We have built workshops to help student midwives and doulas who are new to practice deepen their understanding in areas that our midwives have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. Our workshops aim to extend your knowledge base by combining theory and practical skills to help you support and communicate with women and their families.
We aim to give you confidence in these essentials as you begin your career.
Our presenters are all MAMA midwives and are passionate about creating a safe and inclusive learning space where there’s no such thing as a silly question.
Using Water for Labour & Birth
In this workshop you will learn practical skills and ways to support a client using water in labour and birth. We will cover:
- Benefits of water immersion
- How can women access water birth
- Supporting women to labour and birth in the pool
- Waterbirth safety
- Managing obstetric emergencies in the water
- Sterile water injections
- Hydration and bladder care
Kensington – Fri 20 Jan – 6-8pm
Hampton – Fri 21 July – 6-8pm
In this workshop, experienced homebirth midwives will teach you all about homebirth. We will cover:
- Why homebirth?
- Optimum conditions for supporting physiological birth
- Homebirth safety, guidelines and stats
- How we manage emergencies in the homebirth scenario.
- What equipment do Midwives bring
- How women access homebirth
- How to work in homebirth
Hampton – Thu 16 Feb- 2-5pm
Kensington – Wed 16 Aug – 3-6pm
Supporting Physiological Labour & Birth in the Victorian Maternity System
This workshop is aimed at any student who has felt like they have not been able to support a woman to have a physiological birth in the Victorian maternity system. This is all of us.
In this workshop we will explore ways we can work within the system and still assist women to avoid the cascade of intervention we are all so familiar with.
- How do we inform women of the risks and benefits of certain procedures when there are time pressures? When others with seniority in the room? When conflicting information being given?
- Physiology of labour and how to support this
- Alternative options to some medical interventions
- Working with pain
- Evidence around CTG’s
- Supporting informed decisions
- Managing hospital guidelines
- Improving collaboration and learning between different roles
We will workshop conversations you can have and talk about past experiences you may have had in these situations.
Kensington – Wed 22 March – 3-6pm
Hampton – Fri 30 Jun 6-9pm
Hampton – Wed 27 Sept – 4:30-7:30pm
Kensington – Wed 6 Dec- 3-6pm
Advanced Breastfeeding Skills for Student Midwives
This workshop will take students deeper into their knowledge and understanding of the breastfeeding dyad. Students will learn skills beyond the basics, broadening their ability to assist the new mother, baby and partner in their early breastfeeding journey.
Students will learn skills in:
- Getting breastfeeding off to the best start
- Breastfeeding physiology
- Importance of breastfeeding
- Supporting mothers to breastfeed
- Managing low supply
- Supplementary feeding
- Identifying and tackling mastitis
- Thrush; what the latest evidence and experts are telling us
- Tongue ties
Hampton – Fri 14 Apr – 6-9pm
Kensington – Wed 11 Oct – 2:30-5:30pm
Pathways to Private Practice
This workshop has been built to inform student midwives of the pathways into private midwifery practice. We will answer all the common questions; Do I need postgraduate experience? Will I have to work alone? Is there any insurance that covers homebirth? Can I work in private practice straight out of Uni?
Students will learn:
- What is required to enter into private practice as an Endorsed Midwife? Required hours, approved programs of study for prescribing, proof of experience & CPD requirements.
- What is an Endorsed Midwife and what are our entitlements
- Working as a sole trader/subcontractor
- Insurance requirements
- Working as an employed private practicing midwife
- Ongoing CPD & registration requirements, collaboration & models of care available in Melbourne
Kensington – Fri 7 July – 6-8pm
Hampton – Fri 17 Nov – 6-8pm
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Due to our small group sizes & high demand, payment is required in full at time of booking & is non-refundable in the event of change of mind, other engagements, forgetting to attend or illness.
Full refunds will only be given for unexpected early births (provided you are less than 36 weeks pregnant at the start of the course).
If you wish to move your booking to another course date, please get in touch at least 7 days before the start of your booked course (space permitting).
If you’d like to pay in instalments, please contact us on 03 9376 7474.
In the rare instance that we need to cancel the class (presenter illness, minimum booking numbers not reached etc), we will contact you 3-5 business days prior to the class. We will aim to facilitate you joining another class, or offer a full refund if this is not possible.