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Ten Reasons You Do Not Want to Miss The 2013 Lamaze International Annual Conference

September 12th, 2013 by avatar

 

Exactly one month from now, (October 11-13, 2013) childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, doctors, L&D nurses, lactation consultants and informed consumers will be gathering in New Orleans, LA for the Lamaze International 2013 Annual Conference, “Let the Good Times Roll for Safe and Healthy Birth”   If you are on the fence about attending, I have put together my own “Top Ten Reasons for Attending the 2013 Conference” in hopes that you will considering joining others in this wonderful opportunity for networking and learning.

1. Have fun in New Orleans, a wonderful southeastern coastal city full of great food, interesting neighborhoods, wonderful music and sweet hospitality!  Enjoy the conference’s major social event during an evening of traditional Creole entertainment and cuisine at Café Soule in the French Quarter.  Click here to find out how you can be a part of this great party and purchase tickets to this exciting event

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 whole 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 LCCEs from Romania and Mexico and many other countries as well as men and women from all over the United States and Canada. It is easy to mix and mingle with people new to you, find out interesting things and establish new friendships!

4. 19 Lamaze International contact hours are available to you when you attend all the conference sessions, and  participation in pre-conference workshops will award you even more! The Lamaze International Annual conference is being planned for CNE, IBCLC CERPs and Yoga Alliance Credits.  Lamaze International is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

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5. Learn fun, childbirth class activities, creative teaching ideas and new topics and information to use in your childbirth classes.  See childbirth educators and other experts in action, providing you the opportunity to take away loads of useful material for to use when you go 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, offering the latest facts to your families so they can make informed choices.

7. Hear two fabulous keynote speakers present in our two general sessions.  Dr. Richard Waldman, OB/Gyn and Amber McCann, IBCLC are all ready to knock your socks off with their presentations designed just for our 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 sessions on a variety of topics by arriving in New Orleans a few days early!  Complete a Lamaze Childbirth Education Seminar, one step on the path to becoming an LCCE.  Brush up on your lactation support skills in the full day Lamaze Specialist Breastfeeding Support Skills Workshop or take part in the half day workshops to bring yoga into your Lamaze class or increase your digital presence through learning social media and advanced internet skills.  All of these pre-conference activities offer additional Lamaze contact hours.

9. Learn about new and exciting opportunities and alliances that Lamaze International has planned for the future to continue to grow our organization and remain a leader in the field of childbirth education. Our Annual Meeting luncheon will be held on Saturday, where you can meet the Lamaze board and staff, vote for new board of directors 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 New Orleans, excitedly participating in several ways 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 International Conference in New Orleans, LA? 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 our conference page.  See ya in NOLA! 

 

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Getting the Most out of Your Hospital Tour; A Parent Webinar for You and Your Students

April 18th, 2013 by avatar

Taking the hospital tour is considered to be a right of passage for expectant parents choosing to birth in the hospital.  They gather together in a group, a bit nervous, a bit excited, following the tour guide, quietly tiptoeing through the labor and delivery unit, hearing and seeing women in labor, peeking into empty rooms, learning where to park and finding out about the amenities that the facility has to offer.  They smile slightly to themselves and begin to imagine themselves birthing in one of these very rooms in the not too distant future.

A few families may ask questions, inquiring about policies and what they are “allowed” to do once admitted.  In fact, some of these questions may come up in your classes or you may hear stories about what the students learned on their various tours.

Lamaze International is offering a Parent Webinar: Getting the Most out of Your Hospital Tour next Wednesday, April 24th. at 12 PM EST.  This one hour webinar is being presented by Allison Walsh, IBCLC, LCCE.  This engaging learning opportunity can help parents to prepare for their tour,  ask questions that count and really understand what they need to do to have an active, upright birth within the hospital setting.

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I encourage childbirth educators to inform their students about this webinar opportunity and suggest your CBE families register now.  The webinar will be made available in recorded form in a timely fashion after the live presentation is completed.  As an educator, I see lots of opportunities to bring this webinar into your classroom for discussion, watch snippets of it throughout your series, or ask your students to do a fun role play, incorporating what they learned from the webinar.

Some CBEs and L&D nurses may be the tour guide at the hospital, and this webinar can help them to offer an effective and evidence based tour that thoroughly meets the need of participants.

Tweet about this opportunity, post it on Facebook and share with students and your community of pregnant families, encouraging them to register now!  By attending this free webinar, families will become more informed maternity care consumers and in a better position to “Push for Their Baby.”

