The class will begin with a 20-minute training video for clinical skills trainers who want to incorporate physiological breech principles into their breech training. The video is my best attempt to compress a whole study day into a 20-minute refresher, which can precede a short hands-on session. It starts with a description of the mechanisms, then covers basic principles and the main manoeuvres to resolve complicated births when the mother is in an upright position. Manoeuvres are shown in short clips taken from various birth videos, and again in slow motion. I provide a voice-over throughout the film, helping you understand what you are seeing, and links the the research base which informs the Breech Birth Network training.
Even if you cannot attend the class in real time, you will receive a link to the recording with login information. This will enable you to use the video to share information and physiological breech skills with your colleagues.The on-line class will be interactive, with time for questions at the end. I’d love feedback about the video. Over the last year, I’ve been working closely with Academia Verloskunde Amsterdam Groningen (AVAG), the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM), and the Regroupement Les Sage-Femmes du Quebec (RSFQ) to look at how they can teach more physiological breech methods, underpinned with an evidence base. I feel continually blessed to be able to learn what other midwives and obstetricians feel they need to learn and teach physiological breech. I hope that this video will eventually help clinical skills trainers to share the methods more widely, even in short update sessions.
If you are a clinical skills trainer, working in a health care facility, educational institution or midwifery/medical association, I’d love to hear from you. And we are always very grateful to the women and practitioners who share birth videos with us so that we can continue to learn and share this knowledge with others. The revolution in breech management now occurring is spreading largely because women, midwives and obstetricians have made visible practices that have previously been hidden behind closed doors. Openness, flexibility, collaboration.