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This webinar promises to inspire and transform your understanding of the Birthing on Country Project, as Cherisse Buzzacot (BoC Project Officer) explores why this project is so important to our communities and midwifery and how it will improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. This is your opportunity to hear about the latest research and evidence on the Birthing on Country model of care, as well as to ask any questions that you might like answered. 

92% of parents report increased conflict in their first year of family and 67% a decline in relationship satisfaction in the first three. One in seven mothers form postpartum depression as do 1 in 10 dads. Postnatal anxiety is proving to be a bigger issue with 33% of mothers and 17% of fathers reporting symptoms according to new research from Monash University. So what's going on here? And more importantly, is there anything we can do about it. The resounding answer is: YES.

This webinar looks at what the transition into parenthood means for couples, the eight stages of early parenthood and explains ways to support the couple bond so parents grow closer through their early parenthood experiences.

The session will introduce the the latest development in engaging with fathers in maternity care:

- International policy context around engaging fathers in maternal and newborn health. 

- Motivations & needs of fathers and how to educate others to support mother and baby.

- Biological and neurobiological changes that affect how fathers respond to mothers and babies including how to use this knowledge to encourage positive contributions to health.

- Global evidence linking father engagement with improved health outcomes for mother and baby (breastfeeding, mental health, nutrition etc).

- Practical steps both in individual practice, and also in the design of the service as a whole, that lead to a “partnership of care” between family and professionals.

- Barriers that make father and family inclusive care difficult to introduce and sustain and how to overcome them.

In a few short decades, the role of men in the pregnancy, birth and early parenting spaces has radically changed and transformed. Men are now attending antenatal appointments, actively participating in childbirth education classes, present at birth, providing postpartum support to their partners and involved in early parenting.

The best outcomes are achieved for mums, babies and dads when men are prepared with the knowledge and confidence to play these roles effectively.

The presentation topics include: What are the needs of expectant and new dads?, What are engagement strategies we can use to get dads on board?, What are some practical educational strategies we can use to play our role in facilitating the preparation of dads to play these roles?, How do we provide support to expectant and new dads?, What are some effective strategies for achieving better outcomes with challenging men and couple dynamics?

This webinar looks at the broad impact of a Down syndrome diagnosis on a family, typical experiences of parents of a child with Down syndrome and the services and supports available to parents. It also focuses on the appropriate language when referring to Down syndrome and/or disability and provides the suggested guidelines for providing emotional and practical support to parents surrounding the time of diagnosis. 

Good evidence from around the world clearly demonstrates that when families and communities are involved, mothers and infants thrive. In addition, when considering the delivery of maternity services to diverse populations, there is evidence to suggest that expectant and new mothers are highly influenced by their partner, families, friends and their local communities. ‘Alloparents’ are significant in families, for example grandparents, other blood relatives and community neighbours who directly provide care and support to mothers and their infants. This supports the concept that ‘it takes a village to bring a child up’. However, implementing family inclusive approaches to maternity care poses challenges and an area that needs further exploration and research.

Hosted by Ellen O'Keeffe from Safe Motherhood for All Inc, this Webinar discusses: 

  • The Distinctive Importance of the Childbearing Period 
  • The Childbearing Paradigm. 
  • How current maternity care practice is impacting on child bearing women. 
  • The safe motherhood context. 
  • Looking at how human rights are implicated in the childbearing process and affirming their application to childbearing women as basic, inalienable rights. 
  • Effective ways to implement the Respectful Maternity Care Charter. 

This Webinar looks at:

  • The risks taken and choices made by women
  • The rights of the woman
  • The provision of information
  • The rights of the baby
  • When a woman refuses to accept advice
  • Relevant case examples