Make Your Voice Heard - Join the Lamaze 2017 Advocacy Summit

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Lamaze International has long had a strong commitment to helping new families have their voices heard with our Congressmen and women from all across the United States.  We know that maternal-infant health is affected by many things and full financial support and evidence-based options for expectant parents are critical if there is any hope for safe and healthy births for all families in the United States.

Lamaze International has participated in two previous Hill Days, where our board has advocated for maternal-infant health and requested that childbirth education be a strong component of a safe and healthy birth.  We also are invited to join other maternal-infant organizations in helping to shape future policy and in fact have hosted our own Round Table to further the goal of childbirth education being recognized as critical for improving outcomes. Former Lamaze President Maria Brooks reflected back on these experiences.

This fall, Lamaze is inviting all our members and other interested professionals and families to Washington, D.C. to join forces at the Lamaze 2017 Advocacy Summit.  This gathering is planned for October 23-24, 2017.

Two of the core competencies of a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator center upon advocacy—individual advocacy and stakeholder advocacy.  While in Washington, D.C., learn about advocacy strategies and techniques that you can put to use immediately during our trip to Capitol Hill and then bring to your communities after the summit ends.

The invaluable advocacy skills will be techniques you can use to advocate on a local level, broaden your business within your community and help further spread the reach of Lamaze International. Two days in Washington, DC, valuable contact hours, and networking with peers and members of congress is an opportunity you can’t miss!

neel shah head shot 2017.jpegJoin maternal health leaders such as Neel Shah, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation and Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PHD, FACNM, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Baby+Co who just completed the March for Moms in Washington, D.C., this past weekend that Lamaze International partnered with in support of improving maternal-infant health.  Dr. Shah will be the Keynote Speaker - presenting The Promise and Perils of Consumerism in Maternal Health.  

Additionally, we will be joined by our own experts -  Molly Giammarco, Senior Manager, Government Relations and Policy and John Richardson, Director of Government Relations and Policy who together will help us to be prepared and confident for meeting with our Congressmen and women the next day!

The Advocacy Summit will also include the Lamaze International Annual Meeting, networking and social events and opportunities to explore the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C.

The morning before the summit begins, I am presenting a pre-summit learning lab, Increasing Advocacy Skills For Your Students.  This hands-on training will give you many great ideas you can use in your classes to support self-advocacy in your students and help families to develop the skills and confidence to ask for and receive care that promotes safe and healthy births.

This unique Advocacy Summit replaces our annual conference, as there has never been a more critical time to help families receive evidence-based care from caring professionals who utilize best practice to achieve great outcomes.  We will share the important of quality childbirth education as a key part of an expectant family's preparation for birth.

Join Lamaze leadership, international advocates, our membership and other birth professionals in Washington, D.C. this October to promote safe and healthy birth.  Registration is open and ready for you to participate.  Look for more events and activities leading up to this Advocacy Summit in the near future.  Plan to join us now!

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