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August 17, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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POSTBIRTH is an extremely handy acronym that educators can use as part of their curriculum when talking about warning signs postpartum. Teaching families these warning signs can save lives.... Read More
August 15, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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New research has come to light that the impact of giving birth by cesarean section can also create gynecological problems long after a person's reproductive years are completed if they should have a hysterectomy.... Read More
August 8, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Diastasis recti is a condition that may develop during pregnancy for some people. The study "Postnatal Exercise Can Reverse Diastasis Recti" indicated that people who began exercises to repair this separation in the postpartum period had equal success as those that exercised prenatally.... Read More
August 3, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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World Breastfeeding Week continues with some great resources for childbirth educators, lactation consultants, and other perinatal professionals... Read More
August 1, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7, 2017 is the silver (25th) anniversary celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. The 2017 theme is Sustaining Breastfeeding - Together. It is championed by the World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action and recognized around the globe.... Read More
July 27, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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An activity in a childbirth class that gets people out of their seats, working together and engaged will always be a hit during class time. The inexpensive beach ball offers a multitude of learning opportunities that are easy to set up, fun to do, and bring about lots of smiles and laughs.... Read More
July 25, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Count the Kicks is an easy to use app that parents can download onto their smartphones to help them to "count the kicks." This app is available for both Apple and Google phones.... Read More
July 20, 2017 by Mindy A. Cockeram, LCCE
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Serena William’s pregnancy has made exercise and fitness during pregnancy very topical in 2017 and I get asked lots of questions regarding what exercises or activities can be done safely throughout pregnancy.... Read More
July 18, 2017 by Lamaze Administrator
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Don’t miss the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show, coming to the @NavyPier on August 26 & 27. No other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from Chicago and neighboring counties.... Read More
July 13, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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When using images in your presentations, marketing materials, and on your website, it is important to include all types of families, including people of color. Finding images to use can be hard. Here are some resources for stock photo images that specialize in people of color that you can use.... Read More
July 11, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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New research released today is the first study of its kind to link management of unit culture, nursing, and patient flow to maternal health outcomes. Does the practice style and management of the Labor & Delivery unit of your chosen birth location determine your risk of cesarean?... Read More
July 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
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Second Chance: A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After Cesarean by Thais Nye Derich is primarily a book about self-discovery through the passage of births and a typical experience in today's US maternity care system. Cara Terreri reviews this book for educators and other birth professionals.... Read More
June 29, 2017 by Molly Giammarco
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Federal healthcare reform—or the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—continues to dominate Congress’ legislative agenda. Lamaze will continue to monitor healthcare reform efforts & will look for opportunities to advocate for improved childbirth outcomes—both for mothers & children.... Read More
June 27, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators involves a teaching prop that can serve many purposes. If you are a childbirth educator like me you thrive on having exciting, effective teaching aids that reinforce your learning objectives and make things fun for the families in your classes.... Read More
June 22, 2017 by Rachelle Oseran, BA, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), RYT-200
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Mindfulness is a new approach to preparing for childbirth that addresses fear and pain may improve self-efficacy in birth, may reduce the use of opiates in labor, and may prevent symptoms of postpartum depression. Lamaze and Mindfulness childbirth education may have a lot in common.... Read More
June 20, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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"Nonnie Talks about Pregnancy & Birth" is the fourth volume in the "Nonnie" series. The "Nonnie" series "seeks to open the door to parent or adult/child communication by addressing issues with sensitivity and warm." A must have book for any birth professional's library.... Read More
June 15, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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There are many different types of specialty classes that can meet the needs of a variety of populations. One such class that might be very well received in your community is a class just for partners. Here are six great reasons you might want to consider teaching a "partners only" class.... Read More
June 13, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One out of ten fathers experiences mood and anxiety disorders from the first trimester of pregnancy through the first six months of parenthood. Having resources on hand for those who may face this challenge is a key component of childbirth education.... Read More
June 8, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This study just published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN); Variation in Cesarean Birth Rates by Labor and Delivery Nurses examines how individual nurses can influence the mode of birth (cesarean or vaginal) of patients in their care.... Read More
June 6, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Virtual breastfeeding consultations are just one type of on-demand virtual appointment that consumers can participate in along with primary care, pediatrics, psychiatry, therapy, and nutrition services. Are virtual LC visits meeting the needs of today's Millennial parents?... Read More
June 1, 2017 by Janelle Durham, LCCE, ICCE, MSW
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Janelle Durham adds to the "Welcoming All Families" series with a post on how professionals can create a welcoming space for people with disabilities who may be attending their childbirth classes.... Read More
May 30, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month’s Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators honors International Doula Month with an activity that reinforces Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice #3 - Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support.... Read More
May 25, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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States and healthcare systems that are making a concerted effort to respond to the alarming maternal mortality and morbidity rate in this country are discovering something important. Preeclampsia has a significant impact on maternal mortality and increasing awareness can help reduce the impact.... Read More
May 23, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is International Doula Month and both birth & postpartum doulas are being celebrated for the important contributions they make to maternal-infant health & the family's birth & postpartum experience. Childbirth educators play a key role in introducing expectant families to the role of the doula.... Read More
May 18, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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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.  Our 2017 Advocacy Summit lets our politicians know how critical childbirth education is for families to have safe and healthy birth... Read More
May 16, 2017 by Henci Goer, BA
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The number of families that are choosing community birth (home or freestanding birth center) is increasing every year. What can healthy low-risk people do to avoid the interventions that make choosing a hospital birth potentially less safe for this specific population?... Read More
May 9, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May 6th through 12 is Nurses Appreciation Week. Nurses touch the lives of many pregnant, birthing and postpartum families and are often the first point of contact when a person goes into labor or arrives at the hospital. Lamaze thanks all those nurses who help people have safe and healthy births.... Read More
May 4, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on the 5th of May each year to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of families. Access to a skilled midwife can help reduce and prevent deaths of more than 287,000 people who die while giving birth.... Read More
May 2, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Depression and anxiety along with other mental health conditions are the most common complication of childbirth. One in five pregnant people suffers from mood and anxiety disorders and one in seven postpartum people. Partners are also affected.... Read More
April 27, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International is delighted to share that they are an official partner with the upcoming March for Moms. You can learn more about this event and how you can get involved on Science & Sensibility.... Read More
April 25, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month and this month's "Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators" idea focuses on a birth planning activity that gets the families you work with thinking about their birth preferences for either an unplanned or planned cesarean birth.... Read More
April 20, 2017 by Lamaze Administrator
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Lamaze International will offer a 20-minute education session titled “Giving Birth With Confidence” and you will have the chance to meet the co-author of our newest edition of Giving Birth With Confidence childbirth book. Join us at the NY Baby Show.... Read More
April 18, 2017 by Deborah D Amis, RN, LCCE, FACCE
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April the giraffe’s birth experience provides some wonderful teaching moments to discuss the natural, physiologic process of birth. The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices are remarkably similar to the common sense circumstances under which April birthed. Debby Amis shares what we can learn.... Read More
April 13, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today's childbirth educator needs to be informed, prepared to answer questions and have some resources in their pocket for more information on the Zika virus if needed. Here is the most recent Zika update.... Read More
