Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Pre-Con #1 – 9am-5pm – Waterbirth Certification with Barbara Harper – $145
Pre-Con #6 – 5:30pm-8:30pm – Breech Birth with Lisa Barrett - $40
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Pre-Con #2 – 8:30am-12:30pm – Essential Oils and Women’s Health with Carrie Shepard – $50
Pre-Con #3 – 2pm-5:30pm – Herbs in Childbearing with Julie Bell – $40
Pre-Con #4 – 8:30am-12:30pm – Linguistic and Hypnotic Speech Patterns for Antenatal and Birth Period with Lisa Barrett - $50
Pre-Con #5 – 2pm-5:30pm – Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage with Kathy Reid – $40
If Pre-Conference participants are also attending the full conference, a gift certificate for previous Trust Birth Conference sessions will be awarded equal to the amount of pre-conference registration. Offer valid until August 15, 2013. Redeemable October 1, 2013.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Opening Session: (9:00a to 11:45a)
Reclaiming Birth from the Medicalized Female Body – Carla Hartley and Elizabeth Noble
Track 1: (1:15p to 2:45p)
1A—Taking the Fear out of Birth – Katrina Zaslavsky
With so much fear, misconceptions and negativity surrounding birth, we need to give women a new possibility of how positive, powerful and transforming birth can be and also to normalize birth. Birth has become so medicalized that we no longer trust our own bodies to do what we are designed to do and have become fearful of something so perfectly natural.
1B—Placental Birth & PPH – Rachel Reed
This session will explore the physiology of placental birth and the factors that influence this process. Ways to avoid complications occurring and how to manage them effectively will be also be discussed.
1C—Birthing the Easy Way – Sheila Stubbs
Most people will tell you that giving birth is extremely painful and a frightening ordeal best left in the hands of the experts. They will remind you that people used to die in childbirth before we had hospitals. What if they are wrong and we have been sold a pack of lies? This session will look at some of the myths and truths about the safety of birth. We will look at what actually makes birth a frightening ordeal and how to avoid these pitfalls. Find out what it is that makes birth painful and what actually makes birth easier. It might surprise you.
Track 2: (3:15p to 4:45p)
2A—The Truth About Gestational Diabetes – Joy Jones
Why do some women spill sugar in their urine in pregnancy, and why is this usually a normal event in pregnancy? What are the weaknesses of the GTT? What are the artificial constructs in the medical system which have created the phenomenon called “gestational diabetes”? What does the placenta do which creates higher blood sugars in pregnancy? Hopefully, this session will give you new questions to ask of the current “standard of care”.
2B—Oil Truths and Testimonials – Carrie Shepard, Heather Brock, Emily Reeves, Grace Welliver
Find out WHY essential oils work. Learn insider aspects of using essential oils from these experienced oilers …if you have not had success with oils in the past, maybe something you learn here will explain why…..
Hear their many examples of how essential oils have affected the health and happiness of their own families in major ways……
2C–Reclaiming the Third Stage – Julie Bell
The third stage of labour gets a bit of a bum rap in the birthing world. It’s often the least favourite part of labour for mothers and care providers. In many institutions, the process is rushed and under a cloud of concern about serious blood loss or retained placenta. The placenta is discarded as merely waste material. But third stage also holds the potential to yield great benefits. Julie draws on her experience as a mother and doula to discuss simple and practical ways to optimise the third stage of the birthing.process, and the positive implications for the mother, her family and wider society.
Awards Dinner Banquet (7:00p to 9:30p in the Ballroom)
Keynote: Barbara Harper – Turning Creed into Deed: Where in the World Do Women & Their Care Givers Trust Birth
Tickets for conference attendees – $30 before July 1, 2013; $45 from July 2 – September 1; $50 from September 2 – September 20
How do traditionally trained midwives and physicians trust birth? Having visited and taught or studied waterbirth in 52 countries, Barbara will take us on a world tour and introduce us to amazing practitioners who have all transformed their practices giving birth back to women and their babies.
We will learn from these examples how to effectively turn philosophy into practice.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Track 3: (8:30a to 10:00a)
3A–Birth from Baby’s Perspective – Rachel Reed
Learn how the baby is involved in his/her own birthing process and how a physiological birth is optimal for the transition to extra-uterine life.
We will explore the impact of common birth interventions on the baby’s experience of birth, and on short-term and long-term health outcomes.
