Indie Birth Midwifery School

Course Catalogue

Trimester 1

Exploring the Divine Feminine

Description : This course explores the concept and personification of the Divine Feminine through stories, art, sacred wisdom and self-reflection. The purpose is to highlight the sacred cycles that are uniquely feminine and that are crucial to understanding the model of sacred birth. This course is for students who want to explore the different aspects and archetypes of the Divine Feminine and how these beliefs can help us serve as midwives.

Learning Modules :

  1. Calling in the Divine
  2. Divine Feminine/Divine Masculine
  3. Wild Power
  4. Sacred Cycles of the Divine
  5. The Intuitive Voice
  6. Sacred Moon (Part 1)
  7. Sacred Moon (Part 2)
  8. Sacred Moon Full Circle
  9. Powerful Beyond Measure
  10. Integration of Grace

Learning Objectives

  1. Deepen your awareness of feminine power, cycles of life and death, and intuition
  2.  Investigate how the sacred moon cycle is related to feminine power
  3.  Participate in activities that will help you have more awareness of the Divine Feminine
  4. Compare the Divine Feminine through different time periods and in different cultures through stories, art and other media
  5. Explore how the Divine Feminine relates to birth and midwifery

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Midwifery Herstory

Description : I invite you on a journey through time…We’ll trace how birth changed from “social birth” in the Colonial period of the American history to a birthing woman being “alone among strangers” in a hospital. We will meet heroes: Anne Hutchinson in the 17th century, Hanna Porn in early 20th, and Raven Lang in 1970s, as well as some villains, including Dr. DeLee, who believed that birth was a pathology, and taught doctors to “rescue” birthing women by drugs, routine episiotomy and forceps. It is my hope that, by the end of the course, the students will be able to re-dream midwifery, and to find a way out of the current mess.

Learning Modules:

  1. In the Beginning, Women were helping Women
  2. Doctors Gradually Take over Birth (Mid 18-19th Centuries)
  3. Paving the Way for Midwifery Licensing: The Licensing of Doctors
  4. Paving the Way of Moving Birth into Hospitals
  5. How Birth Moved into the Hospital
  6. How Doctors used the State to Eliminate Midwives
  7. Licensing as a Means to Elimination
  8. Midwifery Renaissance: The Story of the Santa Cruz Birth Center
  9. How Midwives “Won” Licensing in California
  10. The Licensing Debate

Learning Objectives :

  1.  Discover the historical roots of women as healers and midwives across cultures
  2. Explore the rise and fall of midwifery in the developed world
  3. Describe the history of the licensing and regulation of midwives in the US, and the effects (intended and unintended) of this process

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Speaking Your Truth : Content Creation for Birth Workers

Description : Writing, podcasting and video creation can be an important part of midwifery, and will certainly be an important part of the Indie Birth Midwifery School. We need to be able to communicate effectively in writing with our clients, students and with our communities. We want you to be able to create great documents, articles, manifestos and audio and video content to help build the new midwifery paradigm, and to help your clients in their decision making processes.

Learning Modules:

  1. Content Creation and Birth Work
  2. Communicating “Sensually”
  3. Logistics of Creating Video and Audio Content
  4. Storytelling- Structure, Transition and Formatting
  5. Preliminary Research and Organizing Yourself
  6. What is Your Point?  Creating a Thesis and Making a Point
  7. Outline for Final Project
  8. Final Project
  9. The Art of Editing and Simplifying
  10. Finding Your Audience- DIY Photos and Videos

Learning Objectives :

  1. Identify the basic elements of writing including tone, style, audience, context, and you will apply them to your work
  2. Explore your voice as a writer through personal content creation projets
  3. Learn how to attract an audience and hold their attention

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Seeing Beyond Our Own Experiences: Cultural Awareness, Diversity, and Midwifery Care

Description : It is important that we be able to work respectfully with people from many different religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders and ethnicities. We will go over the basics of sociological thinking (the study of people in groups) and how it applies to our work as midwives. We will explore how we can work with people from all different backgrounds, and we will think through how our own backgrounds and privileges might influence the way we midwife, and how others engage with our work.

