Biomechanics: Moving towards an easy childbirth
Este es el arte y la ciencia de la obstetricia
y tiene que ser compartido
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What is behind the increase in C-sections and other interventions?
The suboptimal fetal position is one of the main factors leading to medical interventions such as:
- Artificial rupture of the membranes.
- Increased oxytocics.
- Increased use of pain relief methods such as epidurals.
- Continuous monitoring.
- Restricted movement.
- Restricted diet.
- Instrumental delivery.
- Lithotomy position.
- Cesarean section.
Midwives often tell mothers that the baby is ” wrongly placed”. This shows the lack of knowledge about the basic concepts of biomechanics (the mechanics of biological and skeletal muscle activity like in locomotion). It is not ” the fault ” of the baby but, most commonly, an imbalance in the pelvis.
- Healthcare personnel and other qualified health professionals with special interest in the world of obstetrics.
- To provide participants with the practical skills necessary to improve their knowledge of how fetal sub-optimal position occurs and how to resolve it.
- To avoid instrumental childbirths.
- To alleviate continuous back and pelvic pain during childbirth.
- Reduce the duration and need for analgesia during childbirth.
- Help to increase positive birth experiences by supporting physiological birth.
- Anatomy of the pelvis during pregnancy (muscles, ligaments and fascias).
- Biomechanical strategies focused on childbirth with epidural analgesia
- Management of the Mexican rebozo.
- Biomechanics during pregnancy and physiological childbirth.
- Postures and positions that release tension in the ligaments and help to align the baby.
- Vertical positions.
- Peanut and round birth ball; Handling and use during pregnancy and childbirth.
- Strategies that support neurohormonal balance
- 1 day course; 8 hours of training.
- Electronic Documentation
- Accreditation of the Continuous Training Commission (once approved)
Due to environmental considerations, the teachers’ PDF presentations and other documents related to this event are available online.
Teacher: Molly O'Brien
I am a mother of three and a grandmother of one. After more than 20 years of clinical practice, I hope to have become an experienced midwife.
I am a specialist in hypnobirthing, a childbirth facilitator and an associate university professor. I have created several courses for midwives and have created a campaign for units run by midwives. I have been and continue to be a passionate student and facilitator of and for normal childbirth and I am in charge of OptimalBirth.
My frustration has diminished since 2010, since my skills as a midwife can help to resolve long and difficult childbirth more effectively. This journey began with the discovery of www.spinningbabies.com, courtesy of my daughter-in-law, who was looking for information to help her breech baby, my grandson Otto. He didn’t turn around and that’s another story, but getting babies to turn makes sense.
I was already employing optimal fetal positioning strategies that I learned by attending midwife Jean Sutton’s course almost 20 years ago, but it wasn’t enough. The American midwife, Gail Tully (Mrs. Spinning babies!) was filling in the gaps and providing new strategies and tools. I attended 2 of her workshops, the last one being earlier this year, an advanced course that introduced myofascial release methods.
Being a total passionate about non-intervention childbirth, I have immersed myself in articles, books and alternatives that contribute to this knowledge.
The Rebozo or Mexican shawl is another very useful tool for midwives who wish to facilitate normal childbirth. It is used for comfort, but has the added advantage of helping the baby reach an optimal position. I have attended 2 rebozo courses taught by Sophie Messager and Gena Kirby.
These tools and strategies really work! I have witnessed wonderful and rapid progress during the birthing process as a result of using the positions I have learned during my studies. This is the art and science of obstetrics and it has to be shared – women and midwives deserve it!