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Labour Support Skills Lecture Pack

Skilled support during labour and delivery makes an important difference for families. Research has shown that skilled support can help the birthing person feel more in control of their labour and delivery process and have more confidence in their ability to give birth. The impact of this lasts far beyond the birth of the baby. This package brings together experts in the field of labour support to help you elevate your knowledge and skills. Learn more about dancing for birth, using peanut balls, positioning during labour, supporting a family when a baby dies, and cultural humility and labour support.

$95.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 5.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (5):
Duration: 60 mins
How to Correctly Use Peanut Balls During Labor
United States Cheri Grant, RN, ICCE, CLC, ICD, CLD, CD BDT(DONA)

Cheri Grant RN, ICCE, CLC, ICD, CLD, CD BDT(DONA). Is the Coordinator of LifeStart Program at St John Owasso Hospital. Childbirth Graphics named her “The Peanut Ball Lady” She is the founder and consultant for Premier Birth Tools a website that has resources for peanut balls and its mission is to get peanut balls in every hospital in the United States with resources for everyone in the world, and to teach how to use it correctly. She continues to guest lecture to OU, OSU residents and nurses on maternal and child health topics such as the "Secrets of Labor Support." She spoke on the peanut ball at the National LAMAZE convention “The Peanut Ball- New Tool for Your Doula Bag and Its Effect on Laboring Women “She has also published several an articles on the peanut ball including " The Peanut Ball: A Remarkable Labor Support Tool " in the DONA international magazine and the "Peanut Ball, Improving Options for Women Laboring with an Epidural" in Australian Midwifery News. She has recently been featured on the Podcast “How do Peanut Balls Support Labor? “ for Evidence Based Birth. She is an Authorized Peanut Ball Trainer and has developed many educational tools for the peanut ball. She also has given over 100 in-services on the peanut ball. She is the Founder of Tulsa Doulas Inc. Doulas of Northeastern Oklahoma which she started 25 years ago. She is a Birth DONA Doula Trainer her certificate number is #2 as a trainer for DONA. She is certified as a Doula through DONA, ICEA and CAPPA. She is an internationally certified childbirth educator through ICEA for over 30 years. Cheri is an author of “Labor Support Forms – A Guide to Doula Charting” which is in its Third edition and on the app Mobile Doula . Several of her articles have been published in ICEA and DONA Journals. She has lectured at DONA international conventions and AWHONN State conventions “. The Peanut Ball" and Implications for Women Health”. She also produced and directed a Video on “Comfort Measures for Labor.” She teaches and coordinates training workshops for Birth Doulas and nurses talking about the profession of doulas around the country. She previously was a lactation consultant IBCLC for over 10 years. She also maintains her lactation educator. Previously she was also AWHONN certified in-patient obstetrical nurse for many years. She was also featured on the front page of the Tulsa World for her 42 years of work with pregnant and laboring women. Teaching and speaking about how to correctly use the peanut ball is her passion.

1.Describe the basics using the peanut ball including different sizes, safety, covering, cleaning and storage.

2. Select the correct size of peanut ball for client in different peanut ball positions.

3. Recite contraindications for the peanut balls use.

4. Compare internal or external rotation of the hips to use in relation to where the baby is in the pelvis with the peanut ball.

United States Cheri Grant, RN, ICCE, CLC, ICD, CLD, CD BDT(DONA)

In this presentation, those new to the peanut ball will learn how to use this tool to progress labor and experienced birth professionals will expand their knowledge. You will learn the original seven peanut ball positions and be introduced to a few new advanced positions. You’ll learn the latest research on peanut balls use in labor. You will learn how to properly cover, clean and store peanut balls. You will learn how to correctly size peanut balls for your client depending on what position they are using in labor. One size peanut ball does not fit all clients. Identify contraindications for the peanut balls. Differentiate how to place clients hips internal or external rotation, using this information in relation to where the baby is in the pelvis such as in the inlet, midpelvis, and outlet when using a peanut ball as a labor tool.