April 11, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A study published in Krager Biomedicine Hub indicates that newborns who need additional glucose supplementation are able to achieve stable blood glucose levels with the administration of oral dextrose gel during feeds and prevent NICU admissions.... Read More
April 6, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Consumer Reports and the ABIM Foundation are holding a nationwide search to recruit and recognize Choosing Wisely Patient Champions. The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures... Read More
April 4, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Marketing guru Emily Fontes shares her newest recommendation for connecting with potential & current students using a tool that is sure to resonate with today's millennials. ManyChat easily automates your communication with families & and increases your marketing reach with potential clients.... Read More
March 30, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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"Giving Birth with Confidence" is jam-packed with common sense information backed up by the most current research. Giving Birth with Confidence helps families to understand the process of pregnancy, birth and the first days and weeks of caring for a newborn. An expectant family must have!... Read More
March 28, 2017 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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The "Plickers" tool in the classroom is attractive to millennials, provides a fun way to keep learners engaged and offers your classes instant feedback on the topics you are covering. Additionally, it is virtually free! This is truly a Brilliant Activity for Birth Educators!... Read More
March 23, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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March 22nd through March 28th, 2017 is World Doula Week and Lamaze International along with Science & Sensibility recognize the benefits and contributions that birth and postpartum doulas provide in support of families around the world every day.... Read More
March 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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March is National Nutrition Month. Today, nutritionist and doula McKenzie L. Joyner, BS shares the "7 Super Foods for Pregnancy" that you can discuss during the time you spend with families.... Read More
March 16, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A recent study examined whether administration of synthetic oxytocin during labor would lower the risk of postpartum depression and anxiety. The authors review recent studies that show that depression or anxiety are higher in women with lower oxytocin levels.... Read More
March 14, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The White Ribbon Alliance is an international organization whose mission is to catalyze & convene advocates who campaign to uphold the right of all women to be safe & healthy before, during & after childbirth. Lamaze seeks volunteers to serve as our rep on the WRA Respectful Maternity Care Council.... Read More
March 9, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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New parents have a love-hate relationship with their breast pump in the days, weeks and months after the birth of their baby. This is doubly true for those families where the breastfeeding parent goes back to work and pumps milk for the baby while away.... Read More
March 7, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Virtual breastfeeding visits with a lactation consultant may be an option for those families who can not manage an in-person lactation visit. Learn about this increasingly new option as well as a program that offers this service for free for families who are income-qualified.... Read More
March 2, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Leapfrog Group released their 2017 Maternity Care Report to the public. This report was eye-opening to both significant improvements that have been made in some areas of maternity care and a clear signal that other benchmarks still have a long way to go.... Read More
February 28, 2017 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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ACOG's new committee opinion - "Approaches to Limit Interventions During Labor and Birth" goes a long way toward helping to improve birth outcomes. Penny Simkin discusses what seems to be missing - role quality prenatal education class can play in improving maternal infant outcomes.... Read More
February 23, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze recently has completed the translations and updates necessary to make the entire Lamaze International Learning Guide (Guía de Aprendizaje Lamaze) available in Spanish to those birth professionals preparing for the Lamaze exam in that language.... Read More
February 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Did the film “Microbirth” convince you that microbes are an important part of a healthy start to life, but leave you with further questions? The follow-up book, Your Baby’s Microbiome: The Critical Role of Vaginal Birth and Breastfeeding for Long Term Health, fills in the details from the movie.... Read More
February 17, 2017 by Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, AdvCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE
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The concept of a labor playlist is not a new one. Using music to help you calm down, even in labor, is a very old idea. In fact, studies have proven that when music was present during labor, women reported significantly lower pain and anxiety.... Read More
February 2, 2017 by Henci Goer, BA
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Laboring down - is it a good idea? Recent literature seems to indicate that it increases complications for both parent and baby, but is this conclusion based on good evidence? Researcher and writer Henci Goer takes a look at what the current research actually tells us on the topic of laboring down,... Read More
January 31, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I work hard to help my families to understand their rights and responsibilities around decision making and informed consent. This Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators idea helps reinforce the idea of using their "BRAIN" to help families gather information to make decisions.... Read More
January 27, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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ACOG's new recommendations to avoid interventions aligns with the long established and evidence based Lamaze International Healthy Birth Practices. See how they stack up side by side in this post that compares the two.... Read More
January 24, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Sharon Muza curates a collection of valuable and free online videos that childbirth educators can use in classes in support of healthy and safe birth. Are your favorites among her list?... Read More
January 19, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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An innovative program, Moms2B, is helping to reduce the infant mortality rate in babies born to mothers with low socioeconomic status in the Weinland Park area of Ohio. Learn what is being done to help babies and parents in this community.... Read More
January 17, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Many pregnant people, who enjoyed a very physically active life before pregnancy, understandably want to continue that level of activity during their pregnancy as well. What does the evidence say about exercising during pregnancy? Is it safe. Today we offer a research review.... Read More
January 12, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Marijuana use by pregnant people has increased 62% since 2002. Babies born to people who used marijuana were more likely to have a low birth weight, be anemic, need NICU care at birth and suffer from impaired neurological development. Learn more in this post.... Read More
January 10, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International is an evidence based program that has a multitude of resources for both professionals and parents. The Lamaze Printing Store is open to everyone and offers many products that help families to understand the benefits of safe and healthy births.... Read More
January 5, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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What topics would you like to read about? What do you enjoy most about the blog? Is there a practice question or research that you want to learn more about? An interview with someone involved in the field of maternal infant health? Please fill out this form so I can hear your voice.... Read More
January 3, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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An External Cephalic Version (ECV) is one option open to people whose babies are breech. However, if a person has had a prior cesarean, they may be told that this is not an option for them. The evidence does not support excluding those with a prior cesarean from an ECV.... Read More
December 29, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators is all about creatively using QR codes to help prepare the families you teach for labor, birth and parenting... Read More
December 27, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released an updated Committee Opinion "Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth" which provides a revised recommendation to the previous statement that was released in 2012. The current recommendation is to wait at least 30-60 seconds.... Read More
December 20, 2016 by Brenda Kirkpatrick, LCCE, MMCD, FACCE
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Do you use the Lamaze brand in your business name or class titles? If not, maybe the time has come to make that change. Brenda Kirkpatrick, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator talks about how she incorporates the Lamaze branding in her business and class curriculum.... Read More
December 15, 2016 by Molly Giammarco
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Lamaze International’s advocacy & government relations team has had a busy year with opportunities to engage payer groups, partner with stakeholders to promote mutual initiatives, and submit formal comments that support evidence-based childbirth education to several stakeholder & government groupss... Read More
December 13, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Healthy Children Project and the video series "Happy Birth Day" is a collection of six birth stories that you can share with families to give them a peek into what birth is really like and to reinforce what they have learned in their childbirth class. Sharon Muza reviews them today.... Read More
December 9, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One thing that frequently gets left out when discussing cesareans in childbirth classes is the options that birthing families have when giving birth by cesarean. Sharon Muza shares some resources for cesarean birth planning.... Read More
December 6, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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At the conference, the Lamaze International President's Award was awarded to the California Maternity Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC). This award is given annually at the discretion of the President to an individual or organization that embodies the spirit of the Lamaze mission and vision.... Read More
