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Midwifery Conference 2016

This is a series of lectures originally presented at our 2016 GOLD Midwifery Conference. It is suitable for all skill levels and is a perfect fit for Midwives, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, IBCLCs, Breastfeeding Counselors, Physicians, Dietitians and anyone else working or studying within the maternal-child health industry.

$185.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 17.25   Access Time: 8 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (18):
Durations: 75 mins
Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, OBE
Kindness, compassion and respect in maternity care: turning silence into a roar
UK Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, OBE

Sheena Byrom is a freelance midwifery consultant, using the knowledge and skill she developed during an extensive midwifery career in the NHS.  She was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and as head of midwifery successfully helped to lead the development of three birth centres in East Lancashire. She is a board member of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), a member of the RCM's Better Births initiative, Patron of StudentMidwife.Net, and Chair of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.With esteemed colleagues, she lead the Midwifery Unit Network, an initiative which aims to support the development and success of midwifery units through connecting and sharing resources.

Her midwifery memoirs, Catching Babies, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and her absolute passion is promoting normal physiological birth, and a positive childbirth experience for all women. Her latest book, The Roar Behind the Silence: why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care is jointly edited with Professor Soo Downe OBE, and they hope the book will used as a resource to promote positive childbirth throughout the world. 

Sheena was awarded an Order British Empire in 2011 for services to midwifery, and actively lobbies for maternity service improvements through several social media channels. She is a member of the @WeMidwives team, running regular online chats for student midwives and midwives. She lectures nationally and internationally on midwifery and childbirth related topics, and the benefits of using social media. In 2015 Sheena  was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Midwives.

Objective 1: To highlight why kindness, compassion and respect in maternity care matters.
Objective 2:To explore some of the reasons for, and potential consequences of, disrespectful and abusive maternity care.
Objective 3: To offer some suggestions for change through positive strategies, and examples of good practice .

UK Sheena Byrom, RM, MA, OBE
Abstract:

Kindness and compassion are absolutely fundamental to good quality maternity care, although for those using and delivery maternity care, this is a missing element, resulting in dissatisfaction, distress and in some instances, birth trauma. For many years there has been a growing concern about the culture of fear that is penetrating maternity services (Kirkham 2013, Dahlen 2014), potentially contributing to a lack of kindness and compassion (Byrom and Downe 2014). For midwives and obstetricians, fear of recrimination, litigation, negative media exposure and loss of livelihood potentially contributes to defensive practice (Symon 2000). Over- treatment ‘just in case’ not only increases workload stress and error (Youngson 2012), but potentially causes iatrogenic damage to mothers and babies (Dahlen et at 2013, Renfrew et al 2014). Whilst safety and effective health care treatment is the usually the intent and expectation of care givers and receivers respectively, Ballatt and Campling (2011) warn that when control is external it is toxic and doesn’t encourage kinship and reciprocity. Over-regulation and control, they believe, feeds a culture where those whose intention is kindness and caring are forced to behave defensively.

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The Feminine/Masculine Dance of Birth

Mark Harris is registered as a midwife and nurse. He loves being around people, and has for as long as he can remember.  Having five sisters and three brothers has afforded Mark with plenty of practice and now with six children of his own and 6 grandchildren, he has lots of opportunity to indulge his people passion.
The choices he has made in his professional life have been shaped by this gregarious inclination. Mark has  trained and worked as a Nurse, Midwife, Teacher in Further Education, hypnotherapist, NLP trainer, and outreach youth worker. He still works as a Midwife offering  birth education through a program called, Birthing For Blokes. He states that for him, work and play often merge. Mark is the author of the newly released book "Men, Love and Birth", and together with doula Karen Hall, he produces Sprogcast, which is a podcast about pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Objective 1: Have some insight into why men and women experience the world and birth very differently to each other.
Objective 2:Have an insight into why men quickly get sucked into the ‘birth structures’ they experience around them taking their focus on the deep connection ‘needed’ to keep oxytocin flowing in her.
Objective 3: Have an outline of experiments that men can try out and experience how this understanding can create a deeper connection with their pregnant lover.

