class was designed to provide expectant families with tools to support informed choice, build birth preferences, and support the birthing person. After taking this class, we hope that you will feel confident in your knowledge of alternatives, ability to advocate for your wishes, and skills to be a supportive birth partner.

Intended Audience: This class is designed for families who have a strong desire to be involved in decision making and birth support. Midwifery clients are encouraged to explore this information however the advocacy portion does emphasize experiences more common in hospital settings with nurses and GPs/OBs.

Topics Covered

- Comparison of Canadian statistical data to best practice recommendations
- The difference between birth plans & preferences as well as how to build them - Exploration of alternatives that may be available to you
- Skills to communicate with your support team & advocate for your wishes
- Stage-by-stage tools for the birth partner
- Information on patient rights
- Findings on the relationship between informed choice and satisfaction

Topics Not Covered

- The basics of birth & comfort measures (taught in Birth Basics)
- In depth evidence on pain medications, interventions, and alternatives (taught in Exploring Evidence)
- Breastfeeding & the fourth trimester

A Note: This class is meant to be introductory and thus wil not cover all birth-related topics in great depth. However, we have attached several resources that provide more extensive information and also offer additional courses to expand your knowledge.

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exploring evidence

Class Objective: This class was designed to provide expectant families with access to research findings pertaining to birth. After taking this class, we hope that you will feel comfortable with the "why" behind common practices and alternatives.

Intended Audience: This class was designed for families who would like to become deeply familiar with the evidence surrounding common interventions and alternatives. While we did our best to make this information accessible to everyone, those who are comfortable with academic materials and/or have a strong desire to learn will find this course most digestible.

Topics Covered

- Evidence on common interventions such as IV fluids, induction, augmentation, fetal monitoring and pain medications
- Guidelines surrounding several interventions
- Evidence on non-medical alternatives such as acupuncture, breast stimulation, and doulas

Topics Not Covered

- Content that allows one to make medical recommendations; this requires formal training from a recognized institution
- The basics of birth & comfort measures (taught in Birth Basics)
- In depth information specific to the birth partner (taught in Advocacy & Support) - Tools to support advocacy (taught in Advocacy & Support)

- Breastfeeding & the fourth trimester

A Note: Becoming acquainted with evidence requires caution and awareness. It is often tempting to feel that evidence is truth, when it simply represents findings supported by the scientific method. We have done our best to present balanced and relevant findings however given the vast amount of constantly evolving findings we encourage you to think critically at all times. No medical advice is presented as this should always be provided by a qualified healthcare professional.