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Lamaze Supports Learning for Professionals as Well as Parents

October 29th, 2013 by avatar

I wanted to use today’s blog post to share how grateful I am for all of the continuing education opportunities that Lamaze International offers both Lamaze members and non-members alike throughout the year.  Earlier in October, I was able to join other professionals at the annual Lamaze International Conference in New Orleans, LA and just today, I participated in an hour long webinar presented by Jen Kamel entitled “VBAC: Updating Students on Evidence and Practice Guidelines.”

I appreciated the annual conference as an opportunity to network and spend time with educators and professionals gathered from around the world.  I met Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators from Turkey, Mexico and Romania as well as across the United States and Canada.  I attended sessions on a wide variety of topics, viewed the poster presentations and listened to dynamic Keynote Speakers Amber McCann and Dr. Richard Waldman.  I had a chance to learn about the accomplishments that my organization has achieved since the last conference and hear about exciting plans for the future.  I met the new Lamaze Board of Directors and heard from our new Board President, Michele Ondeck.  I earned 19 continuing education hours through a variety of learning experiences taught by experts who traveled to NOLA from far and wide.  It simply was a weekend just jam-packed full of learning, updates and opportunity for all childbirth professionals, not just LCCEs or Lamaze members.  It is such a rich opportunity for connection, sharing of ideas, planning collaborations and expanding my knowledge.  I know that holding a conference is an immense amount of work for the office staff, the Board and a ton of volunteers, including Conference Planning Chair, Sue Galyen.  I am so appreciative of their efforts so that I have the opportunity to participate in such a great learning experience.

And then yesterday  I got to turn around and take a free (for Lamaze members, and fairly priced at $20 for non-members) webinar on the topic of VBACs and what I need to know as an educator, so that I can help my students to receive evidence based care. Today’s webinar was fast paced, up to date and full of information that I can apply in my classroom right away.  The presenter, Jen Kamel of VBACFacts.com really knows her material and presented it beautifully.

This is the fourth Lamaze International webinar I have taken in 2013 alone.  Have you been able to participate?  I am so grateful that my organization values and offers these learning opportunities and gives me a chance to hear from experts on a variety of topics relevant to my students and myself.  And I get to earn contact hours to boot!

The next Lamaze International webinar (free to members!) is scheduled for November 6th.  Deena Blumenfeld, a regular contributor to Science & Sensibility will present an hour long session; Making the Most of Your Childbirth Education Business.  Deena is the successful owner of a birth business, Shining Light Prenatal and is extremely savvy in social media and building a sustainable childbirth education program.

If you were unable to catch this year’s webinars live, you can purchase them for viewing at your convenience, and of course, receive your contact hours.  For more information on this opportunity, check out our recorded webinar page on the Lamaze International website.

I am excited to see what learning opportunities Lamaze has planned for 2014.  If you have any suggestions on topics you would love to see covered, or even a topic that you would like to have added and are qualified to present, I know that Kacy Reams, who handles Webinar program management, would love to hear from you.

Finally, I was thrilled to read and hear about exciting plans for future conferences.  Mark your calendars now for 2014 and 2015 conference events that you will not want to miss.  On September 18-21, 2014, Lamaze International joins with DONA International to offer a powerful joint conference;  ”2014 Confluence: Flowing together for safe, healthy, birth and beyond” in Kansas City, MO.  I am very excited about this collaboration between two organizations near and dear to my heart.  Then in 2015 , Lamaze International is partnering with ICEA to offer a mega-educator joint conference in Las Vegas, NV on October 8-11, 2015.  I was at the last joint conference held by Lamaze and ICEA in 2010, and it was absolutely wonderful.  I know the learning opportunities and networking experiences will be priceless.

Lamaze International recognizes the importance of its membership having learning opportunities that are a great value, current, evidence based and useful to a wide variety of professionals.  They offer conferences and webinars for you to take advantage of and participate in, with some of these contact hours being offered at no cost to our members.  I value an organization that values, promotes and encourages me to continue to expand my skills.  Thank you Lamaze!  Now, aren’t you wondering why you aren’t a) a Lamaze Member and b) why you haven’t signed up for the great webinars offered regularly yet?  What are you waiting for!  You can change this now!

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Free Webinar: How to Teach Evidence-Based Childbirth Classes and Still Keep Your Job

May 21st, 2013 by avatar

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I taught hospital based childbirth classes for 6 years prior to changing gears and teaching independently in my community.  Teaching evidence-based information and current best practice in my hospital class always left me feeling anxious and on edge.  Eventually, I made the decision to hang out my own shingle, and after just a few of my “own” classes, I knew I had definitely made the right choice for me.