The Lamaze Parent blog, Giving Birth With Confidence highlighted this webinar in a comprehensive blog post yesterday that you may also want to share with your families.

To learn more about the Parent Webinar: “Getting the Most out of Your Hospital Tour” and to register, please click here.  See you at the webinar!

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Free Lamaze Webinar: Childbirth Education – A Collaborative Role for Nurses and Doctors

February 22nd, 2013 by avatar

 

Join us for a Webinar on Thursday, February 28,  from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST.  

Lamaze International and OB Consult are collaborating on a joint education initiative to provide evidence-based and complimentary educational services to OB nursing staff and physicians on their role in supporting patient childbirth education and participation, resulting in enhanced physician-patient relationships, engaged mothers, and healthier babies.  This Webcast officially launches this new collaborative initiative.

Childbirth preparation has been an integral part of the birth experience for centuries, in the beginning as experiential learning when births occurred in the home and then in the 50s and 60s as part of a formal curriculum in physician offices, hospitals and the community.

Travel with us through time to see how the trends in childbirth and childbirth education can impact the care that pregnant women and their families experience in the 21st century.

  • Is childbirth education a passing fancy or an integral part of the childbirth experience?
  • How can physicians, nurse midwives and nurses work together to create a safe and satisfying birth experience for all involved?

Learn about evidence-based strategies that you can put into place now and in the future to educate all stakeholders in the experience of birth.

This presentation is open to all OB department staff, including OB-Gyns, OB department managers, OB nurses, lactation consultants, educators, doulas and the rest of the OB team.  This includes YOU!

This presentation features our own Michele Ondeck, RN, MEd, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE,  Lamaze International President-Elect and Margaret “Peggy” M. DeZinno, BS, RN, LCCE, an OB-Gyn risk management specialist.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Lamaze International and OB Consult cooperative venture, and clarify the importance of your role in supporting families and babies as part of the OB team.

Find more information on the Lamaze International Webinar page. Register now by following this link.

For more info, questions about registration or webinar content, please contact OB Consult at 717.399.6658 or ceb@ob-consult.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/245111544

 

Childbirth preparation has been an integral part of the birth experience for centuries, in the beginning as experiential learning when births occurred in the home and then in the 50s and 60s as part of a formal curriculum in physician offices, hospitals and the community.
Travel with us through time to see how the trends in childbirth and childbirth education can impact the care that pregnant women and their families experience in the 21st century.
•     Is childbirth education a passing fancy or an integral part of the childbirth experience?
•     How can physicians, nurse midwives and nurses work together to create a safe and satisfying birth experience for all involved?
Learn about evidence-based strategies that you can put into place now and in the future to educate all
stakeholders in the experience of birth.

 

Title:

Childbirth Education – A Collaborative Role for Nurses and Doctors

Date:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Time:

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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2011 Perinatal Care Conferences Schedule

February 1st, 2011 by avatar

With the New Year well under way, it’s a good time to cast a giant spotlight on the conference schedule for the year…and boy, is there a lot to choose from!  Below you will find conferences listed according to discipline and (mostly) by date.  I commend each and every reader to attend at least one conference from the following list.  There is SO MUCH happening in terms of research and development of evidence-based care practices in the realms of perinatal, lactation and maternal mental health care…keeping up to date on-line is wonderful, but being a part of the action in person, as it is unfolding, is another experience entirely!

~ Childbirth Education ~
Lamaze’s Annual Conference:  “Steering Change for Safe and Healthy Birth
” in Fort Worth, TX Sept 15-18

Regional Association of Childbirth Educators of Puget Sound (REACHE) in Tacoma, WA March 4 featuring guests speakers Michele Deck, Pamela England and Sheri Deveney.

Health Connect One’s Fifth Annual Conference:  “Birth, Breastfeeding and Beyond: Sustaining Community-Based Practices” Washington DC March 21-23 which will further the organization’s efforts to sustain community-based maternal and child health practices in underserved communities.

