You are invited to submit an abstract for the 2015 Lamaze International – ICEA Joint Conference: Raising the Stakes for Evidence Based Practices & Education in Childbirth. This fantastic conference is scheduled for September 17 – 20, 2015 at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Share your knowledge and expertise with maternal health care professionals from around the globe.
Lamaze International and the International Childbirth Education Association are two of the oldest and most respected childbirth education organizations. These two childbirth education leaders last came together in 2010 for a groundbreaking mega-conference in Milwaukee, WI. and was attended by many hundreds of educators and other birth professionals.
Here we are five years later, and it is happening again, but will certainly be bigger and better than before. At this time the joint conference committee is soliciting abstracts to be considered for this year’s conference program. Abstracts are wanted for both concurrent sessions and morning exercise sessions.
This year’s conference objectives are to:
Analyze the evidence base for childbearing and breastfeeding practices, education and support.
Implement strategies that use technology and innovation to reach and support childbearing and breastfeeding women.
- Describe new and emerging research that supports normal pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding practices.
- Address professional challenges in providing support for childbearing families and breastfeeding women.
Abstracts are being solicited that speak to one or more of the following areas:
Evidence-Based Teaching and Practice
Childbearing families face key choices when selecting providers and birth facilities, as well as options during pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding. By providing evidence-based information, childbearing professionals can empower women to make informed decisions about their care. For this track, we seek presenters who will clarify how to identify the evidence for practices that can improve safety and satisfaction for childbearing.
Using Technology and Innovation to Reach Childbearing and Breastfeeding Women
Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, Flipped Classrooms, Vine, apps, and blogs. Millennial women are highly connected to social media and widely receive information about childbirth, postpartum, breastfeeding and parenting through social media platforms. How can childbirth professionals connect electronically with new or potential clients and integrate technology into education, support and advocacy? For this track we seek presenters who will present case studies, technology tool demos and best practices, or marketing tips for the independent provider, educator and doula.
New and Emerging Research in the Field of Childbearing and Breastfeeding
For this track we seek presenters who will share new research, practice guidelines and collaborative efforts (published in the last three to five years) that are relevant to childbearing and breastfeeding families and those who serve those families. Topics may range from holistic approaches to perinatal care, nutritional recommendations, effects of stress and toxic environmental exposures on pregnancy, the life course approach to healthy birth, breastfeeding, epigenetics and the intrauterine environment, approaches for women with pregnancy complications, preconception health, VBAC, and other subjects.
Challenges of the Maternal Child Professional
For this track, we seek presentations on professional issues and practice challenges. Topics may range from meeting the needs of a diverse classroom, ethical issues, healthcare reform, insurance reimbursement, meeting cultural needs and more. Presenters will share innovative techniques for supporting and sharing information with pregnant and parenting families and for advocating for the needs of childbearing women in the classroom and in the community.
The deadline for abstract submission is Sunday, February 1, 2015 and I am confident that many of you have expertise, knowledge and skills that will be well received at this gathering of professionals. What a great opportunity for you to present on your passion and for all the birth professionals; childbirth educators, doulas, lactation consultants, midwives, physicians, l&d nurses, counselors, authors and more to learn from YOU! Receive a generous honorarium and conference discount if your abstract is accepted. You will be contacted by March 6th, 2015 about the status of your submission.
In case you are still on the fence about submitting, here are my top ten reasons to speak at the 2015 Lamaze/ICEA conference:
- Help fund your way – (honorarium and registration discount)
- Build up your resume or CV
- Share something interesting or innovative with others
- Have fun with a peer by submitting a joint presentation
- Provide information about new research that others need to know
- Grow your international presence by presenting to a global audience
- Contribute to a successful conference
- Guarantee your commitment to attend this year’s conference
- Meet new people
- Have a ton of fun
Please consider sharing your wisdom! Start working on your conference abstract now. The Online Abstract Submission Portal is thorough but easy to use. You can find more information on submitting an abstract and access to the the online abstract submission tool here. See you in Las Vegas, where we all will be “Raising the Stakes for Evidence Based Practices & Education in Childbirth!” Let us know in the comments section if you are planning to submit! I look forward to all of your great ideas!