Breech Pro: Breech Proficiency for Birth Professionals
Breech Pro is an online, self-paced vaginal breech training course co-taught by an obstetrician with experience in both home and hospital births and in both low- and high-resource settings (David Hayes, MD) and a breech researcher (Rixa Freeze, PhD).
This course first covers the evidence on term breech in both hospital and community settings over the past two decades. Next, the instructors review the development of obstetric breech maneuvers, explain the mechanics of physiological breech birth, and present maneuvers developed specifically for upright breech births. Next, they dive into clinical aspects of vaginal breech birth: what normal and abnormal breech births look like (illustrated with birth videos), clinical practice guidelines, and maneuvers to resolve obstructed breech birth in both upright and supine positions. The course then presents information about the risks and outcomes of various breech presentations (frank, complete, footling, etc.). And finally, Dr. Hayes and Dr. Freeze bring all of this information together in simulation sessions using Sophie and Her Mum obstetric simulators. They demonstrate all of the maneuvers discussed during the workshop, then apply the maneuvers to simulated clinical scenarios. Twice-monthly live sessions allow participants to interact with the instructors. Course materials will be accessible for one year.
When covid-19 travel restrictions permit, Drs. Hayes and Freeze will also offer this course as a 2-day in-person workshop.