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Avril Bowens, RN, CPM

  • Speaker Type: Partnerships
  • Country: United States
Biography:

Avril is the founder and creatrix of the Midwife Method, a midwife-led, supportive and educational online program dedicated to empowering all birthing people with the skills, knowledge and tools they need to thrive through pregnancy, birth and beyond. She believes that maternal and neonatal outcomes can be improved when all obstetrical providers (doctors and midwives alike) collaborate and practice the Midwifery Model of Care and when all pregnant women have access to this kind of care. Until there is a midwife available for every women, the Midwife Method provides birthing people with all the elements of midwifery care that can be delivered in the online format; comprehensive and holistic education, compassionate and consistent support and expert guidance designed to inform, complement and enhance the medical care women receive in their home communities.

For the past three years, she has loved being the office manager and instructor with Birth Emergency Skills Training® (B.E.S.T.) workshops, as well as co-developer of the Online and Hybrid programs. She has been involved with birth since 1998 as a childbirth educator, doula and then midwife (CPM) and has served birthing families in the home and birth center settings since 2003. Together with her partner, she has home-birthed, home-schooled and raised 3 incredible human beings (17, 23 and 25)!

With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and desire to support a broader population in attaining their health goals, she returned to school, completing a Bachelor of Science and became a Registered Nurse in 2016. Continuing on with this goal, she pursued a Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Georgetown University which she was unable to complete due to unforeseen circumstances.

Following a devastating motorcycle accident, she put to use her diverse education in herbal medicine, alternative therapies, nutrition, body movement and mechanics, medical training and personal growth and transformation strategies to well surpass her expected recovery, fully heal from the severe injuries sustained and become the healed healer that she is today. B.E.S.T CEUs


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Move It! Get the Shoulders Unstuck!
Shoulder dystocia remains one of the most feared obstetrical emergencies in and out of the hospital, for good reason, it can be scary, is notoriously difficult to predict and can lead to further complications in both mother and baby. Thankfully, there are simple and effective techniques that can be employed and adapted to any environment which safely resolve the issue, much of the time. The single most important predictor of a favorable outcome is a practitioner who is alert to the signs of shoulder dystocia, well prepared to manage one and aware of how to help prevent neonatal injuries in the process. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology and mechanisms of action used to resolve impacted shoulders is imperative along with a team that communicates effectively and is able to manage the associated complications. Move it! Get the Shoulders Unstuck! offers a clear, up-to-date review of prevention, early recognition and responsive, effective management to resolve shoulder dystocia. Come join us on this journey through this sticky complication, one that will hopefully alleviate your fears and provide you with the skills you need to calmly disimpact the shoulders while keeping the baby safe and improve maternal and fetal outcomes.
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