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Kathy Morelli Shares Highlights from the 2014 Postpartum Support International Conference

July 15th, 2014 by avatar

Regular contributor Kathy Morelli attended the Postpartum Support International conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this past month.  In today’s post, Kathy shares her thoughts, some big take-aways and checks in with the keynote speakers, who share important messages on postpartum mood disorders with our S&S readers.  We all have a responsibility to increase awareness and treatment options for pregnant and postpartum women.- Sharon Muza, Science & Sensibility Community Manager.

PSI QuiltI want to shout from the rooftops that there are so many well-educated, caring and ethical professionals who are focusing on Maternal Mental Health! I was so fortunate to be able to attend this year’s Postpartum Support International 27th Annual Conference at the University of North Carolina (UNC) campus at Chapel Hill on June 18 – June 21, 2014.

PSI’s theme this year was “Creating Connections between Communities: Practitioners and Science: Innovative Care for Perinatal Mental Health.” It was a wonderful meeting where scholar-practitioners in the Perinatal Mental Health field met and exchanged information and best practices in order to hone their collective craft. Researchers, clinicians and identified survivors met and shared their professional and personal stories. PSI’s outgoing president, Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg, RNC, MS, reports that PSI had its largest attendance ever this year.

The keynote speakers were a group of experienced professionals, researchers and clinicians presenting on clinical, scholarly and advocacy topics: Dr. David Rubinow, of UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody of UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Marguerite Morgan, of Arbor Circle Early Childhood Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ms. Joy Bruckhard of California’s 20/20 Mom Project, and Dr. Susan Benjamin Feingold, clinical psychologist, all presented about their work in the different aspects in the field of Maternal Mental Health. Advocate Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress served as emcee at the Saturday night banquet.

Dr. David Rubinow presented on his team research regarding female hormonal fluctuations and the relationship to postpartum mood disorders in sensitive women. Dr. Rubinow is an internationally known expert in the evaluation and treatment of women with mood disorders that occur during periods of hormonal change. Regarding the team’s research, he states “Our data demonstrate that normal changes in reproductive hormones can produce affective disturbance in a susceptible group of women.” The study (Bloch et al, 2000) examined the role of endocrine factors in the etiology of postpartum depression (PPD) by comparing women with a history of PPD and without PPD. Progesterone and estriadiol was measured at baseline, addback, withdrawal, and folIow-up. 67% of the women who had PPD had a recurrence of significant affective symptoms, including a constellation of depressive and hypomanic affect, while none of the control group experienced significant affective symptoms. This indicates that women who suffer from PPD may have a trait vulnerability that isn’t present in women who do not suffer from PPD.

Dr. Susan Benjamin Feingold, the keynote speaker on Saturday evening, presented on her clinical work around the transformational nature of surviving postpartum depression, documented in her newly released book, Happy Endings, New Beginning: Navigating Postpartum Mood Disorders. Dr. Feingold presented inspirational journal entries from women in her clinical practice. She says: “ In my book, I focus on a new view of the postpartum experience and how this difficult time can be a catalyst for change, personal growth and positive transformation. Postpartum depression can be the opportunity for not only healing, but ultimately, it can be a life-changing event.”

Ms. Joy Bruckhard, MBA, of Cigna, presented on her advocacy work in as one of the founders of the Maternal Mental Health Care Collaborative in California called the 20/20 Mom Project. The 20/20 Mom Project is a national campaign and movement for moms and by moms to create specific pathways to treatment for maternal mental health disorders, to address barriers to mental health care. The 20/20 Mom Project has teamed up with Postpartum Support International, a sister non-profit to launch first-of-a-kind web-based training for clinical professionals with the aim of addressing the shortage of mental health and medical professionals who specialize in maternal mental health. Joy says: “I’m so honored to be a part of this important work. Three years ago, my worlds collided: my training through Junior League, my experience in health care working at Cigna and having had two babies myself (and perhaps mild postpartum depression), and some family experience with mental illness, I felt compelled to step up and do more.”

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, a psychiatrist at UNC Chapel Hill, presented about the ongoing stigma about using psycho-pharmaceuticals during pregnancy and breastfeeding. She expressed frustration that other medications are readily accepted for use during pregnancy, but that there is an ongoing stigma against using medications that treat the mother’s mental health.

