Would you like to Become a
This retreat is for birth workers who are looking to enhance and support the decision making process with their clients in birth and beyond.
Register your interest by Contacting Catherine.
The next Date is not yet set.
If you have a group of 6, you can negotiate the next date with Catherine, or alternatively, invite Catherine to come to you. Catherine offers the more relaxed retreat option, or you can do a One Day Intensive.
Birth Cartography is
taking Australia into a new paradigm of
birth preparation and support:
a woman-led experience.
The retreat is offered for those seeking an opportunity for more discussion time, and to network with others looking to add birth cartography to their skill set.
The additional time is intended to be reflective, conversation based and deeper than is possible in the intensive.
Opening evening: Welcome
Arrivals by 4pm.
Introductions, house keeping and instructions provided.
Over dinner, discussion guided with a focus on decision making in childbirth. Each participant will have an opportunity to tell their story, introducing where they work, live and anything else they would like to share about their birth work.
This discussion includes the opportunity for participants to explore birth cartography in the context of their own workplace. This will provide the framework for how the content will be delivered. This introductory session will touch on the content covered in detail on day 2, which allows participants to feel centred and know what to expect. Ice breaking and getting to know each other, followed by a sharing of stories. These stories will provide reflective opportunity as we explore areas of celebration and areas of concern. By exploring these stories, participants will learn to identify the opportunities birth cartography could have provided to the areas of concern. It will also highlight the aspects behind the areas of celebration.
These stories will also provide opportunity for debrief and expansion of the participants personal stories. This session is about learning about themselves, personally and in the context of their workplace. Identifying their own triggers, passions and limitations.
Full Day: Structured Learning Day
Breakfast will allow for more networking and general discussion.
9 am Session One: Table Top role play Game of Birth Activity.
Presentation and Discussion: Informed Decision Making, the trouble with consent and benefits of Birth Cartography.
10:30am Morning Tea.
11 am Session Two: The Fast Birth Pathway and why this helps the expected pathway.
The Partner Perspective: helping partners be supportive, rather than protective.
1:30 pm Session Three: The Vaginal Pathway
3 pm Afternoon Tea
3:30 pm Session Four: The Caesarean Pathway
4:30 pm Concluding with a Game of Birth role play.
5 – 6pm ‘free time’
6 pm Reflective Dinner.
After a full day of in-depth content, the hour of free time is likely to see questions arise. The reflective dinner allows time to ask these questions and explore the new knowledge holistically. A guided discussion going beyond the birth will explore the powerful impact the birth worker has for the transition into parenting). Returning to the stories of the first night, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how these stories might change with birth cartography.
Morning closing – Farewell
Breakfast will provide a final opportunity to reflect and consolidate the learning, exchange details and/or enjoying the final hours on the property.
This is not intended to be an intense session. A relaxed farewell, allowing for a safe and relaxed return home.
All Departed by 11am.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
This training is particularly useful for certified doulas and midwives looking to extend their skill base.
It is, however, open to all practicing birth workers (doulas, midwives, childbirth educators and obstetricians) and those looking to support informed birth.
WHERE WILL THE RETREAT BE AND WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?
The location of the retreat will be near Braidwood NSW, on my bush property, Feral Farm.
Free camping (with a limited number of tents and camp bedding available) on site, or you can seek to stay in a tinyhouse on the neighbouring property (a short walk away), or if you have a car, within one of several offerings in Braidwood (10 minutes drive).
You will be provided some reading material at the beginning of October, attend a webinar with Q and A
and will have a one-to-one zoom or phone meeting with Catherine before the retreat.
Retreatees will arrive at Feral Farm on Friday afternoon.
Beginning with a fireside dinner on Friday 25th October, we will get to know each other and settle into the space.
Saturday will see us explore the difference between informed consent and informed decision making, the concept of birth cartography, how to support clients to ask questions, the partner perspective and go where there be dragons. We will also role play how to put the Map into action during labour.
FULLY CATERED by Scrumpers Garden, sourcing seasonal and local produce.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A BIRTH CARTOGRAPHER®?
Becoming a Birth Cartographer means that you are committed to supporting informed decision making and woman-led maternity experiences.
You understand that there is No One Way and seek to promote autonomy and respectful maternity care.
Attending the retreat will give you the opportunity to embrace the concept and declare yourself a Birth Cartographer. You will gain the opportunity to use the term Birth Cartography within your service, and be listed on the Wall of Informed Birth Supporters as a provider of Birth Cartography.
As a Birth Cartographer, you mentor your clients through the process, encouraging them to create a full Birth Map. In birth attending, you will support them as they use their Birth Map.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
FLY: The nearest airport is Canberra. Pick up and drop off can be arranged for flights timed Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.
Car hire is available at the airport.
DRIVE: Approximately 3 - 4 hours from Sydney, and 1 1/2 hours from Canberra, via the Kings Hwy.
WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?
All this fully-catered awesome is just $380 per person (savings for early bird).
This includes Two dinners, Two Breakfasts and Lunch on Saturday, a copy of The Birth Map.
It does NOT include travel costs to the retreat, and accommodation if you choose not to camp
ARE PLACES LIMITED?
I can offer up to 8 places with a tent, camp mat, pillow and sleeping bag provided (twin share).