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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 10, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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
December 29, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 20, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
June 30, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 23, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 2, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 11, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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.

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April 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 8, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 23, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 25, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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 6, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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 13, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
October 28, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 21, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 14, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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 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)
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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 23, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 24, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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 12, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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
July 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 8, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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
June 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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 10, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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
April 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 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 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 2, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 21, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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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)
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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)
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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
January 6, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Elizabeth Noble, author, presenter, teacher, and advocate for mothers, babies and families, passed away last week after spending time in hospice care. Elizabeth was a highly respected physical therapist and internationally recognized expert on, and an advocate for, the normal physiology of pregnan... Read More
January 1, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Did you remember to renew your Lamaze International membership?!  Membership runs with the calendar year, but if it slipped your mind at the end of 2014, don't hesitate to join or renew now!  You do not have to be a childbirth educator to be a Lamaze International member and support the or... Read More
December 29, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Cara Terreri, LCCEAs the year winds down this week, many will take stock of the best and worst of happenings throughout the year. In the world of maternity care, there are several notable and promising advances, discoveries, and recommendations in care practices. ICYMI (in case you missed it), we... Read More
December 22, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International has been periodically releasing a comprehensive series of infographics designed to help consumers understand maternal infant best practices.  These easy to read, evidence based infographics can help families to know the facts and supports the "Push for Your Baby" campaign t... Read More
December 17, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Janelle Durham, MSW, LCCEAs we move into the new year, you may be considering starting your own independent childbirth education or birth related business.  Maybe you already have such a business already established but are looking to take it to the next level. Today's post is part of a new... Read More
December 15, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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As the gift giving season is fast approaching, I wanted to put together some great gift ideas that any childbirth educator would love to receive this holiday season. Stocking a childbirth education classroom with useful items can be expensive and even overwhelming for the educator just starting out... Read More
December 10, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Janelle Durham, MSW, LCCEAs we move into the new year, you may be considering starting your own independent childbirth education or birth related business.  Maybe you already have such a business already established but are looking to take it to the next level. Today's post is part of a new... Read More
December 8, 2014 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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By Christine H. Morton, PhDToday, Christine H. Morton, PhD, takes a moment to highlight a just released infographic and report by the California Healthcare Foundation that clearly shows the significance of birthing in a hospital that is "low performing."  This is a great follow up post to "Prac... Read More
December 3, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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If you have been following Cara Terreri in our Series: Journey to LCCE Certification, you know Cara was last seen hard at work preparing for the LCCE examination. I received good news from Cara yesterday, and wanted to share her update with you. Please join me in congratulating Cara on successfully... Read More
December 1, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA)Last month, 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 trainer... Read More
