Published on January 6, 2022

North Hertfordshire College’s Level 3 Health and Social Care students recently heard from Dawn Abbatt, an Active Birthing Expert from Earth, Breath, Baby. During the session, Dawn spoke to our learners about birth physiology, which forms part of their lifespan development unit. 

Dawn explained the labour process to our students, highlighting the hormone-to-physical cycle and how hormones such as oxytocin and adrenaline impact the body during labour. Learners were able to see how active birthing can support the labour process through a demonstration of how a baby moves through the pelvis during labour, and the pelvic changes that occur during pregnancy.

Shannon Davis, a Level 3 Health and Social Care student, commented: “the session on Active Birthing really intrigued me, and I’m now interested in the next steps to becoming a midwife. It was very factual and helped me understand what active birthing is really like and what women’s bodies do to grow a baby.” 

Anna Copper, one of our Health and Social Care tutors, commented that “the work that Dawn does to support women through pregnancy and labour is highly commendable. The knowledge and experience Dawn shared with our students brought life to the subject and curriculum and helped them understand the birthing process and the impact that active birthing can have on a woman’s experience.” 

If you’re interested in becoming a midwife, or want to work in the health and social care industry, then why not check out North Hertfordshire College’s available Health and Social Care courses?