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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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Lamaze Supports Learning for Professionals as Well as Parents

October 29th, 2013 by avatar

I wanted to use today’s blog post to share how grateful I am for all of the continuing education opportunities that Lamaze International offers both Lamaze members and non-members alike throughout the year.  Earlier in October, I was able to join other professionals at the annual Lamaze International Conference in New Orleans, LA and just today, I participated in an hour long webinar presented by Jen Kamel entitled “VBAC: Updating Students on Evidence and Practice Guidelines.”

I appreciated the annual conference as an opportunity to network and spend time with educators and professionals gathered from around the world.  I met Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators from Turkey, Mexico and Romania as well as across the United States and Canada.  I attended sessions on a wide variety of topics, viewed the poster presentations and listened to dynamic Keynote Speakers Amber McCann and Dr. Richard Waldman.  I had a chance to learn about the accomplishments that my organization has achieved since the last conference and hear about exciting plans for the future.  I met the new Lamaze Board of Directors and heard from our new Board President, Michele Ondeck.  I earned 19 continuing education hours through a variety of learning experiences taught by experts who traveled to NOLA from far and wide.  It simply was a weekend just jam-packed full of learning, updates and opportunity for all childbirth professionals, not just LCCEs or Lamaze members.  It is such a rich opportunity for connection, sharing of ideas, planning collaborations and expanding my knowledge.  I know that holding a conference is an immense amount of work for the office staff, the Board and a ton of volunteers, including Conference Planning Chair, Sue Galyen.  I am so appreciative of their efforts so that I have the opportunity to participate in such a great learning experience.

And then yesterday  I got to turn around and take a free (for Lamaze members, and fairly priced at $20 for non-members) webinar on the topic of VBACs and what I need to know as an educator, so that I can help my students to receive evidence based care. Today’s webinar was fast paced, up to date and full of information that I can apply in my classroom right away.  The presenter, Jen Kamel of VBACFacts.com really knows her material and presented it beautifully.

This is the fourth Lamaze International webinar I have taken in 2013 alone.  Have you been able to participate?  I am so grateful that my organization values and offers these learning opportunities and gives me a chance to hear from experts on a variety of topics relevant to my students and myself.  And I get to earn contact hours to boot!

The next Lamaze International webinar (free to members!) is scheduled for November 6th.  Deena Blumenfeld, a regular contributor to Science & Sensibility will present an hour long session; Making the Most of Your Childbirth Education Business.  Deena is the successful owner of a birth business, Shining Light Prenatal and is extremely savvy in social media and building a sustainable childbirth education program.

If you were unable to catch this year’s webinars live, you can purchase them for viewing at your convenience, and of course, receive your contact hours.  For more information on this opportunity, check out our recorded webinar page on the Lamaze International website.

I am excited to see what learning opportunities Lamaze has planned for 2014.  If you have any suggestions on topics you would love to see covered, or even a topic that you would like to have added and are qualified to present, I know that Kacy Reams, who handles Webinar program management, would love to hear from you.

Finally, I was thrilled to read and hear about exciting plans for future conferences.  Mark your calendars now for 2014 and 2015 conference events that you will not want to miss.  On September 18-21, 2014, Lamaze International joins with DONA International to offer a powerful joint conference;  ”2014 Confluence: Flowing together for safe, healthy, birth and beyond” in Kansas City, MO.  I am very excited about this collaboration between two organizations near and dear to my heart.  Then in 2015 , Lamaze International is partnering with ICEA to offer a mega-educator joint conference in Las Vegas, NV on October 8-11, 2015.  I was at the last joint conference held by Lamaze and ICEA in 2010, and it was absolutely wonderful.  I know the learning opportunities and networking experiences will be priceless.

Lamaze International recognizes the importance of its membership having learning opportunities that are a great value, current, evidence based and useful to a wide variety of professionals.  They offer conferences and webinars for you to take advantage of and participate in, with some of these contact hours being offered at no cost to our members.  I value an organization that values, promotes and encourages me to continue to expand my skills.  Thank you Lamaze!  Now, aren’t you wondering why you aren’t a) a Lamaze Member and b) why you haven’t signed up for the great webinars offered regularly yet?  What are you waiting for!  You can change this now!

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Pre-Conference Learning Opportunities Abound at the 2013 Lamaze International Annual Conference

September 24th, 2013 by avatar

Are you already planning on joining fellow educators and other birth professionals in New Orleans at the 2013 Lamaze International Annual Conference?  Are you still on the fence about attending?  Take a moment to read about the engaging pre-conference workshops being offered, and plan on joining the fun just a day or two early to take advantage of these additional workshops before the conference starts.

Below you will find all the pre-conference offerings.  Leave New Orleans one step closer to taking your LCCE exam.  Increase your breastfeeding support skills, expand your classes to integrate yoga into the curriculum or dip your toe a little bit further into the social media birth world.  No matter what pre-conference program you choose to participate in, you will receive engaging, hands-on learning activities delivered by skilled presenters and trainers, while earning additional contact hours!  How can you beat that?  To register, follow this link.

Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar

Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch not included)
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Debbie Petersburg, LCCE, FACCE

Enhance your knowledge and continue your path to certification by registering to attend this pre-conference seminar. You’ll save time and travel, and meet core eligibility requirements to sit for the Lamaze Certification Exam. Designed for anyone interested in providing perinatal education, the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar will prepare you to:

  • Design, teach and evaluate a course in Lamaze preparation that increases a woman’s confidence and ability to give birth.
  • Promote the childbearing experience as a natural, safe and healthy process which profoundly affects women and their families.
  • Assist women and their families to discover and use strategies to facilitate natural, safe and healthy pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
  • Help women and their families understand how complications and interventions influence the normal course of labor and birth.
  • Create a curriculum using the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices as your foundation.
  • Create activities that will help you deliver engaging childbirth education classes.
  • Prepare for the Lamaze Certification Exam.

*Attendees are encouraged to purchase the Lamaze Study Guide.

Contact Hours

This program has been planned by Lamaze International for 20.0 Lamaze contact hours, and 20.0 hours of CNE credit. To earn credit, attendees must attend the entire seminar, sign-in, and complete a post-seminar evaluation onsite.

Lamaze International is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15932. Activity planned for 24 contact hours.

Lamaze Breastfeeding Support Specialist Workshop

Thursday October 10, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by Rachel Levine, IBCLC and Allison Walsh, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE

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The Lamaze International Breastfeeding Support Specialist Program is a one-day workshop designed for maternal-child nurses, childbirth and breastfeeding educators, dietitians and nutritionists, and lactation consultants who wish to strengthen their ability to provide breastfeeding mothers with support, build confidence, assist with problem solving and enhance their lactation support knowledge and skills. Participants will attend a live session as well as get access to online resources and references.

After attending this workshop learners will be able to:

  • Analyze breastfeeding practices throughout history and discuss the impact on current breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates.
  • Identify mother’s breastfeeding concerns, and coordinate a plan of appropriate care with her health care team.
  • Identify strategies for helping women and their families prepare for breastfeeding.
  • Describe the basic anatomy of the lactating breast and the basic anatomy of the breastfeeding baby’s mouth and tongue.
  • Assess and document the effectiveness of milk transfer in the mother-baby breastfeeding dyad.
  • Discuss prevention and management of baby-centered breastfeeding issues.
  • Identify and analyze maternity experiences of mothers and babies that did and did not contribute to improved breastfeeding outcomes.

Contact Hours

This program has been planned by Lamaze International for 8.0 L-CERPs, 8.0 Lamaze contact hours, and 8.0 hours of CNE credit. To earn credit, attendees must attend the full day of training, sign-in, and complete a post-workshop evaluation onsite.

Lamaze International is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15932. Activity planned for 9.6 contact hours.

 
Friday October 11, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Integrating Yoga Into Your Lamaze Class: Making Labor Positions Accessible to All and Teaching Effective Breathing and Relaxation

Friday October 11, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Deena H. Blumenfeld, E-RYT 200, RPYT, LCCE

Learn how to make labor positions and postures easier and more comfortable for your students in this interactive pre-conference session. Modifications for mothers and support partners will be taught. You’ll learn how basic tools like blankets, pillows, blocks and chairs can make the labor positions accessible to all. Learn the skills needed to teach effective breathing and relaxation techniques to your students.

  • Demonstrate breath awareness, and very specific breathing techniques, vocalizations and visualizations.
  • Identify the pacing, tone of voice and verbal and physical cues to guide your students into a state of relaxation.
  • Discuss the do’s and don’ts of guiding someone into relaxation
  • Discuss the practical aspects of addressing multiple demographics within the same audience

This workshop has been approved for 4 Lamaze contact hours, and is approved for Yoga Alliance credits.

Birth Your Online Presence: A Hands-On Workshop Demystifying Internet & Social Media Marketing

Friday October 11, 2013 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Reaching mothers today means interacting with them online. Bring your laptop or tablet! Jeanette McCulloch and Sharon Muza, experienced social media experts with birth business know-how, will be your digital doulas for this interactive session. Together, we will demystify the process of using the internet for marketing your birth business. You’ll leave confident that you can reach your audience online, even if you are new to social media tools like Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter. In this hands-on, interactive session, you will:

  • Develop an online marketing plan tailored to your business, including tools to decide which platforms are right for you
  • Establish routines to help manage your time and resources
  • Create strategies for managing common concerns, such as handling conflict, copyright issues and privacy concerns
  • Tap into resources for developing and expanding your web presence

This workshop has been approved for 4 Lamaze contact hours. 

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