Abstract:

Men and women experience the world differently, has become a little controversial to say that, but own experience of relating to men and women in our day to day lives probably bears it out, not to mention pop songs and our cultural references to relationships between the sexes. If we were to look into the history books we would find multiple examples of different cultures expressing the same phenomena, the Chinese, with ying and yang and the ancient understanding of the Indian sub continent through shakti and shiver. ‘Modern science’, with its emphasis on our evolutionary adaptive history roots; the differences in an understanding of our struggle to survive as a species of mammal. After 20 years of being present for hundreds of births and watching the feminine/masculine dance of birth unfold, I think I have some insights that can support, not only men as they dance the dance of being with the one they love as she births, but also birth professionals as they seek to communicate to men about birth and breastfeeding.

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Durations: 60 mins
Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, Certified pre and perinatal practitioner
Birth's hidden legacy how hidden stories shape bodymind behavior. Get to the root of difficulty
USA Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, Certified pre and perinatal practitioner

Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, author, Registered Movement Educator (ISMETA), public speaker, and master therapist, has worked for over three decades helping people learn to enjoy life. She has worked as a therapist in public schools, clinics, and hospitals, and been in private practice, treating infants through adults. Annie taught meditation at the Heartsong School, was guest artist in residence for the Naropa University BFA, taught group process skills and then became Director of Body Psychotherapy track for Naropa University, MA in Somatic Psychology, in Boulder Co. Annie left Naropa to open Colorado Therapies in 2006, and founded the Brook Institute in 2014, which trains and supervises MA Therapy interns. Annie integrates movement, psychology, social skills, and the expressive arts. She draws on a vast and broad background of studies that include: leadership training, communications and conflict resolution with the LIOS Institute; emotional integration, transactional analysis, and Neo-Reichian work with Healing Ourselves; in-depth movement, perceptions, and movement training via BodyMind Centering, Continuum, and the work of Suprato Suryadamo; continued advanced touch skills in Cranio-Sacral and Visceral Manipulation, and meditative holistic studies with Native American elders, Buddhist Lama's, and Sufi masters; improvisational Action Theater skills with Ruth Zapora, Playback Theater with Jonathan Fox, Motivity with Terry Sendgraff, and contact dance and improvisation; and outdoor education and guide work with Adventure Associates and Outback Kayak. Annie is certified in the Jin Gui school of Chi Gung.

Objective 1: Midwives can understand birth imprints, speaking in “friendly” language with parents, knowing the implications of unresolved shock, and knowing that imprints activate and create survival-behaviors that interfere with post-birth care
Objective 2:Midwives can be more effective during difficult births, releasing shock in their nervous systems, understanding the neuro-science of shock, using the tools of recovery, and knowing their shock will impact clients if not released.
Objective 3: Midwives can help mothers after a birth, knowing how to clear shock, what supports mothers to bond with their baby, and knowing the tools to offer to parents following a difficult birth.

USA Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, Certified pre and perinatal practitioner
Abstract:

Hidden body stories pattern behavior. Birth creates these deep within the primitive brain which affects bonding and attachment. Learn as a midwife how to soften the imprint of a difficult birth, interrupt your own activation, and offer parents resources for recovery that help the infant/parent bond.

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Durations: 60 mins
Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM
Seven Secrets of Successful Waterbirth
USA Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world, over the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide.
She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women. She has authored many journal articles and the highly acclaimed book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices. Her next book ‘Birth, Bath & Beyond: A Practical Waterbirth Guide for Parents and Providers, will be ready for publication in 2016. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher. Her website is www.waterbirth.org

Objective 1: Discuss the ACOG/AAP position statement on birth in water based on current research.
Objective 2: List three instances when water immersion could be used as an intervention in labour.
Objective 3: Identify four common contraindication to birth in water
Objective 4:Explain the physiology of newborn transition and why the water environment for birth is safe, including the impact of delayed cord clamping on newborn breathing.

