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About this course

Hi I am Tessa Sanderson and I will be taking you through this course "Biomechanics in Birth online training" 2 HOURS CPD

How can you empower your pregnant clients to use upright positions in light of the OASI (Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury) care bundle?

Would you like to be able to teach simple biomechanics to your pregnant clients to demystify why different positions support labour?  Learn how to use simple analogies to show them how little changes can protect their perineum.

We will look at how to decrease pressure on the pelvic floor through positions and breathing that we can easily incorporate into our classes and workshops.

One of the effects of the research that created the Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) care bundle, is that Manual Perineal Protection (MPP) has increased in some settings as best practice.  For MMP, health professionals want to visualise (be able to see) the perineum, which can impact on choices for labour positions.

Through my role in my local Maternity Voices Partnership, I hear women saying that they feel that they have less choice about using upright postures as a result of this care bundle.

In a critical review of the OASI bundle (Thornton and Dahlen 2020), it’s stated, “The evidence from randomised trials, and systematic reviews, is that perineal guarding and other manoeuvres are ineffective or even harmful, and potentially restrict maternal choice of birth position”.

As pregnancy yoga teachers we are in a great position to empower and inform women so that they can CHOOSE perineal protection or avoid the need for it through understanding the biomechanics of the birthing body.

Join me for this course that contains a mix of video & written content for you to digest in your own time.

Tessa is our Prenatal Yoga Trainer and has been teaching pregnancy yoga for over 15 years.  She has a PhD in Medical Sociology and believes that while evidence-based practice is important the evidence base must be sound and looked at within the wider context.  She is facilitating the Birth Preparation for Couples workshop training in January and February 2021.