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New Lamaze Campaign: Push For Your Baby! Childbirth Educators Play A Key Role

May 22nd, 2012 by avatar

Lamaze International has released a new campaign, “Push for Your Baby!” that demonstrates the key role that childbirth educators have in providing the tools for mother and families to ask for and receive the best care possible for their pregnancy, labor and birth.

Along with the “Push for Your Baby” campaign, Lamaze International reveals two new websites, Lamaze International for Parents geared for parents and consumers seeking information about classes, best practices and resources to help them connect with a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and have the best birth possible and Lamaze International for the childbirth professional, where you can find professional development opportunities, forums for peer connection, resources for working with families to help them have the safest and healthiest births possible and information on becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.

“With the right information and education, women have the opportunity to be active partners in their care during pregnancy and birth, not just recipients of that care,” said and Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program for the Duke AHEC Program. “This campaign is designed to help women be ‘savvy shoppers’ and prepared to seek out the best care for their babies and themselves.”Lamaze President-elect Tara Owens Shuler, MEd, CD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, Director of Continuing Education, Special Projects

The key components of the “Push for Your Baby” campaign include;

  • Push for Better!

Women often do not know what questions to ask or how to find out if the recommendations and suggestions provided by care providers are in line with research about what is best for mothers and babies. Childbirth educators play a significant role in preparing parents to have the conversations that matter, when the parents have learned and understand what the current research says about healthy birth practices from attending your classes.

  • Spot the Best Care

Parents often receive an overabundance of information during the childbearing year on the topics of pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding and newborn/infant care. Much of this information, though potentially well meaning, might not be totally accurate. Lamaze provides an easy way for parents to understand the practices that offer the safest care and explains their options and avoid unnecessary interventions. Directing your families to the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, complete with short videos and downloadable pdfs of research and resources helps simplify the information overload and provides accurate resources to help parents understand how to have the healthiest and safest birth possible.

  • Childbirth Challenges
As labor unfolds, being flexible and adapting to changing circumstances is an absolute necessity for women and their partners. Working in partnership with their care providers to understand interventions and the alternatives that might be available can help families to avoid unintended consequences. Your role as a childbirth educator is critical to giving mothers and partners the tools to face these challenges if they should arise during their labor and birth.

  • Questions to Ask Your Physician or Midwife

10 Questions to Ask When Selecting A Care Provider can help families to identify doctors and midwives who are a good fit for them and who practice in a way that feels good to the mother. Using these well thought out questions can help families decide who is the right person to help them welcome their baby in the safest and healthiest way possible. Women may not do the up front “leg work” to find a provider who shares their vision of pregnancy and birth, but these questions provide a great guide. Using these questions as resources in an early pregnancy class can help your students find the right fit for their pregnancy and birth.

Questions to Ask During Labor and Birth will help mothers and their partners to ask the important questions when faced with decisions during their labor and birth. The unpredictability of certain birth situations will require parents to gather information. These simple questions will help them to organize their thoughts and advocate for their birth and their baby. Taking time to collect this information will allow mothers to feel confident in the decisions they make as they work to birth their baby in the safest and healthiest manner possible.

Childbirth education can help you to push for the best care! In a poignant, and extremely effective eight minute video, meet seven women and hear more about their births, the challenges they faced, their experiences in seeking care that felt good to them and the choices they made. Hear how these women feel about their birth experience. The celebrations and the forks in the road. These stories are a wonderful cross section of the types of experiences that women in our classes may receive, all across the country and around the world. The message in the video is loud and clear that childbirth education helps women to be better positioned to ask the right questions, seek appropriate care and be more prepared to face the challenges that may arise during their labor and birth.

Take a look at this video, and think about how you can share these women’s stories with the women and families that you work with. What discussions can grow from the stories in the video?  How are you going to use this learning tool to help prepare the families that you work with to “Push for Your Baby” and receive the care they and their babies deserve? Share your ideas with us here in our comments section and let us know what YOU plan to do?