November 24, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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As November comes to a close, you may have read or seen many articles on the topic of premature babies.  November is Prematurity Awareness Month, recognized in the United States and around the world.  Prematurity affects 15 million babies a year globally and the downstream health consequen... Read More
November 17, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Melissa Harley, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCENovember is Native American Heritage Month and LCCE Melissa Harley shares some interesting facts about the rich culture included in some of the varied childbearing year traditions observed by some of the U.S. tribes.  There are many different tribal nat... Read More
November 10, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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The Lamaze International Strategic Framework 2014-2017 that resulted from in-depth strategic planning meetings held earlier this year with the Board of Director and Lamaze Management resulted in many forward thinking, comprehensive and courageous goals, including plans to "innovate education and exp... Read More
November 5, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRNMany news outlets and social media venues have been disseminating information on the Ebola virus and the impact on populations both in West Africa as well as the potential impact on developed nations, including the USA.  The expectant families that you work with... Read More
November 3, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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As a follow up to Henci Goer's recent analysis of the the Cochrane Systematic Review of the just released epidural study - Early versus late initiation of epidural analgesia for labour,  I wanted to share the newest Lamaze International infographic "Is An Epidural My Only Option?" geared f... Read More
October 27, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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October has been designated as a time to observe some solemn occasions that may affect families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  This month, Science & Sensibility has previously covered Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in two previous posts here and here.  Today I woul... Read More
October 22, 2014 by Henci Goer, BA
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By Henci GoerUnless you have been "off the grid" on a solitary trek, surely you have read and heard the recent flurry of discussion surrounding the just released study making the claim that the timing of when a woman receives an epidural ("early" or "late" in labor) made no difference in the ra... Read More
October 20, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, EdD, LCCE, FACCE has been selected to receive the 2014 Carol Mendez Cassell Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education by the Healthy Teen Network.  Dr. Podgurski will be in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, October 22nd to accept the award at this year's Healthy Teen Ne... Read More
October 15, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International has a new board president and we would like to introduce you to Robin Elise Weiss. I am so delighted that Robin has assumed this role and I am confident that she accomplish great things during her term.... Read More
October 13, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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As we continue to observe Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I would like to discuss a difficult topic that may come up for childbirth educators. Last week, Robin Elise Weiss shared ways to commemorate the loss of a baby. Today, I would like to talk about when a class member experiences... Read More
October 8, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Robin Elise Weiss, PhDc, MPH, CPH, LCCEOctober is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and Lamaze International President Robin Elise Weiss challenges all of us to make some time this month to recognize this somber topic.  Robin provides some creative ideas about how you can honor... Read More
October 6, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Please join Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility as we celebrate National Midwifery Week.  Midwives can and should play an integral part of healthy and safe birth practices here in the United States and around the world. Maternal infant health organizations and consumers alike are... Read More
October 1, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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One of the highlights of my attendance at the joint Lamaze International/DONA International Confluence in Kansas City, MO last month was the opportunity to hear Eugene Declercq, PhD, present a plenary session entitled "What Listening to Mothers Can Tell Us about the Future Challenges in US Maternity... Read More
September 24, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Cara Terreri has been documenting her path to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator since taking her workshop in August of 2012, in our series:Journey to LCCE Certification.Today,we have another update as she prepares to sit for the exam next month. The LCCE credentials are the gold standard... Read More
September 15, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Sherry L. Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC, CD(DONA)September is National Infant Mortality Month and today, Sherry L. Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC, CD(DONA) shares what she and her organization, Uzazi Village, are doing to help reduce infant mortality in the Black community, where Black babies are d... Read More
September 8, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Continuing the Science & Sensibility occasional  series: Welcoming All Families, Certified Nurse Midwife Emalee Danforth examines the research on perinatal and postpartum mental health on the family who arrives in your classroom or office with a history of infertility.  As the childbir... Read More
