Water Immersion: More Than Just Pain Relief

1:00pm Thursday, 10 December 2020
2:00pm Thursday, 10 December 2020
Webinar will run online
ACM Office
Online, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Water Immersion: More Than Just Pain Relief

What you will learn about

In line with a growing midwifery literature base, there has been much research examining the benefits of water immersion for labour and birth over the past 10 years. While water immersion is often viewed just as a pain relief option, there is growing evidence to suggest that the pain relieving properties of water immersion are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the associated benefits!

This webinar will provide an overview of the most recent research findings around the globe with specific focus on the multitude of benefits that water immersion provides, a discussion of the myths and realities surrounding water immersion with a particular focus on the most common concerns and how they have impacted accessibility as well as an exploration of the views, perceptions and experiences of both women and health professionals.

About the Presenter

Dr Megan Cooper is the outgoing Manager and Midwifery Advisor for the Professional Practice Unit of the Australian College of Midwives. Prior to working with ACM, Megan had spent more than 10 years in academia and education. In 2016, she completed a PhD which critically analysed and examined policies and guidelines pertaining to water immersion for labour and birth and has since led postdoctoral studies examining women’s experiences of water use for labour and birth while assisting clinicians to implement water immersion in their respective institutions. More recently, Megan has worked with Drs Ethel Burns and Claire Feeley and the OXMATER team at Oxford Brookes University to undertake a metasynthesis and systematic review of the benefits of water immersion and in the near future, a scoping review examining caregiver’s views and experiences.

Webinar will start at 1pm AEDT. 1 CPD hour

Tickets are $25 for non members and free for members.

If you require assistance, please contact Alicia Wood via events@midwives.org.au or call the Head Office on 1300 360 480.

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