Are you worried your birth plan will be disregarded?
Are you afraid you won’t get the birth you want?
Are you confident in advocating for yourself?
You are not alone. It takes skills, knowledge and confidence to have a positive birth. We have combined that into THIS course.
Through online activities, videos and resources we will include…
- Communication and how the language we use around birth can effect outcomes.
- Why speaking up reduces your chance of birth trauma
- Why your birth plan isn’t a guarantee of a good birth
- Finding solid information you can trust and understanding the risks and benefits of your options.
- The factors that may be involved when you are offered interventions.
- The importance of consent, the steps we must take and the responsibilities our healthcare providers have.
BIRTH CHOICES AND YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
OB, Independent Midwife, Doula, Public v Private system birthing- In this section we’ll take a closer look at the birth options you can access and who will give you your best chance at birthing how you want.
CONSENT ISN'T YES OR NO
Gaining legal consent is a delicate balance of communication, information and support. We examine the how the consent process is conducted and your role as the decision maker.
COMMUNICATION & RED FLAGS
How to convey your needs and wants while keeping the conversation open and purposeful. Health professionals are trained to communicate however you might find that some struggle to maintain positive communication when a mother requests or declines intervention outside of the “usual routine”. This section explicitly tells you how to phrase, rephrase, communicate and confirm aspects of your care and birth choices.
INTERVENTION AND WHY YOU NEED TO USE YOUR B.R.A.I.N.S
You will be offered some sort of intervention whilst pregnant or birthing. This section explains some of the reasons you’ll be offered them and you’ll be surprised to learn its not always in your best interest to accept them. Learn how to indentify true necessity by weighting up the pros and cons of intervention. Get familar with the greatest decision making tool of all time… The B.R.A.I.N.S acrynom. A simple tool to gain everything you need for an empowered informed decison.
BIRTH RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
It matters how you birth. Feel safe, informed and supported is essential. This section outlines your rights within the system and with your health providers. This section includes two case studies of women birthing within australia who’s care was deemed “outside of the norm”
RESEARCH | THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BS
Become a research buff. Find, read and cite research and evidenced based information. This section also helps to choose the research that supports your choices.
HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR YOUR BIRTH
There is no RIGHT way to birth. How you birth should be your decision and you must be an active participant in planning. Whats right for you may not be for another mother. This course will not tell you how to birth but it will show you how to evaluate information and get the support you need.