September 1, 2014 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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By Penny Simkin, PTRegular contributor, Penny Simkin developed the roadmap of labor as a teaching tool.  Today, Penny shares how she uses the roadmap of labor to help families in her childbirth classes to understand normal labor from a physiological standpoint. She hopes that her students will... Read More
August 20, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCEIn recent days, there has been much press and discussion about a new book written by pediatricians that professes to help parents "train" their new baby to sleep through the night. The scathing criticism of the book by both parents and professionals alike ar... Read More
August 13, 2014 by Andrea D. Lythgoe, LCCE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, Andrea Lythgoe, LCCE shares information on the importance of having a) a website that is created using text and images that you have the right to use; b) marketing material that does the same and c) how to share the great resources, articles and blog posts you fin... Read More
August 11, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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By Katherine Steen, BS, MAIS, LCCEChildbirth educators may work in this field at many points in their life.  They may be childless, they may have young children or their children may be out on their own. I believe one of the most interesting times to be a childbirth educator is when you yoursel... Read More
August 6, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, Science & Sensibility invites you to take this quick little quiz on breastfeeding information to check how up to date you are on current, evidence based breastfeeding practices. As discussed in our earlier post this week, celebrating World Breastfeed... Read More
August 4, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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August 1-7, 2014 is World Breastfeeding Week and this year's theme is Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life.  This year's theme builds upon the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) developed by the United Nations and global partners.  Breastfeeding plays a critical role in achieving all eig... Read More
July 23, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International has been working hard for many decades to make childbirth education classes available and accessible to a wide variety of women and their families.  Our training programs provide opportunities for men and women all around the world to complete a workshop and become a Lamaze... Read More
July 21, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Today, Lamaze International releases their newest infographic "No Food, No Drink During Labor? NO WAY!" This useful infographic is available on both the Lamaze International for Professionals website and the Lamaze Parents website. The most recent Listening to Mothers III survey indicated that 60%... Read More
July 8, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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The co-founder of Lamaze International (known first as ASPO/Lamaze), Elisabeth Bing, turns 100 years old today. Elisabeth was a leader and advocate for mothers, babies and families long before this type of advocacy had a name.... Read More
June 24, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Today on Science & Sensibility, as part of the occasional series, Welcoming All Families, midwife and educator Kristin Kali, LM, CPM shares information on holding a childbirth class that is designed specifically for LGBTQ families.... Read More
June 17, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Doris Haire, a great leader in the campaign to improve maternal infant health in the USA has passed away. Ms. Haire died on June 7, 2014. She was 88 years old. Doris was one of the first true proponents of evidence based maternity care.... Read More
April 16, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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On Tuesday, readers learned about the history and objectives of the Home Birth Consensus Summit, a collective of stakeholders, whose goal is to improve maternal infant health outcomes and increase collaboration between all those involved in serving women who are planning home births.... Read More
January 22, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Today's post is written by Kimmelin Hull, former community manager for Science & Sensibility.  Kimmelin shares how the lessons parents receive in their Lamaze classes prepare them well for many of life's experiences that may lay ahead.   I can think of many things that I teach in a standard Lamaze c... Read More
January 13, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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My name is Sharon Muza, and I am the current Community Manager of Lamaze International’s blog Science & Sensibility. In this capacity, I would like to extend an invitation to all of you, to consider becoming a contributor to Science & Sensibility. I would like to ask each of you reading today, to... Read More
October 10, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International 2013 Conference has just started in New Orleans, LA and the excitement and positive energy is palpable! Dr. Richard Waldman is sharing the perspective of his many years as an OB/Gyn, and former president of ACOG at the opening keynote session.... Read More
September 23, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Are you already planning on joining fellow educators and other birth professionals in New Orleans at the 2013 Lamaze International Annual Conference?  Are you still on the fence about attending?  Take a moment to read about the engaging pre-conference workshops being offered, and plan on j... Read More
September 11, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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 Exactly one month from now, (October 11-13, 2013) childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, doctors, L&D nurses, lactation consultants and informed consumers will be gathering in New Orleans, LA for the Lamaze International 2013 Annual Conference, "Let the Good Times Roll for Safe and Health... Read More
