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New childbirth assistant training and certification program from IH/IBP.

IH/IBP is pleased to announce its new program for childbirth assistant training and certification. The new 2-1/2 day workshop and certification program has been developed by Catherine Stone with input from many women working as birth assistants. As this profession has evolved, we have shifted the emphasis of our training from helping a midwife to including many more practical skills for working with women in hospital settings and establishing your practice. However, we remain unique in giving participants the option of learning such "hands-on" skills as listening to fetal heart tones and monitoring labor progress, important skills to have when labor sitting a woman at home prior to going to the hospital.

Women who have formerly taken the birth assistant training workshop with IH/IBP can attend the new workshop and apply for certification for a reduced fee, or it is possible to request the certification packet if you are unable to attend the new workshop. See particulars at the end of this article.

Skills You Will Learn

The IH/IBP birth assistant training and certification program is distinguished by its foundation in the practical skills of midwifery and homebirth as the standard for normal birth. This means that the training stresses confidence in a woman's body to birth normally, confidence in the process of birth itself, and recognition of the value of a knowledgeable and supportive woman to help facilitate birth which is free from unnecessary interventions. Laboring women who feel confident and supported are much more likely to achieve satisfying outcomes in a hospital setting than are women without such support.

To help develop a holistic framework in which to practice, the IH/IBP training stresses the range of needs of the childbearing family. The training not only includes the anatomy and physiology of normal and complicated labors and births, but also the psychological and emotional considerations of working in such an intimate situation.

You will be taught such practical skills as taking a comprehensive history relevant to pregnancy with an eye to lessening psychological as well as physical risk factors, assessing vital signs during labor, sterile technique, urinalysis, fetal palpation, basic vaginal examination, monitoring fetal heart tones, and examining the placenta. The "soft" skills of communication, team-building, and the art of negotiation will also be addressed, including such topics as: how to provide your services while being sensitive to the relationship between the mother and her partner, how to clarify expectations, how to help a couple deal with an unexpected birth outcome, and how to work with and be respected by other healthcare professionals.

What You Will Receive

* A bound volume of instructional and resource materials * A copy of From Start to Finish ... A Practical Guide

for Your Labor Support Business, by Barbara Ross

Ellis * A pre-test to use as a self-evaluation prior to the

workshop * The required reading list * A year's membership with IH/IBP with 4 issues of the

quarterly newsletter Special Delivery * The option to earn certification through taking the

certification exam and completing the birth evaluation

forms. Certified birth assistants will be listed

with the national office, which receives numerous

requests for referrals. * The option of joining either or both of the national

organizations as a certified birth assistant: Doulas of

North America (DONA) or Birth Support Providers

International (BSPI); fee not included.

What You Will Need for Certification

* Attendance at the 2-1/2 day workshop * Completion of the required reading list * Infant CPR certification * Your written evaluations of 6 births you have attended * Written evaluations from 3 women you have attended

or worked with, depending on setting (i.e., 3

laboring mothers; 2 midwives and one RN, etc.) * Successful completion of the written exam.

You can take up to a year from the date of your application to complete the above certification requirements for no additional fee; if you need longer than that, you will need to renew your membership in IH/IBP at $25/year to receive or maintain your certification. Friday evening session (7:00 pm - 10:00pm): * Registration and introductions * Roles definition: What is a Certified Birth Assistant? * Ethical considerations * Scope of practice; services offered; structure of

practice Saturday's sessions (9:00 am - 6:00 pm): * Values clarification: whom do you wish to serve? * Knowing your client: history-taking, significance of

data, sensitivity and safety * Clarifying your role: mutual expectations, boundaries,

birth planning * Working in hospital and birth center settings: information

on technology and diplomacy * Conflict management and prevention: adversarial

versus team-building situations * Working within a private practice: clarifying your

role; what to do in the face of conflicting philosophies * Hands-on techniques: urinalysis; fetal heart tones and

palpation; blood pressure; gestational calculations;

pelvic exam; sterile technique; placental exam Sunday's sessions (9:00 am - 6:00 pm): * Understanding labor and birth * Assisting with normal labors and births * Supportive techniques * Assessment techniques * Complicated labors and births * Explanation of common complications * Your role in these situations * Postpartum: your role in assisting in this critical

period * Role playing * Setting up your practice * Community/network building * Closing: formulating your plan for the future

The Program and Its Instructors

The IH/IBP birth assistant training and certification program offered in 1993 has been developed by Catherine Stone with input from numerous women who are actively working as birth assistants. Catherine Stone has worked as a birth assistant since 1978, and has trained hundreds of birth assistants throughout the country. She holds a Masters of Arts in Perinatal Psychology and is also active as a childbirth educator and apprentice midwife in Sonoma, California.

The workshop is taught by one of several women who are dynamic teachers as well as active birth assistants. They have all been trained by Catherine, who oversees the program. The national office or your local sponsor will provide information on your instructor as well as the workshop location and particulars about accommodations, etc. For dates of upcoming workshops, see the calendar on page 21.


The complete tuition for the program is $385, which includes the option to earn certification. All prices are US funds; a payment plan is available. Past graduates of our training who wish to attend the new program and become certified may do so for $150. If you are unable to attend a second workshop, but wish to complete the certification requirements, the cost for the certification packet is $50. Please write or call IH/IBP for a complete brochure and application.
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Title Annotation:Birth Assisting; Informed Homebirth/Informed Birth & Parenting
Publication:Special Delivery
Date:Dec 22, 1992
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