Lamaze educators around the world are the cornerstone of  good childbirth education preparation for today’s parents. The “Push for Your Baby” campaign recognizes the information that parents learn in your classes helps them to be better prepared, play an active role in advocating for themselves and their babies and asking for care that is backed by research and proven to be safest and healthest for mom and baby.

What you can you do today?

Explore both the Lamaze for Parents and Lamaze International for educators websites and see what is new and exciting

Watch and share the “Push for Your Baby- Parents Share Their Stories” video with your online community

Place the new “Push for Your Baby” Logo, Banner and Button on your blog or website to let the world know you support safe and healthy birth practices

Visit the Lamaze Science & Sensibility Facebook Page and share the “I Help Parents Push for the Best Care” picture to spread the word in your social community about this exciting new campaign and your role in helping parents to “Push for Your Baby.”

Watch the Science & Sensibility blog over the next days and weeks as we explore together all the rich resources available to you as educators on the new and improved websites.


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Coming May 22nd, Lamaze International’s New Campaign; “Push For Your Baby”

May 18th, 2012 by avatar

Did you know that Lamaze is launching a new campaign called “Push for Your Baby”? It’s an effort to encourage women to speak up and push for better care for themselves and their babies, and to spotlight the role that childbirth education has in equipping women with the information they need to be active partners in their care. Keep an eye out for additional details on Tuesday, May 22nd.   The “Push For Your Baby” campaign is chock full of resources to help families achieve a safe and healthy birth.  Look for more info on Science & Sensibility on May 22nd to learn how Lamaze continues to be the leader in promoting safe and healthy birth for women and babies.







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Kimmelin Hull Steps Down as Science & Sensibility Community Manager

April 4th, 2012 by avatar

Dear Science & Sensibility readers,

It is with deep regret that I announce my resignation from the post of Community Manager of this blog site. As you may know, I suffered a head injury in mid-January, resulting in my medical leave of absence over the past 2 ½ months. Lamaze has been incredibly generous in their support of me during this time; we had all hoped I would be able to resume the helm by the end of April.

Unfortunately, my recovery has been slow and far from complete. At this time, it makes the most sense to encourage a longer term replacement. Thanks to Deena Blumenfeld, Lisa Baker and Kathy Morelli for their enthusiastic assumption of Guest Manager posts during these past three months.

It has been an honor and privilege to serve Lamaze International and you, the reader of Science & Sensibility. I encourage all of you to keep reading, writing and discovering the best ways to practice evidence-based care of perinatal women, babies and families.


Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE, FACCE

Call for Applicants: Community Manager, Science & Sensibility

Lamaze International is searching for a new Community Manager to take the lead on Science & Sensibility. This is a prime opportunity for experienced bloggers who have an online presence and demonstrated commitment to advancing evidence-based birth practices.   Interested applicants should submit a letter describing qualifications and vision, along with a current resume to Linda Harmon, Executive Director by April 16, 2012 at director@lamaze.org.

About Science & Sensibility

Science & Sensibility is a multi-disciplinary blog launched in April 2009 by Lamaze International to improve knowledge of evidence-base maternity care among Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and other birth professionals and advocates.  It is one of the leading online resources for up-to-date news and analysis of research and policy issues affecting childbearing women.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for appointment shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  •     Demonstrated commitment to advancing safe and healthy birth and to the Lamaze approach to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
  • Knowledge of the fields of maternity care and perinatal education and their current trends and advances.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based maternity care and the limitations of evidence.
  • Reputation as an online presence advocating for safe and healthy birth preferred.
  • Progressive vision for the role Science & Sensibility can play in disseminating knowledge and shaping conversations.
  • Experience writing for a blog. (Experience writing for peer-reviewed publication(s) preferred.)
  • Knowledge of WordPress or other blogging platform.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and manage tasks associated with a multi-contributor blog.
  • Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator preferred.