Dr. Marguerite Morgan, LCSW, presented on her successful program with African American women at the Arbor Circle Early Childhood Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She emphasized that she drops her “PhD-Dr” demeanor and constantly strives to connect at a human level with the people she serves. She is well versed in Christianity and quotes biblical passages about helping oneself during dark times, thus normalizing the experience of depression to her population in an accessible manner.

The psychodynamic approach to perinatal mood disorders was presented by Ms. Lorraine Caputo, LMFT, which addresses the mental health of women across the lifespan. Research and clinical practice indicates that a woman’s previous life experiences can have an impact on her transition to parenthood. On the lifelong care of a woman’s mental health, Ms. Caputo says: “I believe it’s crucial to help women with a history of trauma to make connections between the past and present in a way that psychodynamic treatment is uniquely poised to provide. The perinatal period is a natural time of enormous change, and in the best of circumstances will cause dysregulation, psychological transformation and re-identifications and dis-identifications with one’s own parents. And, given how entirely a pregnant woman and a postpartum mother surrenders her body to her child, childhood sexual traumas in the mother’s past can be triggered by this intense period of physical and emotional bonding with her baby. A psychoanalytic intervention that involves the development of a coherent narrative about how she was parented, and making connections between unrelenting anxiety, ruminations, self blame, and her past history can free a new mother from self doubt, guilt, and fear that she will not be a good mother. This work is done in a carefully paced way, using self reflection and the relationship with the therapist to help the mother feel safe and her powerful feelings contained and held by the therapist.”

Dr. Kelly Brogan, of Womens Holistic Psychiatry, discussed holistic clinical pathways to reproductive mental health.

Of note was the unique reproductive psychiatric sharing session, where reproductive psychiatrists came together to discuss clinical situations which they have encountered. This session was an extension of the collaborative professional LISTSERV that PSI hosts for clinical member reproductive psychiatrists.

Sessions on Healthy Postpartum Relationships were presented by both Ms. Elly Taylor and Ms. Karen Kleiman, LMFT, of the Postpartum Stress Center. Karen Kleiman has recently published her book, Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage after Postpartum Depression, informed from her extensive clinical experience with postpartum couples. Ms. Kleiman presented her overarching framework for treating distressed postpartum couples, identifying 8 tokens to be cultivated in the therapeutic encounter. One of the tokens she refers to as a “Token of Affection.” Ms. Kleiman notes: “Recovery from postpartum depression does not happen overnight, thus, creating a lag between the crisis and a sense of well-being for the couple. During this transitional period both partners are anxious to return to normal while they are simultaneously challenged by buried negative emotions and unmet expectations. Tokens of Affection are gift-giving gestures on behalf of the relationship. As a reparative resource, the Tokens lead the way toward renewed harmony and reconnection.”

Elly Taylor remarks: “It’s common for couples – even happily married ones – to find that the bond between them becomes stretched following the birth of their baby. This comes as a shock for most and increases the risk for perinatal mood disorders for some. But prepare for this, and its possible not only to protect the bond, but build on it as the foundation for family.” She has recently published her book about the postpartum couple’s experience called, Becoming Us, in the United States.

Included here are some closing thoughts from the incoming PSI president, Ann Smith, RN, MSN, CNM:

“PSI is the original and leading organization dealing with perinatal mood disorder which we now know affects approximately 1 in 7 moms. It’s the leading complication of childbearing. All women can be affected regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status and whether the pregnancy was wanted. When treated promptly and by someone who has familiarity with these disorders, moms get better quite quickly. PSI has training programs nationwide which train providers in evidence based treatments. Many women need a combination of medication and talk therapy to get better as quickly as possible. There are a number of medications which have been proven safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Support groups are also helpful.

PSI wants everyone to remember three things:

You are not alone, you are not to blame, with help you will be well.

For assistance, call the PSI Warmline at 800-944-4PPD or visit online


Bloch, M., Schmidt, P. J., Danaceau, M., Murphy, J., Nieman, L., & Rubinow, D. R. (2000). Effects of gonadal steroids in women with a history of postpartum depression. American Journal of Psychiatry157(6), 924-930.


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Is Your Conference on our Maternal Health, Birth & Breastfeeding Conference List?