3B–The Low Down on Shoulder Dystocia – Gail Hart
It is time for a re-evaluation of Shoulder Dystocia diagnosis and treatment! Gain a new understanding of the mechanics of descent and rotation; and the mechanical, physical and emotional causes that cause this emergency. Discover the signals in labor which predict Shoulder Dystocia and methods which can prevent it before it occurs. Learn tools and techniques tools to use to overcome panic reaction, and to properly prepare for active, effective measures of treatment! There are more than fourteen maneuvers for Shoulder Dystocia: Do you know them?
3C–Nutrition and Pregnancy: The Truth About Health and Complication Prevention Part 1 – Joy Jones
What is the most accurate version of the Brewer Diet? How does the Brewer Diet help mothers to follow the normal physiology of pregnancy? What are the mechanics of osmotic pressure, and how do those mechanics relate to a blood volume increase in pregnancy, and to the Brewer Diet? Come and find out!
Track 4: (10:30a to Noon)
4A–Men at Work or Mars and Venus in the Delivery Room – Sheila Stubbs
Traditionally, a women-only profession, midwifery has almost been completed eradicated in North America, Australia, and many other industrialized countries as male doctors became popular as the birth attendants of choice. This session looks at how this change came about and was affected by the differences in men’s and women’s brains. Discover how male and female brains differ from birth and how this will affect the way you parent. Gain an understanding of how men and women react to problems differently and how they solve them. Learn what men really think about women in the workplace and how to talk so men will take you seriously. Finally, we will see how these differing perspectives, when they meet in the delivery room, are leading to the rising cesarean rate – and what we can do about it.
4B–Optimal Fetal Positioning – Claire Hall
Can OFP cause an unhealthy obsession and fear of posterior births that is actually detrimental to women and births? In an effort to explain why some births were longer/more traumatic than others, OFP became the popular mantra of natural birth circles. While OFP can be a valuable tool, the level of importance placed on OFP has created an unbalanced approach to the symphony that is childbirth, with devastating effects. OFP is a tool that can be used by women for their own edification and power, or as a tool to decrease a woman’s confidence in her own body’s ability to birth – as a birth worker, how do you use it?
Track 5: (1:30p to 3:00p)
5B–Vaginal Bacteria-Flora and Group B Strep: Toward a new paradigm – Gail Hart
Group B Strep Sepsis is a dangerous disease for newborns,. Treatment with antibioitics in labor has been the primary means of prevention, leaving the baby vulnerable throughout the months of pregnancy. But understanding the relationship of GBS within the broader context of vaginal flora, can point us to a method of preventing the incidence of colonization and infection. Learn the significance of a healthy balance of vaginal flora during pregnancy, and how to restore or correct the microbiome to normal balance as a means of preventing the growth of GBS.
5c–Stillbirth: what happens after? – Janet Fraser
There are no easy answers to what happens after a baby dies but there are important conversations we need to have about our attitudes to death, to loss and to grief. We also need to consider the use of stillbirth as a political weapon against women who birth outside of the system and find ways to manage our responses to this emotive topic as well. Fear of birth and fear of death are closely linked and some of us who work in birth are very fearful indeed. I think we can find our way through that to provide better support for women and their families and for those of us who attend a birth which includes as loss as well.
Track 6: (3:30p to 5:00p)
6A–Embracing the Miracle – Barbara Harper
Drawing on four decades of experience, Barbara will explore birth and the first hour of life from the baby’s perspective. The baby is the driver, programmed with biological imperatives to be born and attach. How do common birth practices, even pushing, either aid or detract from the baby’s ability to carry out what it has been programmed to accomplish? What are the physiological, psychological and developmental impacts on the life of the child? The participant will have a new understanding about the primitive reflexes involved in birth and be informed of the most current scientific evidence for practices such as delayed cord clamping and skin to skin contact.
6B–Third Stage Problems – Patricia Edmonds and Gail Hart
We will discuss and compare medical and traditional management of third stage; explain the normal process of third stage as compared to active management and discuss benefits of each in light of new research on active third stage potential for risks or benefits. Non-pharmacological methods are effective and often superior to medication. Manual and other traditional methods are effective and often superior to medication to expel the placenta and control hemorrhage and uterine atony. The class has a special emphasis on emergency treatment and out-of- hospital management, with group interaction and discussion of cases and individual circumstances.
6C–Mapping the Pelvis – Lisa Barrett
Learn more about the pelvis so that you can “see” how it is that the baby navigates it. Please wear trousers for this session.
Track 7 – Extended Session: (7:0op to 9:30p)
**Free for Conference Attendees; $10 for others**
7A–Family Birth – Staying Home Alone: Who does it and why? – Elizabeth Noble, Heather Brock, Emily Reeves, Grace Welliver, Janet Fraser
7B–Vaginal Birth after Cesarean – Why it matters… – Sheila Stubbs and Shannon Mitchell
We will discuss the profound implications that VBAC bans have on women and families. Who should or should not attempt a VBAC….and why is “attempt” even in the Vaginal Birth After Cesarean vernacular. What can we change to make a difference in the future of women with birth scars?
