I regularly facilitate workshops for Capers – for more information and to book a place visit Capers’ website
Past Workshops, Presentations and Publications
Can’t wait to see you in person in Nashville, TN. So proud of you for getting out there and sharing your love of this work. Gloria Lemay in Vancouver BC
Thanks Gloria. I am very excited about finally meeting you in person. I’ll be feeling a little out of my league amongst speakers such as yourself. :)
what responsibilities are you trained to do in order to meet your patients needs? :) its nice to learn abit about midwifes in Australia
As a midwife my responsibilities and scope are to provide care for women from conception to 6 weeks postnatally. The ICM have core documents that provide information about the definition and scope of the midwife: http://www.internationalmidwives.org/Whatwedo/Policyandpractice/CoreDocuments/tabid/322/Default.aspx
Essentially the role of the midwife is to provide woman-centred care and information for women and their babies throughout their childbearing journey; to recognise complications (of pregnancy, birth and postnatal) and offer appropriate referral to other practitioners (eg. obstetricians) when required. Unfortunately in Australia this mother-midwife relationship is blocked by politics and money ie. obstetricians/gps want to provide the midwifery component of care therefore makes it difficult for women to access midwives. This has left most midwives practising in fragmented systems ie. no continuity of relationship between mother and midwife and being required to meet the needs of the medicalised system/obs before the woman.
I along with other midwives have opted out of working in the system in order to work to our full scope and provide continuity of care for women. We specialise in facilitating normal birth but also recognise that to some extent birth is unpredictable. Therefore, we are also ‘trained’ in managing emergencies such as shoulder dystocia, haemorrhage, newborn resus etc.
I hope that answers your question :)
Hello Rachel, as I thought, reading through some more of your blog has been very interesting… I am VERY interested in “Rites of passage and rites of protection during birth” your PhD findings… I know that the menstrual experience is deeply woven to the birth experience, and has been a strong part of the education that I deliver. Not sure if I can make it to Tasmania for the Home Birth Conference, but I am in Brisbane/Byron delivering early July if there is a way we can have a cuppa and a chat, that would be awesome!
Once I finish my phd I will be posting and publishing my findings.
The first two weeks in July is the midwifery intensive block for the masters of midwifery students. It is full on. If you can make it to the University we could do coffee between sessions?
That sounds AWESOME!! I have the week of the 9-13th between Brisbane and Byron… Where is the University? My contact number is 0409 953 518… I so hope we can make a coffee date!
I’ve emailed you
Is it possible for me to Share these workshop dates with others online?
You can share this page or click on the link to Capers :) There will be more workshops in 2013.
Hi Rachel!! I’m just in love with your blog! I’m a midwife student in Quebec and I hope you’ll come one day around here!
Your blog is wonderful. I’m a doula in Nova Scotia and I have to tell you, your posts have provided such peace of mind to the moms I’ve supported — especially when that “due date” hits and their doctors want to induce 2 days later. Thank you!
Hi Rachel, I’m so happy to of stumbled on to your blog while researching for a paper on empowerment. I am a direct entry mid student in the territory. I really wanted to study on the Sunshine coast but I believe it is a nursing/mid degree and really didn’t want to travel that path.
I’m not sure I can reference your blog (1st year, 1st semester so new to this), do you know?
You are one of the many inspirational strong women I am coming in contact with and I will post a link to your web page on our student facebook page.
You can reference a blog but I’m guessing your lecturer won’t like it (I don’t when marking). Wherever possible I try to link to research/literature… so best to follow the link and reference the original source.
Good luck with your studies :)
i was one of your students in the nursing/midwif course last term at USC but unfortunately had to defer because of family commitments, but I am still keeping tabs on the world of midwifery :) I was hoping for your thoughts on an opportunity I may have, you can email me back personally if that’s a better way to communicate. while i am not able to commit to university study this year, I have come across a 12 week doula course with a lady practicing out of maleny . I was wondering if you think this would be worth doing? have you done anything like this yourself/anyone you know? I can’t remember her name at the moment but can send it to you – you may even know her. the coast is a small place :) Also, how does the doula/midwife thing work in your experience? what is the same/different and what approaches do doulas generally take to birth and pregnancy etc?
Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Hi Kate – I’ve emailed you :)
I’m a midwife in SA & just wanted to say I love your blog & always keep an eye out for your posts, they are always so well researched & well written. I have now just perused your thesis (courtesy of an ACM Facebook link) & felt the need to say Congratulations! Reflecting on our practice & the reasons we do what we do is just so important & I was particularly captivated by the section on women’s experience of birth; both from my perspective as a midwife & from my perspective as a mother. In hospital settings it is just too easy for women’s experiences to be undervalued, ignored & disrespected – no wonder rates of PND are so high…
Thankyou for reminding us all of the profundity & sacredness of the birthing experience & how the actions/non actions of midwives may affect this. :)
Thanks Bel :)
Dear Rachel, in one of your videos the mother is listening to a relaxation CD while labouring/giving birth. Could you please tell me the title of this CD or recommend one for me to prepare for the birth? My due date is in 4 weeks. Thank you and greetings from Vienna, Austria – Ariane
Which video… however, I’m unlikely to know the details :)
It’s called “My natural childbirth – Part 1” on youtube. It was suggested to me after I watched the video “Outlaw Births Part 2” on your website. If you don’t know the video, would you know of any other relaxation tapes that you could recommend? Thanks!
I don’t know the music… I don’t recommend tapes and most of the women I care for create their own from music they like. If you are on an Facebook pages or forums about birth it would be good to ask other women what they used or recommend. However, it really is individual – some women find rock music relaxing :)
I love your blog and always have; I used to follow you on twitter but I closed my twitter account due to fear!!! I was Midwife Stella. I am presenting at a normality study day soon and would welcome your opinion on what topic/theme would be most useful for care in labour. Thanks
Goodness – where to start!
The topic depends on the audience I guess. Is the audience hospital midwives? If yes – find out what the issues are in their setting. What are their policies and practices around ‘normal’ birth. Are they evidence based? Are there areas where they could be improved?
Good luck! :)
(I am rarely on twitter – it is too time consuming for me)
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