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
Girl Scouts: Juniors (4th-5th grade), Cadettes (6th-8th grade), Seniors (9th-10th grade), Ambassadors (11th-12th grade)
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. Have a fundraiser for an organization that supports healthy birth. Suggested
Cecilia M. Jevitt, CNM, PhD, FACNM
Maura S. McCallister, MA
BIRTH IN PLACE PATCH
2. Read the information and instructions about caring for a newborn immediately
2. Complete the "Help During Birth" and the "Newborn Care" worksheets.
3. Complete the birth and newborn word search.
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.
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.)
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 investigated. Click on a button below to visit that organization's website.
5. Make an emergency birth kit by gathering the equipment listed
in “Birth in Place Supplies."
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 provided.)
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.
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 .