December 31st, 2013 by avatar

conferenceschedulev2As we say goodbye to 2013 and look ahead to a new year, professionals all over the world are planning to attend a variety of conferences all around the world. For the second year in a row, Lamaze International‘s Science & Sensibility in partnership with Birthswell, have compiled a comprehensive, continually updated list of conferences, trainings and programs of great interest to anyone working in the field of maternal infant health.

If you are looking for a place to receive continuing education, advance your professional knowledge or would like to present an abstract to be selected for presentation, check out our thorough list found here.

If you want to have your event posted on our comprehensive web page of maternal health, birth and breastfeeding conferences, please use our submission form here to have your conference information included. Be sure that your organization’s events are posted so that others can learn more about what you are offering.



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Maternal Health, Birth, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Conferences

July 5th, 2013 by avatar

If you have a conference to share with our readers, or you have some updated information on a conference already listed, please use our conference contact form to pass the info along.  We will then make sure to update our information!

You can always find the most updated conference list by clicking on the “calendar” logo that resides in the right hand column of this blog!  That will always take you to the current list

 Share your conference schedule updates here.


October 16-18: Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) , Albuquerque, NM

October 13- November 30: GOLD Perinatal Online Conference 2015, online

September 28-October 3: Hypnobabies 2015 Birth Professionals Retreat, The Big Island, HI

September 17-20: Joint ICEA-Lamaze Conference, Las Vegas, NV

September 9-11: Health Connect One’s National Action Summit, Chicago, IL

August 7-8: DONA Virtual Conference

July 22 – 25: ILCA 30th Anniversary Conference & Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

July 13-15: Post CAPPA Conference 20 Hour Lactation Educator Workshop, Tucson, AZ

July 10-12: Annual CAPPA Conference, Tucson, AZ

June 27-July 1: ACNM Annual Meeting and Exhibition, National Harbor, MD

June 15-17: Normal Birth: Into the Future – Normal Labour and Birth, Grange Over Sands, Lake District, UK

June 13-17: 2015 AWHONN Convention, Long Beach, CA

May 29-31: Homebirth Australia Conference, Melbourne, Victoria

May 22-24: SQUATfest, New Orleans, LA

May 15: Breastfeeding Support: It Takes a Village, Stockton, CA

May 12: Partners in Perinatal Health, Norwood, MA

May 6-7: Breastfeeding: California Grown, Roseville, CA

May 2: Birth in Portlandia – NACEF, Portland, OR

May 1-3: 20 Hour Lactation Educator Workshop, Redondo Beach, CA

April 13-June 1: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2015, online

April 10-11: Inland Northwest Birth Professionals Conference, Spokane, WA

March 27-29: 20 hour Lactation Educator Workshop, Rumson, NJ

March 24, 2015: Doula UK Conference, Birmingham, UK

March 20: REACHE Conference, Seattle, WA

March 18-22: Midwifery Today Conference, Eugene, OR

March 12-14: 20 hour Lactation Educator Workshop, Tarpon Springs, FL

March 5-6: Safe Infant Sleep Conference, Pasadena, CA

February 26-28: 20 hour Lactation Educator Workshop,  Port Orchard, WA

February 17-March 31: GOLD Midwifery Online Conference 2015, online


November 14: Michigan Breastfeeding Network Summit in Detroit, MI

November 8-9: Dancing for Birth Instructor Training, San Diego, CA

October 23-26: MANA 2014 Conference, St. Louis, MO

October 1 – 4: Birth and Beyond Conference in London, ON, Canada

October 1-2: Maternal Child Health Conference, Indianapolis, IN

September 30: Trauma in the Perinatal Period, Indianapolis, IN

September 18-21: Lamaze & DONA Confluence, Kansas City, MO

September 10-14: ICEA Conference; Back to Our Roots: Changing Practices, Empowering Lives, Asheville, NC

July 11 – 13: CAPPA: Staying Grounded, Growing Strong in Charlotte, NC

June 14-18: 2014 AWHONN Convention, Orlando, FL

May 15: 25th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference, Des Moines, IA

May 13-17: ACNM Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Denver, CO

May 6-7: Partners in Perinatal Health, Norwood, MA

April 6-9: NASPOG Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH

March 28: Whose Birth Is It? Balancing Evidence, Expectation, Culture and Choice, Lynnwood, WA