June 6, 2013 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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May 2013 saw the first-ever Monthly Meet-Up for LCCE Educators throughout the globe and by all measures it was a success! New and experienced LCCE educators, as well as Lamaze International staff, participa... Read More
May 21, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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I taught hospital based childbirth classes for 6 years prior to changing gears and teaching independently in my community. Teaching evidence-based information and current best practice in my hospital class always left me feeling anxious and on edge. Eventually, I made the decision to hang out my... Read More
May 7, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Starting on May 22, 2013, current LCCE Educators will have a new venue for sharing thoughts, ideas, and suggestions with each other. The “Monthly Meet-Up” is a live, online discussion that allows LCCE Educators around the globe to come together to solve problems, share solutions, and stay connected.... Read More
April 18, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Taking the hospital tour is considered to be a right of passage for expectant parents choosing to birth in the hospital.  They gather together in a group, a bit nervous, a bit excited, following the tour guide, quietly tiptoeing through the labor and delivery unit, hearing and seeing women in l... Read More
March 8, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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The Lamaze abstract deadline is right around the corner!Lamaze International invites you to share your knowledge and research at the 2013 Lamaze Annual Conference, Let the Good Times Roll for Safe and Healthy Birth by submitting an abstract by March 11!The Lamaze Conference Committee is seeking pres... Read More
March 5, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International is an organization that is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. Tara Owens Shuler is our Board President. Many women and men donate immeasurable hours, knowledge and skills by filling council and committee positions and stepping up to volunteer in so many facets of our org... Read More
January 22, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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I’d like to draw your attention to a very important study that is currently looking for participants – The Maternity Support Survey. This comprehensive study is the first to compare doulas, childbirth educators, and labor and delivery nurses, working in the United States and Canada, in terms of... Read More
January 17, 2013 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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Today, Amy Romano, CNM, MSN, Associate Director of Programs for Childbirth Connection (and former Community Manager for this blog) follows up last Thursday's post, Have You Made the Connection with Childbirth Connection? Three Reports You Don't Want to Miss with her professional suggestions for... Read More
January 16, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Science & Sensibility is in the process of compiling a comprehensive calendar of all the 2013 conferences that might be of interest to our wide variety of readers and we want your input. Do you belong to an organization that is having a conference in 2013? Do you have a favorite conference that you... Read More
December 12, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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There is an exciting and free webinar offered by Lamaze International tomorrow, December 13, 2012 and I wanted to make sure that you were signed up! Social Media for Childbirth Educators presented by: Kathryn Konrad, MS, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE will be an opportunity to learn about, discuss and explore... Read More
November 15, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International wants to share some opportunities for paid positions and volunteer tasks that you may be interested in. Lamaze International is a leader in childbirth education offerings and is well respected amongst consumers and professionals alike. Do you want to get more involved?... Read More
August 14, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International's "Six Healthy Conference Practices" will help you to have the best conference experience possible when you attend the 2012 Lamaze International Innovative Learning Forum, thereby insuring a rewarding, satisfying and fun learning opportunity.This year, Lamaze International is of... Read More
July 31, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International is delighted to be offering a convenient and complimentary breastfeeding webinar for birth professionals on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.  This webinar is being presented by Elizabeth C. Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA.  Ms. Brooks brings the unique perspective of bei... Read More
July 25, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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I just returned from Cancun, Mexico, where I was attending DONA International’s 18th Annual Conference and helping DONA to celebrate their 20th birthday.  I was lucky enough to be selected to present a concurrent session on “The Paperless Doula- Virtual Paperwork Tips and... Read More
July 16, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)
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Lamaze International is offering childbirth educators and others the opportunity to participate in a free hour-long webinar with Raymond De Vries, Ph. D.  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th , 2012 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT.Dr. De Vries is a Professor at the Center for Bioethics and S... Read More
April 4, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Dear Science & Sensibility readers,

It is with deep regret that I announce my resignation from the post of Community Manager of this blog site. As you may know, I suffered a head injury in mid-January, resulting in my medical leave of absence over the past 2 ½ months. Lamaze has been incredibly gen... Read More
