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Rethinking Second Stage: Letting Baby Out Versus Getting Baby Out

In celebration of International Day of the Midwife 2021, GOLD Learning is excited to welcome Barbara Harper as she shares her new presentation titled "Rethinking Second Stage: Letting Baby Out Versus Getting Baby Out".

Barbara has dedicated her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world and ensuring a gentle introduction to life outside the womb. In this presentation Barbara challenges us to think differently about the second stage of labour. Join us for an interactive hour of practice changing education! We look forward to seeing you online as we celebrate the important role of midwives around the world!

The presentation recording is now online. This lecture is approved for 0.1 MEAC Midwifery CEU(equivalent to 1 NARM CEU), 1 ACM CPD Endorsement Hour and 1 ACNM CEU.

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$18.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 1.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
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Duration: 60 mins
Barbara Harper, RN, Midwife, CBE, BHET, KCC
Rethinking Second Stage: Letting Baby Out Versus Getting Baby Out
USA Barbara Harper, RN, Midwife, CBE, BHET, KCC

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and gentle birth. She is the Executive Director of Waterbirth International, founded in 1988, with one goal in mind – to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women. During the past four decades Barbara has influenced and educated hundreds of thousands of professionals and parents through her writing and publishing, and her work as a pediatric nurse, midwife, midwifery instructor, doula trainer, and Blissborn Birth Hypnosis instructor and trainer. Her vast experience helped her develop unique seminars and workshops which she teaches within hospitals, nursing schools, midwifery and medical schools and through her online Gentle Birth World Institute. Lamaze International recognized her in 2002 for contributions in promoting normal birth on an international level. She has published articles in many journals including a new work for the Journal of Perinatal Education (July 2021) on protecting waterbirth, even during a global pandemic. Her bestselling book and DVD, ‘Gentle Birth Choices,’ has been translated into 9 languages, including a 2016 Mandarin Chinese edition. Barbara has dedicated her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world. She is the mother of three adult children, two of whom were born at home in water, and grandmother of a college senior and a three-year-old. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida. Her website is

Objective 1: Identify four fetal primitive reflexes and their associated movement through the pelvis;

Objective 2: Discuss the difference between active and passive second stage;

Objective 3: Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of directed pushing versus spontaneous pushing

USA Barbara Harper, RN, Midwife, CBE, BHET, KCC

Directing women to push has been commonplace in the birth room far too long. The cultural expectation of how second stage should look has infiltrated movies, TV and people’s minds. Women are constantly told when to push, when not to push, how to push, and where to push. To understand and support physiological birth we need to reconsider the assumptions upon which this practice is based and how it affects the overall experience of birth. This workshop discusses both supporting instinctive pushing during uncomplicated, physiological birth and the fact that the descent and rotation of the baby through the pelvis is directed by primitive reflexes that guide the baby into the pelvis, out of the pelvis and up the abdomen for attachment to a breast. We will examine the multidimensional and individual nature of birth physiology through photos, video and discussion.

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Midwifery CEUs - MEAC Contact Hours
This program is accredited through the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council (MEAC) for 1 Contact Hours or 0.1 CEUs. Please note that 0.1 MEAC Midwifery CEU is equivalent to 1.0 NARM CEUs.

This program is approved for 1 hour of education by the American College of Nurse Midwives. This credit is applicable to Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, Registered Nurses. May be accepted by other certifying bodies.

ACM CPD Recognised Hours
This program is approved for 1 ACM CPD Recognised Hour equivalent to 1 hour of education by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive additional credits for viewing it again. Please send us an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Physiological Birth

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