Reviews of our hybrid workshops

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Shieila Offord

Lafayette, LA

This workshop was everything I imagined and more. Dr. Hayes shared some awesome knowledge with us. I enjoyed his scenarios because he provided detailed reasoning for every method, which allowed us to determine what the safest route was for every simulation. This was an amazing experience!

Charlotte Shilo- Goudeau LM, CPM, EBB(r) Instructor, CBE, CD

Pick Your Own Birthing Experience / Maringouin, LA, USA

I would highly recommend Breech Without Borders to all birthing hospitals, OB-GYNs, midwives, nurses and/ or any other qualified maternal healthcare professional that is looking for an EVIDENCE BASED option to lowering their c-section rates, lowering their transport rates, decreasing maternal/infant mortality and morbidity rates, improving the quality of provider and client relationships, and becoming confident in how to safely and skillfully manage a physiological breech birth. This is a lifetime investment to improving the quality of birth, life and the "STATE OF OUR MATERNITY CARE SYSTEM."

Kim Woodard Osterholzer, CPM, RM, LM

Colorado Springs Midwifery Services

This was my second time through a Breech Without Borders course in the last year and you know what? I know I'll take the course again!

The Hybrid Course (Breech Pro + hands-on simulation training) is excellent. The fifteen hours of on-line instruction is incredible, as well as available to attendees for fully a year. I actually liked the on-line instruction better than I did the previous in-person instruction. I was able to pause, rewind, and replay the material to my heart's content!

Hannah and I took turns following along with the doll and pelvis demonstrations with our own doll and pelvis--pausing and replaying each section till we felt we had a handle on the maneuvers: how to perform them as well as when to perform them.

Our hands-on sessions with David Hayes were purely amazing! We practiced, we made blunders, we were corrected, we practiced, we improved, we practiced, we were further corrected, we practiced, we improved further, we practiced, we practiced, we practiced!

If you're a birthworker--a midwife or a doctor--you can scarcely afford to miss such an unequalled opportunity to master this art. For so many complicated reasons, hardly any of us are granted the chance to learn how to watch over the births of breech babies, let alone how to watch safely and well.

But the chance we'll make it through the courses of our careers without coming face-to-face with a little rump or set or two of tiny toes is unlikely.

We absolutely owe it to those we're called upon to serve to know what to do when we do one day see that rump or those tiny toes.

It's hard to describe how good it feels to know I'm prepared for such a day.

Jen Holland, CPM, LDM

Fig Midwifery / Oregon

I had taken another breech training before Breech Without Borders', so I expected this course to feel like a refresher. I realized from the pre-course assessment that I still had so much to learn about vaginal breech birth! This course covers the normal breech birth and encourages a hands off approach when everything is going as it should, and clearly teaches the signs that something isn't working and what exactlly to do about it. 

Dr. Hayes says that one advantage to a breech birth over a cephalic is that the baby tells you exactly what is going on with their arms and head by the way their body descends and rotates; all the information you need is right in front of you. 

The hands-on portion gives an opportunity to understand how much force may be required to do the maneuvers, and to build muscle memory. It is clear from the online and in-person portions that Drs Hayes and Freeze have a deep trust of the birth process. I will take the refresher over and over again. Thank you for this excellent resource!

Shannon Mitchell, CPM, LM

Exhale Birth Services / Carnation, WA, USA

When I attended the in-person workshop in 2019, I told so many people that it was the most informative workshop that I had ever attended. Yesterday's hybrid workshop equaled it. 

I have been to so many trainings and often feel like it's a rehash of what we already know. This was not only relevant, it was responsive and it was hands-on in an accurate manner. As a provider, it was amazing. As a person who supports others, it gave me ways to explain things in a whole new light. Totally worth it.

Erin Kershaw, BS, RN, DEM

Beautiful Beginnings Home Birth / Doylestown, PA

Breech Without Borders' hybrid breech workshop is by far the most in-depth, evidence-based course on vaginal breech birth that I've taken in years. The doctors provide wonderful education on normal breech birth and exactly what to do when a deviation occurs. 

