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