Evidence shows that Birth ball education increased optimal outcomes and also promotes maternal self-efficacy and satisfaction. The Birth Ball classes create community as well as an opportunity for education regarding birth, fitness, optimal positioning, and basic birthing knowledge. This improves a mother’s self-advocacy and strengthens her resolve for natural unmedicated and unintervened birth. The education regarding the peanut ball is important as the evidence is strong for its use with epidural and optimal positioning.
Those who have taken this training have gone on to teach the clinic in their own hospital programs or as an addition to their Childbirth and /or perinatal fitness classes.
I wasn’t really sure which bullet to mark as I feel this could be a good subject for Concurrent sessions and Hands-on skilled sessions.
- Track: Collaboration
- Presentation Level: Beginner/Intermediate
- Identify and implement guidelines for safe use of the Birth and Peanut Ball
- Manipulate the maternal body to optimize fetal positioning during the 1st stage of labor
- Demonstrate two station appropriate movement techniques to increase pelvic diameters
- Offer comfort measures during 1st and 2nd stages of labor using either birth ball or peanut ball
- Improve overall patient/client satisfaction with staff and birth experience
Emily grew up all over the world while her father worked for the UN and US government. Her love for “all things to do with pregnancy” was sparked when she was just 13 after meeting a missionary midwife in Pakistan. Graduating from Addington Hospital School of Nursing and Midwifery School in South Africa, she has attended more than 700 births over her career in birth as nurse midwife and now as a doula. She believes it’s her privilege to be able to combine her passions of birth and fitness.
Emily has been active in the fitness, health and wellness world for more than 25 years as an educator, trainer, presenter, mentor, and magazine contributor. Her work in the Perinatal Fitness community has expanded over the years into mentorships and trainings for both medical providers and fitness professionals. She is the creator and founder of The 4th Trimester Fitness® Methods of Postpartum Recovery® Fitness and Birth Ball Basics. Both programs have been experienced by hundreds of perinatal women and obstetric care providers. She continues to train private clients, as well, and is known for her strengths in finding modifications and adaptations for clients with physical challenges. She believes “there is always a way to move, stretch, and strengthen” and enjoys the challenge of finding what works for each individual. The Education of her clients and trainees – whether in Fitness, Wellness, or Childbirth – has always been a priority, as well as her own continuing education.
In her work in the birthing community, Emily’s primary areas of focus: calm, peaceful, safe birthing environment; relaxation techniques; and optimal positioning of babies. She supports families in Home birth, Birth Center birth, and Hospital birth. She attends the full spectrum of birth, from unmedicated water-birth to epidural, multiples to VBAMC, and IVF to elective cesarean birth. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor. She believes it’s her privilege to support families in their healthy birthing choices and is honored to do so. No longer wearing the “Nurse Midwife’s cap,” Emily says that she proudly wears the “Doula Hat with a Midwife’s Eyes and Mother’s Heart.”