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