17. November 2019 - 9:00 till 17:00

Biomechanics of Birth, UK, Sunday, 17. November 2019

Molly O'Brien is a registered midwife with over 20 years of experience in both hospital andcommunity settings, witnessing over 1500 births. She was an associate lecturer at theUniversity of East Anglia (UEA) and recently became an associate lecturer at City UniversityLondon teaching biomechanics for birth as part of a Masters module on Optimal Birth.Her area of expertise is physiological birth, hypnobirth and waterbirth, but she also has awealth of experience in complex birth. She recently stepped back from clinical midwifery inan NHS midwife-led birth unit to focus on teaching and deepening her understanding of thebiomechanics of birth. She is an expert in normal, straightforward birth, and how to keep itthat way.
Molly teaches the physiology and anatomy of the pelvis, the synergy between maternal andfetal movement, positions and movements to help resolve long and obstructed labours and aset of non-invasive diagnostic techniques.She sets these skills in the context of the normal working environment for midwives,highlighting the way institutional pressures and conventions can make medical interventionalmost inevitable, discussing safe ways of reducing pressure to medicalise individual laboursand midwifery skills to more effectively identify and resolve malposition.

Biomechanics of Birth

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