Informed Birth Preparation
Benefits Care Providers
Would you like to Become a Birth Cartographer?
Use the form below to register your interest in becoming a Birth Cartographer. This soon to be trademarked calling is for awesome birth workers looking to enrich the decision making aspects of preparing for birth and beyond.
Catherine Bell will be launching the first round of Birth Cartographer training very soon: the only way to become a Birth Cartographer.
The course will be a combination of online, self-paced learning, webinars and Q and As, culminating in a rather awesome retreat. During the retreat we will develop our team of support, and role play the language.
The very first round of trainees are going to become the pioneers of Birth Cartography, taking Australia into new paradigm of birth preparation and support: a truly woman centred experience.
It is not just the mother and her birth partner that benefit from Informed Birth Preparation (IBP). Care Providers benefit too. An informed, supported and confident client is more likely to have a calm, straight forward birth. The Birth Map created through the Informed Birth Preparation process provides the framework from which to work, giving the care provider confidence that the client has been truly informed.The Care Provider is an active participant in the process, encouraging questions and answering them as best they can. The final document is a summary of the discussions had, and a record of informed decisions. This has legal weight.
Case by case care, rather than 'standard' care is more respectful and evidenced-based. Studies support this approach, showing better outcomes for mothers and babies
More Relaxed Birth
IBP means all the 'thinking' has been done in advance. The Birth Map contains the clients Informed Decisions for various options. Feeling safe, supported and understood, reduces fear and anxiety, helping to facilitate the hormones for a relaxed birth
With the client at the centre, uninterrupted, you will work with her birth team to provide the care she needs. You will know that her team is well prepared and able to care for the non-medical elements of the birth, knowing that your role is understood and incorporated. By working together, especially in a busy hospital, this improves the experience for everyone.
Truly Informed Clients
IBP means that the client has covered a full range of possibilities, drawing on several resources and applying the information to personal circumstances. This means you can be sure the client has provided truly informed consent or refusal.
No Stressful on-the-spot Decisions
The Birth Map provides Informed Decisions for various pathways. Should the client need to divert to a contingency plan, this will be done smoothly and without the stress and confusion of an 'on-the-spot' decision with limited time and information.
CARE PROVIDERS CAN FACILITATE INFORMED BIRTH PREPARATION
Allow time for questions to be asked and answered fully.
Use The Book
Encouraging clients to use a copy of THE BOOK helps cover all bases.
Encourage Clients to Join The Member Area
Tell clients about the Member Area, where they can access, downloadable PDFs of research papers and articles and explore their options. The Support Group helps create a sense of community.
Tell Clients about Birth Doulas
Where clients seem under-supported, encourage birth doula support.
Tell Clients about the Australian Breastfeeding Association
Encourage participation in a Breastfeeding Education Class. If you are not in Australia, tell your clients about the local options.
Tell Clients about Independent Childbirth Classes
Independent Childbirth Classes are proven to improve outcomes.
Encourage Clients to Set Up Postpartum Support
Encouraging clients to prepare beyond the birth is essential.