December 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Journal of Perinatal Childbirth Education's mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that birth professionals will find useful.... Read More
November 29, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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November's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators helps families to understand baby's input and output through the first month of life. It is a fantastic hands-on activity that creates community as class members work in small groups & encourages learning by manipulation & assessment.... Read More
November 24, 2016 by Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE
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LCCE Tanya Strusberg interviews the author of "Born to Breastfeed: The First Six Weeks and Beyond," Rowena Gray, RM, RN, IBCLC. Rowena shares why she wrote this book and discusses some of the current challenges facing new parents, and how her book might just make the journey a bit easier.... Read More
November 22, 2016 by Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE
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Rowena Gray’s new book, "Born to Breastfeed: the first six weeks and beyond" is an absolute winner. At a relatively concise 167 pages, Born to Breastfeed packs in an impressive amount of breastfeeding information. The title tells the reader exactly what the scope of the book is.... Read More
November 17, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, November 17th is World Prematurity Day, and all of November is Prematurity Awareness month. According to the March of Dimes Peristats Data Center, preterm birth, defined as a baby being born before the completion of 37 weeks gestation, affects nearly 10% of pregnant people.... Read More
November 15, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Editor Kaitlin Lewis encourages finding the delicate balance between promoting breastfeeding while acknowledging that some people face an uphill battle and may not be able to breastfeed even if they fully intended to due to insufficient glandular tissue.... Read More
November 10, 2016 by Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
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During pregnancy, it's inevitable that a person will experience an event or multiple events that will cause emotional distress. Here are some suggestions for CBEs to share with families on coping with stress.... Read More
November 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Sharon Muza shares a wrap up of the 2016 Lamaze International Annual Conference and offers some of her experiences during both the plenary and concurrent sessions. If you were not able to attend either in person, or virtually, you will not want to miss this wrap up.... Read More
November 3, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee Opinion No. 679, “Immersion in water during labor and delivery,” was released at the end of October and Barbara Harper, founder and director of Waterbirth International discusses this new update.... Read More
November 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators involves my best tips for acquiring materials for my Lamaze classes. When you are an interactive instructor, you look at all kinds of objects you see and wonder how you could incorporate them into your childbirth class activities.... Read More
October 25, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement "SIDS and Other Sleep Related Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment." This has been well received, as the AAP discusses planning for sleeping with baby if it happens.... Read More
October 20, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Anne Estes, PhD reviews “Let Them Eat Dirt”, a book that talks to parents and parents-to-be in a friendly, often entertaining, non-judgemental way about medical and lifestyle choices that may influence their child’s microbiome.... Read More
October 18, 2016 by Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
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Veronica Jacobsen discusses how perinatal education can be a covered expense under state and private insurance plans. This topic is part of our occasional series "Building Your Birth Business." Having the ability to bill insurers may increase access to childbirth classes for more families.... Read More
October 13, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today I am delighted to be interviewing ethnologist Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC, Lamaze International’s fourth plenary speaker at the upcoming annual conference in West Palm Beach, FL next weekend. Kajsa is presenting “Reality” Versus Reality: The Nocebo Effect on Birth and Breastfeeding.... Read More
October 11, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, we meet Holly Powell Kennedy, Phd, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, who will be speaking at the 2016 Lamaze International Annual Conference about the need to remove barriers that prevent more low risk women from having vaginal births. Read her interview on Science & Sensibility.... Read More
October 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Varaso, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With only a few weeks left until the conference, many professionals may think that it’s too late to plan to participate. However, even without being able to travel to West Palm Beach, birth professionals can still join in on some or all of the conference sessions in real-time.... Read More
October 4, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, we meet Beverly Woolery, MS, who will be speaking about effective teaching techniques and how educators can apply these principles to our childbirth classes at the 2016 Lamaze International Annual Conference.... Read More
September 29, 2016 by Stacie Marie Bingham, LCCE, CD(DONA), CBS
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Stacie Bingham, LCCE, CD(DONA) is the creator of this month’s Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators. This activity helps families to feel prepared for what to expect during the different phases and stages of labor, including that potentially exhausting pre-labor/early labor phase.... Read More
September 27, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In an effort to curb healthcare costs and increase quality, providers, payers, and policymakers are looking toward alternative payment models that realize a more effective and efficient healthcare delivery system. Lamaze is making sure that maternity payment models include childbirth education.... Read More
September 22, 2016 by Henci Goer, BA
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The advance publication of an analysis of United States maternal mortality data back in August created a stir that has been reverberating through the internet ever since, spurred on by the publication of other relevant studies and a report during the same time period.... Read More
September 20, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One month from today, October 20, 2016, childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, doctors, L&D nurses, lactation consultants and informed consumers will be heading to the southeast and meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida for the Lamaze International 2013 Annual Conference, “Lamaze...Is.”... Read More
September 15, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Educators often find themselves in the awkward position of having a wealth of information to share with expectant families. The bulk of what you teach will be about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, you may have the opportunity to incorporate some key messages about keeping those new babies safe.... Read More
September 13, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Safe sleep information can be confusing for parents, often with mixed messages coming from their baby's health care provider, their social community, their family and even their childbirth educator. What should educators be covering?... Read More
September 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Recently, the USA and the world lost a brilliant and talented doctor and maternal child health expert who had worked for many decades to improve the lives of families in each corner of the globe. Dr. Miriam Labbok passed away and while her contributions live on, she will be very much missed.... Read More
September 6, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, we meet Elizabeth Varaso, the Education Council's "member at-large." Over the next months, Elizabeth will be sharing posts that highlight the valuable and extensive resources offered by the Education Council and Lamaze International and available to all members.... Read More
September 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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There are some fantastic facts about pregnancy, childbirth and the new baby, that when shared, always gets a lot of "oohs" and "ahs" from everyone. Here are the top ten amazing facts about the childbearing year.... Read More
August 30, 2016 by Kathryn M. L. Konrad, MS, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE
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A resume does not provide the full picture of childbirth education practice. A curriculum vitae, often abbreviated and referred to as a “CV,” is a far broader and deeper picture and Science & Sensibility can help you create one.... Read More
August 26, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, we share two stories written by Black mothers who shared their breastfeeding experience. Their stories are different but their voice and their message is equally important. Consider how you can help and support families of color to increase breastfeeding rates... Read More
August 24, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators idea is one that can be used when teaching about breastfeeding. This activity offers a fun way to show the difference between bottle feeding & breastfeeding as well as how effectively (or not) baby transfers milk with both a good & poor latch.... Read More
August 18, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today I would like to share some of my favorite online resources for the birth professional, doula, childbirth educator, lactation consultant, midwife, L&D nurse or physician. These are valuable resources that I use during breastfeeding class, with birth doula clients and share with professionals.... Read More
August 16, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Do breastfeeding educators have a bias towards....breastfeeding? Read about LCCE Sharon Muza's experience with a family that called her out for having a bias toward breastfeeding in a breastfeeding class!... Read More
August 11, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, nearly 80% of Internet users in the U.S. admit to going online with their medical questions before contacting a doctor. Social media users feel that the internet is a valuable source for health & pregnancy-related information. Learn more about how today's families are using online resources.... Read More
August 9, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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National Breastfeeding Month is a great time to examine some of the statistics around breastfeeding in the USA. The Centers for Disease Control has recently shared some current breastfeeding information, Are these numbers bleak or better than you thought?... Read More
