You can contact Catherine if you’d like to arrange an intensive near you. A minimum fee of $1200 plus travel costs will apply for up to 6 participants, with an additional fee of $70pp there after.
FURTHER DETAILS for Birth Cartographer® in-person training with Catherine Bell
Discover the ways of The Birth Cartographer, and develop practical tools to create an environment that leads to informed, supported and confident birthing.
This revolutionary approach to birth preparation is so stunningly simple to implement yet extraordinarily powerful.
Are you ready to boldly go where no birth plan has gone before?
The Birth Map is the creation of Catherine Bell – a Mother of four, with a masters of Science Communication, who trained as a doula and breastfeeding educator to reclaim the knowledge that is our birthright. In observing that standard maternity care means women’s reasonable expectations are considered unrealistic, she sought to bridge the gap. The birth plan, a tool intended to give agency and aid communication, was falling short. Catherine developed a new tool, building on the intent of the birth plan, working within the context of standard care to help women to unleash the power they hold within by giving them the means to take responsibility. From here, she saw that maternity care providers were just as eager to see this gap closed: and Birth Cartography evolved. Birth Cartography gives care providers the foundation to build relationships based on respectful maternity care, with effective communication to create an environment for informed decision-making.
Registering for in person training also includes 12 months access to the online space, where all the content needed to become a Birth Cartographer with optional zoom chats each month to provide an engaging, community-building environment.
You will be awarded a certificate of completion, which will be emailed to you after the training day, along with details of how you can make the most of your training. You are invited to maintain your access and interaction in the group, and are welcome to attend as many lives as you enjoy, as we build our networks and this online community for birth cartography. Access to the online space can be renewed annually.
Session One – 8:30 – welcome 10 minutes, icebreaker
9am – 10:30 – The Trouble with Consent and the Benefits of Birth Cartography
Understand consumer perspective of consent, risk and choice. Understand the concept of birth cartography and its key elements and benefits.
30 minute break
session two – 11 – 12:30 –Informed Decision Making, General Considerations, The Partner Perspective and The Fast Birth Pathway
Understand decision making from a consumer perspective, the concept of the fast birth pathway, and how it benefits birth preparation. Apply this to your practice. Understand the partner perspective and analyse the impact this has on outcomes. Evaluate decision making, and begin to create a birth map.
45 minute lunch break
session three – 1:15pm – 2:45 – The Vaginal and Caesarean Pathway and Beyond the Birth
Understand the pathways from a consumer perspective, and apply this by analysing a holistic appreciation of individual care and evaluating circumstances to support consumers in creating an individual birth map for use during labour. Create communication tools to enhance practice, creating effective and efficient appointments. Understand the varied nature of the newborn phase and matrescence and how to apply education antenatally, create new methods and networks particular to own practice to enhance education and support within own community.
30 minute break
session four – 3:15pm – 5pm – Putting it into Practice
learn how to play The Game of Birth and create a landscape overview particular to your practice within the context of individualised birth. We will Consolidate all the sessions, and take the opportunity to clarify or grow concepts.
Catherine provides a warm, welcoming environment to learn the ins and outs of birth cartography. Her explanations were animated, engaging and clear. I cannot wait to use this with my clients!
Marian Piper –
Catherine provides a different approach to birth preparation through the Birth Map. As a midwife I recommend the learning program Catherine offers to empower, engage and facilitate women during their pregnancy and birth. Thank you for a wonderful day of sharing knowledge and exploring The Birth Map to enhance my practice and benefit women in their birthing journey.