March 27 – 30: Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training at Bastyr University, San Diego, CA

March 26: Supporting NJ’s Birth Plan, New Brunswick, NJ

March 20-21: Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, Chapel Hill, NC

March 8: Empowering Fearless Birth TN, Murfreesboro, TN

March 6-7: Building Blocks: Creating Baby Friendly Hospitals & Communities, Albuquerque, NM

March 4-6, Racial Justice or “Just Us”? Birth and Breastfeeding Conference, Washington DC

March 1: A Physiologic Approach to Childbirth, Salt Lake City, UT

February 21-21, From Trauma to Triumph: When Survivors Give Birth Advanced Practitioner Training, Lafayette, CO

February 10 – 14: Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care, Mercer Island, WA

February 8 – 9:  When Survivors Give Birth at Bastyr University, San Diego, CA

February 7-9: Spinning Babies, Mesa, AZ

January 25 – 26: When Survivors Give Birth at Bastyr University, San Diego, CA

January 16: Beyond Birth Outcomes: How Stress and Racism Impact the Generations, Bellevue, WA


November 14-17:  Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health’s  Annual Conference On Birth Psychology in Asilomar, CA

November 6-9:  Birth and Beyond Conference in London, ON, Canada

November 6-8: Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Chicago, IL

November 2 – 6: American Public Health Association Conference in Boston MA

October 25 – 27: CAPPA Anniversary Conference in Destin, FL

October 24 – 27: Midwives Alliance of North America Annual Conference in Portland, OR

October 24 – 25: PSI PMAD Training, Grand Rapids, MI

October 18: Lactation Update with Marie Biancuzzo, Plymouth, MI

October 11 – 13: Lamaze Innovative Learning Forum in New Orleans, LA

October 10: Optimal Outcomes in Women’s Health; Supporting Physiologic Birth,  in Minneapolis, MN

October 4 – 6: LLL of the Sunshine State Conference in Daytona Beach, FL

September 29 – 30: Bringing Light to Motherhood Training, Los Angeles, CA

September 28-29: VBAC Summit, Miami, FL

September 26 – 29: American Association of Birth Centers Conference in Minneapolis, MN

September 25-26: Midwest Lactation Conference, Indianapolis, IN

September 18-22: Trust Birth Conference in Sydney, Australia

August 29 – 30: PSI PMAD Training, Winfield, IL

August 3: Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum, Tualatin (Portland), OR

August 2 -3: Squat Birth Journal Squatfest, San Francisco, CA

July 29-30: Bringing Light to Motherhood Training, Los Angeles, CA

July 26-28: Birth Activist Retreat, Salt Lake City, UT

July 25 – 28: International Lactation Consultant Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia

July 19 – 20: DONA International Virtual Conference 2013, ONLINE

June 21 -22: Postpartum Support International Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

June 21 – 22: Inequity In Breastfeeding Support Summit in Seattle, WA

June 20 and July 9: The Womb-to-World Webinar Series: Advanced Biological Nurturing® Laid-back Breastfeeding, online webinar

June 20-23: 2013 Tongue-Tie Summit,  Orlando, FL

June 19 – 22: Postpartum Support International, Minneapolis, MN

June 15 – 19: AWHONN Annual Convention in Nashville, TN

June 9: The Importance of Core Strength in the Prenatal and Postnatal Client, Elgin, Illinois

June 7 – 9: Breastfeeding and PSI of Washingtion Professional Training, Spokane, WA

June 6 – 7: NY State Perinatal Conference Partnerships for Advocacy & Action: Perinatal Excellence in NYS, Albany, NY

June 5 – 7: Normal Labour and Birth: 8th Research Conference, Grange Over Sands, English Lake District,
May 30 – June 4: ACNM 58th Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN

May 24 – 26: LLL Regional Conference – Southern California/Nevada Region, Newport Beach, CA

May 22 – 24: ISPOG Conference, Berlin Germany

September 28-29: VBAC Summit, Miami, FL

May 17 – 19: LLL Leader Education Weekend and Parent Day, Denver, CO

May 16 – 19: American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

May 14: Partners in Perinatal Health 24th Annual Conference, Norwood, MA

May 5 – 6: California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Sacramento, CA

