Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

BirthNet’s Speakers Bureau is a service that brings birth professionals, like midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, consumer advocates and others to interested audiences.

Our topics can be tailored to fit your particular needs.  We are pleased to provide you with speakers for schools, media programs, workshops and in-services, and community groups.

We would appreciate receiving your request two weeks in advance. We request, but do not require, a donation of $25 to $50 to help cover expenses.

Speaker Topics
Please contact us for a more detailed description or to ask us to tailor a program to meet your special needs.

 

Middle Schools & High Schools

  • History of Childbirth
  • History of Midwifery
  • Maternity Care Professions
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Physiology of Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Care in Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Impacts of Birth Practices on Infants & Breastfeeding
  • Workshops & In-Service Programs
  • Pregnancy & Birth Support
  • Midwives & the Midwives Model of Care
  • Doulas & Labor Support
  • Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative & Designation
  • Birth Practices & Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Evidence-Based Care & Medical Interventions
  • Pain Relief
  • Out of Hospital Birth

Workshops & In-Service Programs

  • Pregnancy & Birth Support
  • Midwives & the Midwives Model of Care
  • Doulas & Labor Support
  • Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative & Designation
  • Birth Practices & Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Evidence-Based Care & Medical Interventions
  • Pain Relief
  • Out of Hospital Birth

 

Community Groups & College Classes

  • Above topics
  • Mother-Friendly Care
  • Midwives Model of Care
  • Pregnancy & Childbirth as Normal Processes
  • Overview of Maternity Care
  • Why Birth Matters
  • Out-of-Hospital Birth
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Biology, Physiology, & Health
  • Choices During the Childbearing Year
  • Childbirth as a Women’s Issue
  • Maternity Care & Reproductive Health

      

Detailed Sample Topics

Below is a more detailed sampling of the topics BirthNet speakers can address:

Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative — as a means for designating facilities, educating, and analyzing maternity care.

The Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative, with its Mission statement, Principles, and Ten Steps, provides a measurable, evidence-based outline for care during childbirth.   This Initiative is used as the basis for designating birth services, as an education tool, and as a means for examining maternal child health programs.

 

Midwifery and the Midwives Model of Care — what midwives do and what the Midwives Model of Care involves, how to find a midwife, different types of midwives.

Midwives are the safest birth attendants for most women, but few women know very much about them or the type of care they provide.  The Midwives Model of Care differs considerably from the more common medical model.

 

Doulas— what doulas do and how they help women and their families, how to find them.

Doulas are professional labor supporters, who help pregnant and birthing women and their partners during the pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum experiences.

 

Childbirth Educators — different approaches to childbirth education, how to find childbirth class.

Childbirth education is often the primary source of information for pregnant women and their partners, and may be the only place where they learn about their options.  Too often, however, educators prepare women less for childbirth and more for a particular hospital or provider’s policies and procedures.

 

Out of Hospital Birth — birthing centers or home births as alternatives to hospital birth, what to consider, barriers to those options.

While the World Health Organization recommends that most women give birth out of the hospital, in residences or birthing centers, most births in the US take place in hospitals.

 

Birth Options as Reproductive Rights — Birth options include the choice of care provider and place of birth — in or out of the hospital; barriers to those options.

Too often, the concept of reproductive rights ends with the decision about whether or when to have a child, but does not extend into the act of reproducing.

 

History of Maternity Care — How maternity care has evolved over the last century; the change from midwifery care and homebirth to obstetric care and hospital birth.

One hundred years ago, women routinely gave birth at home with midwives.  Over the course of the last century, birth was taken out of the home and midwives were driven out of maternity care. Contrary to popular belief, this did not necessarily improve childbirth for most women or babies.

 

Birth Interventions — Impact of the many typical practices and medications.

Nearly all women giving birth in the US are subjected to some level of technological or medical intervention, most of which are not supported by research evidence.  Most women are not aware of the appropriate use of these interventions, when each is necessary, and the risks, benefits, and alternatives for themselves, their babies, and their labors.