Hi! My Name is amanda, and i am an evidence based birth® instructor!
An Evidence Based Birth® Instructor is a birth professional specially trained in how to help families get evidence based care, which includes up-to-date and quality research, clinical experience, and the client’s values. I believe that evidence based care unites the provider and the client, humanizing birth and opening respectful and productive communication.
I felt called to become an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor when I realized how limited the birthing options are in my community. An empowering birth stems beyond the physical well being of the birthing person and the baby; it also includes their emotional well being. THE BIRTH EXPERIENCE MATTERS. I have quickly learned that knowledge of birthing options alone does not guarantee a positive birth experience. Families need to know their rights in childbirth, how to respectfully and effectively communicate with their birth team, and how to navigate their birth setting.
Every woman deserves a positive, empowering birth experience. The services offered as an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor allow me to work with birth professionals - including doulas, midwives, nurses, physicians, and anyone else who may be working with expecting families - so that more evidence based practices can be incorporated into maternity care. It is my hope that one day, evidence based practices will be the standard of care and that birth will be an empowering experience for everyone who takes part in it. I'm proud to be joining forces with hundreds of birth professionals and parents around the world to ensure that things change for the better!
If you want to be empowered with the latest evidence and to take control over your birth or help your clients take control over theirs, please take a look at the services Empowered Birth offers below. Don’t see the service you want currently offered? Please reach out to us to start a conversation about adding it to our schedule. We’d love to hear from you and work together to meet the needs of our community!
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What We Offer
Savvy Birth Pro Workshop
ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT EVIDENCE BASED CARE, BUT REGULARLY WITNESS HOSPITAL POLICIES TAKING PRECEDENCE OVER YOUR CLIENT’S CHOICE?
It can be frustrating to watch clients receive care that isn’t based on research and not quite knowing how to help.
The Savvy Birth Pro Workshop (3 contact hours) was developed
by Evidence Based Birth® to give you the skills you need to help
your clients attain the best possible chance at evidence based care during pregnancy and labor.
The workshop provides 3 contact hours from Evidence Based Birth®, a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. Nursing contact hours can be applied to most childbirth educator and doula certifications, as well as the Certified Professional Midwife credential.
Define evidence-based care and discuss statistics on the quality of birth settings in our local community
Discuss the major reasons why we have an evidence-practice gap, including the power hierarchy and how it is a barrier to evidence-based, family-centered care
Discuss ways that we can bridge the evidence-practice gap at the system level
Discuss specific strategies we can use to help our clients obtain evidence-based care
Comfort Measures for L&D Nurses Workshop
Are you an L&D nurse who wishes you had more tools in your toolbox to help keep patients comfortable during labor?
By attending Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery Nurses, you will not only get hands-on practice with comfort measures skills, but you'll also learn how you can overcome barriers to providing comfort measures on your unit!
All nurses who register at the Professional level or higher will earn 3 nursing contact hours, and those who register as Super Users will receive a Comfort Measures Toolkit to take back to your unit and teach to your peers. Come enjoy an afternoon of demonstrations, discussion, and networking with L & D nurses from all over our area!
Due Dates with Advanced Maternal Age Seminar by EBB
Did you know that the rate of labor induction has drastically
increased over the last 30 years?
In this Evidence Based Birth® seminar, packed with facts, you will learn the evidence on 39-week induction and for induction at or past the "due date". We cover the recent ARRIVE study in depth and we’ll also cover a bit about “advanced maternal
age,” and discuss the actual numbers of increase in stillbirth with older age."
The learning objectives include:
Describe the risks of going past “due”
Review the evidence on benefits and risks of induction versus waiting for labor to start on its own
Describe pros and cons of induction vs. expectant management for advanced maternal age
Evidence Based Birth® is a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. Nursing contact hours can be applied to most childbirth educator and doula certifications as well as the Certified Professional Midwife credential. We also offer 1.5 contact hours from the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Newborn Procedures in the Golden Hour Seminar by EBB
What is the evidence on the safety of Vitamin K? Does delayed cord clamping lead to jaundice? How can we help families who give birth by Cesarean get skin to skin in our local operating rooms?