March 15, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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News, new research and interesting tidbits…Pain Management for women in labour: an overview of systematic reviews
This week’s offerings from the Cochrane Library includes a summary of the evidence on the efficacy and safety of pharmacological and non-pharmacological forms of pain relief in labour.... Read More
March 13, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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In case you missed it, a very beautiful and very pregnant Jessica Simpson chatted with Jay Leno on Monday, March 12th (You can check out a clip of the interview here). Jessica revealed her experiences with Braxton-Hicks contractions, prenatal yoga, and her choice of not taking Lamaze classes. Jessic... Read More
March 1, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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I've been honored to have been the Guest Community Manager of Science & Sensibility for February.  My brief tenure is up, so I want to introduce Lisa Baker as the Guest Community Manager for the month of March.Lisa Baker, BSc (Hon), BEd, LCCE, is a Hospital-based childbirth educator an... Read More
February 24, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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The abstract submission deadline for the 2012 Lamaze Innovative Learning Forum is March 5. This year, Lamaze is looking for presentations and hands-on sessions that build transferable skills among conference attendees. A select number of proposals are being accepted for this... Read More
February 3, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Call for Guest Community Manager of the Month Science & Sensibility is calling for bloggers interested in serving as the “Guest Community Manager of the Month.” This is a prime opportunity for bloggers who have an online presence and demonstrated commitment to advancing evidence-based birth... Read More
January 12, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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It's that time again, folks: have you decided which conference(s) you'll be attending this year to supplement your knowledge of perinatal issues, make new connections with professionals in your field(s) of interest and boost your motivation for the wonderful work you do?  If not, then peruse... Read More
October 24, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Here are a few things I’d like to draw your attention to this week: Tomorrow, the University of Washington will be hosting a webinar, Current Issues and Leadership Challenges in Maternal and Child Health.  To register for the event, go here.  As an MCH grad student, you can bet I’ll be attending... Read More
October 12, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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 [Editor's note:  I recently came across this MedPage Today article about hospitals which continue to hand out infant formula, despite best evidence which tells us it is not a justified practice in most cases.  In this post, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Marsha... Read More
October 10, 2011 by Tricia Pil
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The Program in Question. In February of this year, amid much fanfare and publicity, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center published the results of their comprehensive obstetric patient safety program in the American Journal of Obst... Read More
October 6, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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Each of us has many titles in both our personal and professional lives.I have a new title, "President of Lamaze International."  I feel honored and deeply responsible to spread the message of our mission and plans for the year.I have been in the company of many of my Lamaze "heroes" and now find... Read More
September 21, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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[Editor's note: I was recently contacted by a PhD student at Texas Tech University who is working with a professor at the University of Georgia to research pregnant women's experiences at work. The research team is seeking to understand how organizations can do a better job at helping pregnant women... Read More
September 20, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Wow.  What a fast and furious three days in Fort Worth, Texas!  Over the course of the Lamaze International 2011 annual conference, attendees had the opportunity to attend four keynote addresses, choose from 32 breakout sessions, view 5 showings of new films on pregnancy, birth and the imm... Read More
September 16, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Debra Pascali-Bonaro is amazing.  Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO), Debra's magnetism and enthusiasm precede her upon entering a room.Here at the Lamaze 2011 conference, we just had the opportunity to spend the last 90 minutes hearing Debra talk about the IM... Read More
September 12, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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Pregnancy and childbirth exploded onto the web scene in the very early 90s. I know because I was here participating in that explosion. I had no idea how dramatically it would change the way I worked as a childbirth educator and how it would alter how women received information about birth. One of th... Read More
September 8, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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As summer approaches its end, fall just around the corner, I find myself settling into a new schedule.  Children back in school and summer travels dispensed of, it’s time to get my nose back to the grindstone.  This will look a bit different for me this year.  Along with my work here at Science... Read More
September 5, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Yep...Birth and the BOLD movement are five, today!  As your labor day weekend (or regular-old Monday) winds down, you still have time to register for, and enjoy watching, the live webcast of the Birth production, taking place in New York’s Museum of Motherhood, beginning at 7pm (EST).... Read More