Learning Modules:

  1. Introduction to Ourselves and Others
  2. Ancestry
  3. Identity
  4. Bias and Racism in the Healthcare System
  5. Transphobia and Homophobia in Healthcare
  6. Midwifery Tourism and Western Privilege
  7. Cultural Appropriation
  8. Healing from Racism for White People
  9. Healing from Racism for People of Color
  10. Focusing on Your Future Midwifery Practice

Learning Objectives :

  1. Unpack your own identity, ancestry and biases and how they impact the care you may provide.
  2. Understand how you can provide culturally competent care
  3. Demonstrate and understanding of racism’s impact in maternal health care outcomes.
  4. Create a document of cultural variations that are relevant to midwifery care in your area

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Plant Medicine

Description : This course is a foundational class for exploring the different forms of healing and medicine that plants can provide. The purpose is to provide basic knowledge about the different ways to prepare plant medicine and when or why we would choose one way over the other. Hands on experience with the plants will be a part of coursework.

Learning Modules:

  1. Meeting the Plants
  2. Meeting the Plants 2- Doctrine of Signatures
  3. Meeting the Plants 3- Plant Guides and Plant Families
  4. The Three Traditions of Healing and Six Steps of Healing
  5. Harvesting and Medicine Making 1
  6. Harvesting and Medicine Making 2
  7. Herbal First Aid
  8. Case Studies and Dosage Determination
  9. Becoming an Herbalist
  10. Plant Allyies

Learning Objectives :

  1. Define different forms of herbal medicine and describe the benefits of each
  2. Gain experience choosing, gathering and preparing herbs for different forms of herbal medicine
  3. Gain knowledge of and obtain practical experience using herbal teas, infusions, tinctures, balms, essential oils, hydrosols and flower essences

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Trimester 2

First Things First: Taking Care of Ourselves in the World of Birth

Description : This course focuses on the foundations of self care and why they are so important for midwives. Students will take an in depth review of their own practices and develop a plan for self care that will help them in the role of student, apprentice and midwife. A client's self care is probably the most important contributor to their health in pregnancy and beyond, and as such we need to be able to model these practices, and learn how to help others establish their own self-care routines.

Learning Modules:

  1. What self care isn’t
  2. The Menstrual Cycle
  3. Michel Odent and Brain Waves
  4. Introduction to Hierarchy of Needs
  5. Deficiency of Needs Part 1
  6. Deficiency of Needs Part 2
  7. Deficiency of Needs Part 3
  8. Growth Needs
  9. Boundaries
  10. Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Learning Objectives :

  1. Describe the components and importance of self-care; nutrition, movement, spirituality, self-reflection support and more
  2. Describe how self-care relates to the pursuit and practice of midwifery and why as midwives it's so important that we understand this connection
  3. Evaluate your own beliefs about self-care and your self-care practice
  4. Develop a plan for optimum self-care during this course and in your work as a midwife

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Birth Models Around the World and Envisioning the Future

Description :If we are going to create something new and incredible for our communities (and we are!), we need to first see what birth models already exist and if they are promoting the same values and outcomes we hope to see where we live. There are many enticing features that we can borrow from other models and places, and we hope that this exploration inspires you to dream a new birth model up that meets your communities needs and your deepest desires.

Learning Modules:

  1. Birth as a Rite of Passage
  2. The Three Models of Care
  3. When Models Don’t Work- The Technocratic Model
  4. The Wise Woman Model
  5. Ontario Midwifery Model
  6. Maternity Homes in Japan
  7. Teamwork in Brazil
  8. Centering Pregnancy and The Albany Model
  9. Creating Your Own Model

Learning Objectives :

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of the three models of care.  
  2. Explore how birth models look in other cultures
  3. Create a unique vision for an ideal birth model in your area

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Pregnancy Nutrition - A Pillar of Midwifery Knowledge

Description : Midwives are healers within the larger community context, and as such have always worked with food and plants as our primary form of medicine. Learn about digestion, macro and micronutrients, the science that supports eating traditional diets, how nutrient needs change in pregnancy, and why optimum nutrition is crucial for mamababy health and wellness. Explore ways to counsel women around their eating, and help them tap into their intuitive ability to nourish themselves and their babies. You will be challenged to try new foods, keep your own food journals, practice counseling, and create valuable written and video content (perhaps a cooking class!) for your community.