After the successful completion of a two (2) month probation period, the Community Manager will be appointed for a two (2) year term and may be renewed for additional two (2) year terms.


Lamaze International will provide the Editor with a quarterly honorarium of $2,500 ($10,000 annually) and provides marketing and IT support as needed.

General Responsibilities

The Community Manager of Science & Sensibility is directly accountable to the Lamaze International Executive Director. The Community Manager is responsible for all aspects of preparing the content of Science & Sensibility for publication, and is responsible for engaging with other bloggers on collaborative efforts. The specific responsibilities include:

  •  Prepare or solicit from contributors at least 8-10 blog posts per month and coordinate publication schedule.
  • Edit and prepare all content for publication in WordPress.
  • Work with new contributors to provide supportive and constructive feedback on blog submissions, and identify and appoint new contributors as needed.
  • Monitor and engage with other blogs covering issues that impact maternity care research and policy.
  • Participate in or coordinate online community events including collaborative writing projects and blog carnivals.
  • Manage Science & Sensibility Facebook page and participate in Twitter communication.
  • Moderate blog comments, and establish and enforce Community policies (e.g., commenting policy, editorial policies, etc.).
  • Participate in monthly phone calls with the Lamaze social media team and the Lamaze Institute for Safe and Healthy Birth.
  • Contribute periodic research summaries or articles based for publication in The Journal of Perinatal Education.
  • Provide periodic reports on Science & Sensibility as requested.



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Introducing Kathy Morelli, our new Guest Community Manager.

March 30th, 2012 by avatar

I have immensely enjoyed my time with Science and Sensibility! Thank you for the support and comments throughout the month of March. As my assignment draws to a close, I would like to introduce to you our newest Guest Community Manager, Kathy Morelli:

Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wayne, NJ and the Director of BirthTouch, LLC®. She provides Marriage and Family Counseling in Wayne, New Jersey with a special interest in perinatal mood disorders, sexual abuse and its impact on parenting. EMDR is one of  the mindbody therapies she uses to address trauma. In addition, private childbirth education is available for those suffering from depression, anxiety or trauma. Kathy supports women & families in all birth & parenting choices, as she believes safe and loving parenting occurs on a contiuuum of good-enough, normal behaviors.

At her BirthTouch® website, she offers a private online support group for those suffering from perinatal mood disorders called BirthTouch® Social Connect. She blogs about the emotions of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and couples. Kathy is the author of BirthTouch® Shiatsu and Acupressure for the Childbearing Year and BirthTouch® Healing for Parents in the NICU.   Kathy has lectured on BirthTouch® at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Semmelweis Conference for Midwifery, several birth conferences, including BirthWorks®, HypnoBirthing®, at midwifery schools, and at Postpartum Support International’s Annual 2011 Conference. She presents trainings to allied health/birth organizations about maternal mental health, family systems and good-enough parenting and is found on web media, such as PBS’ This Emotional Life, writing and speaking about this subject. She is a CEU provider for DONA International. She  volunteers on Postpartum Support International’s warmline.

Kathy founded and co-moderates #MHON , a psycho-educational and supportive Twitter chat led by credentialed Mental Health professionals around mental health issues, hoping to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

Welcome aboard Kathy! Best wishes for the month of April.

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2012 Lamaze Innovative Learning Forum Abstract Deadline

February 24th, 2012 by avatar

The abstract submission deadline for the 2012 Lamaze Innovative Learning Forum is March 5. This year, Lamaze is looking for presentations and hands-on sessions that build transferable skills among conference attendees. A select number of proposals are being accepted for this new conference format; please review the submission guidelines prior to submitting your abstract.

Share your expertise with hundreds of like-minded, passionate colleagues – submit your abstract online today!

We look forward to seeing you October 26-28 in Nashville, TN, to experience the new 2012 Lamaze Innovative Learning Forum: “Safe and Healthy Birth: The Music of Our Head, Heart and Hands.”

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