August 4, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The first week of August is internationally recognized as World Breastfeeding Week. Regular contributor Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, RLC, FAPA, shares an editorial on how breastfeeding may be able to help ease the effects of racism and discrimination.... Read More
August 2, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th is World Breastfeeding Week and August is recognized in the US as National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding is a normal event that follows pregnancy and birth. Childbirth educators play a key role in helping families to be ready and prepared for breastfeeding their baby.... Read More
July 26, 2016 by Serena E O'Dwyer, LCCE
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Childbirth educators can help families recognize the sleep cues that their infant may be sending them in this fun classroom activity using Emojis that is sure to connect with birthing Millennial families.... Read More
July 21, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One of the valuable benefits for Lamaze International members is a subscription to Lamaze International's official journal - The Journal of Perinatal Childbirth Education, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy.... Read More
July 19, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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At a recent conference held late this spring, five Black women were recognized for their achievements and contributions to maternal infant health. They were honored for their significant efforts and positive impact on maternal infant health amongst families of color.... Read More
July 14, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Birth by the Numbers just released the newest video in their occasional video series and this time Dr. Eugene Declercq and his team are providing valuable information about current home birth trends in the United States.... Read More
July 12, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Meet the 2016 Annual Conference plenary speakers. Our first interview is with Debby Amis, RN, LCCE, FACCE who will be presenting a "Research Update for Childbirth Educators" on Friday afternoon. Here what Debby want's you to know about her upcoming presentation.... Read More
July 7, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Everyone knows that real estate is no bargain in Northern California. It turns out that giving birth ain't cheap either. New research on the cost of childbirth in the nation's 30 largest metropolitan areas was just released,... Read More
July 5, 2016 by Mindy A. Cockeram, LCCE
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Recently a popular British TV drama series about six pregnant couples in an antenatal group called ‘In The Club’ mistakenly mentioned that the reduction of fetal movement, referred to as RFM, in the third trimester was ‘normal’ because babies ‘run out of space’. What are the facts about kick counts... Read More
June 30, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I just arrived home tonight after attending another childbirth class reunion. Amongst my class offerings, I teach a seven week Lamaze series. Before class ends, the families and I plan a potluck class reunion to happen in one of their homes about four weeks after the final baby is due.... Read More
June 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
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The health & safety of a birthing parent & their baby depends on the dyad getting the best & right care at the right time. This is the basis behind the "Choosing Wisely" initiative, developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in conjunction with the American Academy of Nursing.... Read More
June 23, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Many Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators mistakenly believe that they are not able to use the online classes offered by Lamaze International to their benefit. In fact, these can be a great way to add value to your class, increase the number of families you reach and make your teaching easier.... Read More
June 21, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS) in cooperation with Dr. Helen Ball, and the Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab provides up-to-date research based evidence about infant sleep, in forms which are accessible to parents and health professionals.... Read More
June 16, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Earlier this spring, Science & Sensibility moved to a new blogging platform. We have been thrilled with the change but have also received feedback and inquiries about how to leave a comment on the new blog platform from some of our readers. Today, we cover how to leave a blog comment step by step!... Read More
June 14, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Childbirth educators, we have a problem. When ACOG changed the definition of the start of active labor from 4 cm to 6 cm of dilation, we failed to change our collective thinking about how we interpret and teach the phases of labor in our childbirth classes.... Read More
June 9, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The National Vital Statistics System, a division of the National Center for Health Statistics, released preliminary 2015 birth data for the United States, and we can consider the news to be stable if not positive in most areas. We highlight ten important stats for you today.... Read More
June 7, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Parent Melissa Krawecki shares her story of HELLP syndrome, loss of her beloved daughter Ava, and the near loss of her own life in her recent book, "In the Shade of Ava’s Tree (2015, Praeclarus Press). Kaitlin Lewis, of Praeclarus Press interviews Melissa about her experience.... Read More
June 2, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Lamaze International 2016 Annual Conference in October in W. Palm Beach, FL is sure to be a great opportunity to receive contact hours, network, socialize, expand your skill set & have a great time. Explore the conference website & take advantage of early bird registration now.... Read More
May 31, 2016 by Kim James, ICCE, LCCE, BDT(DONA)
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I am both a doula & childbirth educator. The roles complement each other & the training & certification I received for both helps me excel in each role. But, I’m exquisitely careful about maintaining my boundaries around providing informational support & education depending on what role I am in.... Read More
May 27, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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For 56 years, the words "Lamaze classes" have earned a special distinction synonymous with high-quality evidenced based childbirth education, and as LCCE educators there is value in claiming a connection to the Lamaze brand.... Read More
May 25, 2016 by Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, Australian childbirth educator Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE reviews Birth with Confidence: Savvy Choices for Normal Birth by longtime Australian birth professional Rhea Dempsey. Tanya also was able to ask Rhea some questions about her four decades of birth work.... Read More
May 19, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is International Doula Month and this month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators is all about how childbirth educators can incorporate a doula and the doula's skills at useful points during a childbirth class.... Read More
May 17, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and today on Science & Sensibility, Preeclampsia Foundation Director of Community Relations Laney Poye provides a look at four important things that childbirth educators and other birth professionals can share to educate families about preeclampsia.... Read More
May 12, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze has shared, reviewed and discussed research articles on the topic of out of hospital birth. Use this compilation of S&S posts from experts, including researchers, midwives, doctors and others on the topic of home birth safety for your own use and to share with families.... Read More
May 10, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International releases a fun, new animated video short that recognizes the role that Lamaze childbirth classes play for families who are seeking accurate information as they plan for a safe and healthy birth. "Life Lessons Begin Before Birth" thanks parents for choosing Lamaze.... Read More
May 5, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Happy International Day of the Midwife! Join us in honoring the successes of midwives and recognizing the importance of midwifery. Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility recognize the contributions that midwives make globally to to ensuring safe and healthy births for families everywhere.... Read More
May 3, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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It is extremely helpful to be able to demonstrate visually what safe bed-sharing looks like during the portion of the class where infant sleep is covered. Thankfully, there are now resources that educators and other professionals can turn to for examples of safe bed-sharing.... Read More
April 28, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As April comes to a close, so does Cesarean Awareness Month.  Science & Sensibility rounds up a plethora of Cesarean and VBAC resources for birth professionals to have handy at their fingertips for students and clients. Are you familiar with all of these useful sources for evidence based info?... Read More
April 26, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Our April Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators activity honors Cesarean Awareness Month which occurs annually. Lamaze Educator Katherine Steen shares an effective activity – "Cesarean Pie" that educators can use to help families gain more knowledge about cesareans as they prepare for their birt... Read More
April 19, 2016 by Molly Giammarco
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Today, Lamaze International released a report that captures the discussion from its 2015 Childbirth Education Roundtable as well as outlines some of Lamaze’s strategic initiatives for increasing access to childbirth education.... Read More
April 12, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Just in time for Cesarean Awareness month, Consumer Reports is releasing an investigation into cesarean section rates of more than 1,200 hospitals across the country. And the results are sobering.... Read More
April 11, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As Lamaze International Board of Directors and staff prepare for the second annual Hill Day later this month, I sat down with Maria Brooks, Lamaze International President to talk about some of the results of that first Hill Day  - the successful roundtable on childbirth education.... Read More
April 7, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As spring begins to make an appearance in many parts of the Northern Hempisphere, we see signs of growth and new life.  I hear the first lawnmowers of the season buzzing in the background as I type this blog post from my home office. My friendly backyard crow friends are busy gathering material and... Read More
April 5, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has just released the newest addition to their online learning modules available to consumers everywhere. Bringing Home Baby is the eighth course to be released since the Online Parent Learning Center was introduced in July 2014.