Learning Modules:

  1. Introduction into Nutrition: Micros and Macros
  2. A Look at Digestion
  3. How Nutrition Needs Change During Pregnancy
  4. RDA’s and Alternative Perspectives
  5. What Now?  Counseling Skills and Your own Food Stuff
  6. Intuitive and Mindful Eating
  7. Weight Gain, Food Safety and Quality of Eating
  8. Culturally Sensitive Food Counseling
  9. Working with More Complex Issues
  10. Resources and Ideas for Real Life

Learning Objectives :

  1. Explain the essential nutritional needs of pregnancy to clients.
  2. Accurately identify an adequate diet and an inadequate diet through the use of food journals
  3. Accurately and sensitively communicate constructive criticism to clients through counseling techniques.
  4. Describe how you can best help a client with limited resources get the food she needs

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Hormonal Balance and Fertility

Description : If a midwife wants to be useful to her community, being knowledgeable about hormonal balance and fertility awareness is crucial! This course provides much of the groundwork for understanding the sex hormones, the cycle of fertility, conception, and general reproductive health. You will learn to chart your own cycles as well as the basics of supporting clients who want to understand and strengthen their own cycles.

Learning Modules:

  1. Clinical Application of Fertility Awareness
  2. Sexual/Reproductive Anatomy
  3. A Daily Practice: Technique and Charting
  4. Fertility Awareness for Contraception
  5. Fertility Awareness for Conception
  6. Fertility Postpartum
  7. Permaculture of the Female Body
  8. Self Care for Hormonal Health
  9. Coming off Hormonal Contraceptives?  Why and When
  10. Chart Reviews

Learning Objectives :

  1. Understand the hormonal processes of ovulation and menstruation
  2. Describe the methods of observing fertility signs
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret the signs of fertility as well as signs of hormonal imbalance
  4. Create handouts for clients on fertility awareness, and basic protocols for hormonal health and fertility health
  5. Demonstrate the ability to chart your own cycles (if applicable)

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Listen: The Art and Science of Relationship Building in Midwifery

Description : Listening, communication, connecting and relationship building – these are the hallmarks of radical, client-centered midwifery and are difficult skills to teach and hone.  We will guide you through the components and multiple perspectives and techniques so that you can begin to intentionally develop this craft. We will provide you with heartfelt readings, examples from the lives of real midwives, and exercises to become artful in your own communication skills.  


Learning Modules:

  1. Holding Space?
  2. Respectful Communication and Crucial Conversations
  3. Listening and Observing Skills
  4. Non Violent Communication
  5. Techniques for Goal Setting with Clients
  6. Using our “Coaching” Skills
  7. Discussing Fears
  8. Recognizing Red Flags and Establishing Boundaries
  9. When and How to Refer
  10. Integration

Learning Objectives :

  1. Explore the role of the midwife as counselor and practice active and non-judgmental listening
  2. Distinguish supportive care from codependency, and boundary-setting - define what a healthy midwife/family relationship looks and feels like to you.  
  3. Grasps an understanding of various communication techniques including: mirroring, active listening, strategic questioning and nonviolent communication.

Trimester 3

Research Methods for Midwives Who Want to Question the Status Quo

Description : We need midwives who are critical thinkers, who can enter into conversations around research and evidence and be the people to ask the right questions as research moves forward.  This course will give you a foundation in research methods so that you can grow and develop your skills throughout the rest of the program.  This course may be challenging, but is essential for preparing for the rest of the program.

Learning Modules:

  1. Introduction to Research and Evidence Based Midwifery
  2. Research Paradigms
  3. Quantitative Methods and Randomized Controlled Trials
  4. Qualitative Methodologies and Methods
  5. Feminist Reserach Methods
  6. Research Design & Process and Research Question and Hypothesis Development
  7. Literature Review
  8. Sampling and Data Analysis
  9. Rigor and Evaluation
  10. Conducting Research and Writing Articles

 

Learning Objectives :

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of research terminology
  2.  Demonstrate the ability to find relevant articles, journal articles and books as you research difficult and obscure topics
  3. Describe quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research
  4. Complete a literature review, showing your ability to critique research
  5. Critically analyze research using your knowledge of the research process

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Healing Arts of the New Paradigm Midwife

Description : This course is a basic survey course about using alternative treatments and modalities within midwifery. We will explore the whys, hows and when of many popular therapies. The purpose of this course is to give the student basic knowledge and awareness about using and recommending homeopathy, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, and other therapies.