August 18, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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After practicing pediatrics for 34 years, Dr. Susan Markel has taken her clinical--and practical--wisdom to the pages of her new book, What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child.  Dr. Markel will share some of this attachment parenting-based wisdom during her keynote address at the... Read More
August 16, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Debra Pascali-Bonaro's energy and enthusiasm for the work she does to improve lived experiences for childbearing women is contagious.  Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative, doula, doula trainer and former board member of DONA, Lamaze childbirth educator, director of the c... Read More
August 2, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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 Hey, y'all:  who's joining me in Fort Worth, Texas September 15-18 for the Lamaze International annual conference?Need a few reasons to attend?  Here's a count-down for you:10. You've never been to the Fort Worth, TX area before and you're curious to check it out.9.  You've been... Read More
August 1, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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There's a lot going on around the world this week...unifying efforts to promote and support breastfeeding!  Here's a list of some organizations and events you might like to follow this week and (hopefully!) get involved in:World Breast Feeding Week official website:  access news on WBW eve... Read More
July 27, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Next week is World Breastfeeding Week.  Here at Science & Sensibility, we want to share with our readers examples of lactation support gone right.  We invite you to take a brief moment to reflect on a scenario in your practice in which your evidence-based guidance led a mother-baby duo... Read More
July 14, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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The March of Dimes, primarily now an organization about preventing premature birth (our national average still hangs out around 12%) has created a new continuing education product.  The module, Loss and Grief in the Childbearing Period, is all about training nurses (and other professionals work... Read More
June 17, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Recently, our sister blog, Giving Birth With Confidence has run a series of posts in honor of dads, and dads-to-be, as Father's Day approaches.  Cara Terreri, Community Manager of GBWC, even shared her work in this series with the Mother's Advocate blog.  Men approaching the birth of their... Read More
May 30, 2011 by Jacqueline Levine, LCCE,FACCE,CD, CLC
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[Editor's note:  In this post, Lamaze Certified Chidbirth Educator, Doula and Lactation Consultant Jackie Levine answers the question: "How do you incorporate Best Evidence into your childbirth education program?]A Perspective on BirthThe quick version of the trip that got us to where we are no... Read More
May 7, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Please join me in congratulating Jessica English, CD (DONA), LCCE of Birth Kalamazoo for submitting the winning entry to our contest.  Jessica will receive this beautifully handmade Beads of Strength bracelet--proceeds of its purchase having gone to Amnesty International.  Enjoy reading Je... Read More
April 25, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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The Lamaze International organization has worked, for fifty years, to promote natural, healthy and safe approaches to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting practices.  And it is so good to know, we are not alone.  With Mother's Day quickly approaching, Science & Sensibility will... Read More
April 24, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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Maddy Oden is not an imposing woman at first sight.  She looks wise and slightly bohemian like many of the women present at the Healthy Mothers Healthy Birth Summit.  She walks to the front of the crowded but silent conference room, quietly lights a candle, and explains that the light is... Read More
April 5, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Giving Birth With Confidence’s Cara Terreri has just issued a call for international birth stories–for a new series entitled, “Healthy Birth Around the World.” Says Terreri, “Our hope is to be able to enlighten and encourage moms and families with stories that show how birth is different — and in... Read More
April 3, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Last week, we featured a post that garnered an on-going, dynamic debate over what information childbirth educators should, and should not address during prenatal classes.  Emotions ran high, discussion points were divisive: teach only that which you are an expert in, or be prepared to provide i... Read More
March 16, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Last week, Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham-Clinton, joined the leadership team of Saving Lives at Birth for their landmark announcement--a grant program aimed at improving maternal and infant safety in developing regions.  As described on the organization's website,"To accelerate substantial... Read More
March 15, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Our friends at Childbirth Connection have another amazing-sounding webinar coming up next week:  Reconsidering the Costs of Convenience: Implications of Elective Labor Induction.The webinar will explore successful strategies for reducing elective induction featuring Kathleen Rice Simpson, PhD,... Read More
February 15, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Superior support in labor is the theme here and two major organizations have focused yet again on this important issue:The research powerhouse Cochrane Collaboration has just released a systematic review of 21 RCTs involving 15,061 laboring women with the primary goal to "assess the effects of conti... Read More
