This year’s Confluence (the special term being used to describe the 2014 conference hosted jointly by Lamaze International and DONA International in Kansas City, MO is shaping up to be simply an outstanding experience for all the attendees. The confluence committee has put together an outstanding line up of speakers for the general sessions.
In the days leading up to the confluence, attendees can register to participate in several different pre-conference events. Choose from a three day Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar – one step on the path to becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. This workshop is taught by the Denver-CPAC Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program. Take in the wisdom and experience of midwife Gail Tully, of Spinning Babies fame as she leads participants through a half day program designed for doulas, educators, doctors, midwives and L&D nurses. Learn strategies and skills to teach to students and use with laboring women, when a malpositioned baby is interfering with the normal progression of labor and birth. Patty Brennan, author of “The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful Motherbaby Business” leads a four hour business development workshop on establishing and growing a successful birth business and all that a birth pro needs to be successful. Our final pre-conference offering is a full day “Evidence Based Nursing: Labor Support Skills” workshop designed especially for clinicians who want to help support safe and healthy birth through non-pharmacologic pain management strategies and hands on labor support skills. This workshop is taught by the amazing Kathryn Konrad.
Captivating General Session Speakers
Penny Simkin, Eugene DeClercq, Michele Deck, Katharine Wenstrom and Ngozi Tibbs are the plenary speakers at this year’s confluence and I could not be more excited. These leaders in the field each bring their own diverse background and perspective to the confluence, while having the common goal to improve maternal infant health. Learn more about the general session speakers and their background in this Science & Sensibility post.
Concurrent Sessions (focusing on four different tracks)
This year, there are four tracks of concurrent sessions! Choose the track that most interests you or mix and match the concurrent sessions to customize a program that meets your individual needs. Our four tracks are:
- Evidence based teaching and practice
- New and emerging research in the field of childbearing
- Using technology and innovation to reach childbearing women
- Supporting the needs of childbirth professionals
Enjoy the presentations of both seasoned presenters back again to share their wisdom and welcome those presenting for the first time, full of fresh and exciting perspectives and ideas.
Half the fun of attending a professional conference is the opportunity to network and socialize with both new friends and old. The 2014 Confluence is no exception. The Wine and Dine Event scheduled for Saturday evening at the beautiful Amigoni Urban Winery will include a custom designed wine tasting and gourmet dinner. Your ticket includes RT transporation, to make it easy to enjoy the evening with a minimum of stress.
When I attend conferences, I always make sure to leave plenty of time to browse the exhibit hall. I love to see what new and innovative products are available for my doula and CBE practice. Exhibitors from all over come to share what is hot and what is helpful and I love being able to ask questions about services from these experts and try out and examine all kinds of items useful for my business. The list of exhibitors is long and full of well known companies who you will love to connect with in the Exhibit Hall. For a list of those currently exhibiting, see our exhibitor list on the Confluence website. New exhibitors are being added, so check back frequently and be sure and stop by and say hi!
There are many reasons to attend the 2014 Lamaze and DONA Confluence in Kansas City, MO September 18-21. Take advantage of early bird pricing by registering by August 1 so that you can save some money and feel confident that all your continuing education and networking needs will be met by attending this fabulous Confluence. See you in Kansas City! Register now!