The "Complete Guide to Freebirth" Syllabus

Module 1: What is Freebirth?

  1.  Freebirth Defined
  2. Why does Birth Matter?
  3. Freebirth, Doctors & Midwives
  4. Birth as a Rite of Passage
  5. How Will You Know Freeibrth is Right for You?
  6. Power, Permission, Personal responsibility
  7. Birth and Death

Module 2: Who Owns Birth?

  1.  Safety, Statistics & Risk
  2. The Medical Paradigm
  3. Legal Considerations
  4. What if Something Goes Wrong
  5. How to Convince Your Nervous Partne
  6. Plan B
  7. Friends, Family & Navigating the Social Arena

Module 3: Unpacking Prenatal Care

  1. What Is Prenatal Care?
  1. The Wild Birth Paradigm
  2. The Nocebo Effect
  3. Due Dates
  4. Prenatal Testing
  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Blood pressure 
  • weight
  • Palpation 
  • Internal exams
  • Fundal height measurements
  • ultrasound
  • doppler
  • Belly mapping
  • GBS
  1. Self-Care/Community care
  2. Re-Wilding Pregnancy Care
  3. Iatrogenesis
  4. The gift of Not-Knowing
  1. Avoiding Toxins
  2. Nerve pain/SPD
  3. Elimination Issues

Module 4: Wild Pregnancy

  1. Conscious Conception
  2. Movement Matters
  3. Spirit
  4. Nutrition
  5. Herbs & Supplements
  6. Boundaries
  7. Medication & Antibiotics
  8. Nature
  9. Relationship
  10. Intuition
  11. Affirmations & Meditation
  12. Connecting to your baby
  13. Sex
  14. First Trimester
  15. Second Trimester
  16. Third Trimester

Module 5: Variations of Normal or Complications?

  1. Anterior Placenta
  2. RH factor
  3. Narrow Pelvis
  4. VBAC
  5. First time Mothers
  6. Placenta Previa (or not!)
  7. Eclampsia,Pre-Eclampsia
  8. Prior Postpartum Hemmorhage
  9. Breech
  10. Factor V Lieden
  11. Cholestasis
  12. Grand Multip
  13. Smoking and drug use
  14. Incompetent Cervix
  15. Cerclage
  16. Bicornate Uterus
  17. Posterior Positioning
  18. Long Pregnancies
  19. Old Mothers
  20. Big Babies
  21. Little Babies
  22. Young Mothers

Module 6: Approaching Birth

  1. “Natural” Induction
  2. Late Pregnancy Discomforts
  3. Apprehension & Excitement
  4. Creating the Ideal Conditions for Birth
  5. Organizing Your Birth Space
  6. Cultivating Mental Fortitude
  7. “Prodromal Labour” and “Braxton Hicks"
  8. Late Pregnancy Emotions
  9. Protecting Your Sacred Space
  10. Pain
  11. Preparing Your Body for Birth
  12. Birth supplies
  13. Cervical Dilation
  14. What if Baby Stops Moving?
  15. PHotographing/Filming Your Birth
  16. Perineal massage
  17. Water birth
  18. Managing Expectations
  19. What if I Tear?
  20. Older Children at Birth
  21. When Your Water Breaks...
  22. Gathering the Ideal Support Team

Module 7: The Birth Dance

  1. The Hormonal Blueprint of Birth
  2. Birth Positions
  3. What Birth Feels Like
  4. The Stages of the Birth PRocess
  5. Being Your Own Midwife
  6. Energy in the Birth Space
  7. When You’re Not “Progressing"
  8. When and How to Push
  9. Is Your Baby Stuck?
  10. Transition
  11. Emergence
  12. Nuchal cord
  13. Assessing Blood Loss
  14. Vernix
  15. Your Baby’s First Breath
  16. Tearing

Module 8: The Unexpected

  1. Postpartum Hemmorhage
  2. Meconum in the Waters
  3. True Knot in the cord
  4. Cord Prolapse
  5. Shoulder Dystocia
  6. Prematurity
  7. Face Presentation
  8. Hospital Transfer
  9. Retained PLacenta
  10. Sticky Shoulders
  11. Shoulder Dystocia
  12. Placental Abruption
  13. Hospital transfer

Module 9: After birth

  1. The Sacred Circle
  2. Delayed Cord clamping
  3. Cutting the cord
  4. Burning the cord
  5. Lotus Birth
  6. Birthing Your Placenta
  7. Mucous and Phlegm
  8. Baby’s breathing
  9. Breastfeeding for the first time
  10. Assessing Your Perineum
  11. Perineal Healing
  12. Vitamin K
  13. PKU Test
  14. The Power of Rest
  15. Responding and Relating to your Newborn
  16. Baby’s first elimination
  17. Your First Elimination Postpartum
  18. Shock
  19. Vernix
  20. Newborn clothing & Diapering
  21. Postpartum Nutrition
  22. Taking Your Newborn to the Hospital
  23. Postpartum Sex
  24. Placenta Encapsulation
  25. Jaundice
  26. Free Bleeding

Module 10: Wild Mothering

  1. Establishing Breastfeeding & Avoiding Issues
  2. Elimination Communication
  3. Co-sleeping
  4. Sharing Your Birth Story
  5. How to Talk to your Baby
  6. Nourishment
  7. Your Perfect Body
  8. Babymoon
  9. Your Child’s Genital Integirty
  10. Authoritative Motherhood
  11. New Fatherhood