February 9, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Id like to take a few moments today to share with you some interesting articles and blog posts which have floated over the air waves in the recent past:OTIS (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists) recently posted a great piece on their blog about caffeine intake during pregnancy. ... Read More
February 7, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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I imagine any childbirth educator can attest to the fact that we tend to be approached by our students/clients on a wide range of topics--most pregnancy related, but many related to the near or distant postpartum period.  When covering physiological postpartum issues, including return to sexual... Read More
February 1, 2011 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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Data can transform how maternity care is organized, delivered, and experienced.  I’ve written this before, and I think most of the readers of this blog would agree. But data can’t do anything if it’s hiding. Last year, I watched DHHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announce the Community Health Data... Read More
January 31, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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With the New Year well under way, its a good time to cast a giant spotlight on the conference schedule for the year&and boy, is there a lot to choose from!  Below you will find conferences listed according to discipline and (mostly) by date.  I commend each and every reader to attend at l... Read More
January 23, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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The following article is being re-posted with permission from The Unnecesarean.  The article was originally posted on January 11, 2011, as a part of the Defending Ourselves Against Defensive Medicine series.  Dr. Henry Dorn is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist currently practicing in High Point... Read More
January 17, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Following posts like this one from last week, it's encouraging to see that breastfeeding initiation rates have continued to rise in recent years.  But, as Science & Sensibility contributor Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, pointed out: the rates of breastfeeding exclusivity at the six-month-postpartum... Read More
January 12, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Just a reminder...five days to go to submit your stories of success to our first-of-the-year blog carnival...This past fall, Lamaze International celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in a joint venue with the International Childbirth Education Association.  Recently, Lamaze published a follow-up... Read More
January 12, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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A few weeks ago, Lamaze was honored to have both this blog and Giving Birth With Confidence recognized in Babble's Top Ten Pregnancy Blog sites.  Earlier this week, our organization was once again highlighted on Babble's Ten Best Pregnancy and Childbirth Books list (#1!)Beyond feeling proud of... Read More
January 11, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Considering the proximity of Lamaze's deadline for abstract submission to the 2011 conference to recent holidays, Lamaze has decided to extend the deadline by one week.  If you had been contemplating submitting an abstract for a poster presentation, plenary session, concurrent session or... Read More
December 31, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Just a reminder...five days to go to submit your stories of success to our first-of-the-year blog carnival...This past fall, Lamaze International celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in a joint venue with the International Childbirth Education Association.  Recently, Lamaze published a follow-up... Read More
December 29, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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As 2010 winds down with The New Year on the horizon, let us take a moment to contemplate what we have accomplished here at Science & Sensibility over the past twelve months.  Largely commandeered by Amy Romano in the past year, S&S has seen a 78% increase in world-wide traffic with over... Read More
December 16, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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This week, I had the benefit of sitting in on three webinars related to maternity and/or overall patient care.  For those of us looking for additional ways to stay current on the latest and greatest happenings in our industry, webinars are a fantastic tool.  Often occurring sometime around... Read More
December 15, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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In the last few weeks, several of us here at Science & Sensibility have spent time discussing various issues surrounding a womans experience before, during and after pregnancy, labor and birth.  We have contemplated risk factors for postpartum depression and how to survey pregnant women fo... Read More
December 13, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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The journal article referenced in this post may be accessed here (http://tinyurl.com/2azmhmg) for free, in the event you do not have access to the Journal of Perinatal Education on line—a benefit of Lamaze membership. Introduction As a childbirth educator, the Journal of Perinatal Education has... Read More
December 8, 2010 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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As I prepare for next weeks webinar on payment reform to align incentives with quality, I have been thinking a lot about how we pay for maternity care in this country, and the opportunities to rein in costs while improving the quality of care. I have concluded that we face both an unprecedented... Read More
December 5, 2010 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Australian researchers Maria Makrides and colleagues reported on the results of a large clinical trial testing the efficacy of DHA in preventing postpartum depression and improving children’s cognitive and language development at... Read More