True Midwifery is excited to announce the move and launch of

the Birth First Aid course

shifting to the Teachable platform!


We are excited to announce the launch of the Birth First Aid Course which opens on Wednesday the 4th of September 2024 via our TEACHABLE platform as well as a live call on the same day via ZOOM.

We will meet weekly on Wednesdays the 4th, 11th ,18th , 25th September and 2nd October 2024 with a final session on Wednesday the 15th of January 2025. 

All our live calls will run from 11 am - 2 pm (SAST - South African Standard Time)

You can double check this against YOUR TIME ZONE here

All our sessions will be recorded and made available to you for the FULL duration of the course so if you are unable to join the live calls, you will be able to 'catch up' later.


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Hello and Welcome!

My name is Ruth Ehrhardt and I am a mother, traditional midwife, and birth attendant from South Africa.

A little bit about me and the BIRTH FIRST AID COURSE:

My experience with dealing with emergency situations comes from growing up on a farm where we had no electricity or hot water, were far from anything (an hour’s drive from the nearest town on a very bumpy dirt road), and had to learn to make a plan in all sorts of situations. 

My experience with Birth First Aid comes from attending births at home, which, mostly, were smooth and went well but I have had to learn to think quickly on my feet when a baby has struggled to breathe, a mother has lost more blood than she should, or a baby has gotten stuck at the shoulders whilst being born. 

I am also a facilitator and Master trainer of Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive – two modalities for supporting mothers and babies at births in low resourced settings. I spent some years volunteering for Operation Smile’s Education Missions in African hospitals teaching these two courses.

This course has developed from these different experiences as well as the wonderful midwives, doctors, doulas, birth attendants, birthkeepers and of course, the mothers, babies and families who have been my teachers on this path.


COURSE INFORMATION:

Previously this course was done via live zoom calls with demos and resources via a google drive folder. 

I have spent the last few months filming the demonstrations and building a more comprehensive course on the Teachable platform. This will mean that you will be able to access all the demonstrations in manageable and clearly set out bite sized chunks, with explanatory support material, over a period of 4 months. This will still be done in tandem with 6 live calls to answer questions, discuss and share.

I am excited about this because it feels like this new set up will make it possible for everyone to deepen their learning through the Teachable platform and still benefit from the community learning and participation during the live calls.

The course is free birth supportive and friendly and open to ANYONE attending births at home in ANY capacity.

The course has been popular and a rich learning space for the diverse groups of people who have attended the workshops.


WHAT WE WILL COVER IN THE COURSE:


Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive philosophy

Creating and maintaining the basic needs of the mother and baby in an emergency situation

How to create an emergency care plan (without it causing too much adrenaline!) and support transfer to the hospital

Helping babies who are struggling to breathe at birth

Dealing with more than normal blood loss after birth

Preventing and dealing with shoulder dystocia

Cord Issues

Surprise breech

Herbs and homeopathy to support the above 

Storytelling, sharing, and learning from one another’s experiences

Our own recovery (mental, emotional, and physical) 

Creating a support network

Death, loss and Disability

THESE ARE THE SCHEDULED DATES FOR OUR LIVE ZOOM CALLS:


All our calls will take place from 11:00 - 14:00 SAST (South African Standard Time).

You can double check your time zone for the first session on the 4th of September 2024 here


  1. 4 September 2024 - Opening call and Preparation for Birth - orientation, introductions to the course, the facilitators and getting to know one another. We will begin by looking at how we can be prepared for birth, have appropriate plans in place, understanding birth physiology and the realms of normal vs pathology in birth, understanding the foundation and importance of protecting and guarding birth, a look at basic skills and tools.
  2. 11 September 2024 - Continuation of Preparation for Birth and Introduction to Helping Babies who Struggle to Breathe at Birth - we continue with the foundations of being prepared for birth and we will begin to share stories and examples, answer questions, and go over demonstrations for Helping Babies who Struggle to Breathe at Birth.
  3. 18 September 2024 - Continuation of Helping Babies who Struggle to Breathe at Birth and Dealing with more than Normal Blood loss after Birth - we continue with the topic of supporting babies who are struggling to breathe at birth and we will introduce the topic of dealing with normal blood loss in mothers after birth. We will share stories and examples, answer questions, and go over demonstrations if needed
  4. 25 September 2024 - Continuation with more than Normal Blood loss after Birth and Introduction to Shoulder Dystocia, Cord issues and Surprise Breech - we will share stories and examples, answer questions, and go over demonstrations if needed
  5. 2 October 2024 - Consolidating Birth First Aid - we will share stories and examples, answer questions, and go over demonstrations if needed. This session is an opportunity to consolidate the course content.
  6. 15 January 2025 - Closing Call - We will meet one last time to discuss, share and answer questions before the course officially closes. 


This schedule is a guideline that follows the course as it opens up in the Teachable platform. We will follow this as best as possible but also take into consideration that what is relevant will arise as it needs to for the participants as the course unfolds, so we do leave space for that.

Example Curriculum


Get a sense of what we will be exploring together over the 4 months together:

  MODULE 1: Introduction and Orientation to Birth First Aid
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  MODULE 2: BEFORE WE BEGIN! Let us look at the Foundation of Birth First Aid
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  Normal Birth
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  MODULE 3: Helping Babies who are Struggling to Breathe
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  Resources, Questions, Recording of our Zoom call
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  MODULE 4: Supporting Mothers with Blood Loss
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  MODULE 5: Shoulder Dystocia, Cord issues and Surprise Breech
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  Cord Issues
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  Surprise Breech
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  Other Birth First Aid
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  Death and Disability
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  Closing and Takeaways
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Pricing Options:


We offer enrolment in four different currencies, best serving the communities who attend our courses.


You can choose from US dollar, Euro, Great British Pounds and South African Rands.


You can choose between a once off payment for the course, or take advantage of our payment plans.


As always in the True Midwifery learning space, we remain committed to upholding the component of equality and accessibility by ensuring a sliding scale of costs for the courses, as well as making scholarships available to those who need it.


EARLY  BIRD, PAYMENT PLANS, GROUP DISCOUNTS and DISCOUNTS FOR PREVIOUS STUDENTS

EARLY BIRD CLOSES 31 JULY 2024



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