Sometimes it seems like the whole discourse about the process of childbirth in our society has been condensed into the dichotomy of taking an epidural in childbirth vs. avoiding it. Recent studies have shown that women who planned on avoiding an epidural and ended up getting it, had higher chances to develop postpartum depression. The reason for this increase in PPD rates is due to mothers’ perception that they failed. In learning how to conduct the coaching conversation about the dilemma of taking or avoiding an epidural, you can create a major difference – you can distinguish truth from myths and fears from reality about labor pain, you can clarify your client’s motivation to take or avoid an epidural, and you may help her to align her beliefs around labor pain with her wishes and the actions she takes. We will also teach you some great coaching strategies to led your client to overcome moments of doubts and crisis during your birth, and to the coach her towards clarity and acceptance when needed in the postpartum visit.
In light of the high percentage of birthing moms who ends up taking an epidural in childbirth, it is time we learn to conduct the epidural coaching conversation. This conversation should take place prenatally, in order to facilitate clarity around the dilemma of epidural. It is also important for every birth doula or coach to know how to coach her clients through moments of doubt and crisis in order to avoid epidural during birth.
Here is what you can expect to learn:
- How to find the opening for the epidural conversation during the prenatal process.
- How to lead your client with questions toward clarity about her options, and the motivation to her decisions regarding pain medications and taking an epidural.
- How to lead your client to progress in a timely manner throughout her birth, and overcome moments of doubt and crisis.
- How to support your client’s progress after the administration of epidural.
- How to facilitate flexibility and acceptance in the postpartum visit, in order for the mother to be in peace with her decision to get the relief she needed during her birth.
In addition to the information regarding epidural, you will learn basic terminology and principles of coaching, which you can integrate in your practice.
“I absolutely LOVED your “Epidural” webinar! Thank you, very much! There were amazing tips I’ll want to use… Half of my clients had epidurals, and I’m afraid that I didn’t do everything for them that I could have. After the epidurals were administered, I wasn’t much use to them, and I think my closure visits were weak. At any rate: THANK YOU, VERY MUCH! In the doula spirit, Britt Hatch.
Please note – You’ll have 6 weeks access to the program after registration.
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