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Demand Skilled Providers

Feeling frustrated about lack of skilled breech birth provider options here in San Diego?  Feeling inspired to speak up and demand better care?  Then follow these links to contact your provider, hospital, or insurance provider:

 

File a Complaint ToolkitIB LA Rally 2016

Unhappy With Your Maternity Care?  File a Complaint!

California state information for Filing a Medical Complaint.

File an Insurance Complaint

Sample Letter to Hospital concerning lack of breech birth skills and choices for childbirth.

Sample Letter to Insurance concerning lack of provider options and request for referral to and coverage for skilled breech birth provider.

 

Join California Families for Access to Midwives (CFAM) and learn how you can advocate safe, affordable, and healthy birth options.

 

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Photo: Dawn Thompson, ImprovingBirth.org

Photo: Dawn Thompson, ImprovingBirth.org

New Study: Facilitating Vaginal Breech Birth in Hospital Settings
Ongoing
I am excited to announce my latest research project: examining what helps and what hinders vaginal breech birth in American hospitals.

I am actively recruiting hospital-based breech providers to participate in a 30-60 minute phone or Skype interview. This includes providers who have attended vaginal breeches within the past 10 years, even if they are no longer doing them today.

I am also hoping to study one or more maternity units that currently support the option of vaginal breech. Finally, I will be interviewing allied health care providers who have had some interaction with vaginal breech births (L&D nurses, anesthesiologists, and pediatricians).

If you would like to participate, or if you can recommend someone who might be interested, please contact me.

Breech Birth Online Class with Maggie Banks
Online
Breech presentation is the 4th most commonly reported indication for caesarean section, and previous caesarean section the first. Breech presentation can be seen, therefore, as a major contributor to the caesarean section rate, both in current and future pregnancies.

Publication in 2000 of the Term Breech Trial, which recommended caesarean section with breech presentation at term, accelerated the loss of breech skills as caesarean became universal and, to all intents and purposes, mandatory as vaginal birth became no longer offered. The discrediting of the Term Breech Trial did not halt the move to routine caesarean but there has been a gradual reclaiming of breech skills over the last decade or so.

This workshop is currently being converted to a series of freely available (open source) movies addressing 3 aspects of vaginal breech birth:

The vaginal breech birth option: Breech literature and guidelines are examined, and we explore the various options available (or not) to women and how these affect the woman and her baby.
Physiological breech birth: The ‘what and how’ of breech birth when support, rather than ‘delivery techniques’, is used.
Preventing and/or dealing with problems during vaginal breech birth: Appropriate care, timely recognition of problems, adept handling and engaging in collaborative conversations and care strategies are the focus of this aspect.

Joy Horner Online Breech Class
Online
This class is suitable for anyone with an interest in learning more about breech birth. It is a practical class so it would be useful (although not essential) to have a model doll and pelvis set to practice the mechanisms and hands on manoeuvres sometimes needed in breech birth. Joy teaches about normal breech birth, presents case histories, problems, and how to resolve them.

Heads Up- The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery (documentary)- Watch it today!

White Coat Black Art – Into the Breech
CBC Radio Interview with Betty-Anne Daviss
“There’s major fear around vaginal birth. And trying to undo it is really difficult when you’ve got an entire cohort of physicians who have not been trained to do it. And more have been trained to fear it.”

Photo: Dawn Thompson, ImprovingBirth.org

Photo: Dawn Thompson, ImprovingBirth.org