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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 Elizabeth Davis, CPM, BA Holistic Maternity Care, present on "Shoulder Dystocia: Prediction, Prevention, and Appropriate Response" to kick off our 9th Annual Midwifery Online Conference on February 6, 2023. 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.

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Elizabeth Davis, CPM, BA Holistic Maternity Care
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Renowned expert Elizabeth Davis has been a midwife, reproductive health care specialist, educator and consultant for over 40 years. She is internationally active in promoting physiologic, undisturbed birth and is widely sought after for her expertise in midwifery education, legislation, and organizational development. She is the author six widely translated books on birth, sexuality, and female psychology, including “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience,” “The Rhythms of Women’s Desire: How Female Sexuality Unfolds at Every Stage of Life,” and the textbook “Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth,” now in an updated 2019 5th edition (see https://elizabethdavis.com for details). She served as Regional Representative and Education Committee Chair for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), as President of Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), and as midwife consultant to the State of California’s Alternative Birthing Methods Study. She is the recipient of the California Association of Midwives’ Brazen Woman Award, and Midwifery Today’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is Co-founder of the MEAC accredited National Midwifery Institute, and author/instructor of Heart & Hands Coursework.

Abstract: Shoulder Dystocia: Prediction, Prevention, and Appropriate Response

Shoulder dystocia is considered one of the most dangerous complications of birth, as corroborated by the high number of malpractice claims resulting from it. Despite this, experts cannot agree on what defines it, what causes it, or whether or not it is possible to predict it. As for treatment, the HELPERR mnemonic is standard of care, but is this truly the best response with fully mobile clients, or does it reflect the limitations of hospital birth with epidural anesthesia?

In this presentation, the physiology of undisturbed birth, including cardinal movements the baby must accomplish to minimize the likelihood of shoulder dystocia developing, will be explained, with an examination of how common hospital practices, such as the use of Pitocin during labor or maternal positioning in second stage, can undermine these. Because this complication carries a high degree of urgency, time-efficient techniques will be presented for both anterior shoulder dystocia and bilateral shoulder dystocia, with indications for follow up for the birthing person and the newborn.

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Educational Credit for this presentation is available for conference-registered participants only. Attendees that are registered for the conference will be able to confirm attendance at the Keynote Presentation on their 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, 2023.

*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.