The didactic portion is amazing alone, but the hands-on experience with the doctors is an excellent way to use that knowledge and really get the maneuvers. Thank you Drs. Hayes and Freeze! 

Tiffany Miller CPM, RM

Preparing for Birth / Colorado Springs, CO

I have to hand it to Breech Without Borders and their ability to adapt to the pandemic climate in order to keep vaginal breech skills alive. I was impressed with the thorough, clear instruction in the online portion (which I viewed with my fellow midwives ahead of time), and with the in-person training.

I went from a very basic academic understanding of breech birth as a newer midwife to feeling a measure of realistic confidence that if I am surprised by a breech baby, I will have the skills and muscle memory necessary to help the baby be born as safely as possible, all thanks to Breech Without Borders' hybrid training. 

The best part is that I feel confident in practicing the skills I've learned on a regular basis with my peers, even without Dr. Hayes, to continue to integrate the academic knowledge with my muscle memory. I am profoundly grateful for their willingness to travel and train us! Breech Without Borders' hybrid training is a gift.

Shari Long Romero, DNP, CNM

Peace, Love, & Shari / Greenwood Village, CO

Breech Without Borders offers complete didactic courses to inform the beginning student and the seasoned professional about the intricacies, history, related skills and tools, risks and benefits of vaginal breech birth. Being able to use tactile senses to cement these invaluable competencies while witnessing the same during critical case presentations from our peers rounded out an incredible interactive experience that is far beyond the ordinary continuing education program. 

Whether a clinician plans to incorporate breech birth into their practice or not, this course will help guide you through the thought process, decision tree, informed consent with clients, and ultimately through an emergent situation or planned vaginal breech birth. I highly recommend Breech Without Borders. 

Cheryl Edinbyrd, CPM

The Tree of Life Birth Counseling & Wellness / TX, USA

It was awesome. The hands-on after the online study helped make things come together. Hoping we could start having two trainings a year in Dallas, TX. 

Beth Oster, CPM, LM

This Moment Midwifery / MI, USA

This course can and will be literally life changing to the mothers and babies who have the privilege of having or finding a provider who has advanced their knowledge and skills to be able to support and provide breech options. This should be a required course for all birth professionals.

Maya Horrocks, LM, CPM

Peninsula Midwives / WA, USA

What an incredible course this is. So much incredible information packed in here and very applicable to informed consent conversations as well as clinical practice. I absolutely dream of being able to confidently offer home breech births to those that are seeking this option. I may not be quite there yet but this course has really knocked down the door and pulled me through!

Tara Compehos, CPM

Hawai'i, USA

This course was fantastic. The evidence was presented thoroughly and fairly with the intention of enabling us to deliver true informed consent to our clients. My favorite part was the hands-on techniques and clinical decision-making. The use of clarity, repetition, and simplification communicated the skills well. I am much more confident in my breech skills having attended this course.

Jennifer Green, CPM

Colorado City, CO, USA

This training helped to assuage much of the fear I had surrounding vaginal breech birth. Rixa presented the data so clearly, and I really enjoyed the many birth videos included in the online portion. I love the work this organization is doing to empower providers to offer options to women carrying breech babies!

Linda Legault MSN, CNM, APRN

In Bloom Birth and Wellness / Melbourne, FL, USA

This class was excellent. The research helps to understand the why of the fear surrounding breech birth, the evidence and best practice. The videos and discussion are empowering and so useful to get a sense of the cardinal movements. The discussion and hands on is superb for enforcing the material and allowing for questions. 

Dr. Hayes was great at the simulation and spent lots of time explaining. I feel so empowered and confident that if there were a complication during a VBB I could handle it. The follow up with the live trainings is awesome to reinforce the knowledge each month.

Thank you for all you do to help reteach the breech. It is so needed. I am inspired. 

Anonymous

Director, Doula & Midwifery school

I was so impressed with every aspect of the course. The videos were wonderful and I learned a boatload before I ever attended.