Written by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators... Read More
April 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Are you a childbirth educator looking to add a skill to your childbirth educator repertoire? Lamaze International is pleased to offer a groundbreaking continuing education opportunity that you can take back to your classrooms and offer as a class add-on to your childbirth education students.

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March 31, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Are you a childbirth educator looking to add a skill to your childbirth educator repertoire? Lamaze International is pleased to offer a groundbreaking continuing education opportunity that you can take back to your classrooms and offer as a class add-on to your childbirth education students.... Read More
March 29, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Rebecca Dekker, PhD of Evidence Based Birth released a new article today – “The Evidence for Advanced Maternal Age” which examines and summarizes the current research available on the topic of pregnancy and birth at the age of 35 years old or beyond. The age at which people are having their first ch... Read More
March 24, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month’s Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators post is written by a new birth professional, Jen Olson, that I had the pleasure of meeting while teaching a birth doula workshop last year and then this past February during a Lamaze seminar. When Jen began her teach back for the seminar and pull... Read More
March 17, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A.

 As a follow up to the intense attention the recent announcement the CDC made last month on alcohol and women of childbearing age, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, a researcher and expert on the topic of drinking and pregnancy shared information on the ca... Read More
March 15, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Last month the Centers for Disease Control ramped up their warnings and released a new campaign to discourage any woman of reproductive age who is not on birth control to abstain from drinking any alcohol at all, along with those who are currently at a... Read More
March 10, 2016 by Henci Goer, BA
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The research and interest in discovering what might be the underlying causes of autism continues to climb as the number of diagnoses of children and adults with autism increases every year.  Today on the blog, author Henci Goer puts several recent studies under the microscope to see if the researche... Read More
March 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Next month the Lamaze International exam to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator will be held April 13-15th all around the world.  The exam will also be offered for a second time this year in November.  The deadline to register for the spring exam is just around the corner... Read More
March 3, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Rebekah Wheeler, RN, CNM, MPH

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The Zika virus and its potential effect on pregnant people have been hot topics for the past several weeks.  News he... Read More
March 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Zika virus and its potential effect on pregnant people have been hot topics for the past several weeks. News headlines, health alerts, social media and more have been busy offering up information and suggestions about this virus that no one seemed to know about before 2016.... Read More
February 25, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Gabrielle Volkmer This month’s Brilliant Activities for BirthEducators idea comes from Gabrielle Volkmer, an ICEA certified childbirth educator living in Lincoln, NE.  Gabrielle works hard during her class time helping families to understand the importance of informed consent and refusal... Read More
February 23, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has been in the business of preparing childbirth educators to teach and share evidence based information about pregnancy, birth and parenting for almost 60 years. Lamaze has also been a name that consumers have asked for and trusted over the same time period.... Read More
February 16, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Sometimes, as a childbirth educator, you have a class where everything goes right. You know what I am talking about, right?  All your jokes are found humorous by the families in your class.... Read More
February 10, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri and Sharon MuzaFor many of childbirth educators, the topic of precautions to take during pregnancy comes up early on in our childbirth classes.  I know I cover this information in week one in all of my series classes.  Included in our classroom learning is the topic of alco... Read More
February 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Have you blocked out the dates of October 20-23rd and starting shopping for air fares?  Are you making sure your calendar is clear of work and personal obligations  so you can join hundreds of other Lamaze Childbirth Educators and birth professionals in West Palm Beach, FL at the brand new... Read More
February 3, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has created a very extensive selection of online classes for expecting families.  Currently there are eight classes in the online catalogue, from a free early pregnancy class-Prepared for Pregnancy: Start Off Right to parenting classes, breastfeeding instruction and even a VBAC... Read More
January 31, 2016 by Anne Estes, PhD
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By Anne M. Estes, PhD,  Illustrations by Cara Gibson, PhDIn recent years, there has been much discussion about the impact of our high cesarean rate and downstream affects on the baby, short and long and term.  Dr. Maria Dominguez-Bello and her colleagues have been leading the way in attemp... Read More
January 27, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, blogger and researcher Christina Gebel submits an Op-Ed piece in response to a recent Slate article written by Elissa Strauss. Strauss wrote a strong piece exploring licensing and/or national certification of doulas. While there are many facets that still need to be... Read More
January 25, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Every month, Science & Sensibility shares a post with a teaching tip or activity for you to consider using in your classroom.  This January is the one year anniversary of Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators.  You can find all the Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators... Read More
January 20, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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If you’re like me, you love to learn from other childbirth educators. Pinterest has been a place that has really gathered some steam in terms of childbirth educators gathering and creating a hub of things to look at, learn, and do. While I have talked about some of the basics of using a Pinterest... Read More
January 18, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Jeanette McCullochIn the past month, two new studies have been released - one in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the other in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) - comparing out-of-hospital birth outcomes to hospital birth outcomes. These studies join a growing body of lit... Read More
January 13, 2016 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Contributor Deena Blumenfeld takes a field trip to a history museum that fills the cup of those that love medical anthropology and the lore of the practice of midwifery and obstetrics in the recent (and not so recent) past.  She shares her experience and a review of her trip to the Dittrick Mus... Read More
January 11, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Last week, Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Choices in Childbirth released an informative and useful issue brief: Overdue: Medicaid and Private Insurance Coverage of Doula Care to Strengthen Maternal and Infant Health. Both of these orga... Read More
January 6, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In the past month, two new studies have been released - one in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the other in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) - comparing out-of-hospital birth outcomes to hospital outcomes. These studies join a growing body of literature that consistently s... Read More
January 4, 2016 by Henci Goer, BA
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Last week, a new study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Planned out-of-hospital birth and birth outcomes.” This study looked at the safety of home birth using Oregon State birth certificate data and once again brought up the unclear debate on the safety of home birth.... Read More
December 30, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As you get ready to say goodbye to 2015 and welcome in a new year, in whatever fashion feels good to you (I prefer a quiet night at home, probably asleep by 10 PM, living the on-call doula life) consider taking some time out of this last day of 2015 to make a tax deductible contribution to some dese... Read More
December 28, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Lakisa Muhammad, LCCE, CD(DONA)Science & Sensibility runs a monthly column, Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators, that offers a fun, exciting, creative and engaging activity for childbirth educators and birth professionals to use with expecting families.  Today's post by Lamaze... Read More
