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Tweet with Us! – Share & Experience the 2014 #LamazeDONA Confluence on Twitter

September 11th, 2014 by avatar

 By Robin Elise Weiss, PhDc, MPH, CPH, ICCE-CPE, ICPFE, CLC, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

lamaze twitter 2014The 2014 Lamaze International/DONA International Joint Confluence in Kansas City is scheduled to convene in just one week and the excitement is palpable!  Bags are getting packed, presentations finalized and birth professionals of all backgrounds are getting ready to meet old friends and make new ones.  The content and information that will be covered in the plenary  and concurrent sessions will be new and exciting.  Today on Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International’s incoming president, Robin Weiss, a leader on our social media team, shares all the “need to knows” for getting the most out of the conference via Twitter. – Sharon Muza, Science & Sensibility Community Manager

The past few years the idea of using social media in conjunction with the conference has grown. And the 2014 Confluence with Lamaze International and DONA International is no different. Using the hashtag #LamazeDONA, you will be able to find a treasure trove of information about the conference, and even learn from the sessions – even if you aren’t in Kansas City.

If you are new to Twitter, you will simply need to sign up for a free account. This handy guide will help you to get started in five easy steps.  You can search for the #LamazeDONA hashtag.  Using this hashtag helps twitter users sort a specific conversation that is focused on the confluence and just our users.  Simply read and interact with the people who will talk on this search.

You will want to join in the discussion, tweet and retweet your favorite snippets of wisdom from the fabulous speakers.  If you are not attending, you will want to follow the #LamazeDONA hashtag as attendees tweet live from the sessions they are participating in.

Back this year is the fabulous Tweet Up! We are going to try to do two this year. The first is scheduled for Thursday at 4p.m. Meet by the registration desk. @RobinPregnancy and @KKonradLCCE will be there to walk you through a few things if you have questions or just say hello! @KKonradLCCE will also host a simple social Tweet Up, watch #LamazeDONA for specific information to join – all are invited, no personal invitations needed.

We will also have prizes for your participation when you watch the hashtag, including some for those joining in at home, so be sure to watch #LamazeDONA for directions.

A great article on Twitter etiquette for you to review prior to the confluence

You might also want to consider reading Birthswell’s helpful three part series: Twitter 101 for Birth and Breastfeeding Professionals if you are new to this fast moving and captivating social media platform.

Check out Facebook, where it is possible to follow the same hashtag, #LamazeDONA for updates as well.  Many Facebook users use the same hashtag system to share information on that platform.

 People to Follow

@LamazeOnline (Lamaze for parents)

@LamazeAdvocates (Lamaze for educators)

@donaaintl

@RobinPregnancy (Robin Elise Weiss, social media team for Lamaze International and incoming President)

@KKonradLCCE  Kathryn Konrad (preconference and concurrent presenter)

@ShiningLghtPE Deena Blumenfeld (concurrent presenter)

@Gozi18  Ngozi Tibbs  (plenary speaker)

@Christinemorton  (concurrent presenter)

@mariajbrooks Maria Brooks (Lamaze Board Member)

@jeanetteIBCLC Jeanette McCulloch (concurrent presenter)

@doulamatch Kim James (concurrent presenter)

@douladebbie Debbie Young

@mldeck  Michele Deck (plenary speaker)

@pattymbrennan Patty Brennan

@doulasrq Patti Treubert ‏

@babylovemn Veronica Jacobson

@tamarafnp_ibclc &  @storkandcradle Tamara Hawkins (S&S contributor)

@thefamilyway Jeanne Green & Debbie Amis

@gilliland_amy  Amy Gilliland (concurrent presenter)

@yourdoulabag Alice Turner (concurrent presenter)

Are you going to be live tweeting from the confluence?  Share your Twitter handle in the comments section and we can add you to our list.- SM 

About Robin Weiss

robin weiss head shotRobin Elise Weiss,  PhDc, MPH, CPH, ICCE-CPE, ICPFE, CLC, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, is a childbirth educator in Louisville, KY. She is also the President-Elect of Lamaze International. You can find her at pregnancy.about.com and robineliseweiss.com

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Early Bird Registration Closes August 1 for the 2014 Lamaze & DONA Confluence!

July 29th, 2014 by avatar

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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.

Pre-Conference Events

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.

Social Events

LCCEs attend the DONA Conference Photo Credit HeatherGail Lovejoy

Photo Credit HeatherGail Lovejoy

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.

Exhibitors

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!

Register Now

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!

