Local Doula & Childbirth Educator on How Doulas Work with Midwives, Hands-On Labour Support, and Compassionate Use of Epidurals.
Speaker Series with Amanda Spakowski
About Amanda Spakowski, Doula & Prenatal Educator
Founder of The Nesting Place: Prenatal Classes & Doula Care, Amanda is a birth doula and a Birthing From Within educator. Her background in human biology (BSc), peer counseling, crisis intervention and assisting in home daycares has allowed her to bring an experienced and unique perspective to her classes and care. In addition to prenatal classes, Amanda also offers birth art workshops for parents and workshops for birth professionals who want to deepen their relationship with clients. Topics of these workshops include Birthing Biases, Birth Trauma Processing and Story Listening: The Art of Listening to Birth Stories. Her blog, TheNestingPlace.blog.com regularly publishes articles and information about pregnancy, birth and parenting topics that consider the range of experiences and emotions that arise during the transition to parenthood. Amanda is a contributing author of Bearing Witness: Childbirth stories told by doulas and a regulator contributor the Baby on the Way's monthly parent blog. She has been featured on CBC radio as a consultant on PTSD following childbirth and is an all-round cool kinda chick who tears it up at karaoke in her off time.
PLEASE NOTE All sessions in this series are being held at:
Thomas Lounge (Oakham House) 63 Gould Street @ Church St. PWYC at the Door Please Register: email@example.com
January 15 How Doulas and Midwives Work Together 6:00pm-8:00pm Thomas Lounge, Oakham House
In this first of a series of talks by Amanda, participants will explore the role & scope of a doula, the difference between a midwife and a doula, and what skills a doula has that midwives can draw on. Amanda will present evidenced-based research that shows how doulas help make for better birth outcomes, as well as doula 'specialties' like doulas who work with survivors of abuse. Participants will learn how doulas work with clients in early labour, as second attendants in remote locations, and how midwives can help to indentify when a client would benefit from having a doula. **In case of cancellation due to a birth, this session will run instead on January 18.
February 5 Hands-On Labour Support 6:00pm-10:00pm Thomas Lounge, Oakham House
As midwives, you'll learn to be experts in clinical care, but what will you do when your client is calling out "help me!" or "I can't do it anymore!"? You'll understand what the stages of labour are but what do they really look like and what do you DO to help them get through each stage? In this workshop you'll receive a deeper understanding of the experience of birth from your clients' perspective and learn hands on coping practices that will help your clients to relax into labour, let go of birth fear and move deeply into letting their bodies open to the process of birth. These practices include but are not limited to: verbal coaching, massage, acupressure, and positions. It will also build upon the previous session - how doulas and midwives can work together. **In case of cancellation due to a birth, this session will run instead on February 7th.
March 5 Compassionate Use of Epidurals 6:00pm-8:00pm Thomas Lounge, Oakham House
When I first started working in birth support, there was a part of me that felt that I had failed if one of my clients chose an epidural. It was difficult for me to tell the difference between my wanting my client to keep going in labour for her sake or for mine and this was a problem! Not only for me, but clearly for her too. I truly believe that whatever a birthing mother would feel supported by WILL make the biggest difference in her ability to identify her birth as being satisfying or traumatic - but how do I REALLY know if she's ready for an epidural when she's told me in pregnancy that she doesn't want one? Over the years, I've learned a number of tricks and strategies that has helped me to decipher this moment in birth and I've now put them together into this workshop to pass them on to YOU!
Epidurals are a hot topic, and we need to start there in our preparation to support clients toward or away from epidurals in their own deliveries. In this workshop, we'll first explore the cultural and personal associations that impact your relationship with epidurals. Only then can we begin a discussion about how to clearly interpret our clients around this topic and learn some simple and straight-forward methods of getting to the bottom of the question "Is she REALLY ready or is she just asking for more support?" You'll want to come to this workshop if:
You get all hot and bothered when you think about epidurals or the culture around epidurals
You're worried that one of your clients who intends not to have an epidural will have one and blame you
You're don't know what you'd do if your client is asking for an epidural but has told you in pregnancy that they didn't want one
You want to be able to navigate this situation with confidence and clarity
**In case of cancellation due to a birth, this session will run instead on March 8.