GOLD Learning Speakers

UK

Shawn Walker, MA, RM

  • Speaker Type: Breech Birth Lecture Pack 2017
  • Country: UK
Biography:

Shawn is a midwife who has worked in all midwifery settings, in the US and the UK: home, freestanding and alongside birth centres, and hospital labour wards. In response to local women’s demands for more choice and continuity in breech services, Shawn worked with her multi-disciplinary colleagues to develop the Heads Up Clinic, which was shortlisted for a Royal College of Midwives Excellence in Maternity Care Award in 2013, and where she worked as a Breech Specialist Midwife until January 2014. She has published numerous professional articles about breech practice and service organisation, and blogs at breechbirth.org.uk. Shawn’s on-going PhD research concerns the development of competence and expertise among professionals in upright vaginal breech birth. She currently works clinically on the labour ward at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital.

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Using research to improve the way we teach and learn vaginal breech birth
Breech births occur infrequently, yet their safe support requires skill, patience and discernment from the health professionals who attend them, whether planned or unplanned. In addition, recent research has prompted practice changes toward more physiological approaches. This presentation will discuss how research around how professionals learn complex breech skills, and modern technology, can help midwives and doctors to learn skills to assist breech births. We will cover the importance of respecting the mechanism of breech labour when it is working, and restoring it when it is not. We will discuss how to determine the level of the pelvis at which head entrapment has occurred – and how to teach others to resolve it. And we will discuss successful models of breech care with the potential to lead a revolution in the direction of choice, confidence and continuity.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories:
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Note: Currently only available through a bundled series of lectures
Understanding the mechanisms as the key to safe breech birth
A majority of physiological breech births unfold according to a recognisable pattern of movements as the fetus spirals through the maternal pelvis. Protecting and supporting this optimal process is the basis of physiological breech birth practice. Understanding how and why these movements occur, and how to recognise when a deviation has occurred, is key to determining how and when to intervene in a potentially dangerous situation. This presentation will help you become thoroughly familiar with the optimal process, and explain why understanding the normal mechanisms can facilitate resolution when head entrapment occurs.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: