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Lamaze International Webinar- Six is the New Four: A Review of the Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Consensus Report

March 24th, 2014 by avatar

Lamaze International is delighted to be offering a continuing education opportunity for all interested professionals.  ”Six is the New Four: A Review of the Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Consensus Report” is being facilitated by Richard Waldman, M.D. and Peggy DeZinno, BSN, RN, LCCE from OB-Consult on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 4 PM EDT.

A few weeks ago, Science & Sensibility’s Judith Lothian highlighted and reviewed the just released joint ACOG/SMFM report “Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery” and many agreed it was a game changer.  Many of the recommendations listed in the report appeared to be shifting away from current, but outdated practices and encouraging more evidence based care that promotes patience, expectant management and acknowledges that protocols need to be changed if there is to be a reduction in cesareans, particularly that primary (first) cesarean.
In this upcoming webinar, Dr. Richard Waldman and Peggy DeZinno will discuss the gap between current practice and the opinion paper’s recommendations.  What will it take to get us there?  What needs to change and where are the challenges?
Dr. Waldman is the former president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a keynote speaker at the 2013 Lamaze International Annual Conference that was held in New Orleans, LA.  You can read an interview I did with Dr. Waldman last summer and also read his article, “Birth as the Ultimate Collaboration” that he wrote for Science & Sensibility in advance of his keynote presentation.
Co-presenter Peggy DeZinno, BSN, RN, LCCE provides OB-Gyn-specific risk management services at OB- Consult. She has over 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specifically as a coordinator and instructor of women’s health and education programs.
At the end of this webinar, learners will be able to:
  • List two reasons why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine developed a Consensus for the safe prevention of primary Cesarean Delivery.
  • Describe the definition and management of abnormally progressing first-stage labor.
  • Describe the definition and management of abnormal second-stage labor
  • Discuss the role of continuous labor support in decreasing primary Cesarean births.

Participants in the full hour of the webinar will be able to receive 1.0 Lamaze Contact Hour and 1.0 Nursing Contact Hour after completion of a post-webinar evaluation. Lamaze International is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

This webinar and the associated continuing education hour is provide free as a benefit of Lamaze International membership.  Non-Lamaze members are invited to participate for the reasonable fee of $20, which includes the continuing ed contact hour.  Register for the webinar now to reserve your place at this exciting event scheduled for April 8th, 2014 ag 4:00 PM EDT.

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Keynote Speakers Announced for 2014 Lamaze/DONA Confluence

February 14th, 2014 by avatar

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I was excited to hear that the keynote speakers for the Lamaze International/DONA International 2014 Confluence were announced yesterday.  I am very much looking forward to this conference and love the idea of Lamaze and DONA sharing energy, resources and learning opportunities.  I think that both organizations and all the men and women in attendance at the conference will benefit from this joint venture.  The conference takes place on September 18-21, 2014 in Kansas City, MO at the Kansas City Marriot Downtown.

Keynotes for this year’s event include:

Michele Deck, RN, BSN, MEd, LCCE, FACCE

deckAn internationally renowned presenter, author, and educator, Michele Deck is the co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of G.A.M.E.S. and Tool Thyme for Trainers . She has won the prestigious “Excellence in Nursing” award, has been selected as a “Great 100 Nurses in Louisiana” and was elected to Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. In 2000, she received the sought-after Belinda Puetz award and in 2004 was the recipient of the Margaret L. Messore Lectureship award.  I have had the honor of bringing Michele to Seattle for a presentation given to our regional childbirth education conference and she brought down the house!  Her interactive and engaging activities left us all energized and excited.

Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

Eugene-Declercq2A professor of Community Health Sciences, assistant dean for DrPH Education at the Boston University School of Public Health and professor on the faculty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Eugene R. Declercq has served as lead author of national reports on women’s experiences in childbirth. He was a technical advisor to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born, and developed and presented the short film, Birth by the Numbers. He is one of the Principal Investigators for the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART), a NIH funded study of infant and maternal outcomes associated with assisted reproductive technologies.  I have heard Dr. Declercq speak several times and always leave his presentations amazed at the skill he has in presenting data effectively and with humor.  I have great respect for his work and appreciate all he does to promote maternal infant health improvements.  Did you know that Dr. Declercq is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator?

Katharine D. Wenstrom, MD

wenstrom_katharineDirector of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and director of the Prenatal Diagnosis Centers in Providence, RI, New Bedford, MA and Foxboro, MA. Katharine D. Wenstrom is also professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. A geneticist and nationally recognized leader in the field of maternal-fetal medicine, Dr. Wenstrom works to set the standard for the best care of high-risk pregnant women.  What a unique perspective this perinatologist must have.  I look forward to hearing her speak and sharing her views on pregnancy and birth.

Ngozi Tibbs, CD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC

ngozi tibbsThe founder and owner of Sankofa Childbirth Education and Lactation Services, in Pittsburgh, PA, Ngozi Tibbs holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Maternal Child Health and is a candidate for a Master of Public Health in – 2014. She has served as a doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant primarily serving at risk communities including: African American, Latino, immigrant and low- income women from more than 10 counties in the United States. She is a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International, a Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) through Lamaze International, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a La Leche League Leader through La Leche League International.  What a powerful combination of talents!  I am confident that Ngozi will share information that will help everyone to better meet the needs of underserved populations who are often lacking in birth services promoting safe and healthy birth.

Penny Simkin, PT

penny_simkinA physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968, Penny Simkin has prepared over 11,000 women, couples and siblings for childbirth. She has produced several birth-related films and is the author of many books and articles on birth for parents and professionals. Currently, she serves on several boards of consultants and on the senior faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor.  Penny has such wisdom and experience in helping families to have a better birth experience, and her work has had such an impact on birth professionals and families all around the world.  As one of the founding members of DONA International, it is very fitting that she is speaking at this joint conference.

This conference will be very rich in experience and expertise and I am definitely planning on attending. It is also a great way to meet my continuing education requirements.  I am looking forward to hearing who will be presenting concurrent sessions, finding out what preconference sessions are scheduled and making plans to connect with colleagues from all over the world.  Is your calendar marked for this conference?  Registration opens April 15th, 2014!  Register early to take advantage of early bird prices, once it opens.  To learn more about the conference and stay up to date on important information, check back to the conference site regularly.

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2014 Confluence – DONA & Lamaze International Want You to Submit an Abstract!

January 3rd, 2014 by avatar

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You are invited to submit an abstract for the 2014 Confluence – Lamaze & DONA flowing together for safe, healthy, birth and beyond happening in Kansas City, Missouri on September 18-21, 2014.  Abstract submissions are being accepted until January 29th and I know that Science & Sensibility readers are some of the most interesting, engaged and knowledgeable professionals on topics related to pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics that exist anywhere.

confluence definitionThis unique joint conference is breaking new ground in bringing together two long-time leaders in the childbirth professions, DONA International and Lamaze International so that members of both organizations can share learning opportunities, ideas, networking occasions, and collaboration and learn from each other and other experts. Won’t you consider submitting an abstract?

Conference objectives are to:

  • Incorporate the use of technology and innovation in order to meet the needs of childbearing families.
  • Discuss how evidence-based research and best practice guidelines may be incorporated into practice, used to advocate for safe and healthy birth, promote professional collaborations, and support quality initiatives.
  • Implement innovative techniques that support the physical, emotional, cultural and educational needs of childbearing families.
  • Describe current research initiatives and approaches to perinatal care that may impact safe and healthy birth, postpartum, breastfeeding and early parenting.

Abstracts are being solicited that speak to one or more of the following areas:

  • Using Technology and Innovation to Reach Childbearing Women: The Listening to Mothers III Survey indicates that childbearing women are highly connected to social media and widely receive information about childbirth, postpartum, and parenting through social media platforms. How can childbirth professionals connect electronically with new or potential clients and integrate technology into education, support and advocacy? How can we best connect to families with diverse needs? These sessions may consist of case studies, technology tool demos and best practices, or marketing tips for the independent provider, educator and doula.
  • Evidence Based Teaching and Practice: The use of evidence based information is at the heart of childbirth education and labor and postpartum support. Recently developed quality initiatives and professional guidelines can be used to advocate for safe and healthy birth, breastfeeding support, VBAC, parent-infant attachment, and other topics important to parents and to those who provide childbirth support. How can evidence-based practices be combined with awareness and sensitivity to the range of cultural and religious traditions and preferences to promote safe and satisfying births? These sessions will provide information about how to incorporate evidence-based information into support, education, quality initiatives and advocacy efforts.
  • Supporting the Needs of Childbirth Professionals: Doulas, childbirth educators, nurses, midwives, and others are continually searching for creative ways to understand and meet the physical, emotional, religious, cultural and educational needs and preferences of childbearing families. Topics that sometimes generate strong political, cultural and social opinions (for example circumcision, vaccination, and co-sleeping) may be addressed. Presenters will share innovative techniques for supporting and sharing information with pregnant and parenting families. In these sessions the attendees will act as the learning audience and presenters will share with peers unique learning tips and support techniques.
  • New and Emerging Research in the Field of Childbearing: These sessions are for the presentation of new research, practice guidelines and collaborative efforts (published in the last three to five years) that are relevant to childbearing families and those who serve those families. Topics may range from holistic approaches to perinatal care, nutritional recommendations, effects of stress and toxic environmental exposures on pregnancy, the life course approach to healthy birth, preconception health and other subjects. These abstracts may be submitted for a live session or a poster presentation.

The deadline for abstract submission is January 29th, 2014 and I am confident that many of you have expertise, knowledge and skills that need to be shared with this gathering of professionals. What a great opportunity for you to present on your passion and for all the birth professionals; childbirth educators, doulas, lactation consultants, midwives, physicians, l&d nurses, counselors, authors and more to learn from YOU! Receive a generous honorarium and conference discount if your abstract is accepted.

Please consider sharing your wisdom!  Start working on your confluence abstract now.  You can find more information on submitting an abstract and access to the the online abstract submission tool here.  See you in Kansas City!  Let us know in the comments section if you are planning to submit!  I look forward to all of your great ideas!

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Is Your Conference on our Maternal Health, Birth & Breastfeeding Conference List?

December 31st, 2013 by avatar

conferenceschedulev2As we say goodbye to 2013 and look ahead to a new year, professionals all over the world are planning to attend a variety of conferences all around the world. For the second year in a row, Lamaze International‘s Science & Sensibility in partnership with Birthswell, have compiled a comprehensive, continually updated list of conferences, trainings and programs of great interest to anyone working in the field of maternal infant health.

If you are looking for a place to receive continuing education, advance your professional knowledge or would like to present an abstract to be selected for presentation, check out our thorough list found here.

If you want to have your event posted on our comprehensive web page of maternal health, birth and breastfeeding conferences, please use our submission form here to have your conference information included. Be sure that your organization’s events are posted so that others can learn more about what you are offering.

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A Guide to Finding and Using Images for Teaching, Presentations, Blogging and Other Uses

December 5th, 2013 by avatar

On Tuesday, contributor Andrea Lythgoe wrote “Copy Right! Using Images in Your Presentations and Teaching Materials Appropriately“sharing what educators and presenters need to know when preparing to use images or other works for teaching materials and presentations.  We learned about what it means when a work is copyrighted, (and basically, all work is copyrighted once it is produced by the artist/photographer.) Copyrighted work may not be used without permission from the owner.  Today, I discuss what are the options available to educators with a small to nonexistent budget who need to source images for childbirth classes or other presentation purposes.  I will explain about “Creative Commons” images, how to find and attribute images that you can use and some of my favorite resources for locating appropriate images for the needs of the educator or other professional.