December 23, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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At this time of year, waiting for a baby can be extra challenging and often comes with a lot of pressure from friends, family and health care providers to interfere with the natural timing that comes with waiting for the baby to start the labor. Lamaze International's first Healthy Birth Practice -... Read More
December 21, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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New research came out on December 1 that challenged the established assumption from the World Health Organization that a 10-15% cesarean rate was the "sweet" spot beyond which more harm was done than good. "Relationship Between Cesarean Delivery Rate and Maternal and Neonatal Mortality" made some bi... Read More
December 16, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A recent research paper, Relationship Between Cesarean Rate and Maternal and Neonatal Mortality was published on December 1, 2015 in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).  This new study calls into question the long standing World Health Organization recommenda... Read More
December 13, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On Monday, December 7th, Lamaze International convened 13 representatives from government and healthcare organizations to its Roundtable in Washington, D.C. to discuss the role that evidence based childbirth education has in improving childbirth outcomes. The Roundtable provided participants an oppo... Read More
December 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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At times, the internet can feel like a very large place.  The amount of information available to us at any one time almost seems too much and too big to handle.  As a birth professional who writes and teaches on the topics of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, staying up to date with ne... Read More
December 2, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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January 2015 saw the birth of a new series on Science & Sensibility – “BrilliantActivities for BirthEducators.” The purpose of the monthly series has been to offer fun, interactive, creative ideas for childbirth educators and others to use in birth classes and with clients. The topics are based on... Read More
November 30, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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 I appreciate Lamaze International for many reasons, and one reason is that they continually provide useful new material for childbirth educators to integrate and adapt for their classes and curriculum.  Additionally, this information is also available directly to consumers on the parent s... Read More
November 18, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th was World Prematurity Awareness Day. This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators post is about preventing prematurity, the events of late pregnancy and the importance of waiting for labor to begin on its own. As they do every year,... Read More
November 16, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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“A Lamaze educator is able to anticipate a need that you may have before you experience it. She can tailor your class to help you navigate obstacles that are unique to your health and choice of birth location.”  – Maria Brooks, President, Lamaze International

This fall, Maria Brooks, BSN, RNC-OB, L... Read More
November 12, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today we conclude our three part series on Cesarean Birth after Cesarean, written by Pamela Vireday, who is an occasional contributor to Science & Sensibility. In this series, Pamela examines the topic of women who experience a Cesarean Birth after a Cesarean.... Read More
November 10, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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We continue our current series on Cesarean Birth after Cesarean, written by Pamela Vireday, who is an occasional contributor to Science & Sensibility. In this series, Pamela examines the topic of women who experience a Cesarean Birth after a Cesarean.... Read More
November 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Pamela Vireday "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen KellerI am delighted to share with you a three part series that begins today, written by Pam Vireday, who is an occasional contributor to Science & Sensib... Read More
October 28, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Stacie Bingham, LCCE, CD(DONA)October's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators honors the Halloween holiday as educator Stacie Bingham takes us down the Halloween aisle for items you can use to make props for teaching families about baby's movement through the pelvis.  Stacie is a creative... Read More
October 26, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Social media was all abuzz yesterday about information coming out of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) conference currently being held in San Diego, CA. Headlines everywhere screamed “Eating During Labor May Not Be So Bad, Study Suggests,” “Light Meal During Labor May Be Safe for Most... Read More
October 21, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Most families have already chosen a health care provider by the time they find themselves in childbirth classes.  The exception might be those educators who reach families at the beginning of their pregnancies by offering an early pregnancy class that includes this topic.  Most families be... Read More
October 19, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri, CD(DONA), LCCEIf you are a childbirth educator, doula, lactation consultant, midwife or doctor who works with expectant families, one of the topics you may be discussing with them as their birth day draws near is the acquisition of a breast pump. You may make suggestions on which pu... Read More
October 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Today, October 15th, is also a special day of remembrance.  As a childbirth educator and a doula, I have worked with several families over the years who have experienced losses while taking a childbirth class with me, after the class e... Read More
October 12, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released 2014 information from the National Vital Statistics System, which works collaboratively with the NCHS.  This information comes from birth certificates and captures all births that... Read More
October 7, 2015 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Maintaining a blog as part of your website is an excellent way to keep your website content fresh, share useful information with clients (and potential clients!), and increase and maintain an excellent ranking in the search engines that crawl the web.  In simplistic terms, a good SEO ranking me... Read More
October 5, 2015 by Anne Estes, PhD
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In an earlier post on Science and Sensibility, regular contributor Anne Estes, PhD reviewed Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, a new evidence-based book focused on answering questions on health, sleeping, and feeding for an infant’s first year. The book grew out of... Read More
September 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month’s “Brilliant Activities for BirthEducators” is one of my old standbys. I use it frequently at the beginning of a series class. Last week I started a new seven week series and did it again on the first night, and I really enjoy how this activity effectively meets many of my learning goals... Read More
September 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Jenny Burris Harvey, BA, CPSTSeptember is Baby Safety Month, and before the month entirely slips away, I wanted to acknowledge this and share some resources with childbirth educators that they can use in their classes.  I asked colleague Jenny Burris Harvey, BA, CPST, a skilled safety educat... Read More
September 23, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One of the highlights of the recentLamaze International/ICEA 2015 Joint Conference in Las Vegas, was being awarded the Lamaze International Media Award for 2015. The purpose of the Lamaze International Media Award is for Lamaze International to honor individuals or organizations that present normal... Read More
September 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Planned Home VBAC in the United States, 2004–2009: Outcomes, Maternity Care Practices, and Implications for Shared Decision Making” came out on August 26th as an e-pub ahead of print in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. It provides a much-needed analysis of VBACs in the home setting... Read More
September 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, we have the opportunity to meet our final Lamaze/ICEA 2015 plenary speaker- Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM. This British born midwife is the founder and executive director of Florida’s Commonsense Childbirth Inc. whose vision states “We believe that all women deserve a... Read More
September 7, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The countdown to the Lamaze/ICEA 2015 Conference in Las Vegas is in single digits and the excitement is building. I recently had an opportunity to interview plenary conference speaker Elan McAllister, founder of Choices in Childbirth, an education and advocacy group for pregnant people and their fam... Read More
September 2, 2015 by Anne Estes, PhD
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By Anne M. Estes, PhDToday on Science & Sensibility, Anne M. Estes, PhD reviews a new book - The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year.  Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility are all about providing families and professionals with evidence based infor... Read More