Learning Modules :

  1. The Role of Healing Arts in Midwifery Care
  2. Chiropractic Care
  3. Massage/Bodywork and Sound Healing
  4. Homeopathy
  5. Essential Oils
  6. Chinese Medicine
  7. More TCM
  8. Meditation and Mindfulness
  9. Flower Essences
  10. Ayurveda

Learning Objectives :

  1.  Define supportive therapies and alternative treatments that midwives use
  2. Demonstrate the ability to refer appropriately for alternative therapies and for medical care
  3. Create resources for clients on using alternative therapies in pregnancy
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of introductory level knowledge of alternative therapies discussed.

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The Heart of What We Do : Wise Woman Prenatal Care

Description : This course explores the Wise Woman tradition as it applies to care in pregnancy. We explore the history of prenatal care and how to help create a more efficient, effective way of walking with women during this time. The purpose is to redefine prenatal care and open up conversations with our clients as to how they want to be served.  You will study all the basic prenatal care skills and general topics that come up in the course of prenatal care.

Learning Modules:

  1. Wise Woman Prenatal Care
  2. 8-12 Weeks of Pregnancy
  3. 12-16 Weeks of Pregnancy
  4. 16-20 Weeks of Pregnancy
  5. 20-24 Weeks of Pregnancy
  6. 28 Weeks
  7. Real Life Prenatal Care
  8. 32-35 Weeks of Pregnancy
  9. 36-39 Weeks of Pregnancy
  10. 40-42 Weeks of Pregnancy

Learning Objectives :

  1. Reflect on modern day prenatal care and critique the effectiveness of the mainstream, medical prenatal care system
  2. Communicate with clients the risks/benefits, pros and cons of testing options and alternative options throughout pregnancy
  3. Demonstrate the ability to teach women basic prenatal skills and an understanding of why and when these skills may be used

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Placentation and Early Fetal Development

Description: This course explores early pregnancy in detail and gives students the language to discuss this phase with families and other caregivers. It seeks to demystify the process of fetal growth, and expand our discussion beyond what is physically measurable in the baby. You will learn the incredible origins of pregnancy, why our culture has such a fear around the first trimester, and how to help families navigate this time.

Learning Modules:

  1. The Circulatory System and the Luteal Phase
  2. Fertilization and Conception
  3. Implantation & Placentation
  4. Basics of the Placenta
  5. Problems with Implantation
  6. Early Embryonic Development
  7. Embryo to Fetus
  8. Fetal Development
  9. Teratogens
  10. Research and Conclusion

Learning Objectives :

1. Describe the process of fertilization, conception and placentation

2. Understand the development of the baby, from cell to embryo to fetus

3. Identify teratogens and stages of development during which the baby is more susceptible. You will identify and analyze the ever-expanding list of things women are advised to avoid during pregnancy, as well as the "must-have" lists that mainstream prenatal care provides.

4. Understand the role of the placenta in maintaining a healthy pregnancy

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Anatomy and Physiology of Labor and Birth (4 credits)

Description : This course familiarizes the student with the body of the birthing woman and her fetus. Understanding the A&P of birth is paramount while facilitating an undisturbed birth. This course will prepare the student for understanding what is happening internally during a normal labor and birth, as well as give her a secure understanding of the mechanics of birth, so that she can make informed suggestions when challenges arise.


Learning Modules:

  1. The Bony Pelvis
  2. Soft Tissues and the Uterus
  3. The Fetal Skull & Movement Through the Pelvis
  4. Labor Progress
  5. Internal Exams
  6. Normal Labor Variations
  7. Prolonged Labor
  8. Assessing Babies Well Being
  9. Special Situations & Issues that can arise
  10. Wrap up on Normal Birth

Learning Objectives :

  1. Describe in detail the physiology of the labor process, labor contractions and the maternal changes that allow a baby to exit her body vaginally
  2. List and describe the cardinal movements of the baby during labor
  3. Memorize the anatomy of the bony pelvis and soft tissues.

