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Betty-Anne Daviss, RM, MA

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Midwifery 2019, 2019
  • Country: Canada

Betty-Anne Daviss, RM, MA is a midwife with over 40 years of practice, a researcher in epidemiology and the social sciences, and a professor in Women’s Studies. She co-authored the first large prospective home birth study of CPMs in North America published in the BMJ (2005) that continues to be accessed 500-800 times a month and has attracted 250,000 viewers online internationally. She was the co-principal investigator and principal author for the Frankfurt study comparing vaginal breeches born with mothers upright to on the back. The latter article has reached the top 5% bracket for responses on all scholarly content worldwide, across all subject areas, including books, journal articles, presentations, conference proceedings and the #1 article published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics in 2017. The only midwife in Canada who has acquired hospital privileges to attend breech births without a transfer to obstetrics, Betty-Anne has attended over 150 planned vaginal breech births, and provided plenaries on breech in Canada, the US, Britain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Australia, and Brazil. She has testified for 10 midwifery hearings/court cases and 11 state and 3 provincial legislative processes. Some of her published articles are available at

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Speaking Truth to Power: Childbirth Models on the Human Rights’ Frontier
This presentation traces how national and international efforts to improve childbirth care have graduated from disenfranchised social movements in the 1970s and 1980s to entrenchment of human rights in childbirth in UN declarations and the courts. Dynamic communities around the world that are rejecting the imposition of status quo dysfunctional pregnancy and childbirth systems and replacing them with more appropriate models of care will be highlighted. Using unorthodox means, such as employing non physicians to do cesareans, placing a psychologist instead of an obstetrician in charge of the caseroom, choosing to support instead of arrest and eliminate the traditional midwives, I present these iconoclastic models that work even under dire circumstances, in countries as diverse as China, Canada, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Hungary, Tanzania, Palestine and Mexico. Tackling the problems of the neoliberal drive for privatization and centralization of health care services and the bullying between and among the professions, I demonstrate how the use of radical, conscious change in birth practices, puts practitioners at their peril who choose to take their stand with childbearers, but places power and control in the right hands.
Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1.25 (details)  |  Categories: Birth Advocacy
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Vaginal Breech Birth: A Workshop on New Evidence and Techniques to Bring it Back
In both high and low resource countries, misleading research and ongoing assumptions about the safety of cesarean section have attempted to relegate the practice of vaginal breech birth to an ancient art, useful only for the historical archives. In spite of the fact that the follow up to the Term Breech Trial reported that vaginal breech birth is NOT associated with higher risk of death or neuro developmental issues in children of 2 years of age, and positive research over the last two decades, obstetric units in North America have only feebly embraced the reality that vaginal breech should be offered. In the absence of choice in obstetric units, and as obstetricians have become more deskilled at normal vaginal breech birth, midwives' clients and their midwives, have been at the helm of the movement to return vaginal breech birth to North America. The midwife presenter, who regularly attends vaginal breeches in Ottawa, Canada, will review the normal cardinal movements of descent of the breech and the research of colleagues in Frankfurt and Ottawa about how to troubleshoot when there are difficulties with the breech. There will be demonstration through PowerPoint and videos how easily babies can come out on their own, but also when and how to intervene for lack of general descent, lack of rotation of the shoulders, and lack of flexion and rotation of the head.
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 5 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breech Birth