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Top Ten Reasons to Become a Member and Join Lamaze International Now!

January 3rd, 2013 by avatar

Did you know that Lamaze International membership runs with the calendar year?  Did you remember to renew your membership at the end of 2012, or did it get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, along with your normal everyday juggle of work, family and self-care?  Have you considered becoming a Lamaze International member but never followed through or were unsure of how it benefits you?  I would like to take a few minutes to share my “Top 10 List” of why it is simply wonderful to be a Lamaze International member, and how I benefit financially and professionally from my membership every day.

1. Supporting the Lamaze International Mission

The mission of Lamaze International is to promote, support and protect natural, safe and healthy birth through education and advocacy through the dedicated efforts of professional childbirth educators, providers and parents.

I am a childbirth professional, working with birthing families, new doulas and new childbirth educators.  I find that Lamaze’s mission aligns so well with my own, and how I create my classes and work with families and birth professionals.  I am proud to say that I am a member of Lamaze and an LCCE.  I think that many of today’s families and birth professionals can also respect and relate to Lamaze’s mission and find that their values are in sync with what Lamaze offers to the maternity world.  Your membership dollars, combined with other members’ financial support help Lamaze to fulfill this very important mission.

2. Journal of Perinatal Education

The Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE) is a quarterly journal mailed to the home of all Lamaze members and is  filled with relevant, current research that can change the way you teach or practice.  The JPE offers you insights into current maternity trends, access to in-depth articles and the opportunity to learn from international experts.  The JPE is read by childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, RNs, Doctors, Lactation Counselors and other professionals. Additionally, as a Lamaze member, you have access to back issues of the JPE online.

3. FedEx Office Discounts

Being a member of Lamaze International allows you to receive a FedEx Office (Kinko’s) discount that has the opportunity to provide you with significant savings.  All of the discounted services that you can receive at the FedEx Office store along with online discounts have the potential to save you more money than your membership costs.  I am amazed at the level of savings on some of the products and services I use for my business printing and shipping needs.

4. Reduced Fees for Lamaze Products and Events

As a member of Lamaze, you receive member discounts when you register for the annual conference, continuing education contact hours, purchase the Study Guide and other Lamaze materials in the Online Education Store, certification materials and test fees for your LCCE or when you recertify for your LCCE.

5. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care Journal Discounts

Birth is published quarterly and Lamaze members receive a 50% discount on both the hard copy journal and the online journal. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care is a multidisciplinary, refereed journal devoted to issues and practices in the care of childbearing women, infants, and families. It is written by and for professionals in maternal and neonatal health, nurses, midwives, physicians, public health workers, doulas, psychologists, social scientists, childbirth educators, lactation counselors, epidemiologists, and other health caregivers and policymakers in perinatal care.

6. Your Lamaze Classes Listed on Lamaze Website

If you are a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and a current Lamaze member, your childbirth classes can be listed on the Lamaze International website for parents, in the “Find a Lamaze Childbirth Class” section so that those families looking for a childbirth class can locate your offerings. Increase your class enrollment with this members only benefit.

7. Full Cochrane Library Access

Lamaze International members have full access to the Cochrane Library, a collection of databases containing independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  The Cochrane Library is considered the gold standard of evidence based information and if you are looking for the most up-to-date research on topics relevant to obstetrics and maternity care, breastfeeding and newborn issues, this is the ideal place to find the information you are looking for.

8. Lamaze Forums and Community

As a Lamaze International member, you have member access to our professional forums, on-line communities and discussion groups, where you can share teaching ideas, learn how your peers feel and respond to different topics of interest and collaborate with professionals around the world, from the comfort of your own home or office.

9. Members Only Teaching Resources

When you join Lamaze International, you are provided access to teaching handouts and resources to share with your students, and a variety of class-enriching resources to make your course more relevant, useful and informative to the families that you are working with.

