Education

Finding the Path: What Have We Learned?

Track: Other

Session Number: 1063
Date: Thu, Apr 11th, 2019
Time: 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Description:

It has been more than twenty years since Kathy McGrath wrote her groundbreaking talk “Finding the Path”. The original talk sought to answer the question "Why should we encourage unmedicated childbirth?" It looked at birth as a rite of passage, a time for personal and psychological growth matched by few other life experiences, and why facing the challenge of childbirth can be beneficial.

What have we learned in the last two decades? Birth educators are still struggling with the issues of pain and suffering, of the perceived dichotomy of natural birth vs medicated birth and the tendency to look at them in black and white terms. This talk describes a framework for thinking about birth in a different way, one that can help women and their partners find and experience the right path through birth.
Session Type: 60-minute keynote

Learning Objective(s): Participants will be able to describe a framework of looking at what makes birth an optimal experience and be able to use the information to guide their clients in choosing their own paths for birth.
Session Type: 60-minute keynote

Learning Objective(s): Participants will be able to describe a framework of looking at what makes birth an optimal experience and be able to use the information to guide their clients in choosing their own paths for birth.

Presenters

Primary Presenter
Kathy McGrath, MSW, LSW, FACCE, CD (DONA)
Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh