Recognizing and Handling Postpartum Hemorrhage:How to Prepare Yourself For This Rare Complication
Rarely, bleeding after birth becomes problematic.
What happens when a complication like bleeding after birth develops? Do you have the knowledge and skill to recognize and deal with what’s happening? Would you know how and when to refer care? Do you have a multi-dimensional perspective on this issue to help you REALLY walk with a woman in this place?
The midwifery textbooks don’t do a good enough job of illustrating what it’s like to handle a postpartum hemorrhage. There isn’t often enough focus on prevention, deeper emotional and physical issues, basic physiology and then OF COURSE resolving a hemorrhage at home, successfully! This complication is more than just the physical. We must use ALL parts of knowledge, intuition, our own inner work/fears/experience to truly serve the women who is bleeding after birth with calm wisdom and compassion.
If you don’t have these well rounded skills, and you are a midwife or a student midwife, you are missing out.
Midwifery nowadays HAS to be so much more than the emergency measures and the textbook protocol. We need to be able to think, use our intuition and our HEARTS to truly serve women; especially those that are experiencing bleeding after birth.
Learning about postpartum hemorrhage from a textbook can be really lame.
This is a scary complication that can feel so mysterious; what if we don’t handle it well? What if a woman in a midwife’s care bleeds too much after birth or we could have possibly prevented the bleed in the first place? Most of the information in these books come from the medical model, where complications are out of our control (as women and midwives) AND are random and only of the physical plane. If you are a midwife, or a student midwife, you deserve a more multidimensional approach to this topic.
You want to not only recognize complications, but prevent and treat (naturally if possible).
You want to have access to all the latest theory and information, research and numbers in combination with having looked at your own fears and hang ups. Caring for women, especially in stressful situations, requires that we have ALL the information available to us; on the inside and on the outside.
This will not be a boring class focused only on numbers and textbook solutions. This WILL be a class that asks you to dig deep within yourself and see each woman and potential hemorrhage for what it is.
A Long List of Multimedia Resources Focused on Building Your Skills and Confidence
We will be using videos, research, stories, discussions with your peers, assignments, journal entries, case studies and more to get to a place of confidence and peace with this potentially scary stuff.