The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person

In this webinar we will explore this current state: Although childbirth takes about one day of the life of the mother and baby, the memory of this life-changing event remains with the mother all her life Description of desired/achievable state: Penny will discuss studies of the elements that make this a positive, satisfying memory.

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Total CE Hours: 1.25   Access Time: 2 Weeks  
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Durations: 75 mins
The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person: Influences of Care and Place For Birth

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 13,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Labor Progress Handbook;” “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;” “When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;” “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions,” She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth).

Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor.

Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops.

Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren from 11 to 28 years of age, two grandchildren-in-laws, and a pug, Lola.

Objective 1: Compare cultural views and outcomes of birth around the world.
Objective 2: Identify personal factors that contribute to individual’s perceptions of one’s own birth.
Objective 3: Describe factors that largely determine the birthing parent’s long term
Objective 4: Discuss basic decisions that help ensure long-term satisfaction with one’s birth experience.


Although childbirth takes about one day of the life of the mother and baby, the memory of this life-changing event remains with the mother all her life. Penny will discuss studies of the elements that make this a positive, satisfying memory.

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Nursing CEUs - Nursing Contact Hours:
This continuing nursing education has applied for credits with: ANA-Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialling Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

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