Unraveling the Mystery of Birth

There's truly no mystery to birth. It's how humans arrive. It's how most mammals arrive. A little time on the farm will dispel most mysteries about birth. Yet, surprisingly, there remains a great deal of misinformation and a lack of information about how birth unfolds, what makes it safe, what disrupts it and how birth can become enjoyable.

Humans have been arriving much the same way for millennia, however, the conditions under which we birth are cultural. We hope that how we do birth in our culture makes it safer, yet sometimes, how we do birth just makes it more challenging and can increase complications.

This science-based workshop provides continuing education for birth professionals that develops a deeper knowledge base and skills development to support the physiology of birth that reduces iatrogenic-induced dysfunction.


nutrition - communication - research

A healthy birth begins before conception. Nutrition plays the greater role where the practitioner should know the research on whether multivitamins are supportive or whether they pose an undue risk to the pregnancy. What does the research say about our current schedule of prenatal visits and what testing shows a proven benefit? How does the vocabulary the practitioner uses influence the choices the mother makes and whether it affects the outcome of the pregnancy? You'll learn those proven strategies that benefit pregnancies and support an optimal outcome. 


hormones - physiology - anatomy

The hormones of pregnancy and birth are a finely-tuned concert where both the mother and baby play roles that depend on one another. You'll gain a deeper understanding of how the autonomic nervous system orchestrates this concert and how external and internal factors influence its timing and pitch. As the hormones of birth exert their influence, you'll learn how to play a supportive role that facilitates a more optimal outcome while also recognising that at times physiology needs help and when to provide that support through timely interventions. 


endogenous - synthetic - interventions

Today, almost 100% of births experience the effects of synthetic oxytocin, either through induction or augmentation or through active management of the birth of the placenta. What are the known effects of this powerful intervention? As a professional, how might you support the mother in her own physiologic expression of endogenous oxytocin or to mitigate the effects of synthetic oxytocin? You'll learn the important differences between synthetic and endogenous oxytocin and will become better equipped to support the maternal-neonatal transition to extra-uterine life.