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) Regional Conferences in Washington DC (March 26), Pensacola, FL (May 4-6), Sacramento, CA (May 13-15), Minneapolis, MS (June 23-24), Knoxville, TN (Sept 28-Oct 1), Burbank, CA (Oct 22-24), Anchorage, AK (Oct).  **Featured speakers at individual regional conferences include Penny Simkin, Henci Goer, Marilyn Hildreth, Jeanette Swartz, Ina May Gaskin, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and others…

Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA) Annual Conference in Valencia, CA June 23-26 (with pre- and post-conference special workshops  June 21-23; 27-28)

~ Midwifery ~
Midwifery Today’s Conference: “Gentle Birth is a Human Rights Issue” featuring a keynote address by Dr. Michele Odent in Eugene, OR March 3 – April 3

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Regional Conferences in the Chesapeake Bay area, MD (May 1) and Cary, NC (Aug 6-7). Their joint conference with the Canadian Association of Midwives will be in Niagara Falls, Ontario Nov 9-11.

American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) 56th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX  May 24-28

International Center for Traditional Childbearing’s Midwifery Conference in Biloxi, MS Oct 15-17

*For additional midwifery-related conferences, go here: http://www.midwife.org/master_calendar.cfm

~ Doulas ~
Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Associations (CAPPA) Annual Conference in Valencia, CA June 23-26 (with pre- and post-conference special workshops June 21-23; 27-28)

Doulas of North America (DONA) 17th Annual Conference in Boston, MA July 21-24

~ Perinatal Mental Health ~
Postpartum Support International (PSI) 25th Annual Conference: “Whole Care for the Whole Family” in Seattle, WA Sept 16-17 (with pre-conference workshops and activities Sept 14-15)

~ Improving Maternity Care Research & Advocacy Groups ~
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services:  “Reframing Birth and Breastfeeding:  Moving Forwrad” in Chapel Hill, NC March 11-12 with pre-conference workshops Mar 10.

International Cesarean Awareness Network’s Annual Conference;  “Your Gateway to a Better Birth” in St Louis, MO April 8-10

Partners in Perinatal Health 22nd Annual Conference in Norwood, MA May 17

Perinatal Advisory Council:  Leadership, Advocacy & Consultation’s 15th Annual Conference: “Quality of Life for Families XIV: Improving the Outcomes of Pregnancy” in Los Angeles, CA May 25-26

~ Nursing ~
March of Dimes’ 36th Annual Perinatal Nursing Conference in Oak Lawn, IL  March 3-4.
Various topic tracks will be featured at this conference, including: Public Health, High Risk Newborn, Lactation, L&D/Mother Baby.

Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses’ (AWHONN) Annual Convention in Denver, CO June 25-29.

~ Medical Conferences ~
American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) – 59th Annual Clinical Meeting in Washington DC April 30 – May 4.

For American Academy of Family Physicians conferences related to maternity care and women’s health issues, go here for future listings: http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/cme/aafpcourses/conferences/aafpevents/byevent.html#Parsys64996

~ Public Health ~
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs’ (AMCHP) Annual Conference in Washington DC Feb. 12-15

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Birth Summit will take place in northern Virginia on April 9. The summit will call together physicians, researchers, midwives, childbirth professionals, and advocacy groups to examine the rising maternal mortality rate in the US.

~ Lactation Support ~
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA): “Raising the Bar: Enhancing Practices and Improving Health Outcomes” in San Diego, CA July 13-17

Nursing Mothers’ Council Breastfeeding Conference in Boxborough, MA on April 1

To see an entire years’ worth of breastfeeding support-related conferences, go here:  http://www.breastfeedingconferences.com/ (U.S. and international conferences listed)

~ Others ~
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s “Evidence Based Solutions for Improving Pelvic Floor Health and Function – Women’s Health Rehabilitation Symposium & Post-conference Workshop” in Chicago, IL May 13-14

~ International ~
The Lancet journal launches a new series on the issue of stillbirth with simultaneous press conference events in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England on March 8.  For more information, visit the Lancet’s website (following the launch) and International Stillbirth Alliance’s website.

Association of Radical Midwives National Meeting in Wigan, UK March 19.

3rd International Nursing and Midwifery Conference (hosted by hosted by the School of Nursing & Midwifery, National University of Ireland) in Galway April 4-5

International Confederation of Midwives 29th Triennial Conference in Durban, South Africa June 19-23.

New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association (NZLCA) Conference:  Breastfeeding:  Passport to Life in Christchurch, NZ Aug 26-28.

Australian College of Midwives 17th Annual Conference:  “A Midwifery Odyssey” in Eveleigh, Sydney Oct 18-21.

If you are aware of a conference worthy of being on this list, please add the relevant information via the Comments box below…

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