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Trimester 4

Apprenticeship - A Time-Honored Tradition

Description : This course focuses on the development of the relationship between preceptor and apprentice, and how students may best prepare themselves for participating in a responsible, respectful manner. We believe that apprenticeship is the gold standard for midwifery training, but how this looks and the complexities of the process are often ignored.  We will dig into these topics so that you will be more prepared to apprentice as well as precept when the time comes.  

Learning Modules:

  1. Finding Your Place in the Birth World
  2. Paths and Politics
  3. Getting Really Real
  4. What to Know
  5. What to Have
  6. What to Be
  7. Where and When to Learn
  8. How to Juggle
  9. What to Ask

Learning Objectives :

  1. Investigate various learning models, and why apprenticeship is important in the study of midwifery
  2. Explore the preceptor/apprentice relationship, and define your role as an apprentice
  3. Create the resources you need so that you can approach preceptors with confidence about starting an apprenticeship

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Multidimensional Midwifery in the Prenatal Period

Description : We will dive deep into all the complications that midwives MUST to be able to recognize even though we rarely see them. We will cover signs and symptoms, theories of etiology, relevant lab work, experiences and stories, case studies, treatments and therapies, co-care, and alternative perspectives. Pre-eclampsia/HELLP; gestational diabetes, preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and other complications will be covered. This course encourages you to think outside of the box and explore these hot topics from a variety of viewpoints. Great for student midwives or practicing midwives that want to get the newest information from the Indie Birth perspective. 

Learning Modules:

  1. Pre-Eclampsia & HELLP
  2. Hypertension in Pregnancy
  3. Dig a Little Deeper
  4. Preterm Labor
  5. Gestational Diabetes
  6. Cholestasis
  7. Bleeding in Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe both common and less common issues that can come up during pregnancy
  2. Develop care plans for women experiencing a variety of prenatal issues
  3. Explore mainstream beliefs about discomforts and challenges during pregnancy as well as the holistic alternative perspectives
  4. Demonstrate the ability to differentially diagnose issues that come up in the prenatal period

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Tending to Mental Health in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Description : Mental health issues in pregnancy and the postpartum are common, and something all midwives need to be equipped to help clients deal with. We will learn about how mental health can be affected by pregnancy and the postpartum, and how issues typically present. We will look at the tools we have for screening, and will talk about how to refer clients to get the help they need.


Learning Modules:

  1. What is Mental Health?
  2. The Importance and Impact of Perinatal Mental Health
  3. Mental Health Issues that Arise in Pregnancy
  4. Mental Health Issues in the Postpartum
  5. Mental Health Stressors and Risk Factors
  6. Non-Birth Parents: Mental Health and Relationship Considerations
  7. Fetal and Infant Mental Health
  8. Birth Trauma
  9. Trauma Informed Care Tool Box
  10. Mental Health for Midwives and Compassion Fatigue

Learning Objectives :

  1.  Describe what mental health conditions are most common in pregnancy and the postpartum
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use mental health screening tools appropriately
  3. Write a handout for clients regarding mental health, including local resources for them
  4. Create a written protocol or guideline for how you will screen clients

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Full Spectrum Pregnancy Loss for Midwives

Description : Elder midwives will tell you that if you enter into midwifery and have a long career, it is not a matter of if, but when, you will have have a full term baby die under your care.  And of course it is much more common for clients to miscarry earlier on in their pregnancies.  Many midwives do not seem comfortable providing the care that we think these clients deserve, so we have dedicated an entire course to miscarriage and loss. This course focuses on the many ways that pregnancy and perinatal loss can look.  We will look at why it happens, if there is anything we can do about it, and how to support our clients on every level when it does.  You will be reviewing and utilizing your counseling skills, and exploring your own feelings around these difficult topics.  This course prepares the student to midwife a family through a current loss, or through a pregnancy after a loss.

