4b. Informed Choices: Medical Interventions, Procedures, and Cesareans (part 2)

In part 2 of the Informed Choices Class* learn about Common Medical Interventions + Procedures in birth. Through role-play exercises, practice informed consent and refusal and family advocacy. Discuss strategies for adapting to the unexpected in birth and reducing experiences of trauma. 

See syllabus below for a complete list of class topics.

*May only be taken in combination with Informed Choices part 1.:


  • 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 and forceps supported births)
    • Vaginal / Cervical Exams
    • Manual perineal massage and episiotomies
    • perineal repair after birth
  • Cesarean Births
    • What to expect
    • Protecting your birth experience
    • Gentle/Family Centered Cesareans
  • Practicing Consent + Refusal (exercise)
  • Trauma Awareness in Birth
    • Creating Strategies for Known Triggers
    • Learning our signals:
           fight, flight + freeze
  • Honoring Our Journey (exercise)
Class Homework
  • Continue working on your birth plan / preferences document
  • Review the Supporting Family Advocacy worksheet
  • Review “Strategies for Specific Triggers of Anxiety in Childbirth” worksheet
  • Choose a meditation from your workbook or Open Circle YouTube that helps you feel centered or relaxed to practice 2x this week
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-M., Providence

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-S., Providence