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Catharine Hart

The Neurophysiology of Physiological Birth

  • Speaker: Catharine Hart , Bsc (Hons), B Med Sci, Bsc Midwifery
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

Labour and birth cause huge changes in the neurophysiology, involving multiple hormonal and neurological systems. These will be discussed in detail and how this knowledge can be used in midwifery practice. The recent concept of "birthing consciousness" describes changes in maternal consciousness during labour (Dahan et al, 2020). The physiology of attachment and effects of parent-neonate separation will also be discussed, especially surrounding neonatal care.