I know in this Covid world we like to think everything can be done on zoom and with videos, but the hands-on portion of this course proved that theory incorrect. 

The hands-on was vital for understanding the material, practicing it, and getting a real feel for what a breech really feels like. The Sophie and Her Mum model was amazing and it is on my "hope to figure out how to pay for someday" list--I teach a doula and midwifery school.

Sharon Morgan LM, CPM, CNC

New Song New Life / MI, USA

This class was life-changing. The class not only taught what to do for a breech delivery, it taught how to reason through a breech delivery. After taking this class I do not feel like a robot simply doing what I am told--I GET IT. I understand what is happening and I can adapt to the needs of the situation. This class essential.

Samantha Mehaffey

Your Cherished Birth / Battle Creek, MI, USA

I absolutely LOVE BWB! I took the class originally at a lovely small farm in Kansas, and refreshed my skills in the hands-on only training here in Michigan. As always the instructor was kind, refreshing, and very informative, as well as humorous. 

I have yet to have the opportunity to try these skills out, but I refresh my memory on them monthly and look forward to the opportunity to help a mom who wants a vaginal birth but has a breech baby. I feel confident (but not cocky) that when the time comes, the skills this organization has taught me will be extremely useful and easily pulled to memory.

Kendice Hartnell

NOVA Birth Services / TN, USA

Exceeded My Expectations

This was an incredible course. I did the hybrid training (online course with a hands-on workshop) and it was perfect for my busy schedule. I liked having access to the online course for a year so I could review and really lock down this skill. The trainers are very knowledgeable and excellent teachers. I highly recommend this course for all birth attendants.

Anonymous, student midwife

Houston, TX

This training was so educational. All birth workers should have this course in their tool kit. The instructors are beyond knowledgeable on the subject and the simulators are amazing to work with. I will definitely do a refresher once I officially become a midwife.

Debbie Conklin

Your Birth Matters Doula Services / USA

I really enjoyed this workshop. Actually being hands-on helped me so much. I am a tactile learner, and this was so helpful for me.

Andrea Hahn RN, CD(DONA)

Unionville, MI, USA

This class was excellent. It completely changed how I view the safety of breech birth. The hands on portion was very helpful. 

Sondra Bolzman, CPM

Homespun Beginnings / MI, USA

The video sessions were very educational and informative. However, my favorite part was the hands on session. Dr. Hayes was so encouraging and supportive.

Krista ODea, student midwife

NJ, USA

What an excellent course. Breech Pro is an extensive breech course that covers everything from current research findings to hands-on training. Be prepared to dedicate 20 or so hours to complete the online portion of the course. 

Although it is a long course, it is so worth the time and effort! The information is detailed and explained at length. Videos accompany some of the lectures which really helps to piece everything together. 

Lastly, the hands-on training is phenomenal! I love having the opportunity to practice what I learned from the lectures and videos. 

A truly amazing course! I recommend it to all birth workers looking to advance their skills and gain knowledge in breech births.

Brandie Hawthorne, Student Midwife

VA, USA

I enjoyed the combination of hybrid and hands on training. Dr David was a phenomenal teacher. I would recommend this workshop to ALL birth professionals!

Natalie Wommack LM, CPM

Katy Birth Center / Katy, TX, USA

I happened to do the Madison Breech Conference and was offered to take the hands-on training during the Houston tour.

Both were great, good information and explanations. My understanding from my partners who did Breech Pro was that it was more succinct and focused toward online training, whereas the Madison Breech was a conference that was filmed and adapted for online. There were lots of opportunities for practice with online demonstrations (thank you Rixa!). 

The hands-on portion was the best!! Practicing with the models is so important, such a different feel, giving a much more realistic idea of how the baby is positioned and moves with the maneuvers when needed. Dr Hayes was amazing in person! Thank you for Dr. Hayes and Rixa for the great job you are doing and for your availability to practitioners for questions and real life needs.

Thank you to everyone at Breech Without Borders for making this needed and practical education available to all who want it!