August 31, 2015 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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By Walker Karraa, PhD.Perinatal and/or postpartum depression affects more than 15% off all women during pregnancy or after birth.  Many women are not diagnosed and therefore are not referred on to specialists who can help them with appropriate treatment. Last month, the Centers for Disease Cont... Read More
August 26, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th was World Breastfeeding Week, and the entire month of August was National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  Science & Sensibility shared information and resources in two posts; Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make It Work! Join Science & Sensibility in Celebrating World Breast... Read More
August 24, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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With the Lamaze/ICEA Joint Conference a little more than three weeks away, final details are well underway to make sure this joint conference offers something for everyone who attends. And if for some reason, you are unable to join the conference in person, there is a Virtual Conference option for... Read More
August 19, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month (and August 1-7 was World Breastfeeding Week) and Science & Sensibility covered the WBW theme "Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work!" in a post earlier this month.  August's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators will continue to incr... Read More
August 17, 2015 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Part of a parent’s job description is to worry about their children. In doing so, parents can help the child maintain their physical health and their emotional wellbeing. However, when the line is crossed into fear based parenting; they may become overprotective to the point of stifling a child’s... Read More
August 12, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Lamaze International-ICEA 2015 Joint Conference is a little more than a month away and I am excited about all of the learning opportunities and connections that will be happening in Las Vegas.  I remember attending the last Lamaze-ICEA joint conference five years ago and it was very memorab... Read More
August 10, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Janelle Durham, MSW, LCCEToday we have another post in the Building Your Birth Business series.  You may be interested in growing your own independent childbirth education or birth related business.  Maybe you already have such a business already established but are looking to take... Read More
August 5, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Resources continue to be made available during World Breastfeeding Week that will benefit the childbirth educator, doula, lactation consultant, midwife and other professionals as they educate, support and provide assistance to families who are planning to continue to breastfeed and return to work.  ... Read More
August 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th, 2015 is World Breastfeeding Week and is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).  WABA is a global network of individuals & organizations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.  World Breastfeeding Week is traditionally... Read More
July 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Time for another post in the "Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators" series. The purpose of this monthly series is to share engaging, interactive and effective teaching ideas that childbirth educators can use in their classes. We know that when families are participatory, engaged... Read More
July 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, we continue with our occasional series: Welcoming All Families by examining how an educator might make their class inviting for the Orthodox Jewish family who attends. There are rich traditions and customs that are unique to observant Jewish families and... Read More
July 22, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This past Tuesday, I collected and shared a multitude of Lamaze International resources that are available on a variety of social media platforms that many of you might already be familiar with - Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook and many more.  The vast majority of these resources are availabl... Read More
July 20, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze 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 smartp... Read More
July 15, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The just released report – America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015, is a collaboration between 23 different Federal agencies, all participating in the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which was chartered in 1997 with a mission to collect and document... Read More
July 13, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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Today on Science & Sensibility, contributor Henci Goer takes a look at a systematic review released in spring that examined the impact of elective inductions on the cesarean rate.  Sound analysis or a house of cards?  Looking closer at the studies reviewed provides insight into how the... Read More
July 8, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and other professionals that work with expectant and new families often share information and resources on the topic of newborn and infant sleep. This subject always elicits lots of questions and discussion in my childbirth classes from the families.... Read More
July 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Late last year, LCCE Jessica English began the path to become an independent trainer with Lamaze International, as part of the just opened “Independent Track” trainer program. This new program helps qualified individuals become Lamaze trainers – able to offer Lamaze childbirth educator trainings... Read More
July 1, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The journal PLOS Medicine published a research review yesterday, “The Mistreatment of Women during Childbirth in Health Facilities Globally: A Mixed-Method Systematic Review” (Bohren, et al, 2015). Reading this report was both disturbing and extremely sad to me. Respectful care is a part of the... Read More
June 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today I am sharing our Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators idea for June!  "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?"- submitted by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Mindy Cockeram. The Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators series contain fun and interesting ideas that childbirth educators can u... Read More
June 17, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Christina Gebel, MPH, LCCE, Birth Doula

Christina Gebel, MPH, LCCE, Doula writes a reflective post examining current birthing conditions to see how today's practices might be interfering with the the normal hormonal physiology and consequently impacting women's ability to give birth.  Times have... Read More
June 15, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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Neel Shah, Harvard Medical School assistant professor and practicing obstetrician, commenting in the New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives section -  "A NICE Delivery - The Cross-Atlantic Divide over Treatment Intensity in Childbirth", agrees with new United Kingdom National Institu... Read More
June 10, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On Monday, I shared the news that Lamaze International has just released a new mobile app "Pregnancy to Parenting" that families can download from the Google Play or Apple App store for their smart phones. With this app, they can receive valuable tips and tools, and useful evidence based inform... Read More
June 7, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International is delighted to announce the launch of their new "Pregnancy to Parenting" mobile app for families.  This just released app is meant to be a comprehensive evidence based resource for people to use during the childbearing year and is free to anyone who downloads it.  In addition t... Read More
June 3, 2015 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Last Tuesday, in part one of this two part post series, Andrea Lythgoe explained the Health Belief Model in her blog post Understanding the Health Belief Model.  Andrea discussed the different components that make up this model.  As we learned, perception is key and there are several different ways... Read More
June 1, 2015 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Today, regular contributor Andrea Lythgoe explains what the "Health Belief Model" is and how it may influence the decisions that your students and clients make.  As childbirth educators and other birth professionals, we sometimes scratch our head at the choices that some of the families we work with... Read More
May 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D, author, IBCLC, researcher, internationally acclaimed speaker and occasional contributor to our blog, has written a new book - "A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Postpartum Depression: A Resource Guide for Health... Read More
May 25, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri, LCCE

May's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators idea is all about the postpartum period.  Lots of families don't realize that good childbirth classes not only prepare families for the labor and birth but can be a wealth of information about the first weeks with a new baby.  Tod... Read More
May 17, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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"I hope I have made women aware that they have choices, they can get to know their body and trust their body."
