About Evidence Based Birth®
Evidence-based care means that your healthcare is based on the most up-to-date medical research about what works best. Evidence-based care also means that you are informed accurately about risks and benefits of different options, so that you can make the best informed medical choices for your unique situation, taking into account your health care provider's expert opinion and experience as well as your own values, beliefs and priorities.
This seems intuitively the best way to approach birth, and it is how medical professional organizations mostly recommend doctors and midwives to practice. But in reality, it is not typically what happens in antenatal appointments or labor and delivery wards. Research has shown that there is a gap of 15-20 years between when the evidence becomes clear about best practices and when those practices become routine medical care! This means that, regardless of what you have learned in your antenatal classes and what you have put into your birth plan, the care you receive in most hospitals today is not going to be evidence-based.
Evidence Based Birth® is an organization started by Rebecca Dekker, an American nurse with her PhD who had a disappointing first birth. She had gone into the experience trusting her health care providers to do what was best for her and her baby, and her main goal was to be a "good" patient. The result was a shockingly medicalized approach to what she expected to be a normal life event, including a cascade of interventions which made her birth, her postnatal period, and the first months of motherhood extremely difficult. When she went back to look for the evidence behind the care she received, she found that none of it was medically necessary and most of it was known to be harmful. With her second baby, she approached everything entirely differently and managed to have a positive, evidence-based birth. She then dedicated herself to spreading the word to others and starting a revolution to bring evidence based birth to everyone in the world.
The Vision of Evidence Based Birth®
is to ensure that one day every pregnant person around the world will experience only the highest standard, most respectful and empowering childbirth care possible.
The Mission of Evidence Based Birth®
is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.
The Savvy Birth Workshop for Parents (3.5-hour workshop)
Are you looking forward to having a baby, but worried about all the unknowns, like 'how do I know if my wishes will be respected?' 'Will my birth plan be followed?' 'Can I avoid a traumatic birth experience, if I had one before?'
The Savvy Birth workshop for parents was developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give pregnant couples the confidence and know-how you need to have a more positive and empowering experience in the birthing room.
At the Savvy Birth Workshop, you'll learn ways to communicate effectively with your doctor, midwife, and nurse. You will discover strategies for asking questions without seeming disrespectful and you'll get the inside scoop on how to stack the odds in your favor of having a positive birth.
Unlike other childbirth antenatal classes, we will help you avoid the typical assembly-line care with six virtual "tickets!" These "tickets" are your secret advantage to coping with the unknowns of birth! At the workshop you'll find out how you can use these tickets in the hospital!
We are excited to offer the Savvy Birth Workshop to parents in the Dubai community. We believe that the knowledge you will gain from the Savvy Birth Workshop will leave you and your partner inspired, hopeful, and excited about the upcoming birth of your baby...ready to approach the big day with a savvy swing in your step!
The Savvy Birth Workshop does not replace Antenatal/Childbirth classes, but rather complements them. It does not cover the specifics of labor and birth, but instead helps you learn how to increase your likelihood of getting evidence based care in any typical hospital setting.
The Savvy Birth Workshop is taught by Amy Vogelaar, a former midwife, lactation consultant, licensed Evidence Based Birth® iInstructor, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm consultant, and Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor.
What you will learn:
Define evidence based care
Discuss the availability and pros/cons of local birth options
Practice respectful ways to talk with your provider
Discuss how partners, doulas and midwives/nurses can work together to provide labor support
Describe the benefits and limitations of birth plans
Discuss the human and legal rights of birthing persons
Any time during pregnancy is the right time to take this workshop, but the benefit of taking it in late first trimester or second trimester is so you will have plenty of time to engage your doctor or midwife in important discussions that will affect your care (and possibly your choice of provider).
You will receive:
Savvy birth handout
A link to a year of complementary access to an Evidence Based Birth's on-line parent's course by EBB founder Dr. Rebecca Dekker for review and a deeper dive into the subject of what is evidence based care and how to get it, including free access to their video, audio and pdf library of research summaries.
I was skeptical about the need for EBB in my pregnancy but I found it to be very powerful and soooo needed leading up to my labor experience. . . I was most impacted by the example of the reply “we do this for baby” or “this is just safer” as a dismissive explanation when a mom inquires about anything while in pregnancy, labor or postpartum — I have personally had this occur and then experienced ramifications of taking that as a satisfactory answer.
The Savvy Birth PRO Workshop for Birth Workers (3.5-hour workshop)
Are you passionate about evidence based care, but regularly witness hospital policies taking precedence over your client's choice? It can be frustrating to watch clients receive care that isn’t based on research and not quite know how to help.
The Savvy Birth Pro Workshop (3 contact hours pending--Kentucky Nursing Association hours) was developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give professionals the skills you need to make a genuine difference and help your clients attain the best possible chance at evidence based care during pregnancy and labor.
The 3-hour Savvy Birth Pro Workshop will prepare you to better help your clients assert their right to evidence based care in a respectful way that builds bridges, not walls. We believe the inspirational knowledge you will gain from the Savvy Birth Pro Workshop will have a positive ripple effect that extends to your clients, the professionals you work with, and your community!
You’re no longer alone in the quest to help more families receive respectful, high quality maternity care! The Savvy Birth Pro Workshop does more than provide great skills; it creates a strong community of connected professionals who together share this important mission.
This Savvy Birth Pro Workshop is taught by Amy Vogelaar, Licensed Midwife (Washington state, USA), IBCLC lactation consultant, licensed EBB instructor and co-founder of Love Parenting UAE. Amy is a highly experienced educator and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in health education and the pre and post natal field.
Who is the Savvy Birth Pro Workshop for?
Birth Professionals: Childbirth Educators, Registered Midwives, Registered Nurses, Physicians, Naturopathic Doctors, Doulas, Perinatal Support Workers, Lactation Consultants, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Psychotherapists, and more. If you work with pregnant people, this workshop is for you.
Contact hours (pending): By attending the workshop and completing an online evaluation, you will may be able to earn a certificate for 3 contact hours from Evidence Based Birth®, a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. Nursing contact hours can be applied to most childbirth educator and doula certifications, as well as the Certified Professional Midwife credential.
Define evidence-based care and discuss statistics on the quality of birth settings in our local community
Discuss the major reasons why we have an evidence-practice gap, including the power hierarchy and how it is a barrier to evidence-based, family-centered care
Discuss ways that we can bridge the evidence-practice gap at the system level
Discuss specific strategies we can use to help our clients obtain evidence-based care.
If you represent a group of birth workers and would like to host a session, please let us know and special pricing arrangements can be made.
It breaks my heart to work with a pregnant couple and provide them all the information and support for them to decide that they want a particular kind of birth, only to have their providers in the hospital run roughshod over their entire birth plan and convince them that every intervention was an absolute necessity, even when both mother and baby were perfectly healthy. I often feel I am sending "lambs to slaughter" when my couples go into some hospitals, and I am happy to have more skills and strategies to help them get the care they want and deserve.