Today on Science & Sensibility – news you can use! Plenary speakers have been announced for the upcoming conference and Robin Elise Weiss, Lamaze International’s Board President has a new series of informative videos called “From the President’s Desk” that you will want to check out. Read on for information on both of these topics.
Lamaze/ICEA Joint Conference News
Lamaze International and the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) just announced their plenary (general session) speaker line up for the joint Lamaze/ICEA 2015 conference at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas on September 17-20. Four speakers will address the entire conference in general sessions and I am very much looking forward to listening to their presentations along with the many concurrent sessions that will be offered over the four days of the conference.
ICEA and Lamaze celebrated their 50th anniversaries together in 2010 in Milwaukee, WI with a well attended “mega-conference” that had great energy and educational offerings and I expect that this conference will be just as big and wonderful. Bringing together two leaders in childbirth education to hold a joint conference means that all attendees will benefit in numerous ways.
The theme of the Las Vegas conference is “Raising the Stakes for Evidence Based Practices & Education in Childbirth” and I know that educators, doctors, midwives, doulas, L&D nurses, IBCLCs and others will come together and take advantage of this joint conference to network, learn, receive contact hours, and socialize with other professionals. Maybe, even win a little at the blackjack tables or take in a great show. Las Vegas is a great venue for this conference, offering a wide variety of locales, activities and nightlife to enjoy outside of conference hours.
This year’s plenary speakers
William Camann, MD
Director of Obstetric Anesthesia, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Presentation: What does the informed childbirth educator need to know about labor pain relief in 2015?
Joan Combellick, MSN, MPH,CM
PhD Student, NYU College of Nursing
Midwife, Hudson River Healthcare
Presentation: Watchful Waiting Revisited: Birth Experience and the Neonatal Microbiome
Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery
Presentation:The Perinatal Revolution: Reducing Disparities and Saving Lives through Perinatal Education and Support
Founder, Choices in Childbirth
Presentation: No Day But Today
Watch the website for soon to be released information on concurrent speakers and their topics. Concurrent sessions will fall into one of four categories:
- Evidence-Based Teaching and Practice
- Using Technology and Innovation to Reach Childbearing and Breastfeeding Women
- New and Emerging Research in the Field of Childbearing and Breastfeeding
- Challenges of the Maternal Child Professional
Additionally, there will be two preconference workshops available for a small additional fee. These 4 hour workshops allow you to really immerse yourself in the topic and leave with concrete skills applicable to your work with childbearing families.
- Movement in Birth (AM)
- Social Media Smarts: Strategic Online Marketing for the Busy Childbirth Professional (PM)
Early bird registration is open until August 1, 2015, so registering now allows you to save money on the conference fees and make your travel and hotel plans now. Look for interviews with the plenary speakers over the next few months on Science & Sensibility.
From the President’s Desk
Board President Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D, has recently made a series of short and useful videos for Lamaze International on several topics. The video series is called “From the President’s Desk”. Released to date are several on cesareans;
- Cesarean Awareness – What are the Risks?
- Cesarean Awareness – What are the Alternatives to Cesarean
- Cesarean Awareness – When and Why?
- Cesarean Awareness – Questions to Ask Your Provider
Robin’s newest video discusses the recently released ACOG committee opinion “Clinical Guidelines and Standardization of Practice to Improve Outcomes“. This video helps both birth professionals and consumers to understand how pushing for the best evidence based care can result in both pregnant people and their babies having improved outcomes. ACOG wants to be able to offer best practice to those receiving care from its members, and consumers can help by sharing their desire to receive care in line with recommended guidelines.
Head over to Lamaze International’s YouTube Channel to see all the offerings, share the relevant videos with your students and clients and subscribe to the channel so that you don’t miss any of the releases.