Reviews of our hybrid workshops
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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."
Brandy Ross, ND, LM
Moonrise Health and Birth / Seattle, WA
This course was so worth it. The amount of literature review, dispelling common breech myths, and the hands-on practice...it was the best breech training I've done (I've had a few). I learned new maneuvers that MAKE SENSE!
Westminster MD, USA
The hybrid Breech Pro Workshop was simply superb! The academic material is well presented and one has plenty of opportunity to review the materials. The twice monthly Q&A sessions with videos are invaluable. The hands-on workshop, where we could practice the skills using lifelike mannikins, was excellent. Our errors were corrected on the spot. Dr. Hayes and Rixa Freeze, PhD, make this important knowledge straight-forward for our mastery. Every birth worker should take this course!
Devin Bailey-Nicholas, Student Midwife, Doula
Community Birth Companion / Opelousas, LA
As a Midwife Apprentice working towards my goal of CPM, having the knowledge and skill of breech birth as part of my tool box is a necessity. The online and hands-on instruction is very thorough. I really benefited from the virtual meetings that occurred where we could discuss topics in breech with both Dr. Rixa and Dr. David. I highly recommend this training to anyone working with pregnant women and their families.
Darcie Juarez ND
The Family Doc / Portland OR
I am so grateful to have found Breech Without Borders. Now I understand that the literature on vaginal breech delivery does not support the virtual moratorium on vaginal breech in the US. I now have a framework for what is normal in a breech delivery, and how to address issues as they arise. Thanks to this class, vaginal breech delivery is no longer a scary unknown.
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.
Nicole Bendotoff, CPM/LDM
Portland, OR, USA
This workshop was incredibly informative and useful. The hands-on portion combined with all the video footage gave a comprehensive review of how to manage physiologic breech birth. It is a skill that is being lost in many areas, so it feels important to maintain this knowledge. I would highly recommend this course to any midwife or obstetrician! I am hopeful breech birth in the hospital setting will be offered at some point.
Kelly Traurig, Student Midwife
Acorn Community Birth & Wellness Center / CA, USA
After completing the course, I feel less intimidated by breech birth. I feel more equipped to recognize the signs of normal vs abnormal descent and rotation, and enjoyed being able to practice maneuvers with Dr. Hayes and Betty-Anne Daviss. I look forward to taking the course again in the future to refresh myself, and learn any updated techniques.
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!
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.
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!
Marilee Pinkleton, CPM
Heartsong Midwifery / Delaware & Maryland, USA
Did you know frank breech presentation used to be considered the least favorable breech presentation? Did you know what is considered a footling breech is most likely a dropped foot from a complete or incomplete breech presentation? Me either!
I would highly recommend taking the Breech Pro course to learn about this and other information and techniques pertinent to breech birth.
Even if you do not attend breech birth you might, one day, have a surprise one! Having knowledge to help facilitate these little ones' births could be lifesaving.
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.
Heather Mena, CNM
This was a fantastic opportunity to dive into an unknown realm and now I feel much more knowledgeable about the topic of breech and feel more competent to manage myself in an emergent situation. This should be included in every midwifery education program.
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.
Christine Russell, CPM
Balanced Essential Living Midwifery / PA, USA
This course was so well done and extremely helpful in reinforcing the various techniques and maneuvers to be able to safely guide Breech birth. I feel so much more confident now in continuing to attend breech birth as a midwife.
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
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.
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.
I found the background information and presentations on the research to be very clarifying in understanding how we got to where we are today with breech skills being lost. I found the information on breech presentations to be very clear and helped me to understand how it is very rare for a full term baby to be a footling presentation. I learned so much from the video simulation instruction and practice with the doll and pelvis. This combined with the in person simulation was invaluable. I wish this education was a part of every maternity care student and care providers education and continuing education,
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!
Dhyana Heller, CPM LM
Harmony Birthing / PA, USA
The amount of time put into every aspect of teaching is kind of overwhelming in the ability of the presenters understanding how to teach what is needed to know. The maneuvers and mechanics, clinical aspects of physiological vaginal breech birth, along with the repetition, was so helpful. The stress I felt to learn during the sessions dissipated as I moved along and I actually wouldn't mind taking the course again for a now more relaxed experience.
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!
New Jersey and Life's Journey Doula Services / NJ, USA
A topic I have always been fascinated with is breech. I personally never understood why this position is feared in the US. I was shocked to learn that there are barely any providers/hospitals that will "allow" a breech presentation birth. I learned about Breech Without Borders and I KNEW I needed to take their course.
I co-hosted a training and am so glad we put the effort in to make the event happen. I have learned so much from this course! I am excited to be able to offer this to expecting parents in the future. I hope medical providers jump on born and normalize breech birth again!