If you have ever struggled with the same challenge, are considering what your teaching options are or feel alone in your attempts to cover the best evidence in your hospital classes, then Lamaze International has a free webinar for you that you won’t want to miss. 

Kathryn Konrad, MS, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE will be leading a webinar, “How to Teach Evidence-Based Childbirth Classes and Still Keep Your Job” on Wednesday, May 22, 1:00-2:15 PM EST.

Childbirth educators including RNs, LPNs lactation consultants, midwives, doulas and others who teach childbirth education in a hospital setting may find it challenging to push for safe and healthy birth outcomes. The purpose of this webinar is to examine the conflicts that may arise when hospital-based childbirth educators teach evidence-based content that is in conflict or inconsistent with hospital and/or provider policies and practices, and to investigate strategies for promoting best practices.

After attending this webinar, learners will be able to:

• Identify potential conflicts of interest when teaching childbirth education classes in a hospital setting;

• Describe strategies for empowering pregnant women to advocate for their preferences regarding evidence-based maternity care and;

• Develop strategies for promoting evidence-based birth practices within a hospital setting.

Contact hours are available.  This program has been planned by Lamaze International for 1.1 hours of CNE credit. To earn credit, attendees must register for the event, attend the entire 75 minute webinar, and complete an online evaluation within the specified time period.  This program has also been approved for 1.0 Lamaze contact hours.  See the registration page for more details.  You do not have to be a Lamaze member to attend the webinar, but you are asked to create a profile in order to register.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to be successful as a hospital based childbirth educator and navigate some of the challenges that occur when you teach for a hospital.  You will not want to miss this webinar scheduled for tomorrow.  Make some time in your schedule, and register now!  Come back and share your thoughts in our comments section on the topic and your experiences as a hospital based childbirth educator.  I know the discussion will be lively.

Kathryn Konrad has educational experience overseeing the development and presentation of childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting classes in both hospital and community settings.  Currently she is an instructor at The University of Oklahoma College of Nursing.  She received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000 and a Masters of Science degree with an emphasis in Nursing Education from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2008.  She has been Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator since 2006, an RNC-OB since 2005 and a labor and birth nurse since 2000.  She was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators in 2011. She offers workshops on evidence-based labor support for nurses and nursing students.

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“Choosing Wisely” in maternity care: ACOG and AAFP urge women to question elective deliveries.

February 21st, 2013 by avatar

 

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Last April, the ABIM Foundation, with Consumer Reports and other partners, drew national attention to overuse of ineffective and harmful practices across the health care system with their Choosing Wisely campaign. As part of the campaign, professional medical societies identified practices within their own specialties that patients should avoid or question carefully. Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have joined the campaigndrawing national attention to the overuse and misuse of induction of labor. ACOG and AAFP are telling women and their maternity care providers:

Don’t schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks 0 days gestational age.

Don’t schedule elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor between 39 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 0 days unless the cervix is deemed favorable. 

(“Favorable” means the cervix is already thinned out and beginning to dilate, and the baby is settling into the pelvis. Another word for this is “ripe,” and doctors and midwives use a tool called the Bishop Score to give an objective measurement of ripeness. Although ACOG and AAFP do not define “favorable,” studies show cesarean risk is elevated with a Bishop Score of 8 or lower in a woman having her first birth and 6 or lower in women who have already given birth vaginally.)  

Much work has already been done to spread the first message. Although ACOG has long advised against early elective deliveries, a confluence of quality improvement programs and public awareness campaigns have made it increasingly difficult for providers to perform non-medically indicated inductions or c-sections before 39 weeks.

But as the public and the health care community have accepted the “39 weeks” directive, concern about unintended consequences has grown. Christine Morton, a researcher at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and regular contributor to Science & Sensibilitysums up concerns shared by many, including Childbirth Connection:

It is possible that this measure may sensitize stakeholders to the wrong issue: timing of birth rather than the fact that it is generally best when labor begins on its own.  Additionally, is it possible that 39 weeks could become the new “ideal” gestational age, because it will be assumed that 39 completed weeks is the best time to be born?

The second Choosing Wisely statement aims to mitigate these unintended consequences. Inducing with an unripe cervix significantly increases the chance of a c-section and its many associated harms. Women considering induction for a non-medical reason deserve to know about these excess risks, and should question whether it is worth any non-medical benefits of elective delivery they perceive or expect. Lamaze International has spoken to the importance of letting labor begin on its own, as it is the first topic in the Six Healthy Birth Practices.

