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 a practical session where you will try out positions and think about how you can incorporate visuals into your class.
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About the facilitator: Tessa Sanderson
Tessa runs the Annual State of Birth Symposium. She runs Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga Training in Birth Trauma, Biomechanics and Birth Preparation. She 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 author of "Birth Pearls Wisdom" and is an internationally recognised pregnancy and postnatal yoga specialists and regularly features in a variety of birth related podcasts.