7C –Exploring the Form and Function of the Placenta – Patricia Edmonds
Let’s explore the complex and beautiful nature of the placenta. This exquisite organ holds within it the pre-birth story of a newly born infant and as such may also hold clues that can alert us to possible problems that may arise within the newborn period and later into adult life. From genetics to drug exposure, even predating a current pregnancy, there are innumerable influences to be aware of. Learning to read the placenta, to recognize anomalies that may signal the need for more in depth study that can be lifesaving for the newly born infant, is a critical skill that each midwife should develop.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Track 8: (8:30a to 10:00a)
8A–Hanzoutta; Progress without VEs – Lisa Barrett
Let’s talk about the ways to predict dilatation without a vaginal exam. Learn how to gauge the rhythm of a woman’s progress through labour without putting your fingers in her vagina.
8B–The Science of Surrender – Elizabeth Noble
Pain in birth is the result of resistance to opening up, which occurs on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. A stretching exercise with a partner prepares expectant mothers for the intense energy of birth and the use of sound. Testing one’s limits in this way, and bonding with the child within, facilitates a harmonious collaboration during the process of birth. Includes water birth video, Channel for a New Life.
8C–Prolonged Labor – Gail Hart and Patricia Edmonds
When the limits of ‘normal’ are stretched, how do we help mother and baby negotiate a prolonged route while ascertaining that all is still well? When do we intervene: When do we watch and wait? How can we support the physiological process when it falls ‘off of the curve? Discover the complex interplay of processes which can cause a long labor, and traditional ages-old midwifery methods to remedy them. Patricia and Gail together have over 70 years of experience with birthing women.
Track 9: (10:30a to 12:00p)
9A–Healing from trauma around birthing: the long haul – Janet Fraser
Over the last nearly a decade of supporting my peers in their experiences of obstetric trauma, I have learnt some helpful ways in which we can begin to manage our trauma. I have also observed that many of us who support birthing women have trauma of our own and I would suggest this is one element of the many which go towards the cycle of perpetuating violence against birthing women. I have also brought together my experiences in trauma with feminist frameworks around violence against women and would like to see more of the fine work birth activists do incorporating some of these.
9B–Meconium Happens – Patricia Edmonds
Impending doom or maturational event? Midwives often get caught up in the drama of normal birthing events and are tempted to interpret them falsely as impending emergencies even when they are not. In this class we will explore the cause and effects of meconium and how to decide if it is a true emergency or something that can safely be monitored as labor progresses. We will also explore the most recent treatment modalities and discuss the efficacy of those treatments in an out of hospital environment.
9C–Nutrition and Pregnancy: The Truth About Health and Complication Prevention Part 2 – Joy Jones
How does a falling blood volume trigger various complications of pregnancy, including the PIH/PE/E/HELLP syndrome and IUGR, among others? What kinds of nutritional responses can be used to prevent or reverse those complications? Can some herbs actually counteract the efforts of mothers who are on the Brewer Diet?
Sunday, Round Table Luncheon: (Noon to 1:45p)
in the Ballroom – Elizabeth Noble, Barbara Harper, Patricia Edmonds, Gail Hart, Rachel Reed, Claire Hall
THE SUNDAY LUNCHEON WITH OUR FACULTY is our treat for those who attend all three days of conference, $29 for others, $100 sponsorship assures you a seat at the table of your choice. Our faculty serve as hostess to answer those questions you may not have gotten around to asking! Table assignments will be announced before Sunday and you may be able to be seated at a table with more than one faculty member. This is a popular tradition and the faculty members love taking your questions…..between bites!
General Session 2: (2:00p to 4:00p)
Perinatal Relationships – Elly Taylor
Babies come with joy, wonder – and challenges, particularly for a couple’s relationship. New research reveals that the biggest factor in antenatal depression is a woman’s relationship with her partner. Relationship quality also plays a big part in Postpartum Depression and birth trauma. In this workshop, Elly details her research of the factors that contribute to perinatal relationship distress and discusses how birth professionals can support the couple to remain bonded during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period so the whole family can thrive, right from the beginning.
Closing Ceremony: (4:15p to 5:15p)
Stragglers Dinner (6:30p)
Held at a nearby restaurant. Many of the speakers and staff will attend and enjoy fellowshipping with any attendees who remain. (Please register ahead of time for reservation purposes.)