In this interactive seminar, we will take an in-depth look at the research evidence on newborn procedures for term infants during the “golden hour.” We will cover the history and research on interventions that happen during the first hour of life—including which procedures are the “best practices,” and which procedures can be safely delayed or declined!
After attending this seminar, you will walk away with confidence in your ability to talk with clients about the latest evidence on skin-to-skin, delayed cord clamping, bathing, weighing, hatting, Vitamin K, and eye ointment.
This seminar provides 1.5 nursing contact hours. Evidence Based Birth® is a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. Nursing contact hours can be applied to most childbirth educator and doula certifications as well as the Certified Professional Midwife credential. We also offer 1.5 contact hours from the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Normalizing Home Birth Transfers Seminar by EBB
What guidelines can hospital staff follow when accepting a home birth transfer? What can home birth providers do to ease the transfer? What are the basic safety statistics of home birth and freestanding birth centers, and what is needed to make home birth even safer?
Designed for home birth and hospital providers, this workshop will challenge you and your colleagues to address your fears and concerns about transfers from planned home births into the hospital.
The learning objectives include:
Discuss research evidence on the safety of home birth
Describe how we can increase the safety of home birth transfers to the hospital
List ways to improve the client’s experience during a home-hospital transfer
Evidence Based Birth® is a continuing education provider for the Kentucky Board of Nursing # 7-0081. Nursing contact hours can be applied to most childbirth educator and doula certifications as well as the Certified Professional Midwife credential. This seminar has also been approved for 1.5 contact hours from the American College of Nurse Midwives.
Savvy Birth One oh One Workshop for Parents
Are you looking forward to having a baby, but worried about what it’s like to be a “patient” in
the hospital system? Never fear, Savvy Birth 101 is here!
The 1-hour Savvy Birth 101 class was
developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give you the inside scoop on how to form the ultimate
birth team, so when the time comes to bring your baby into the world you can find yourself at
the center of respectful, evidence-based care.
Learning Objectives covered in Savvy Birth 101:
Define evidence-based care and discuss the difference between evidence-based care and routine care
Describe how the power system works in most hospital labor and delivery units
Discuss ways to create a team-based atmosphere in the birthing room, so that you and your partner can get evidence-based, family-centered care
How does Savvy Birth 101 differ from the Savvy Birth Workshop for Parents? Savvy Birth 101 is an abbreviated, 60-minute class for parents who do not have time to attend our full-length, 3-hour Savvy Birth Workshop.
Savvy Birth Workshop for Parents
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING A BABY, BUT WORRIED ABOUT ALL THE UNKNOWNS… LIKE HOW DO I KNOW IF MY WISHES WILL BE RESPECTED? WILL MY BIRTH PLAN BE FOLLOWED? CAN I AVOID A TRAUMATIC BIRTH EXPERIENCE, IF I HAD ONE BEFORE?
The Savvy Birth Workshop for parents was developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give you and your partner the confidence and know-how you need to have a more positive, empowering experience in the birthing room.
At the Savvy Birth Workshop, you’ll learn ways to communicate effectively with your doctor, midwife, and nurse. You will discover strategies for asking questions without seeming disrespectful and you’ll get the inside scoop on how to stack the odds in your favor of having a positive birth.
Unlike other childbirth classes, we will help you avoid the typical assembly-line care with six virtual “tickets!” These “tickets” are your secret advantage to coping with the unknowns of birth! At the workshop you’ll find out how you can use these tickets in the hospital or wherever you intend to give birth!
Learning Objective covered in the Workshop:
Define evidence-based care
Discuss the availability and pros/cons of local birth options
Practice respectful ways to talk with your provider
Discuss how partners, doulas, and nurses can work together to provide labor support
Describe the benefits and limitations of birth plans
Discuss the human and legal rights of birthing persons
We believe that the knowledge you will gain from the Savvy Birth Workshop will leave you and your partner inspired, hopeful, and excited about the upcoming birth of your baby… ready to approach the big day with a savvy swing in your step!
EVIDENCE BASED BIRTH®
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