10. Supporting Lamaze Improves Maternity Care Worldwide

LCCEs attend the DONA Conference
Photo Credit HeatherGail Lovejoy

When you purchase a Lamaze membership, Lamaze International can pool your dollars with other members’ dollars and use some of this income to support other organizations that are leading the way in changing maternity care around the world for the better.  Lamaze International supports and collaborates with the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) and others.  Additionally, Lamaze can send personnel to international conferences to represent Lamaze International, create networking opportunities for all of us, collaborate with other maternity leaders and further work to fulfill the mission of Lamaze International and improve birth for women everywhere.

Where else can a membership that costs only $115 ( or less, depending on your country of residence) produce such tangible benefits and savings for you and combine with other membership funds to improve maternity care world-wide?  I am proud and excited to renew my Lamaze International membership every year and invite you to renew yours, if you haven’t already.  If you are not a member of Lamaze, then now is the time to join, so that you can reap the professional benefits for the full calendar year.  For a full list of member benefits , please see the member benefits page on the website. Don’t hesitate, join or renew now!

Can you share how being a Lamaze International member has benefited you? Why are YOU a Lamaze member?  Tell us what it means to you in the comments section.

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Safe, Healthy, Happy Birth Practice Advocacy in the New Year

December 30th, 2010 by avatar

As 2010 winds down with The New Year on the horizon, let us take a moment to contemplate what we have accomplished here at Science & Sensibility over the past twelve months.  Largely commandeered by Amy Romano in the past year, S&S has seen a 78% increase in world-wide traffic with over 113,000 visitors dropping by from 20 different countries and every state in the U.S.  Over the course of nearly one hundred posts by eighteen contributing writers, our words were heavily contemplated–garnering over 1,500 comments by our interested and impassioned readers.

Science & Sensibility’s momentum has been fueled by the vibrant interaction between writers and readers, covering topics such as:  home vs. hospital birth,  evidence-based maternity care and sometimes the lack-there-of and miraculous birth stories. We have gone forth to discuss the potential dangers of Misoprostol and the potential side effects of cesarean sections.  We learned more about the role of the doula and shared thoughts on what constitutes “beauty” in terms of childbirth.  In fact, we have just landed on Babble’s Top Ten List of the Best Pregnancy/Birth Blogs of 2010. (Kudos to Giving Birth With Confidence for landing the number one spot!)

So, coming on the tail of a fabulous year of writing, idea sharing and highlighting the latest research pertaining to pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, what can we look forward to in the New Year?

I can assure you our writing will continue to be strong, our coverage of research and evidence-based guidelines extensive.  You will hear from many of the Science & Sensibility writers you have come to appreciate, and meet many new contributors as well.  My hope, too, is that we continue to reach those who can benefit from our work the most:  maternity, labor and postpartum care providers as well as the new and expectant parents with whom they interact.  I commend each member of this community to continually seek new ways to push the boundaries between commonly accepted maternity care practices and better, safer, evidence-based care.  And I encourage those practicing the safest levels of evidence-based care to speak up and share your success stories.  I hope that, no matter what side of the philosophical  fence you find yourself on, that you can earnestly contemplate the stance of another’s point of view and be open to the potential educational opportunities contained therein.  Challenge yourself to neither romanticize one extreme version of maternity care nor demonize the other but, instead, seek the safety in truth that lies somewhere in between.

To those of you who regularly follow this blog site, I offer my heart-felt thanks–particularly to those who take the next step and share the information contained herein through your own on-line networks.  The ultimate power of social media is born of the expansive dissemination of information.  I urge each of you reading this post to play your part:  share links of interest to those in your own private (and professional) networks.  Use your voice.  The pen is, in fact, mightier than the sword.

For those of you dropping by on occasion: please feel invited to come back on a more regular basis.  If you have not done so already, click on the RSS Feed button on the upper right hand side of your screen to ensure your receipt of each new blog post.  Great things are surging ahead…make sure you’re a part of the wave.

Let us all, ultimately, remember that each of us finds our way here through our germane devotion to investigating and employing safe, healthy and happy pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. In a perfect world, all three aspects would conjoin to become one reality.  I invite you to join me on the road in pursuit of that perfection.

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