4b. Informed Choices: Medical Interventions, Procedures, and Cesareans (part 2)
In part 2 of the Informed Choices Class* families learn about Common Medical Interventions + Procedures in birth and Cesarean Sections. Learning more about these tools, and exploring your preferences in birth can support having more agency and felling less stress or fear. Families are encouraged to bring questions, to class, and together we role-play to practice informed consent + refusal in real-life scenarios. This exploration can help with adapting to the unexpected in birth and reducing the experience of trauma.
See our resources page for more information on procedures and interventions, their impacts on you and their role in birth.
*May only be taken in combination with Informed Choices part 1.
©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth
Trusting Our Truth (exercise)
Common Procedures + Interventions
- Induction and Augmentation
- Pharmacological Pain Relief
- Monitoring in Labor
- IV Fluids; Eating and Drinking in Labor
- Assisted Deliveries (vacuum + forceps)
- Vaginal / Cervical Exams
- Manual Perineal Massage + Episiotomies
- Perineal Repair after Birth
- The Process
- Getting to know the World of the OR
- Gentle/Family Centered Cesareans
- Healing + Help After a Cesarean
Practicing Consent + Refusal (exercise)
Trauma Awareness in Birth
- Creating Strategies for Known Triggers
- Learning our personal SOS signals:
-fight, flight + freeze
-signaling for help
Honoring Our Unique Path (exercise)
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Family Voices +Guided Meditation
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