Birth is one intimate moment in a person's body story. Women and birth workers are immersed in a culture preoccupied with weight, body size and food. Our clients trust us with not only the intimate experience of childbirth but with their naked bodies during a profoundly vulnerable time. How we engage our clients in dialogues about this experience prenatally, during the birth, and in the postpartum period is critically important to the work we do as birth workers.
What do you tell your client when she texts you to complain that she was told her weight gain might make her baby be stillborn? How do you support a client when she's coming out of her prenatal visits crying and feeling ashamed? Wondering how mainstream dialogues around weight, health and beauty impact the management of pregnancy? In this workshop we will explore how to support your clients with evidence based research and a critical eye towards the management of weight during pregnancy. Further we will discuss how personal ideologies around food and body might impact the ways in which we support our clients. Specifically, we will:
Decode cultural messages about health and weight
Reflect on our own body stories to become more aware of personal biases, beliefs and ideologies regarding body size (share what you feel comfortable with)
Analyze evidence based research on weight gain, pregnancy, and birth outcomes
Learn how to promote a body positive space for our clients
* 4 CEU's are available for this workshop
If you are called to a birth the morning of the workshop, we are happy to offer a refund.
Art by Madeleine Ignon