LEGAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHILDBIRTH
For Birth Professionals and Advocates
Be confident supporting your clients’ rights!
Founder, Birth Monopoly
You can do this!
For years, I have watched doulas and other professionals come out of births frustrated, upset, and disturbed as their clients’ wishes and needs are disregarded in the hospital–with a strong sense that something has been violated, but not sure exactly what words to put to it or what to do about it.
At the same time, I was working with lawyers and organizations around the U.S. and the world to help advance birth rights and even bring lawsuits in a few cases. I thought, if only doulas everywhere were educating and advocating for their clients on these basic rights, how much would change for them!
Knowing–really knowing–your clients’ rights and the context for those rights is a game changer. Truly understanding where those rights come from, and how they interact with other forces (like hospital or provider policy, routine practices, and the “safety of the baby”) gives you a sense of confidence so you can educate your clients and increase their confidence, too. You can have actual strategies to help them use their voices and be heard.
I created the first version of this class for Evidence Based Birth® Instructors in 2016, to help them become stronger advocates in helping their clients actually get the evidence-based care they wanted. Now, after many rave reviews, it’s available to the public–to get you from “I don’t know what to do,” to “I think I can do this!”–and to help you and your clients get back your power. You CAN do this.
“I am a Black Birth Sister providing services to a majority Black identifying audience. It is of critical importance for our community to have access to information that has the potential to save our lives, reduce harm done to us, and protect our vitality.
This course provided me with insight, practical tools, and possible solutions.
Swoon! I am so grateful for the work of Birth Monopoly!”
Aja Imani Clark, Business + Birth Sister, Aja Imani, LLC
“This course helped me not only as a doula, but as an educator as well. I went from believing I understood the rights of birthing families to KNOWING I do.
I can speak and teach with calm confidence to students, clients and providers.
This course is revolutionizing maternity care. You can’t afford to miss out on it.”
Krysta Dancy MFT, CBD (CBI), Family & Birth Trauma Therapist, Founder of the Birth & Trauma Support Center
“As an L&D nurse for over a decade, I feel like a light switch was just turned on. I just wish I had taken it sooner… and all OB professionals, too!
There are parts that were tough to swallow, but Cristen presents facts, stories, and solutions in a way that encourages growth and instills confidence.
This was a growth moment for me, for sure, and the most important, empowering class that I’ve taken all year.”
Mandy Irby, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, LCCE, The Birth Nurse
GET ONE YEAR ACCESS TO
Online, at-your-own-pace course taught by Cristen Pascucci, a leading national voice and activist for birth rights
Private Facebook group with Cristen and other students
Monthly live Q&A with Cristen
– Downloadable handouts for use with clients
– Course reference and resource booklet
– A spot on our “Find a Know Your Rights Graduate” page, for potential clients to find you
– Bonus video with 3 women who brought lawsuits for obstetric violence
– Annual membership that renews automatically unless you cancel, with locked-in pricing for all future versions of the course
Watch: 2-minute course tour
YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT
Human Rights in Childbirth
What it means, the emerging global concept, and the landmark European case that articulated this definition with respect to privacy
Enforcement of Rights
Overview of hospital and state board complaint processes, legal options, recent important cases
Informed Consent & Refusal
What this human and legal right means and ACOG’s position on it, common violations of rights, consent forms/hospital policy, and the concept of obstetric violence
Tactics, strategies, and ideas you can start using right away and for the long term
Factors in How Our Rights Are Treated
Tradition, Policies & Protocols, Paternalism, so-called Maternal-Fetal Conflict, Provider Preference or Practice Style, Liability, Provider Trauma, and “Othering” & Racial Bias
+ Ongoing Learning
With other students and live Q&As with Cristen
Invest in a course that will impact every birth you attend in the future.
“I cannot say enough great things about this course.
It has laid the foundation of confidence to get the care my clients deserve.”
– Traci Weafer, Doula, Doula Mentor, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor
one-year access to Know Your Rights online course
+ group support
+ monthly group calls with Cristen
Payment plan option of $20/month x 12
UNSOLICITED LOVE FOR “Know Your RIghts”
Thank you so much Cristen for this AMAZING information! I am LOVING how much these modules discuss “HUMANIZING the room” and trying to understand each other. The information on provider trauma was very eye opening to me and how important it is for us as doulas and birth workers to try to understand this trauma to better understand how to communicate and work with these providers. It is my goal to ‘learn how to work with trauma’ so I can provide better care and connections In the community.
S. P., Doula
This was such an eye opening course for me. We talk a lot about informed consent in my classes and this helped reaffirmed what we talk about. I feel learning about the actual law and our rights as people has given me so much more confidence in the conversations I’ve been having with my current students.
When I started out as a Doula, I never thought I had a right to speak up when I saw my clients being coerced or violated. I felt that doctors and nurses knew more than me, therefore I wasn’t “allowed” to say something. This course helped me learn how to speak up better for my clients, and to say it in a positive and truthful way.
This course has made me realize my power.
In 2019, Birth Monopoly provided over $2,000 in scholarships to birth workers of color for Know Your Rights training.
Can I get Continuing Education credit for this course?
Upon completion of an evaluation and quiz, 1.5 contact hours are provided through Evidence Based Birth®, an approved provider with the Kentucky Nursing Board. These are accepted by most doula, nursing, and midwifery programs; please check with your certifying body to make sure.
I'm a [parent/nurse]. Who can take this course?
Anyone is welcome to take the course with the understanding that the material is geared towards birth professionals, especially doulas. We encourage parents, nurses, and other medical professionals to engage with the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
Everyone has access for one year. For annual and all access members, it’s not just a course! From the day you sign up, you will have one year of access to the online course, Facebook group, live Q&As with Cristen and others, and all materials. Your membership will automatically renew each year unless you cancel. For as long as you renew, you will always be locked in at the original price you paid and have access to updated versions of the course. (It changes quickly!)
I'm with a doula group. Do you offer group discounts?
We offer group discounts of 10% off for groups of 5 or more. This discount does not apply to sale or promotional prices. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in making a group purchase.
I still have a question...
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