Empowering Parents & Birth Professionals with the WHY and the HOW to enable Labour to Progress

"OMP helps creating a smooth path for the baby to navigate through the pelvis during labour"

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I AM A BIRTH PROFESSIONAL WHO WANTS TO LEARN OMP FOR MY CLIENTS

Learn tools and protocols where Optimal Maternal Positioning can help you enable labour to progress and ultimately help and support your clients to have the birth they truly desire. 

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I AM PREGNANT AND WANT TO LEARN OMP SO I CAN HAVE THE BIRTH I DESIRE

Learn WHY mothers are preparing for their upcoming birth using Optimal Maternal Positioning through daily exercises that can support alignment of both baby and mother to have the birth you truly desire.

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WHAT IS OPTIMAL MATERNAL POSITIONING?

Hear from founder Ginny Phang- Davey

 

Meet your Trainer -  Ginny Phang-Davey

“The birth of a baby is also the birth of a mother and a father (over and over again with each birth), and I love facilitating the journey of these parents as the human spirit unfolds and blossoms through pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester.”

Sixteen years ago, when I followed my inner voice through one of the most challenging times of my life, I now look back with the beautiful gift of hindsight, knowing hand on heart that I am truly blessed to have found my calling as a Doula. With a passion and desire to serve (expectant) parents in my home of Singapore as well as now travelling around the world as a mentor to teach healthcare professionals and birth workers so the work of empowerment continues beyond my existence.

 

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What is Optimal Maternal Positioning?

There continues to be much discussion about optimal foetal positioning, and rightfully so because it is often the key to obtaining healthy vaginal births. The subject of ‘which way the baby’s face is facing’ and how it can impact labour, has been documented in the medical literature over the centuries by midwives and doctors alike. If the baby's face is up, or at mom's symphysis pubis, it often is cited as a reason for doing a c section.

With more than enough medical evidence and research to show how babies born in the posterior position or have been in a posterior position during labour has led birth workers worldwide to teach “Optimal Foetal Positioning” (OFP) - a handbook by New Zealander’s Jean Sutton and Pauline Scott – to pregnant women where they are taught to understand how the baby moves during labour, which positions to avoid, and which positions help turn a posterior baby.

"She deserves the Birth She Desires"

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Optimal Maternal Positioning

Understanding WHY

Tips such as not sitting in the bucket seat of a car for too long are given, and mom’s willingness to follow suit is essential. However, the emphasis on having babies positioned in the Left-Occiput-Anterior (LOA) position before or at the start of labour can also trigger other insecurities, fears, exhaustion, and interventions for mom and baby.

Many women come to us for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) because their previous birth team missed classic signs of a posterior before and during labour including: going past due dates, mom feeling lots of limbs in front during her pregnancy and back pain during pregnancy, slow-to-start early labour, irregular contraction patterns, slow dilation with slow progress, or even rapid dilation with a slow and often difficult, if not excruciating second stage of pushing, or continuous back ache during labour and where the backaches are more intense than the contractions itself.

Knowing your Body

Whilst OFP has contributed to the knowledge of both pregnant mothers and birth attendants alike in enabling smoother deliveries, it also has its flaws that have not been taken into consideration such as the fact that research shows that 67% of mothers start labour with the baby in Left-Occiput-Transverse (LOT) and not Left-Occiput-Anterior (LOA).

Also, when we assume that LOA is the most favourable position, we do not take into consideration the different types of pelvis there is amongst women, and even if the mother has the type of pelvis that majority of women have, imbalances within the pelvis can also hinder the progress of labour.

Having a baby pass through the pelvis is like putting the key through the keyhole. If the key hole is not aligned, there may be problems of a smooth insertion. The key may get stuck and cause difficulties turning to unlock or even removing the key. The good news is there are many things that pregnant women can do to not just help with the key – key, meaning the baby! And there is a lot more than she can do to create space within the keyhole – meaning the pelvis, for the baby to pass through.

This is where ‘Optimal Maternal Positioning’ (OMP) comes in. OMP is an equally important concept which has a direct impact on optimal foetal positioning. Creating a smooth path for the baby to navigate through the pelvis during labour and birth depends on the ability for the baby to work through the cardinal movements during the processes of descent and dilation. And because of this perspective, the teamwork between the mother and her baby will give her the best chance of a swifter easier delivery.

“Bringing alignment and mobility within the mother’s pelvis enables the baby’s cardinal movements to facilitate labor progress”

 

Did You Know?

Our OMP Online program has been recognised by the Australian College of Midwives and you will receive 8.75 CPD hours upon completion of your self paced learning journey.

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I AM A BIRTH PROFESSIONAL WHO WANTS TO LEARN OMP FOR MY CLIENTS

Learn tools and protocols where Optimal Maternal Positioning can help you enable labour to progress and ultimately help and support your clients to have the birth they truly desire. 

I'M READY TO LEARN MORE

I AM PREGNANT AND WANT TO LEARN OMP SO I CAN HAVE THE BIRTH I DESIRE

Learn WHY mothers are preparing for their upcoming birth using Optimal Maternal Positioning through daily exercises that can support alignment of both baby and mother to have the birth you truly desire.

SHOW ME HOW TO OMP
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