Introduction from your tutor
Welcome to the course. I hope you enjoying learning with me, Suzanne Yates, founder of Wellmother and author of your course book “Pregnancy and Childbirth: a holistic approach to massage and bodywork”.
Don’t forget you can ask for clarification of anything or discuss with me and other students in the forum. This is accessed in each lesson by scrolling down to the end of the lesson. Try it now! It is also at the bottom of this page.
I hope this course inspires you to start applying your skills to supporting women at the end of pregnancy and in preparation for birth as well as understanding the impact of birth in the postnatal period.
What do you want to learn from this course? I invite you to take 10 minutes and note down what you already know about working with supporting women preparing for birth and what you would like to learn by the end of this course. Come back to this at the end of the course and compare!
How the course is structured:
The course is set up with 7 lessons. It is probably best to work through them in order from 1 to 7: but you can go back and forward between the topics. In each lesson there a mix of topics: videos, audios and text documents. At the end of each lesson is a quiz to check your learning and an assignment, which is either doing and recording some practical work, or a reflective piece. You can work through these lessons and the assignments at your own pace. Once you have completed all the topics and assignments you receive a certificate.
Don’t forget that you can ask for clarification in the forum
Supporting material for all lessons
Course book: Pregnancy and Childbirth: relevant page numbers given in each section
Beautiful Birth: also has a lot of information to support couples
Sara Wickham: http://www.sarawickham.com/
Sara is a midwife/researcher who used to work for MIDIRS an advocate for supporting women to make the choices that are right for them. Her website is full of interesting articles, research and points to consider. She also has a newsletter and offers on line courses. Definitely worth a look!
AIMS: Association for the Improvement in Maternity Services http://www.aims.org.uk/
This is a wonderful UK organisation. Sara has written some leaflets for them. They have a newsletter and a 24 hour help line (which I have recommended to some clients). If you are in the UK consider subscribing to support their amazing work.
Positive Birth http://www.positivebirthmovement.org/
Support and information for women: women sharing stories and a place to advertise your services.
Spinning babies: https://spinningbabies.com/
Work based on “optimal fetal positioning”
Mother’s breath: Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
good book on breathing, Uma is a yoga teacher who has a special interest in pregnancy and womb yoga.
Here is a link which is useful for supporting women to make a birth plan
If you are not so familiar with the eastern ideas, you might want to do some further reading or study around that but it is not essential
For more information on eastern concepts, if they are less familiar to you: Shiatsu for Midwives, or my on line course Shiatsu foundation for midwives and doulas or the on line course on Extraordinary Vessels