May 4 – 8: ACOG 61th Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans, LA

May 3 – 5: United States Lactation Consultant Association Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO

May 2 – 3: Baystate Medical Center Lactation Services Annual Breastfeeding Conference, Holyoke, MA

April 26: A Day with Jack Newman Workshop, Bellaire, MI

April 22 – 27th: Christian Midwives International Conference in Savannah, GA

April 22 – May 31: GOLD Online Conference 2013 ONLINE

April 15 – 16: PSI PMAD Training, Indianapolis, IN

April 11 – 12: Perinatal Professionals Consortium, West Jordan, UT

April 6: LLL of Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Vermont Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference, Lowell, MA

April 4 – 5: PSI PMAD Training, Jacksonville, FL

April 3 – 7: Midwifery Today Conference in Eugene, OR.

April 3 – 6: Breastfeeding; The Gold Standard, New Orleans, LA

March 22: REACHE Conference, in Renton, WA

March 20: New Jersey Birth Network Symposium on Birth Practices in New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

March 21 – 22: 8th Breastfeeding & Feminism Conference, Chapel Hill, NC

March 18: Boston Association for Childbirth Education & Nursing Mother’s Council Breastfeeding Conference, Boxborough, MA

March 6 – April 6: iLactation Conference, Premies, Priorities, and Practice, ONLINE

March 1 – 3: MANA region 1 Conference in Nashua, NH. Contact birthart@metrocast.net for details.

March 1 – 2: CIMS 2013 Forum, Kansas City, MO

February 2-3: When Survivors Give Birth Workshop, Seattle, WA

January 25-26: When Survivors Give Birth Workshop, San Diego, CA

9th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference 2013

updated 01/05/14

This list is developed and maintained in partnership with our friends at Birthswell.




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Share Your Favorite 2013 Birth Conferences with Science & Sensibility

January 16th, 2013 by avatar


Science & Sensibility is in the process of compiling a comprehensive calendar of all the 2013 conferences that might be of interest to our wide variety of readers and we want your input.  Do you belong to an organization that is having a conference in 2013? Do you have a favorite conference that you look forward to attending year after year?  Is there a dream conference that you have always wanted to attend that you think our blog readers might like to know about?

I love to attend conferences, (Lamaze International’s is one of my very favorites) and love to read through all my choices every year. I also know that obtaining contact hours and hearing the newest information, brought to me by leaders in maternity care topics is essential to being current and up to date.  Also, it energizes me to be with others who share my professional interests.

If you would like your organization’s conference to be considered for inclusion in our conference calendar of items of interest to birth professionals of all sorts, please send an email to  me with the information listed below.

Yes!  I have a conference you should know about!


Please send an email to Sharon Muza, S&S Community Manager, with the following information (or as much of it as you have) if you have a recommendation for a 2013 conference to be included in Science & Sensibility’s comprehensive list.

Organization Name

Organization Website

Conference Date

Conference Location (City and State)

Conference Title (if known)

Other information you feel is important

Deadline for submission is Friday, January 24th, 2013.

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“Six Healthy Conference Practices” Will Lead To Success At The 2012 Lamaze International Innovative Learning Forum!

August 14th, 2012 by avatar

Lamaze International’s “Six Healthy Conference Practices” will help you to have the best conference experience possible when you attend the 2012 Lamaze International Innovative Learning Forum, thereby insuring a rewarding, satisfying and fun learning opportunity.

This year, Lamaze International is offering childbirth educators and birth professionals, including lactation consultants, doulas, midwives, physicians, perinatal fitness instructors, perinatal education managers, L&D nurses and more, a unique opportunity to enjoy a rich and participatory learning experience in the beautiful city of Nashville, Tennessee on October 26-28, 2012 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel.

The theme of the the Innovative Learning Forum is “Safe & Healthy Birth: The Music of Our Head, Heart & Hands” and is a wonderful recognition of the varied and extensive contribution Nashville has made to American music.  Nashville is known as “Music City” for good reason.  The Nashville Tourism website sums it up beautifully:

There’s a place where music lives. A place where music hangs its hat and puts its feet up on the furniture. A place where people don’t just talk about songs and CDs and lyrics, but live them night and day. That place is Nashville. Music City.

