Henci Goer in Melbourne – Sunday 14th September 2008

Presenting Two Fabulous Wokshops with Henci Goer in Melbourne!

About Henci

Henci Goer is an award-winning medical writer, internationally known speaker and the Author of ‘The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth’, and,’Obstetric Myths vs Research Realities,’, which is a highly-acclaimed resource for childbirth professionals.

An independent scholar, Henci is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. She has written consumer education pamphlets and numerous articles for magazines as diverse as Reader’s Digest and the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. She was also a doula for over 20 years.

Henci in Melbourne, Sunday September 14th

Henci will be in Melbourne for ONE DAY ONLY in September to present two sessions – one for consumers and the other for those working in the industry as a midwife, doula, obstetrician, childbirth educator or even the birth savvy mother who wants to know even more.

“Preventing the Preventable Caesarean: 20 Strategies to Avoid Unneccesary Surgery”

This session is best suited to (but not limited to) couples trying to conceive or are already pregnant.

We all know that sometimes caesarean sections are needed, and indeed can save a life. But there are things you can do during pregnancy and labour to reduce your chances of needing a caesarean by reducing your likelihood of interventions which lead to caesareans. What are they? You’ll have to come along to find out! An eye-opening and empowering session which will leave you in a better position to avoid a caesarean.

In this AM session, you’ll discover:

  • Why should you care?
  • What's a reasonable rate?
  • Why can't you assume your doctor/midwife knows best?
  • What strategies can prevent a preventable cesarean? During pregnancy? During labour?

Participants will be able to:

  • List excess harms of cesarean surgery
  • Explain why expectant couples must take a proactive role
  • List strategies for avoiding unnecessary surgery

Limitations of Evidence Based Medicine & The Illusion of Choice in Childbirth

In ‘Limitations of Evidence Based Medicine’, participants will be able to:

  • List advantages of evidence-based medicine over other methods of determining best practice
  • Describe limitations and weaknesses inherent in concepts of evidence-based medicine
  • List limitations and weaknesses of medical research as it relates to maternity care
  • Select evidence sources that correct for those weaknesses
  • Implement strategies that avoid those weaknesses

In ‘The Illusion of Choice in Childbirth’, participants will be able to:

  • List factors that interfere with a woman’s ability to make free maternity care choices
  • Develop strategies that can help overcome those obstacles


9.00am – 9.15am – Registration
9.30am – Introduction
9.45am – “Preventing the Preventable Caesarean”
11.00am – Morning Tea
11.20am – “Preventing the Preventable Caesarean” (cont.)
12.30pm – Lunch for participants of either sessions
1.30pm – “Limitations of Evidence Based Medicine”
3.00pm – Afternoon Tea
3.30pm – “The Illusion of Choice in Childbirth”
5.00pm – Close


The day will be held in the BellyBelly Pregnancy Centre, at Level 1, 89 Canterbury Road, Canterbury VIC. Click to see the Map. The entrance is on Wentworth Street. Phone is (03) 9836 7734.


“Preventing the Preventable Caesarean” is $125 per single or a special price of $150 for a couple, including lunch.

“Limitations of Evidence Based Medicine” & “The Illusion of Choice in Childbirth” is $125 per person with a special rate for student midwives of $105 (id required upon registration).


To download a booking form to post or fax, click HERE

To book and pay online, please go to the BellyBelly Events page.