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“Kansas City, Here I Come!” Ten Reasons You Should Plan on Attending the 2014 Confluence with Lamaze and DONA

June 10th, 2014 by avatar

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On September 18-21, 2014, just about 13 weeks away, hundreds of doulas and childbirth educators, along with other birth professionals, will be meeting up  in Kansas City, MO,  for the 2014 Confluence with Lamaze International and DONA International.  The theme is “flowing together for safe, healthy birth and beyond.”  This confluence (according to Merriam-Webster, a confluence is a place where two rivers or streams join to become one or a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time) is a joint conference hosted by the two organizations.  While this conference cooperation has long been a dream of both organizations, the vision is finally coming to fruition this fall with this great conference opportunity.

Here are my top reasons why you want to to attend the 2014 Confluence: Lamaze & DONA – Flowing together for safe, healthy birth and beyond.

1. Have fun in Kansas City, a midwestern Missouri town of half a million, sitting on the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers.  Officially known as the “”City of Fountains,” there are over 200 fountains in Kansas City, second only to Rome.  Kansas City is known for its steak and BBQ cuisine, along with its jazz music.  There will be plenty of time to enjoy all three during conference down time.  For more on attractions, restaurants and what to see and do in Kansas City, check out the official Kansas City tourism site.

2. See old friends from conferences past. This one of the best things about going to a conference. When you attend, you have the chance to see the birth professionals that you connect with throughout the year online and on the phone, and rarely get a chance to visit with in person. Imagine three plus days to chat, visit and learn with your best birth buddies. Some of my dearest friends I only see at the Lamaze conference, and I cherish the time I get to spend with them.

3. Meet new friends and establish new relationships that can grow and flourish! There will be so many interesting people from all over the world attending the annual conference. This year, we will have doulas and educators attending from many countries all around the world, as well as men and women from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is easy to mix and mingle with people new to you, find out interesting things and establish new friendships!

4. Lamaze International and DONA international contact hours are available to you for every conference session you attend, and participation in pre-conference workshops will award you even more! The 2014 Confluence will also award nursing contact hours as Lamaze International is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

5. Learn fun, childbirth class activities, creative teaching ideas, doula client tips, ideas and suggestions that will enhance your classroom and doula client activities and relationships. Learn from leaders in the maternal infant health field as well as from innovative doulas and childbirth educators.   Lots of learning opportunities and take-aways of useful material for you to use when you get back home.

6. Learn about new research, evidence based information and best practices that you can take back to your communities to help improve maternal infant outcomes for women and families. Leaders in the field will share the newest information with you. Use this new information in your classes and your clients, offering the latest facts to your families so they can make informed choices.

7. Hear five fabulous keynote speakers present in our general sessions. Michele Deck RN, BSN, M.Ed., LCCE, FACCE, Eugene R. Declercq, PhD, Katharine D. Wenstrom, MD, Ngozi Tibbs, CD (DONA), LCCE, IBCLC, and Penny Simkin, PT  are all excited aout presenting to the DONA and Lamaze community at this groundbreaking conference.  Read Dr. Waldman and Amber McCann’s interviews on Science & Sensibility and then hear them speak in New Orleans.

8. Attend fantastic pre-conference events on a variety of topics by arriving in Kansas City a few days early! Complete a Lamaze Childbirth Education Seminar, attend a Birth or Postpartum Doula workshop, Evidence Based Nursing: Labor Support Skills workshop, or one of two speciality workshops on getting grants for your organization or resolving fetal malposition. All of these pre-conference activities offer additional contact hours for attendees.

9. Learn about new and exciting opportunities and alliances that Lamaze International and DONA International have planned for the future to continue to grow our organizations and remain leaders in the field of doulas and childbirth education. Both organizations will be holding annual meetings on Saturday morning, open to all during the confluence. You can meet the board members and staff of each organization and provide input on how the organization is meeting your needs.

10. Network with colleagues and experts and establish professional relationships with opportunity for collaboration and joint-ventures. Discuss business opportunities and create new alliances that can help you further your career and grow your business.

Bonus Reason #11! Come say hello to me! I will be in Kansas City, both presenting and blogging at the conference and would love the chance to meet you all, hear your thoughts on our blog and learn what you would like to see on the blog in the future!

Won’t you consider attending this year’s Lamaze/DONA confluence in Kansas City, MO?  Early bird registration prices are available until August 1st, 2014. Discounts are offered to members also! What are some of your favorite reasons to attend the conference? Will we see you there? Let us know in the comments section. To learn more about the programs, speakers, learning opportunities, venue and to register, please see the conference page. And don’t forget to make your hotel reservations sooner than later so that you can secure your desired lodging. See you in K.C!!

Photo Source: creative commons licensed (BY-NC-ND) flickr photo by ZTW1: http://flickr.com/photos/zachwerner/7730952314

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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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