Today on Science & Sensibility, I congratulate the Cochrane Collaboration on their 20 year anniversary and remind Lamaze International members that full access to this gold standard of evidence-based research. To read the whole post and learn how you can use the Cochrane Library for finding out current best practice, check out my post; Happy 20th Anniversary to the Cochrane Collaboration.
Archive for the ‘continuing education’ Category
This blog is a bit stagnant as I have been appointed to the Community Manager position at Lamaze International’s Science & Sensibility blog. Come on over to see what I am writing about!
Well, here I sit, in my own favorite chair, in my own living room, with my laptop balanced on my legs, and the sound of jet engines slowly fading from my ears! What a trip!
I am just back from the Lamaze International Conference in Orlando, Florida. Two days doing Disney “things” with my kids, (and trust me, two days was about 1 1/2 too many for all of us, but that is another story!) then on to the Conference.
The conference was held in the Coronado Springs Resort, in Disney. This place doubles as a million football fields all strung together! It is HUGE! HUGE! Like, if you leave something in the exhibit hall and are now in a breakout session in another room, and want to “run” back to get it, count on 20 minutes! Seriously, but enough griping!
I got to meet so many people that I have only heard about and read their material! Robin Weiss, who writes both pregnancy.about.com and many books as well as blogs over at The Birth Activist. I met Rixa Freeze, who received the Safe and Healthy Birth Media Award in recognition and appreciation of her engagement of new media and reaching childbearing women with critical messages about safe and healthy birth practices/ Her blog is on my blogroll, Stand and Deliver I met the blogger responsible for the great blog Mom’s Tinfoil Hat, who is in med school to become an OBGYN!. I looked for, but couldn’t find Amy Romano, who does the Lamaze Science and Sensibility blog. I also couldn’t find the blogger Reality Rounds, another one I love! I got to give a hug to Katy Rawlins from Idaho, who was presented the Safe and Healthy Birth Advocate Award in recognition of her promotion of safe and healthy birth and its contribution to childbearing women and their families. I got to meet Debbie Amis, who was was presented the Elisabeth Bing award in appreciation of her continued efforts to train and mentor new Lamaze childbirth educators. She also has a great blog that I love.
I got to clap really loud for my dear friend Teri Shilling who was presented the Lamaze International Award in recognition of her significant contribution to expanding the reach of Lamaze childbirth education around the world. I also met Barbara Hotelling, Ann Tumblin, Pat Predmore, Marilyn Hildreth, Ann Israel, and the list can go on and on, I probably left out many others, such a crowd of women (and a very few men!) who know that birth matters and how babies and women are treated during pregnancy and birth is important.
Another high of the conference was that I was a speaker! My session was “Working Your Magic!” The Educator’s Role in Reducing the Fear of Pain.” I had a blast and the session was received very well by the almost 90 participants! The attendees got to rock and roll during a realistic labor simulation with lots of ice! just like my clients and students do!
So many more things to say, but my head is spinning from lack of sleep! We got up at 1 AM Seattle time, in order to catch our very early plane out of Orlando!
I am renewed, encouraged, excited and proud to be a childbirth educator, doula and doula trainer! I know that what I do matters and I look forward to growing my business and improving my skills from all that I have learned this past week at the conference!
I am so excited that I have been invited to joined my friend, Teri Shilling, as a “Passioneer,” with Passion for Birth. I am training under Teri to become a Lamaze trainer of Childbirth Educators. My first assignment is to help Teri with an upcoming Seattle Passion for Birth training in November! I can’t wait. I think that what Teri does just rocks! She is creative, accurate, up to date on all the new research and presents material in an absolutely engaging and memorable way!
These are all the skills I strive to have as a childbirth educator and I am delighted to be able to learn from the master! I have found my students get so much more out of my class, when I add in the tips and techniques that Teri so aptly demonstrates.
If you have ever considered becoming a childbirth educator, here is a great chance to learn some fantastic skills, learn about the Lamaze Childbirth Educator certification process and be absolutely amazed at how fun teaching childbirth classes could be. The three day class is scheduled for November 16-18th and the training site is right on Puget Sound in Seattle. Right on the water!! One could throw a placenta right into the water, if you wanted! Beautiful views of the Olympics, sounds of gulls and sea lions and the smell of the salt air! And a Passion for Birth!!!! Won’t you consider joining Teri and I at this engaging, fun filled training? For more information and to register, check out Teri’s seminar information page on her website. See you there!
I sit on the board of REACHE, Regional Association of Childbirth Educators of Puget Sound, and we are getting ready to have our 27th annual conference, geared toward childbirth educators, labor and delivery nurses, doctors, midwives, doulas and other folks involved in maternity care.
This year’s conference is sure to be a wonderful one! Hold the date: April 17th, 2009!
Why Are We All So Afraid? Perspectives on How Fear and Risk Impact Birth
Hype or Help? The Media and Maternity Care.
Issues such as home birth, cesarean section, and maternity care in general have been getting more attention in recent months in print media, television, and film, and the amount of information accessible on the web continues to grow. How is modern childbirth being portrayed and how are mothers being portrayed? How does this affect pregnant women’s knowledge and attitudes toward birth? Is the information age helping women make more informed choices or making them ore fearful?
Balancing Fear and Faith: Risk Estimation in Modern Obstetrics.
Dr. Kotaska’s presentation will include: What is “normal” birth and why is it important to define? The language and the culture of risk. Overestimating obstetrical risk. Industrial versus normal birth. Fear versus faith in modern obstetrics. An interactive question and answer session.
The Courage to Birth: Reducing Fear and Enhancing Confidence
Fear is a stumbling block to many women who are trying to achieve a normal birth. Learn how it affects labor progress and birth outcomes, and discover specific strategies to help clients reduce fears and develop the confidence needed to have a positive, satisfying birth experience.
The Effects of Fear and Risk on Obstetric Practice
Dr. Dawn Russell, MD, OB/GYN at Evergreen Women’s Care in Kirkland, Washington will cover the life experience, education and training processes for a practicing OB/GYN. She’ll explain how these processes influence her practice and decision making.
Check out the REACHE website to register, or for more information!
See you there!