Speaking of Cesareans: Empowering midwives and birth professionals around difficult prenatal conversations

Andaluz is proud to host a workshop for birth professionals to help prepare their clients for a full range of birth outcomes, including a homebirth cesarean (transfer from a planned homebirth to a hospital cesarean). Courtney and Laurie will share information gathered from over a hundred interviews they have conducted with homebirth cesarean mothers, midwives and birth professionals from around the world on:
  • What midwives can do to prepare clients who are reluctant to engage in the topic of cesarean birth
  • building a foundation of trust and open communication in prenatal care
  • how midwives' terminology and biases about hospital care affect the client's perception of cesarean birth
  • the responsibility of both the mother and the birth partner in preparing for a range of birth outcomes
  • the optimal timing and frequency of conversations about cesarean birth and postpartum care
  • assessing a client's risk for suffering trauma during or after a homebirth cesarean, and resources for referring clients for additional care
This four hour workshop will improve the quality of care birth professionals provide to their clients, regardless of birth outcome.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 9am - 1pm $50 per person

Oregon Midwifery Council CEUs available

To register, please contact Courtney Jarecki

Andaluz Waterbirth Center 3323 SW Naito Parkway Portland, Oregon

  Facilitators: Laurie Perron Mednick is a CPM who is licensed in Oregon where she lives with her husband and three young boys. Laurie maintains a small homebirth practice with Nest Midwifery, and she teaches childbirth and breastfeeding classes. Laurie is co-authoring a book about Homebirth Cesarean (HBC). This book shares HBC stories and brings more understanding to what happens to women who transport to the hospital for a cesarean after planning a homebirth, and how midwives can better support these women.   Courtney Jarecki became a Homebirth Cesarean mama in 2011 with the birth of her daughter. Prior to her birth, Courtney spent her time in a midwifery apprenticeship, teaching childbirth classes and working as a labor and postpartum doula through her business, Full Moon's Daughter. This laid the foundation to co-author a book about Homebirth Cesarean. Courtney has also created a community for HBC mamas through social media and runs a local HBC support group.