 
Elisabeth Bing, 1914-2015, Co-Founder of Lamaze International
Elisabeth Bing, known as the "mother of Lamaze" passed away on Friday, May 15th, 2015 in her home in New York City, NY a few... Read More
May 11, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Eleni Z. Tsigas

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology highlighted some new research published by doctors and researchers at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative that demonstrated that the majority of preeclampsia-related deaths could have bee... Read More
May 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Kim James, BA, BDT(DONA), CD(PALS), ICCE, LCCE

May is International Doula Month and Lamaze International recognizes the importance of labor support. (Note - there are both birth and postpartum doulas who work with families during the childbearing year. We are grateful for the work that they both... Read More
May 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility join with other partners around the world to celebrate International Day of the Midwife. This global celebration is observed every year on May 5th and was officially recognized by the International Confederation of Midwives in 1992.... Read More
April 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, in our monthly series "Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators," I would like to share one of the activities that I do in my Lamaze class to help families feel prepared for a cesarean section. Most families in my classes are planning a vaginal birth, but it never hurts to be prepared should... Read More
April 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Anne Estes, PhD, Illustrated by Cara Gibson, PhD

There has been much discussion and burgeoning research on how the mode of birth affects the microbiome of the infant (and later on the adult).  It is becoming clear that how babies are born impacts the type of bacteria that take up residence in an... Read More
April 22, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Google announced in February of this year that they would penalize websites that are not “mobile friendly” and push those sites further down in the rankings in their search engines on mobile devices. They stated that the big switch would happen on April 21, 2015 and have “a significant impact on our... Read More
April 20, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As we have mentioned earlier this month, when Jen Kamel discussed placenta accreta as a downstream risk factor of the increasing cesarean rate, April is Cesarean Awareness Month and the World Health Organization (WHO) has come out with a new statement (WHO Statement on Caesarean Section Rates) that... Read More
April 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Evidence Based Birth, occasional contributor Rebecca Dekker, Phd, RN, APRN, provides a comprehensive research review –  Induction for Going Past your Due Date: What does the Evidence Say?  I had an opportunity to preview the article and ask Rebecca some questions about her most recent proje... Read More
April 12, 2015 by Judith A. Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN
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"Sheila Kitzinger is a giant upon whose shoulders we will stand on as we continue our important work for women and their babies. She will be sorely missed." - Judith Lothian

Sheila Kitzinger passed away on April 12th at her home in Oxfordshire, England after a short illness  Ms. Kitzinger was 86 ye... Read More
April 8, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Giving Birth with Confidence is the sister blog to Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International and is geared for parents and new families.  Cara Terreri, ( you may remember Cara, we followed her journey to becoming an LCCE) has been the Community Manager there since the blog was first established in... Read More
April 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By John Richardson, Director, Government Relations, Lamaze International

I am proud of being both a member of Lamaze International and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator for many reasons.  Today's post by John Richardson, Lamaze International's Director of Government Relations is just one reaso... Read More
April 2, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM), and throughout the month, Science & Sensibility will be covering issues that are directly related to the number of cesareans (1,284,339 in 2013) performed every year in the United States. To start our CAM series off, Jen Kamel, founder of VBACFacts.com... Read More
March 30, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, social media expert and Lamaze International President Robin Elise Weiss shares how she uses the popular social media platform Pinterest with her childbirth education classes and offers suggestions on how you can use it as well with great results. - Sharon Muza... Read More
March 25, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Stacie Bingham, CD(DONA)

For the March Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators) series post, childbirth educator Stacie Bingham breaks out a well-known children's toy and uses it to help class participants to fully understand what they might experience emotionally during labor and birth.  Creat... Read More
March 18, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I have been a huge fan of Dr. Eugene Declercq and his team over at Birth by the Numbers ever since I watched the original Birth by the Numbers bonus segment that was found on the Orgasmic Birth DVD I purchased back in 2008.  I was on the board of REACHE when we brought Dr. Declercq to... Read More
March 16, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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ast week, Cynthia Good Mojab provided Science & Sensibility readers with the first two parts of her three-part series on the book “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth” by Dr. Walker Karraa. Today on the blog, Cynthia shares her recent interview with Karraa.... Read More
March 11, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSMDr. Walker Karraa has written an insightful book examining depression as a transformative event in the lives of women who have experienced it after the birth of a child. Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM, reviews Dr. Karraa's book and... Read More
March 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Walker Karraa, PhD, a former contributor to Science & Sensibility, has authored a new book, Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth, that speaks to what lies on the other side for the 20 women she interviewed about their experiences with postpartum depression.... Read More
March 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Yesterday was IBCLC Day - a special day set aside once a year to recognize the hard work and efforts that International Board Certified Lactation Consultants provide all all year long in support of breastfeeding for mothers, babies and really, the entire family.  IBCLC Day is sponsored by the I... Read More
March 2, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Jocelyn Alt, CD(ToLabor), MBA My favorite way to teach is using interactive, engaging activities that get my families building community with each other, interacting with class members, actively partipating rather than passive listening and often up and out of their seats.  Sometimes, i... Read More
February 25, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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An article in The New York Times Opinion Pages – Room for Debate was released on February 24th, 2015. As customary in this style of article, the NYT asks a variety of experts to provide essays on the topic at hand, in this case, the safety of home birth. Henci Goer, author and international speaker... Read More
February 23, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International is very pleased to announce the release of their fourth and newest online Lamaze childbirth education course for expectant families.  This newest offering, "Labor Pain Management: Techniques for Comfort and Coping" provides families with coping skills for all the stages and... Read More
February 18, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has released a new infographic; "Can Good Intentions Backfire in Labor? A closer look at continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM). This infographic is suitable for childbirth educators, doulas and birth professionals to use and share with clients and students.Many birthing p... Read More
February 16, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Amy Romano was the original community manager, editor and writer of Science & Sensibility back when this blog was first established by Lamaze International in 2009. After a healthy stint in that role, Amy has since moved on to other positions and most recently can be found in the position of Vice P... Read More
February 11, 2015 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Today, in our monthly series, "Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators," regular contributor and LCCE Andrea Lythgoe shares a fantastic, interactive idea for helping families to better understand the different positions their baby can be in and the abbreviations used to refer to these positions.  ... Read More
February 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week. Critical Congenital Heart Defect screening can help identify and save the lives of newborns born with previously undetected but serious malformations of the heart that can significantly impact them as they transition to life on the outside.... Read More
February 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine released their second joint consensus statement on January 22nd, 2015. This consensus statement, Levels of Maternal Care is published in the February 2015 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Green Jou... Read More
February 2, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Having a blog or articles of interest on your website that are available to your students, clients and potential customers is a win-win situation for a birth professional. A win for your clientele because they are provided useful information and news important to them on the topics of pregnancy, bir... Read More
January 28, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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About 18 months ago I wrote about the six blogs that I thought every childbirth educator and other birth professionals would benefit from reading.  It might be time for an updated list or to add a few more of my favorites to the original post.  But, before I did that, I wanted to explain h... Read More
January 26, 2015 by Henci Goer, BA
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By Henci GoerIn October, Author Henci Goer wrote an article for Science & Sensibility, Epidural Anesthesia: To Delay or Not To Delay - That is the Question - examining the impact of the timing of an epidural on labor and birth.  Today Henci looks at some new research, Epidural ana... Read More
January 21, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Last week, Dr. Sarah Buckley in coordination with Childbirth Connection released a new research report, "Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies and Maternity Care."  This massive tome gathers in one place, all the current information available on the ro... Read More
January 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Sarah Buckley is a family doctor, mother of four, and author of the bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. She has been writing and lecturing about the hormones of birth, among other topics, since 2001. Mothering Magazine published her article “Ecstatic Birth, Nature’s Hormonal Blueprint... Read More
January 12, 2015 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)Today, a long awaited report written by Dr. Sarah Buckley, "Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care" is being released by Childbirth Connection. In this valuable report, Dr. Buckley gathers the most current res... Read More
January 8, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Kyndal May, MFA, LMP, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCEToday on Science & Sensibility, we start a new series on teaching ideas and techniques for you to use in your birth classes. The Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators series will bring you exciting and innovative methods to teach the topi... Read More