From the Gentle Birth World Congress website: "The Congress participants are obstetricians, midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, lactation experts, alternative health providers, risk managers, lawyers, hospital administrators, healthcare executives, birth advocates, parents and more."
Some of the questions that will be discussed:
1. Do current care practices help or hinder?
2. What do moms and babies really want?
3. Can hospitals create special low-risk birth centers?
4. Have we forgotten the baby?
I could talk about birth for hours and hours (and often do).
Here is my answer to question #2:
A. Comfortable and clean surroundings with lots of available birthing tools (birthing ball, rocking chair, stool, ice chips, sour candies, relaxing music, candles, tub, heating pads, etc.)
B. Supportive, compassionate, and solution-focused caregivers who are present for most or all of the labor.
C. Less medicinal approach and more freedom to labor without IV's, stirrups, hospital beds, epidurals, etc.
Portland Moms...wish I could be there to join the discussion.