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Mandy Irby, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, LCCE

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Learning Birth & Beyond Online Symposium 2022
  • Country: United States

Mandy Irby, pronouns are she/her, is a board certified labor nurse with 13 years of experience supporting survivors of assault and trauma through pregnancy, birth planning, and at their bedside during childbirth and pregnancy loss. After experiencing her own birth trauma, she quickly learned that the birth care system is NOT centered on human rights, patient choice, and the individual experience. In 2020, Mandy made education a full-time career. She now teaches and supports parents and nurses how to better center voice, choice, and physiology in birth. It's Mandy’s mission to change birth culture so that it's parent-centered, trauma-informed, and safe for all.
Mandy enjoys teaching in-person, in whole-team learning: Peanut Ball, Labor Support Skills and Trauma-Informed Care At the Bedside workshops. She also supports local parents with small-group Spinning Babies® Parent Classes when in-person learning is safest. Mandy is also an international educator through her online, on-demand childbirth ed classes and she supports anxious parents-to-be with virtual, one-on-one trauma-informed birth strategy sessions. She’s the co-founder of Fearless Birth, Delivered, founder and owner of The Birth Nurse®, and a proud co-creator of the BRAND NEW Trauma-Informed Birth Nurse Program. As a creative educator, Mandy is also the co-author of an Amazon best-seller, Baby Got VBAC, and reaches millions of viewers each month through her engaging, tongue-in-cheek social media platforms.
When she’s not working from home, Mandy might be found at any local plant nursery adding to her, some may say, out-of-control house plant collection. She’s a serial craft starter and non-finisher, loves walking her doodle puppy, and playing in the creek with her 2 kids.

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Trauma-Informed Care: A Guide to Patient Advocacy for Trauma Survivors
Thanks to the brave whistle blowers who have shared their stories, the community at large has become increasingly aware of the prevalence of sexual assault and trauma. Healthcare professionals report a lack of education specifically related to the care of assault survivors and an eagerness to learn trauma-informed care practices. A shift in care practice is nearly impossible, however, if healthcare professionals, especially nurses, hold a feeling of perceived powerlessness in their professional role. In this session, we’ll review patient advocacy definitions as they relate to a patient-centered standard of care. Participants will also learn how to provide compassionate, trauma-sensitive care to survivors of trauma while preventing further harm. Instead of feeling powerless, participants can begin to develop awareness of the unique superpowers that perinatal healthcare providers possess and receive a foundational understanding for how to be strong, confident patient advocates.
Presentations: 8  |  Hours / CE Credits: 8  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks