Birth happens. Sometimes women labor rapidly and give birth before professional assistance is near. Sometimes natural disaster: tornados, floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes, prevent women from reaching professional help. Most births, particularly those that happen rapidly, are uncomplicated. Support can be provided by any calm person. Knowing how to support birth helps a person remain calm.
THE PURPOSE OF THE BIRTH IN PLACE PATCH
The Birth in Place Patch gives a scout the opportunity to learn enough about uncomplicated birth to provide emergency assistance. In learning about birth and immediate newborn care, the scout can also learn about careers in women’s health. All readings, worksheets, instructions and videos for this patch will be freely available online without charge at www.advantagelearning.us
Seniors (10-11 years) and Ambassadors (11-2 years)
MATERIALS TO COMPLETE PATCH
All the instructions, videos and worksheets need to complete this patch are available on this site. They are linked below.
TO EARN THIS PATCH, THE GIRL WILL:
Choose two of these discovery activities:
1. Read the information and instructions for helping a woman give birth titled, “Birth
2. Read the information and instructions about caring for a newborn immediately
3. Work with a group. Each scout visits one or more of these websites and
investigates how the organization works to improve birth and newborn safety.
Scouts then report back to the group describing the organization they
Complete two of these skills-building activities:
1. Watch the film on birth in place. (A link to a free video filmed for this patch will be
2. Complete the birth and the newborn care worksheets
3. Complete the birth and newborn word search.
4. Invite a midwife, labor and birth nurse or obstetrician to visit with your troop.
Practice helping a woman during birth during a skill drill. (Instructions for drill and
skills checklist will be available without charge online.)
5. Make an emergency birth kit by gathering the equipment listed in “Birth in
Complete one of these activities:
1. Interview a labor and birth nurse, a midwife or an obstetrician about birth and
why they chose women’s health care as a career.
2. Help a mother with a baby who is less than 6 months old. Ask the mother
about feeding the infant and what the infant has learned to do. Change a diaper.
3. Talk to a woman who has given birth. Ask her what the birth was like. Find out
what she thinks would have helped her to be more comfortable during labor.
Complete one of these service activities:
1. Collect gently used baby clothes and blankets. Wash them and fold them for
donation to a women’s center or refugee service.
2. Have a fundraiser for an organization that supports healthy birth. Suggested
References for Further Reading
Fritz J, WalkerDM, Cohen S, Angeles G, Lamadrid-Figueroa H. Can a simulation-based training program impact the use of evidence based routine practices at birth? Results of a hospital-based cluster randomized trial in Mexico. PLoS One. 2017;12(3): e0172623. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172623.
King T, Brucker M, Fahey J, Kriebs J, Gegor C, Varney H. Varney’s Midwifery, 5th Ed. 2015. Jones & Bartlett, LLC.
Sharma D, Sharma P, Shastri S. Golden 60 minutes of newborn’s life: part 2: term neonate. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2016;29:1-6.
Williams, D. Giving birth “in place”: a guide for emergency preparedness for childbirth. J Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2004; 49(4):48-52.
World Health Organization. 2015. Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A Guide for Essential Care, 3rd Ed. WHO: Geneva, Switzerland. Available at www.who.org .
Cecilia M. Jevitt, CNM, PhD, FACNM August 2017
Maura S. McCallister, MA
BIRTH IN PLACE PATCH