Birth First Aid for Mother and Baby

This course is aimed at those attending births at home, in whatever capacity, but is also relevant to any setting and birth plan.

It is freebirth supportive and friendly.

The course will take place online as a series of 5 workshops lasting 3 hours each.

All calls will be recorded and available for 1 month after. So if you are unable to make it, or you want to watch and listen again, that is possible.

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 13 years of 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. 

What we will cover over the five sessions:

  • 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

Upcoming sessions:

The next live online sessions for 2023 and 2024 will next take place on

6, 13, 20, 27 September and 6 October 2023


7, 14, 21, 28 February and 6 March 2024

via zoom

from 11 am – 2 pm SAST (GMT+2)


EARLY BIRD: 150 Euro / 160 USD / 130 GBP / 1500 ZAR

(Early bird for Sep/Oct session is before 31 AUGUST)

(Early bird for Feb/March session is before 31 January 2024)

LATE BIRD: 225 Euro / 245 USD / 200 GBP / 2250 ZAR

All sessions will be recorded and made available to you for one month after the course ends.

To book your place



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