Preventing Primary Cesareans:
Your Role Within the New ACOG Guidelines

March 20, 2015

When the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released their consensus statement “Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery” this past March it was headline news around the country. It was a call for major practice change among their members. Childbirth Educators, Doulas, Nurses and Midwives are now asking “What does this mean for my practice and how can I support this change?” Please join us at the 2015 REACHE Conference to hear what this practice change looks like and what our role can be in it. 

Our Distinguished Speakers for the 2015 REACHE Conference

Penny Simkin, PT

Penny 's talk for the 2o15 REACHE Conference is titled: The New ACOG Guidelines: Implications for Laboring Women, Their Partners, Nurses , Educators, and Doulas. The objectives of the the talk include: At the end of this session, the learner will be able to: 1. List ways the new guidelines will impact childbearing parents, childbirth educator and doulas 2. Review research findings on childbearing women’s knowledge and participation in decisions, according to the Listening to Mothers III survey. 3. Describe ways educators can redesign classes to prepare parents for the management changes, including longer pregnancies and longer labors, endorsed by the guidelines. 4. Explain the unique and vital roles to be played by childbirth educators and doulas in instilling confidence and competence, in parents to actively participate in their babies’ births. (more...)

Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM

Dr Low's Talk is "Promoting Healthy Physiologic Birth to Prevent Cesareans: It takes a village." The Objectives for her talk are: 1. Discuss the use of professional organization position statements from ACOG and U.S. midwifery organizations (ACNM, MANA, NACPM) which promote new models of care to reduce cesarean and promote healthy physiologic birth, to advocate for and implement change in maternity care units. 2. Describe care practices associated with promoting physiological birth by all members of the maternity care team. 3. List specific features of collaboration that promote implementation of physiologic birth care practices. 4. Describe opportunities to enhance collaboration among all maternity care team members to advocate for care practices to promote physiologic childbirth. 5. Identify key care practices and tools to use that improve opportunities for physiologic birth care practices including fetal monitoring, promoting spontaneous labor, using doulas and spontaneous pushing in second stage. (more...)

Richard N Waldman, MD

Dr Waldman's talk for the 2015 REACHE Conference is called "Preventing the Primary Cesarean. The objectives of the talk are 1. Discuss how ACOG develop their clinical documents 2. Explain why ACOG and Society of Maternal Fetal Specialists developed the consensus document on preventing the first Cesarean Section 3. Describe the Definition and management of abnormally progressing stages of labor 4 Discuss the role of doulas, childbirth educators, nurses and their clients in decreasing the first cesarean. (more...)

A Panel of Local Birth Professionals

Read more details about our panel of experts: Jodilynn Owen, CPM, LM; Lily Pang, RN, MN; Michelle Grandy, CNM and Tarek Baghdadi, MD. They will have many insights on how collaboration among birth professionals has changed over time and what changes they are witnessing in the wake of the new ACOG Guidelines. (more...)

2015 Conference Location

Southcenter Doubletree
16500 Southcenter Pkwy
Seattle, WA 98188

What is the REACHE Conference?

REACHE stands for Regional Association of Childbirth Educators of Puget Sound. Our one purpose is to put on a fantastic conference each year for Childbirth Educators. Because of the dynamic speakers we have invited through the years, the conference also now attracts doulas, midwives, nurses and lactation specialists. In recent years we have offered continuing education hours to these groups. Our conference takes place in the greater Puget Sound area but attracts professionals from around Washington, neighboring states and Canada. The conference usually takes place in March or April.



Hot off the Press! Our interview with Dr Richard Waldman, Speaker for the 2015 REACHE Conference Read it Here!     Our interview with professor and CNM Dr Lisa Kane Low - Read it Here!

Why attend the REACHE Conference?

  • Find resources and research that supports your work with birthing families.
  • Equip yourself with the “big picture” of what is happening in birth advocacy.
  • Identify how health care providers effectively teach in unusual circumstances.
  • Integrate effective teaching strategies into your work, whether you’re in the labor room or the class room.
  • Increase your personal support network of education-oriented colleagues.