Vaginal Breech Workshops
Our 2- and 3-day workshops will give you the skills and confidence to understand the normal mechanisms of breech birth, to know when to be hands-off and when to offer assistance, and to apply the appropriate maneuvers for women in both supine and upright positions. You will learn about outcomes for the baby and for the mother (both short- and long-term), and for the mother's future pregnancies and births.
The workshop includes 15+ hours of instruction and hands-on training by a breech researcher and an obstetrician who has attended breech births in both home and hospital settings and in both resource-poor and resource-rich countries.
The workshop is approved for CEUs/CMEs with ACNM, MEAC, DONA, ICEA, the Midwifery Council of New Zealand, and the EACCME.
We bring two obstetrical simulators to each workshop. We use Sophie and Her Mum simulators by MODEL-med of Australia. These, like all other obstetrical simulators, are designed for a dorsal lithotomy position. We at Breech Without Borders did some creative engineering to turn the simulators upside-down or, rather, right-side-up!
These photos of Ivory and Ebony show our simulators in a hands & knees or kneeling position.
David Hayes, MD
Dr. Hayes is an OBGYN with an academic background and a passion for science and its proper application to clinical medicine. He has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières and currently has a home birth practice in Asheville, NC. Physiologic breech birth and supporting the training of breech birth attendants are particular interests of his. You can find him at Harvest Moon Women's Health.
Rixa Freeze, PhD
Dr. Freeze has a PhD from the University of Iowa and is a researcher, professor, and mother of 4 young children. Her current research specialization is vaginal breech birth. She is the founder and president of Breech Without Borders and blogs at Stand and Deliver. She taught at Wabash College for 9 years and recently ended her university teaching to dedicate her time to Breech Without Borders.