Presentation Information

Shawn Walker

Using Research to Improve the Way We Teach and Learn Vaginal Breech Birth

  • Speaker: Shawn Walker , RM, PhD
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CME

Breech births occur infrequently, yet their safe support requires skill, patience and discernment from the health professionals who attend them, whether planned or unplanned. In addition, recent research has prompted practice changes toward more physiological approaches. This presentation will discuss how research around how professionals learn complex breech skills, and modern technology, can help midwives and doctors to learn skills to assist breech births. We will cover the importance of respecting the mechanism of breech labour when it is working, and restoring it when it is not. We will discuss how to determine the level of the pelvis at which head entrapment has occurred – and how to teach others to resolve it. And we will discuss successful models of breech care with the potential to lead a revolution in the direction of choice, confidence and continuity.