Learning Modules:

  1. Pregnancy Loss(es): The Big Picture
  2. Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss
  3. Early Losses: Miscarriage Before 16 weeks
  4. Chosen Loss
  5. Unusual Loss: Ectopic and Molar
  6. Later Losses
  7. Ongoing Support After Loss
  8. Infertility, Fertility and Pregnancy after Loss(es)
  9. Practical Midwifery Care Through Loss
  10. Self-Care, Healing and Preparation for Loss

Learning Objectives :

  1. List and define the relevant terminology of miscarriage and perinatal loss
  2. Describe the common and less common reasons for loss at all stages of pregnancy as well as birth
  3. Identify myths and truths about miscarriage and perinatal loss
  4. Create relevant resources for yourself and families
  5. Demonstrate competence to care for women experiencing potential, inevitable or past pregnancy loss.

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Diagnostic Testing in Pregnancy - Integrating Lab Work Into Wise Woman Care

Description : This course sheds light on the growing list of diagnostic tests that are available, and often routine, during mainstream pregnancy care. It allows the student to speak intelligently and confidently when discussing testing and proceeding with caring for women with or without prenatal tests.  We will also talk about options for how to help families get access to testing they would like, as well as the basics of phlebotomy.  

Learning Modules:

  1. Wise Woman Model/ Diagnostic Testing and Prenatal Panel
  2. Helping Clients Get the Tests they Want
  3. Dipstick Urinalysis/UTIs/Genetic Screening
  4. Ultrasounds & Vaginal Infections
  5. Blood Type/RhD Factor/Antibody Testing
  6. Gestational Diabetes Testing
  7. GBS Testing and ENd of Pregnancy CBC
  8. Lab Tests for Complex Situations
  9. Fetal Testing- IUGR/BPP/NST/AAT
  10. Real Life- Real Talk

Learning Objectives :

  1. Describe the available prenatal tests, when they are offered, and how they are performed
  2. Create resources for interpreting test results and guiding decision making based on them
  3. Demonstrate the ability to discuss the pros, cons and results of prenatal tests
  4. Create a plan for how you will help clients get the testing they want

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Trimester 5

The Journey Through the Pelvis and an Exploration of the Dystocias

Description : The distance a baby must go from womb to earthside is really not very far at all, and yet it is often quite a journey. In this course we will investigate the pelvis, the pelvic floor and the way in which the uterus pushes the baby through both. We will also explore the ways in which babies can have trouble passing through, and the relevant techniques to help them be born. Of course, we know that labor and birth are not merely physical, so we will also spend time learning about the energy and emotion for both mother and baby during the birth process.


Learning Modules:

  1. The Pelvis, The Pelvic Floor and the Babies Body
  2. The Journey Through the Pelvis
  3. What Affects the Pelvis Shape and the Ease of the Baby Coming Through
  4. Shoulder Dystocia Definition and Risk Factors
  5. Shoulder Dystocia Incidence, Prevention and Initial Maneuvers to Resolve
  6. Shoulder Dystocia More Perspectives
  7. Obstructed Labor and True CPD
  8. Supporting Mom After Traumatic Birth

Learning Objectives :

  1. Review the anatomy and physiology that pertains to shoulder dystocia
  2. List the risk factors for and rates of shoulder dystocia
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify a shoulder dystocia
  4. Develop skills and solutions for dealing with shoulder dystocia
  5. Create a comprehensive review of the available evidence, studies and expert knowledge on the topic of shoulder dystocia (risks, rates, skills, outcomes, alternative perspectives)

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Building Your Confidence in Recognizing and Handling the Rare Complication of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Description : Midwives have long had techniques for preventing and handling excess blood loss after birth.  It is assumed that it postpartum hemorrhage is common, and that there is nothing to do to prevent or treat besides the use of pharmaceuticals. This course will return the conversation to time honored midwifery techniques while also looking at how we can utilize new tools and technologies in a sacred way. You will learn about the science and art of manifesting an undisturbed thirdstage, and working with clients who want to reclaim this part of the birth process.