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Duration: 60 mins
DANCING FOR BIRTH™ — A Powerful, Evidence-Based Birth Method to Improve Birth Satisfaction

Stephanie Larson is the visionary creator and founder of Dancing For Birth™―the powerful class which combines prenatal/postnatal fitness, childbirth education, and sacred celebration and has become a global sensation as the ‘trifecta’ of birth preparation. Over 20 years ago Stephanie instinctively ‘danced-out’ her first child in an empowering and euphoric four-hour birth. Upon hearing her peers’ stories of their traumatic births, she felt called to change the status-quo and bring a radically different birth method to parents and the professionals that serve them. Now, Certified Dancing For Birth™ Instructors on four continents educate and mentor parents on an ongoing weekly basis from pre-conception through postpartum (including baby). With each dancing labor, and the resulting connection to body, baby and bliss, birth is being transformed from fear, pain and trauma to power and pleasure.

A world-renowned expert on utilizing movement, instinct and gravity to support easier birth, Stephanie’s appearances include LAMAZE, ICAN, DONA, CAPPA, CIMS, ICEA, AWHONN, CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. She was voted USA’s National Birth Hero by the birth community (One World Birth Award). Stephanie is the executive producer of the DVD “Prenatal Dance and Birth Wisdom.” She’s a mom of four who calls for an end to forced lithotomy position and a global shift to primal, powerful, euphoric birth and conscious parenting. Reach Stephanie at [email protected]

1. List one or more principles of the Dancing For Birth™ method.

2. Discuss the effect of dancing during labor on pain intensity and on birth satisfaction, according to the evidence.

3. Demonstrate a dance move that encourages fetal rotation.


Birth satisfaction is an important measure of the quality of perinatal care and is pivotal in creating a positive birth and postpartum experience. How can we maximize it? Dancing For Birth™ is a perinatal class for parents and a birth method created to diminish labor pain, increase birth satisfaction and empower the birthing family. It is also an advanced training for perinatal professionals, providing the philosophy and practical skills necessary to support this mode of birth, including original techniques based on Dancing For Birth’s principles of movement, gravity and instinct. The ‘new sensation’ we’re now witnessing of birth dance going global and labor dance videos going viral has been 20 years in the making. Far from a trend, it’s indicative of the future of birth, in which freedom of movement and birth position of choice are paramount. In this interactive session with founder, Stephanie Larson, we’ll be introduced to Dancing For Birth™, its origin and efficacy. We’ll practice moves that encourage fetal rotation and descent while naturally increasing comfort. We will address the evidence regarding dancing during labor, and we'll explore the factors that make dance so transformative for birth.

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Duration: 60 mins
Caring For A Family When A Baby Dies

Denise Love is a dynamic international speaker and educator. She is passionate about life and compelled to support women through their many transitions in life. With an ever developing interest in life and death, she walks the path with many around death, particularly women whose babies die, either in utero, at birth, or soon thereafter. With a Masters degree in nursing, living and working in remote villages in Asian countries as well as Australia, she is determined that women and babies be treated respectfully within their cultural expectations.

As a childbirth educator and an instigator of the introduction and training of doulas in Australia 20 years ago, Denise identified the vital need for birthing women to ""find their voice"" and trust their ancient internal ability to birth their babies. This recognition was stimulated by the developed world's highly structured interventionist and medicalised birthing paradigms and seemingly inflexible protocols and practices. Birth matters and so does the way we all die. Combining direct language, ritual and acknowledgement of grief when a baby dies, Denise brings a refreshing attitude and approach. In her early years, practising as a Registered Nurse in remote indigenous communities, Denise gained valuable insight into how to trust our innate ability to birth, live fully and die. Denise's view has since been further reinforced through her work with vulnerable marginalised villagers in developing countries, where death is accepted as just a normal part of living.

1. Analyze your own attitudes and beliefs about conception, viability and each woman’s perception of her truth, opening the pathway to support her fully to integrate her experience into her long term wellbeing

2. Apply your new perceptions of the challenges and pain women experience in pregnancy loss, and find a pathway to change protocols and practices in your work space and amongst colleagues and friends.

