Gentle Birth Conference and Waterbirth Certification Workshop

Fri, November 18 2016, 8:00 AM - Sat, November 19 2016, 5:00 PM [CST]

1626 Florence Blvd , Florence, Alabama, United States


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Student Partial Approval -$40.00

If you are a Doula, Midwife, Nurse, or Medical Student or just a college student then this price applies to you. Limited Student tickets are available due to space. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Pre-Registration Ticket Partial Approval - $80.00

Educated Alabama Moms Partial Approval -$20.00

This ticket option is for mothers who have a desire to learn, are interested in birth, and want to attend, but are not medical professionals. There will be no credit or certification obtained with this ticket. There are only 10 tickets available and when they are gone, they are gone.

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Fri, November 18 2016, 8:00 AM - Sat, November 19 2016, 5:00 PM [CST]

About the Events

It is our honor and privilege to host Barbara Harper of Waterbirth International in our beautiful town of Florence Alabama. CME and CEU credit will be available, details may be found at the bottom of this post. 

Cost at the door will be $100 if there is room available.
Pre-registered will be $80 (August 15th-November 1st)
Early Bird sign up will be $60 (Through August 15)
Student registration any kind (Doula's, Nurse Midwives, Nurses, Physicians, etc...) is $40.
Verifiable by student I.D./ Student Org membership
Early Bird Registration is NOW! Don't miss out!

**All registrations are non-refundable, but are transferable.**

This course will cover how and why to integrate water immersion into any maternity care setting, including the benefits of waterbirth as part of a gentle birth approach to maternity care. Waterbirth practice is based on evidence that spans over thirty years of reliable data from studies conducted in every part of the globe.

This workshop is intended to support practice by:
Preparing the provider to provide competent care during use of water immersion in labour and birth.
Broadening knowledge around key issues while planning, implementing, providing and documenting maternity care that includes water immersion.
Promoting critical thinking on issues relating to undisturbed birth and physiological transition.
Identifying evidence-informed practices to facilitate the woman’s informed choice.
Offering opportunity for each care provider to reflect on their own maternity care practices.

Behavioral Objectives:
At the end of this session participant will be able to:
1. Discuss the current ACOG/AAP position statement on birth in water, based on recent research.
2. Outline the recommended steps to prevent and/or resolve a shoulder dystocia during a birth in water.
3. List three conditions where water immersion could be used as an intervention in labour.
4. Explain the physiology of newborn transition and the significance of delayed cord clamping on newborn breathing.
5. Explain the four physiological mechanisms that prevent the baby from taking a breath in water.
6. List three instances where water immersion is contraindicated.
7. Compare and contrast Gentle Birth Practices with current hospital practice.



Session Title:    The Impact of Birth and the First Hour Human Development and Long Term Health


Speaker:    Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, Midwife

Date of Presentation:    18 November 2016

Number of minutes in presentation:  360 minutes


Teaching methods to be used:




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Workshop description


During the birth process the baby is a conscious participant who is hard wired to express the biological imperative of birth. The tasks of birth and attachment are time sequenced, specific and create the necessary and essential brain wiring for connection or separation.  Evidence is presented demonstrating the psychological, physiological and neurological milestones in human development that are supported or hindered by common birth and postpartum practices.


Behavioral Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. List six transitional milestones of the baby immediately after birth

  2. Explain why delayed cord clamping is optimal for both mother and baby

  3. Discuss the role of skin to skin contact in brain development of both the baby and mother

  4. Outline three simple practices that are easy to institute in any hospital to support gentle birth

  5. Explain secure attachment and what the birth practices are that may interrupt secure attachment



  1. Keeping birth normal

  1. Requirements for normal birth

  2. Statistics and research

  3. Comfort measures

  4. Therapeutic presence

  5. The role of the doula


  1. Baby brain development

  1. Intrauterine milestones

  2. Effect of mothers emotions

  3. Brain wiring

  4. Epigenetics


  1. Hormonal Interplay

A.  Labor is Cortisol dependent

B.   The importance of Oxytocin

C.   Labor drugs and their impact on hormone balance


  1. The first hour after birth – newborn transition

A.   Entering the habitat

B.   Benefits of skin to skin for baby and mother

C.   Keeping the environment undisturbed

D.  Secure attachment and attachment disorders


  1. Questions, post-test, observations, responses

Post Test Questions:

  1. What are the most important activities for the baby immediately after birth.

    1. Establishment of breathing

    2. Metabolic adjustments

C.   Colonization with normal bacteria

D.   Beginning lactation

E.   All of the above


    2.   Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord provides which benefits to the baby?

        A.   Up to one fifth of the blood volume in normal newborns

        B.   An increase in hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in less illness

        C.   No disturbance of mother-baby bond

        D.   All of the above.


3.  For the mother to be focused on her baby in the first hour after birth, the birth    attendants must make sure which of the following things happen during the birth

    1. Low lights

    2. Quiet

    3. No drugs or epidural

    4. Immediate and undisturbed contact

    5. All of the above


Tentative Schedule is as follows:


Schedule for Barbara Harper Waterbirth Conference


8:00 -9:30am Registration and Coffee

8:00am-9:45am Exhibits Open

10:00am Introduction and Welcome and Sponsor Highlights

(Door Prizes Announced)

10:30am Primary Developmental Period of New Human Being

12:00-1:30pm Break for Lunch (On your own)

1:30-4:00pm  Requirements for Gentle Birth

5:30-6:30pm Exhibits Open to public and conference attendees

6:30-8:00pm Panel Discussion on Hydrotherapy and Waterbirth Open to Public


8:00am Exhibits Open

9:00am Waterbirth Workshop Part I

10:30am-10:45am Break (Door Prizes Announced During Break)

10:45am Workshop Resumes

12:00 Break for Lunch

1:00pm Exhibits Open

2:00pm Waterbirth Workshop Part II

3:30pm Break

3:45pm Workshop Resumes

5:00pm Workshop Wraps Up




Vision Educational Resources ABNP1039/exp3/19 approves Gentle Birth Conference, November 18th, 2016, for 6.6 contact hours 
Vision Educational Resources ABNP1039/exp3/19 approves Water Birth Certification Workshop, November 19th, 2016 for 6.6 contact hours
This Live activity, Gentle Birth Conference and Waterbirth Certification Workshop, with a beginning date of 11/18/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 11.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Safer Birth in Bama is a non-profit dedicated to improving birth outcomes in Alabama through education and promotion of integrated and evidence based models of care and practice across the state of Alabama.

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