Learning Modules:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology of the of the Placenta and Placental Birth
  2. What is Postpartum Hemorrhage?  Primary Reasons and Risk Factors
  3. Estimating Blood Loss and Assessing Well Being
  4. Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage
  5. Creating an Undisturbed Third Stage
  6. What to do When the Placenta Doesn’t Just Fall Out
  7. Less Common Reasons for PPH
  8. Tools for Your PPH Toolbox
  9. PPH Perspectives
  10. Treating Shock and Recovering from PPH

Learning Objectives :

  1. Define the relevant anatomy terms and describe the physiological process of the third stage of labor
  2. Investigate your own fears and beliefs around PPH
  3. Create a resource for clients on preventing postpartum hemorrhage
  4. Identify the causes of PPH and the appropriate tools and solutions to manage each variety
  5. Describe the ways in which blood loss can be estimated, as well as how accurate those methods are

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Complex Birth Theory and Technique - Twins, Breech, Prolonged Labor

Description : This course is an advanced birth course. It is designed to prepare students for births that are outside the scope of “usual practice”.  More and more women with these challenges are seeking undisturbed and home births, since mainstream providers are not trained in vaginal birth in these cases. This course will work to create knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who are ready to care for these women who have few options currently. Like all of our classes, this one includes multiple perspectives from experienced practitioners.

Learning Modules:

  1. Revisiting the Concept of Risk
  2. The Baby’s Not Coming! Prolonged Labor Part 1
  3. The Baby’s Not Coming! Prolonged Labor Part 2
  4. Breech Part 1- Prenatal Considerations
  5. Breech Part 2
  6. Breech Part 3
  7. Twins Part 1- Care for Pregnancy and Prep for Birth
  8. Twins Part 2
  9. Twins Part 3-Maneuvers and Stories

Learning Objectives :

  1. Collect resources for review and practice when preparing to serve women anticipating a complex birth
  2. Explore varying perspectives from practitioners that have experience in these variations of normal birth
  3. Create a checklist for maintaining a level of comfort and safety, for both yourself and your potential clients when anticipating or finding yourself at a complex birth
  4. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the potential complications that can arise during these births, when to define these complications as emergencies, and how to resolve them

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The Baby’s Transition Earthside and the Art of Neonatal Resuscitation

Description : Many student midwives struggle with the thought that they will need to help a baby at the time of birth. This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the newborn transition to breathing so that you feel confident that the process works well almost all of the time.  We will also cover the foundations and controversies around how to perform resuscitation of the newborn at the time of birth. This course is not NRP certified but will provide the student with knowledge and detail specific to the home birth setting. We will also ask questions about the role of things like oxygen, pulse oximetry, and PPV devices.

Learning Modules:

  1. The Baby’s Transition Earthside
  2. Optimal Cord Clamping
  3. Neonatal Resuscitation with Karen Strange
  4. History of Neonatal Resuscitation
  5. Common Errors in Neonatal Resuscitation
  6. All About Oxygen with Gail Hart
  7. Case Studies with Karen Strange
  8. The Baby’s Experience and Repair
  9. More on Resuscitation!
  10. Other Transition Problems

Learning Objectives :

  1. Review the physiology of the fetus and newborn and the change from fetal to newborn circulation
  2. Recognize the factors that may interfere with normal newborn transition
  3. Research the controversial issues around home birth and the use of oxygen and pulse oximetry on the newborn at the time of birth

Trimester 6

Foundations in Childbirth Education

Description : Teaching is an important aspect of community midwifery and one that is often neglected for other projects in the life of a busy midwife.  This course will help you think through the history and purposes of childbirth education, and refine the content you think should be included when you are teaching one on one or in group settings.  We will also look at basic theories of teaching and learning so that you can be an effective teacher.  This course is designed so that students can confidently incorporate childbirth education into their midwifery services (or start now!).

Learning Module:

  1. History of Childbirth Education
  2. Creating the New Paradigm in Childbirth Ed
  3. Begin Your Class Design
  4. Topics, Structures and Some Tools
  5. Development and Public Speaking
  6. Roadblocks
  7. Creating Visual Tools
  8. Getting the Word Out
  9. Evaluating the Class
  10. Indie Birth Network

Learning Objectives :

  1. Understand the history of childbirth education in the US and other locations
  2. Describe different communication techniques and teaching methods
  3. Develop an outline for your own set of classes and also be coached on offering Indie Birth's 5 week series, "How to Have an Indie Birth"

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The 4th Trimester - Supporting the Postpartum Time as a Modern Midwife

Description : There has been a refocusing on the postpartum time in the last few years, but midwives still have not put much of the amazing wisdom and practices into, well...practice! And within the midwifery community there is still so much dogma and routine involved in the care of a well newborn and mom. What do mamas and babies REALLY need during the postpartum time? How do we do our part to provide that? Join us to sift through the approaches, traditions and skills to find a way that you will provide care in the 4th trimester.