3.Apply your enhanced skills to respond openly and truthfully to a woman and her family’s needs, whether it be pain she’s experiencing or relief. Remain able to not let judgements stand in your way of effectively reacting to her with words, rituals or practices.


Death is an extraordinary “thing” in our society. Since the invention of modern medicine, death has become the enemy, the unexcepted, the unacceptable, something to fight against, and a failure. Notwithstanding the fact that death is the only known certainty in life, we are shocked and overly distressed about it. There seems to be a hierarchy in death, that children shouldn’t die. It isn’t too many years ago that a mother expected with her large family that she would “lose” 2-3 children. That is still my experience in developing countries. I bring with me balance of modern medicine working together with educated mothers, and traditional expectations and practices, to try and find that balance in our work.

I will be discussing a baby as meaning from the moment of conception through to first year of life. We will explore the concept that as health professionals how our own thoughts, feelings, fears and beliefs influence how we respond to a mother and her family. The behaviours and expectations of the people around her influence her grief path, therefore we need to be clear and conscious in our communication. Examine rituals and behaviours that can alleviate some of her devastation, relief or pain.

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Duration: 60 mins
Mars Lord, Doula, Birth Activist, Educator
Cultural Humility in Birth
UK Mars Lord, Doula, Birth Activist, Educator

Award winning doula and birth activist Mars Lord has been a birth keeper for well over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting parents has fired her soul ever since. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families. A birth activist, with a desire to see the ‘colouring in of the landscape of birth’ and finding out the reasons for the maternal and neonatal morbidity rates amongst the BAME community, Mars created Abuela Doulas a doula preparation course primarily, but not exclusively, for women of colour. Her desire for reproductive justice led to the creation of the ‘Reproductive Justice Retreat’. Mars was recently recognised in the Mayor of London's Hidden Credits campaign and continues to speak out for cultural safety and reproductive justice.

Objective 1: Describe what cultural humility and cultural safety are and are not
Objective 2: Describe why they should practice cultural humility during their care of pregnant and labouring families and the consequences of not doing so
Objective 3: Describe how to practice cultural humility and employ strategies to promote cultural humility and safety in their own practices

UK Mars Lord, Doula, Birth Activist, Educator

There is an urgent need for all health care providers to be well versed in cultural humility and cultural safety during pregnancy and birth. This presentation will explore these concepts in the context of providing labour support, and provide a detailed look at what cultural humility is, why we should practice it and the consequences when we don’t, along with practical information about how to practice cultural humility and the beautiful changes that happen when we approach labour support with an open mind and heart and the intention to be aware of our own biases in order to provide culturally safe care.

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Duration: 60 mins
Tammy Ryan, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT
Spinning Babies in Labor
United States Tammy Ryan, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT

Tammy Ryan has been attending births since 2002. She is a birth doula trainer for DONA International, childbirth educator, midwifery assistant and one of six trainers world wide for Spinning Babies. Tammy has sat on the DONA International board of directors plus several other boards. She started working Internationally in 2008 when she went to DR Congo to train life saving skills in childbirth according to the World Health Organization. She has served in Haiti, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Korea, Japan, India, Israel & Brazil. Tammy has presented childbirth information on several venues including international conferences, TV, radio, universities and to the Ministry of Health. She has been published in the quarterly International Doula and on several blogs. Tammy teaches When Survivors Give Birth as a way to help survivors and birth workers. Tammy has experienced first hand the barriers women face worldwide in getting adequate care in childbirth and postpartum.

Objective 1. Describe current research on Occiput Posterior presentation effects on birth outcomes.

Objective 2. Differentiate a progressing from non-progressing labor patterns and symptoms.

Objective 3. Choose a maternal position to increase the diameter of each pelvic level (inlet, mid, outlet) to encourage rotation and/or descent (Gravity).

United States Tammy Ryan, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT

By understanding the current research on the OP presentation the learner will be able to help improve unnecessary cesarean rates due to the lack of progress and/or maternal and newborn morbidity rates. They will learn simple maternal positions that will open each level of the pelvis so the baby can find room for decent and rotation.

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Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Infant Loss, Labour & Positioning

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