But will the new message lead women and care providers to think that delivery is indicated once a woman’s cervix is ripe? Through the Choosing Wisely campaign ACOG and AAFP have made powerful statements acknowledging that scheduled delivery is unwise if the baby or the woman might not be ready for birth. Although gestational age and the Bishop score are tools to estimate readiness for birth, the best indicator of readiness is still the spontaneous onset of labor at term, the culmination of an intricate interplay of hormonal signals between the fetus and the woman. Anytime we intervene with the timing of birth we have to weigh the potential benefits and harms of overriding that process in the context of the fully informed preferences and values of women.

This summer, our collaboration with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation will culminate in the release of our first three Smart Decision Guides. These evidence-based, interactive decision support tools will help women learn the possible benefits and harms of scheduled delivery versus waiting for labor to start on its own and to weigh these based on what is most important to them. These tools help women choose wisely – to identify when an option is not appropriate or safe for them, and to thoughtfully weigh options when there are both pros and cons to consider.

Interested in learning more about shared decision making in maternity care? Sign up for a free webinar on March 13 sponsored by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation to hear more about what clinicians, consumers, employers, and others thinking about the importance of maternity care shared decision making.

 

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Lamaze International Webinar: Social Media for Childbirth Educators! Are You Signed Up?

December 12th, 2012 by avatar

There is an exciting and free webinar offered by Lamaze International tomorrow, December 13, 2012 and I wanted to make sure that you were signed up!

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Social Media for Childbirth Educators presented by: Kathryn Konrad, MS, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE will be an opportunity to learn about, discuss and explore the different methods of communicating with today’s parents.  What forums and venues do young families use to gather information and how can you harness the power of social media to build your business, market your skills and interact with the families you are working with?  Even if you are already familiar with this topic, you will be sure to learn a few new tips and discoveries that can only enhance your skills.

The specifics:

Social Media for Childbirth Educators Webinar

Date:  Thursday, December 13, 2012

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Reserve your Webinar seat now!

You may also receive 1 Lamaze Contact Hour, and one Nursing Contact Hour upon purchase and completion of a quiz. This is optional, the webinar is free.

Come back and let us know your thoughts, what you are excited to try and how you use (or will use) social media to help you in your business practices!

Please contact the Lamaze International office with questions about registering, contact hours or other webinar focused needs.  See you online!

 

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Lamaze International Webinar: “Arming Women with the Tools to Push for the Safest, Healthiest Birth Possible.”

November 20th, 2012 by avatar

An invitation from Linda Harmon, Lamaze International’s Executive Director.  Please consider joining this interactive webinar and learn how you can help women “Push for Their Baby!” I know I am going to be online and participating!  Won’t you join me! – SM

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You play an important role in helping pregnant women achieve the safest, healthiest birth possible. Throughout pregnancy and birth, women need strong partners so they can get the maternity care that meets their unique needs.

Lamaze’s Push for Your Baby effort is aimed at helping women work in partnership with their care providers to achieve the best outcomes. And, we know there’s much work to be done. Certain birth practices, such as the overuse of cesarean surgery, early induction and confinement to bed can make it harder for women to have a safe and healthy birth.

As part of our initiative, we’re pleased to invite you to join an upcoming educational webinar for nurses and childbirth educators, which will offer one nursing contact hour and one Lamaze contact hour (with the purchase of a post-webinar quiz).

 

 

Push for Your Baby Nurse & Educator Webinar
Arming Women with the Tools to Push for the Safest, Healthiest Birth Possible
Friday, November 30, 2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

During this webinar, we’ll discuss evidence-based research in maternity care, and introduce the latest tools to help nurses and educators support moms-to-be in navigating maternity care decisions. We’re excited to take this opportunity to support your important role in helping women recognize the challenges in maternity care and encourage them to speak up and push for better care for themselves and their babies.

Featured speakers include:  

  • Tara Owens Shuler, M.Ed., CD (DONA), LCCE, FACCE, Lamaze President and Director of Continuing Education, Special Projects, & Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program, Duke AHEC Program
  • Amy Romano, CNM, MSN, Co-Author, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach
  • Jessica Deeb, RN, LCCE, and new mom

At the conclusion of the presentation, we will open up for a discussion and brainstorming session where we encourage you to share the real challenges you face in helping women get the best maternity care. Our mutual work is important to the health of women and babies, and we look forward to engaging with you on this initiative.

We hope you will join us for this exciting event! Register online to attend.

Best,

Linda Harmon
Executive Director/CEO
Lamaze International

P.S. Stay tuned for additional webinars in 2013 on hot topics and controversies in maternity care.

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