Creative Commons

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cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by gnuckx: http://flickr.com/photos/gnuckx/3203364255/

Many creators want to share the work (music, artwork, photos, videos, even academic or scientific material and more) that they have created and make it available for others to use, while still maintaining the rights to how it is used.  Many bloggers, educators, students and others would like to access images and other works without having to purchase the rights, especially for non-commercial purposes.  Some people would even like to modify the works of others for their own purpose.  Enter Creative Commons.  Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that lets creators determine how their work may be used.  Creative Commons has established different licenses so that artists may specify under what circumstances a specific image, video or other creative work may be used by the general public. For a great general introduction to Creative Commons, please view this video on the Creative Commons website.

Creative Commons Licenses

There are six types of licenses under the Creative Commons Agreements.  Some of these licenses are very generous,  allowing the user to modify, tweak, change, build upon and distribute a version of the original work as long as the same level of Creative Commons license is applied to the new work, and this new work may be used for commercial purposes.  The most restrictive Creative Commons license allows the work to be shared for noncommercial  purposes only.  Each of the six license levels require the licensor (creator) to be credited. No matter what level of Creative Commons license is assigned to the item by the licensor, the copyright is still owned by the creator of the work.

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Every time  you use a work that you obtained through a Creative Common license, you must attribute it properly.  This can be very confusing at times.  A very thorough guide on how to properly attribute Creative Commons works can be found here.  If you are using the Chrome web browser, there is a very handy extension, Flickr CC Attribution Helper, that automatically formats the correct attribution from any Creative Commons image you are using from Flickr.  Flickr is one of the largest sources for Creative Commons images, so this can be very helpful.  There very well may be other such plugins and extensions for Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and other browsers.  I happen to use Chrome, so this extension is one I am familiar with.  Do make every attempt to provide the correct attribution for a piece of work.  If the artist was kind enough to share it, you should honor their request to be correctly attributed.

My Favorite Sources for Images and More

I have several favorite sites for finding images to use in this blog, my teaching materials, presentations and other image needs.  I would like to share them here with you.

Creative Commons Search

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The mother of all Creative Commons search tools.   Easy to use, this website lets you specify if you want to use the material for commercial purposes or make changes to the original work.  You enter your search terms, and select the venue that you want to search and off you go.  You can find videos, music, images and artwork, along with other material.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, come back and try another option from the main site.

Wikimedia Commons

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A repository of almost 20 million educational media content images, including sound and video clips that are free to use and modify.  This site functions much like Wikipedia does, allowing everyone to edit it.  Work is available in a multitude of languages from this site. The main purpose of the site was to provide a source of images and other media to be used on the Wikipedia Commons site, but the material is also freely downloadable as well.

 

 

Flickr

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Flickr has compiled millions and millions of photography images that are free for  you to use under the Creative Commons license.  The number of images available grows by leaps and bounds every day with new material added all the time.  Flickr also has a very large collection from the world’s public photography archive, in a collection called The Commons.  This is a great place to find old pictures from many public institutions.  Remember if you are using Chrome, check out Flickr CC Attribution Helper. Not all the images on Flick are available for use, so double check before using.

 

Google Images

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Google Images is another one of my favorites for images, clip art, pictures along with technical drawings and illustrations.  To find Creative Commons work, you will want to go to the advanced settings (click on the gear image in the upper right,) and select the type of license you want near the bottom. Don’t worry, it is easy to change once your search returns some images. Doing this ensures you are using images that you are licensed to use under the Creative Commons license.

Other sites that I want you to know about include Pixabay, Every Stock Photo, PhotoPin and Bing Images. All of these image search engines let you limit the results to the material you can use under a Creative Commons License.  At times, I need to hit several different tools to find just the right image that I feel is perfect for what I am trying to convey.  Finding the right image is one of my favorite parts of working on Science & Sensibility.

What do you do to find images and other media for your teaching and presentations? What are your favorite sites?  Do you have additional tips and tricks to share with Science & Sensibility readers?  Let us know in the comments section.

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