**Mental health in the postpartum will be covered in Mental Health in Pregnancy and the Postpartum and breastfeeding issues will be covered in Lactation Science and Breastfeeding Support

Learning Modules:

  1. Why the Postpartum Period is so Vital
  2. Immediate Postpartum Care the First 72 Hours
  3. The Normal Course of the Fourth Trimester for Mom and Baby
  4. Indie Birth Postpartum Approach
  5. Ayurvedic Perspective- Part 1
  6. Ayurvedic Perspective- Part 2
  7. Preparing Families for the Postpartum Time
  8. Potential Complications
  9. Long Term Pelvic and Vaginal Health
  10. A Postpartum Doulas Perspective

Learning Objectives :

  1. Explore the variations of normal in the physical, mental, emotional and sexual experiences of postpartum women
  2. Develop a tool to help prepare clients for the postpartum, much like a "birth plan"
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of postpartum care of the breasts, perineum/vagina, and placenta.
  4. Accurately identify more serious concerns of the postpartum period

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Lactation Science and Breastfeeding Support

Description : This foundational course on breastfeeding will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to support your clients. Learn what is normal and expected in the earliest days postpartum, as well as common challenges and red flags. Jacqueline will give you a vast toolkit of natural and holistic ways to resolve most breastfeeding problems with your clients. You’ll work through case studies, build your counseling skills, and dive deep with herbal knowledge and how it relates to milk production.

Learning Modules:

  1. Prenatal Preparation for Breastfeeding
  2. Early Days of Breastfeeding
  3. Babies Suck! Demystifying How Babies Breastfeed
  4. Troubleshooting Problems Part 1
  5. Troubleshooting Problems Part 2
  6. Troubleshooting Problems Part 3
  7. Motor Learning and Breastfeeding Part 1
  8. Motor Learning and Breastfeeding Part 2
  9. Motor Learning and Breastfeeding Part 3

Learning Objectives :

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the breast and lactation
  2. Describe how midwives can facilitate early physiological breastfeeding
  3. Create a list of resources for your clients
  4. Correctly identify variations of normal and red flags within a breastfeeding relationship that require a referral to someone more knowledgeable

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When Birth Doesn’t Go As Planned : Birth Trauma and Transport

Description : This course focuses on the variety of situations that arise which make transport to the hospital necessary. We will discuss the reasons for transport, what transport can and/or does look like, how it feels for the birthing family, how it feels for the midwife and what care looks like during and after the transport.  Like all of our courses, we have several experienced experts that will offer their wisdom to you throughout this course.

Learning Modules:

  1. Every Birth has a Lesson
  2. Your Own Identity as a Midwife
  3. When Transport is the Best Choice
  4. Transport Resources
  5. Trauma Basics
  6. Healing for Women and Families
  7. Healing for Midwives
  8. Modalities and Resources for Healing
  9. Healing Work for Trauma

Learning Objectives :

  1. Collect resources to assist women in working through past birth trauma
  2. Accurately identify situations in which transport to a hospital is suggested and/or necessary
  3. Demonstrates ability to discuss the process of transfer of care
  4. Develop a continuing care plan for clients that transport to the hospital before, during or after birth

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Badass Business Skills for Birth Workers Who Aren’t Messing Around

Description : This course explores the business side of birth work. We will discuss women's work and how to begin to honor it, for others and for ourselves. We will work on creating a lifestyle that supports our calling and a calling that supports our life. You will practice seeing income as a gift, as holy.

Learning Modules:

  1. Part 1- The Inner “Stuff”; Women, Money and Birth
  2. Part 2- Building Your Local Practice and Community
  3. Part 3- Web Design- Branding and Creating Material

Learning Objectives :

  1.  Explore your calling to midwifery as a viable means of financial stability and freedom
  2. Examine your relationship with money and how that affects your work
  3. Create a plan for your business and your clientele that works for your family and your life