But, while music is the lifeblood of Nashville, visitors will also find a city of culture and history, of haute cuisine, of pro sports, outstanding academics, natural beauty and pure Southern charm. Nashville is a place where the past and the future peacefully coexist and build, one on the other, to create a destination that appeals to the interests of every visitor. This city is alive. You can feel its pulse when you walk down its sidewalks. And, fortunately, you can also hear it almost anywhere you go.

While exploring the city and all it has to offer during breaks in the Learning Forum will surely be enjoyable, the real music (and magic) will be happening in the conference location, where men and women from around the world will be gathering to share, learn, discuss, collaborate, plan and dream about supporting pregnancies, labors, births and parenting experiences that are grounded in science, and offer safety and respect to all families on the road to parenthood.

The Six Healthy Conference Practices include:

1. Taking advantage of pre-conference workshops that maximize your learning and minimize your travel expenses.

Participate in a pre-conference workshop for nurses by attending the Lamaze Evidence-Based Nursing Care: Labor Support Skills Workshop with Judith Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE on Thursday, October 25, or the Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar presented by the Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Program at Duke AHEC, Wed., October 24-Friday, October 26.

2. Enjoying presentations by four well-known keynote speakers, leaders in the field of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.

The keynote speakers this year will be offering information on four topics of interest to birth professionals;

  • Maternal Safety will be addressed by Ina May Gaskin, PhD (Hon.), MA, CPM.
  • Evidence Based Teaching and Practice will be highlighted by Steven B. Frye, PhD, MA, MDiv, ThM.
  • Infant Safety will be covered by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC and
  • Media and Marketing will be presented by Abby Epstein

3. Participating in learning opportunities all weekend long that earn you continuing education and contact hours.

Join your choice of interactive learning sessions, with a list of presenters who are guaranteed to be engaging, dynamic and memorable. Attend film showings, review the poster presentations and participate in morning exercise sessions throughout the weekend.  You will leave energized and exposed to new research and trends and teaching ideas sure to enrich your own classes.  The learning opportunities will be bountiful during your entire time at the conference as Lamaze provides you with an interactive breakdown of the preceding keynote sessions into three different perspectives: Head, Heart and Hands.

4. Getting a taste of Nashville and southern hospitality by joining in on Friday and Saturday night organized social events.

The best restaurants in Nashville have Lamaze International at the top of their reservation list, with tables reserved just for conference attendees on Friday night all around town.  Saturday night finds you kicking up your heels and tapping your toes to the best line-up of singers, songwriters and musicians the city has to offer at the “Music City Celebration.”

5. Networking, meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones can be a top priority.

The opportunity to meet and mingle, share tasty refreshments and explore the exhibit hall and its many shopping opportunities with other birth professionals will be another highlight of this year’s conference.  People come from all over the world to attend (and exhibit at) the Lamaze International Conference every year, and this year will not be any different.  Meet the board members and staff of Lamaze International, attend the annual Lamaze membership meeting and applaud this year’s FACCE inductees.  There will be plenty of time to circulate, meet your colleagues from across the globe and discuss all the conference going-ons.

6. A 2012 Virtual Learning Forum experience is available for those who can not attend in person this year.

Lamaze International recognizes that not everyone who would like to attend the annual conference is able to join in person every year.  This year, if you find that traveling to the conference is not possible, please consider attending virtually from your home or workplace.  Better yet, join in with other professionals in your community and share that experience.  You will be able to register and participate virtually in the four keynote presentations, so you do not have to miss these exciting learning opportunities.

Register now! Early Bird Ends 9/24.

If you have not yet registered for the 2012 Lamaze International Innovative Learning Forum, please do not hesitate to register now!  Early registration allows you to take advantage of early bird conference pricing,which will save you significantly on conference fees,  guarantees you the special conference rate on housing at the hotel and will help you to have plenty of time to prepare travel plans and arrangements for what is sure to be a fun and exciting time in Nashville. Be sure to follow the Six Healthy Conference Practices to enjoy what will be the best conference ever!

Are you planning to go?  Do you need a roommate? What is getting you excited about the upcoming Innovative Learning Forum?  Will this be your first conference?  What have you enjoyed about previous conferences you have attended?  Share your plans,  thoughts and hopes for this conference in our comments and let us know that we can expect to see you! 

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