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Keynote Presentation

GOLD Midwifery is pleased to share a free Keynote Presentation open to the general public. We are pleased to present this free Keynote Presentation which offers valuable education from a leader in the midwifery field. Attend live and experience our interactive platform that allows participants to get to know one another and pose questions to the speaker or listen to the recording at your convenience. Invite your friends and colleagues and listen together! It's a great way to generate discussion, new ideas or perspectives and reinvigorate passion and inspiration.

We're thrilled to have Barbara Harper, RN, Midwife, CCCE, CBHT and Charlotte Sanchez, CPM present on "Breech Waterbirth: Perspectives and Controversy" to kick off our 8th Annual Midwifery Online Conference on February 1, 2022. We invite you to join us live for either of our two live sessions or access the public recording of this talk until February 28. Simply reserve your seat to receive exclusive access. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

Need continuing education credits? Only participants registered for the full conference will be able to claim continuing education hours and can do so by logging into the Delegates Area prior to watching the presentation. To learn more about registering for the conference, please visit this page. Registered Participants will have access to this presentation and 15 additional presentations until March 31, 2022 (Annual Members will have until April 21, 2022).

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Feb 1, 2022 17:00 UTC
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Barbara Harper, RN, Midwife, CCCE, CBHT
Charlotte Sanchez, CPM

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and gentle birth, a published author of books and journal articles, who founded the non-profit organization, Waterbirth International, in 1988, with one goal in mind – to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women. During the past five decades Barbara has worked as an obstetric, pediatric, and critical care nurse, midwife, midwifery instructor, childbirth educator, and Blissborn Hypnosis teacher/trainer. She teaches unique seminars within hospitals, nursing schools, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide. Her bestselling book, ‘Gentle Birth Choices,’ has been translated into 9 languages, including Chinese. Her latest collaborative book project was published in May 2021, called Bringing Birth Home. She is also working on a new book project called Gentle Birth Wisdom. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida teaching Blissborn Classes and attending occasional births.

Charlotte Sanchez is a childbirth educator and midwife. Supporting women and their families in the natural home birth process consecutively now for 30 years. As an Atlanta midwife, she believes in a woman’s right to determine her own choice of care during pregnancy and birth. Charlotte received her training through an extensive internship before becoming a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), a program developed by the North American Registry of Midwives. She gained vast experience co-directed a free standing family birthing center in the state of Michigan. As well as founding Pregnancy Beat a national pregnancy website featuring expert articles, videos, birth stories and a community for mothers. It was after attending home births throughout the United States and Canada in places such as Windsor, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, California and Georgia that she now resides in Atlanta. Recently after completing 10 years serving as Vice President of the Georgia Midwife Association Charlotte decided to move forward to pursue her passion with teaching. She specializes in water birth, vbac, twins and breech birth. She has trained highly motivated students who have became practicing Midwives. Personally Charlotte is a mother of four children whom three were born gently into the hands of midwives, with the last a home water birth 25 years ago.

Abstract: Breech Waterbirth: Perspectives and Controversy

A steady decline in the rate of vaginal term breech birth over the past three decades has led to a resurgence of vaginal breech birth in many parts of the world. The dedication of researchers, teachers, providers, and non-profit organizations has fostered on- going studies, published research, and provided hands-on training. Within that dedicated group of professionals there is a controversy surrounding using water for second stage. There are strong opinions on either side. Dr. Herman Ponette, the head obstetrician at the H. Surreys Hospital in Ostend, Belgium, was the first obstetrician to detail his experience using water immersion for term breech vaginal birth in the early 1980s. Using water as a comfort measure for early labor is not currently in question. Most experienced breech providers have limited experience using water for the actual birth.

This session will examine the pros and cons of facilitating breech birth in water from a provider perspective. A brief discussion of fetal reflexes and newborn transitional physiology will be included as well as a summary of the current research. Using photos, video of breech waterbirths, and video demonstration on models of hand positions and techniques to assist with a breech birth will introduce the participant to this topic and create an interest for further research and investigation.

Live Presentation Schedule

Feb 1, 2022 17:00 UTC - (Show local time)
Feb. 1, 2022 23:00 UTC - (Show local time)

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Continuing Education Certificates:

Educational Credit for this presentation is available for conference-registered participants only. Attendees that are registered to the conference will be able to confirm attendance at the Keynote Presentation on their Delegate Attendance Record once the GOLD Midwifery Conference gets underway.

*Free access to the general public is only available at the live online presentation or on our website as a recording until February 28, 2022.

*Only participants registered to the full conference will be awarded educational credit for this presentation.

*A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

*Please be aware that the Handouts to this presentation are for use only by individuals who have attended the live or recorded version of this presentation; and that they are for personal use only and are not to be shared with other non-attending individuals. Thank you.