Advanced Biomechanics Course

The advanced course is for anyone wishing to build a deeper understanding of the physiology of birth. It's the next step for practitioners interested in teaching, research or a deeper understanding of the birth process. The course is open to anyone who has attended a foundation course and has at least three examples of biomechanics in practice

Advanced Biomechanics aims to build on the knowledge and the experience gained through applying this new way of looking at birth into your practice. It is open to midwives, doctors, doulas and birth educators who have attended biomechanics for birth foundation course or any other biomechanics based course. Evidence of integrating this information and the techniques in intrapartum, antenatal care or other aspects of your work is required, including at least three case studies involving biomechanics. 

It offers more positions and techniques to optimise head to foot balance in pregnancy and throughout the birth process, including myofascial release techniques and also addresses the ways in which the context of current maternity practice can impede on physiological birth. It will include group work brainstorming our case studies and developing approaches to bringing biomechanics into mainstream practice and education in childbirth. 

content includes:

  • Case studies: What worked and what didn't work and explore the reasons why.
  • Investigate and explore the psoas muscle and practice techniques and positions that optimise balance and health in pregnancy and through birth.
  • Look at the importance of myofascia, its relationship with the birth process and practice myofascial release techniques.
  • Compare the effects of ‘directed’ pushing, aka Valsalva technique, with instinctive pushing.
  • The Birth room, freedom to mobilise, Birth positions and the Bed!!! (how to free up the birth room to optimise birth)
  • Explore the use of synthetic oxytocin for labour dystocia
  • Vaginal examinations: Unnecessary or necessary? 
  • Learn more positions and techniques including Walcher’s, Lap Squatting, Open knee chest, Working with an epidural in situ, Resolving a transverse position and more
  • Making it mainstream - obstacles to change

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