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Lamaze International Has The Up-to-Date Resources You Need! Are You Connected?

July 21st, 2015 by avatar

lamaze connectedLamaze International offers a large variety of useful material for Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and others to use to increase professional knowledge and help you when working with and sharing information with expectant and new families.  There are YouTube videos, infographics, a smartphone app, professional and consumer blogs, a Pinterest account, weekly newsletters for families, bi-weekly newsletters for Lamaze members, Facebook pages, a Twitter account, Instagram photos, live and recorded webinars and more all available to help you better serve the families that you work with. No matter what type of resource material you choose to access, you can be sure that it is evidence based, current and presented in a professional manner.  Here is a summary of many of these resources in one place so that you can use this post as a reference for easy access to useful information whenever you want.

Blogs

Science & Sensibility blog for birth professionals – if you are reading this,  of course you have already found this blog.  Published twice a week, you can get all the news, analyses of recently published studies, teaching ideas and more.  You can subscribe to this blog to be sure never to miss a post.

Giving Birth with Confidence – Lamaze International’s consumer blog written by Cara Terreri, CD(DONA), LCCE.  Follow along with families as they move through their pregnancies, get up to date information on pregnancy, birth and postpartum information – all delivered in a consumer friendly, easy to read format.

Videos

Lamaze International YouTube channel – a variety of videos, including “From the President’s Desk,” where Lamaze President, Dr. Robin Elise Weiss shares information on a variety of current issues, short and informative videos on many of our infographics, Six Healthy Birth Practices, and many more professional and consumer friendly videos that promotes safe and healthy births.  You can subscribe to this YouTube channel to receive updates when new videos are added.

Facebook

Pinterest

Twitter

  • @LamazeOnline – educators and parents can follow along on lots of updates and a great interactive monthly Twitter chat.
  • @LamazeAdvocates – connects birth pros with peers, professional development & resources to support expectant parents on their journey to a natural, safe & healthy birth, as well as participate in a monthly Twitter chat on a variety of topics.

Pregnancy & Parenting Smartphone App

A great tool for families to use through pregnancy, labor/birth and parenting.  Comprehensive, full of great evidence based information and simply very useful.  Check out the Pregnancy & Parenting app page on the Lamaze International website to see all the useful features, and find resources to help you introduce the app to the families you work with.

Infographics

Evidenced based information in an easy to read (and easy to share), visually appealing infographic format.  Topics include:

  • VBACs (new!)
  • Cesareans
  • Labor Support
  • Healthy Birth Practices
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Epidurals
  • Separating Mom and Baby
  • Restricted Food & Drink
  • Restricted Movement
  • Avoiding the First Cesarean
  • Inductions

Find them all here, in both web-based and jpeg formats suitable for printing at your convenience. Don’t forget about the accompanying videos that are based on the infographics.

Email Newsletters

Your Pregnancy Week By Week – a weekly evidence based newsletter designed for parents that provides them with helpful information, tips and resources, delivered right to their inboxes weekly, based on their due date.

Inside Lamaze – a vital resource for continuing education available to Lamaze Members. The latest news, research, and information on upcoming events right in your inbox two times a month. Join Lamaze now to receive this valuable bi-weekly newsletter.

Webinars

Professional webinars for birth professionals with contact hours that are accepted by many maternal and infant health organizations, including nursing associations. Many of the webinars are free and only incur a small cost for contact hours.

Instagram – a place to find all the Lamaze pregnancy, birth and postpartum news that is fit for a picture!

Lamaze has you covered with great resources that keep you informed, up-to-date and connected on a variety of platforms and in diverse formats.  Stay connected with Lamaze International and have a plethora of useful information always at your fingertips and ready to share with expectant families.  How do you stay connected with Lamaze?  What’s your favorite Lamaze resource? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Webinar – “Childbirth Class for Students Who Want An Epidural” – Today! Register Now.

June 25th, 2015 by avatar
Photo by Patti Ramos Photography

Photo by Patti Ramos Photography

Robin Weiss, PhD, MPH, CPH, ICCE-CPE, ICPFE, CLC, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, President of Lamaze International, has an absolutely great webinar scheduled for later today that you definitely don’t want to miss. This 60 minute live webinar, titled “Childbirth Class for Students Who Want an Epidural” will be valuable for both new educators and experienced educators alike at 1 PM EST.

When families enroll in Lamaze classes, some people may be planning to birth without pain medications while others may already have made a different decision and are intending to get an epidural.  Then of course, there are those people who prefer to “see how it goes” and make a decision at during labor.

As a childbirth educator, we won’t necessarily know who falls into which category, and honestly, it simply doesn’t matter.  Our role is to present information that is unbiased, based on evidence and best practice and helps families to make the best decision for themselves. Everyone who takes a childbirth class needs to receive quality information and deserves to have the facts presented in a nonjudgmental manner.

Teaching about epidurals in a Lamaze class allows families to gain knowledge in a safe and welcoming environment.  Whether this topic is covered extensively during your regular classes (which it should be) or you decide to offer a module for those who are positive they want medication, families should have the opportunity to learn what they need to know.

Robin Weiss is the perfect facilitator to lead us through this potentially tricky topic. She has been a childbirth educator, author and trainer of Lamaze educators for many years. She recently completed her Ph.D in Maternal Infant Health at the University of Louisville in KY.

This will be a great check-in to help you evaluate how you are presenting this topic to your students, give you some new ideas and perspective for approaching the subject and possibly even provide the impetus to offer a specialized class.

© Robin Elise Weiss

© Robin Elise Weiss

If you participate in this webinar, you have the option of receiving contact hours for a small additional fee upon completion of a post-webinar evaluation.

Won’t you consider registering now for this webinar that happens today, at 1 PM EST.  After you participate in the webinar, I invite you to come back and share your thoughts, ideas and any learning moments that you have taken away on this topic.

 

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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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