USA Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM
Abstract:

Waterbirth is more than a fad or trend – it is evidence based practice in hospitals, birth centers and home birth throughout the world. Spending most or all of labour in water eases discomfort and creates a gentler birth process. The benefits of warm water immersion in labor and birth have been studied in many countries for over three decades.This course will explain why to integrate water immersion as a comfort measure option during childbirth and highlight the benefits of waterbirth as part of a gentle birth approach to maternity care. Special emphasis is given on newborn transitional physiology, the latest research, the impact of the ACOG opinion and we’ll discuss the Seven Secrets of Successful Waterbirth which include: Mobility, Intimacy, Safety, Research, Confidence, Consciousness and Fetal and Newborn Capabilities.

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Durations: 60 mins
Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC
Right from the start: Supporting effective breastfeeding in the first 24 hours of life
Australia Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC

Miranda Buck, (RN(Paeds), BA(Hons), MPhil, IBCLC), has been a paediatric nurse since 1995 and has a background in neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre and a lactation consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She also enjoys teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs as a visiting lecturer. Miranda is noted for her enthusiasm for evidence based care and an approach which draws on anthropological and developmental theories. Her particular research interests are breastfeeding difficulties, online peer support and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. She lives in Melbourne with her daughters, Esme, seven and Sylvie, four.

Objective 1: Discuss the innate ability of babies to seek out the breast and successfully attach
Objective 2: Explain how hospital practices can disrupt early feeding behaviours
Objective 3:describe the series of movements and behaviours typically seen in mother-baby dyads who successfully initiate  breastfeeding

Australia Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC
Abstract:

More than 90% of Victorian mothers initiate breastfeeding but the number of women breastfeeding their babies decreases quickly.During the first two days of life more than half of women experience problems with latching and feeding their babies.By three months of age only half of Victorian babies are fully breastfed. In a survey of 729 Australian women with gestational diabetes 97% reported ‘ever’ breastfeeding but only 19% had breastfed for ≤ 3 months.A combination of lack of effective support and incorrect advice often results in women experiencing breastfeeding problems.Our study of first time mothers found that 80% experienced nipple pain in the early weeks and 60% had nipple damage.

Babies are capable of effective breastfeeding, but too often their innate abilities are disrupted by hospital practices. In this session I will explain how I work with new mothers and their babies to overcome the disruptions of medicalised births and allow babies to breastfeed themselves. Using illustrations and examples from practice I will provide midwives with tools to support breastfeeding in birthsuite and the early hours following birth. I will show how applying the science of neonatal behaviour helps us to understand what new mother baby dyads need to transition to successful breastfeeding. This session will translate research into practice and demonstrate how we can transform outcomes for mothers and babies with small changes in practice in the first 24 hours after birth.

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Durations: 55 mins
Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist
A Modern Approach to Essential Oil Use in Maternity
USA Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist

Miranda Buck, (RN(Paeds), BA(Hons), MPhil, IBCLC), has been a paediatric nurse since 1995 and has a background in neonatal and paediatric intensive care nursing. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Judith Lumley Centre and a lactation consultant at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She also enjoys teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs as a visiting lecturer. Miranda is noted for her enthusiasm for evidence based care and an approach which draws on anthropological and developmental theories. Her particular research interests are breastfeeding difficulties, online peer support and breastfeeding in the neonatal intensive care unit. She lives in Melbourne with her daughters, Esme, seven and Sylvie, four.

Objective 1: Describe a general overview of the aromatic and topical functions and applications of essential oils in maternity.
Objective 2: Discuss safety guidelines, concentrations and contraindications for essential oil use in pregnancy and labor.
Objective 3:Explain specific indications for five essential oils used in pregnancy and labor.

USA Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist
Abstract:

This presentation, an excerpt from a longer training course, outlines the most valuable information on the use of essential oils during each phase of maternity and in infant care. Participants will come away feeling capable in their understanding of the safe and effective clinical use of essential oils as well as their various applications, individual properties, dosages, and contraindications during maternity. Essential oils may seem like old news, but access to therapeutic-quality oils and French methods of application have brought this ancient health practice to a whole new level of popularity. Course content is substantiated by current, peer-reviewed research.

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Durations: 60 mins
Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil
Aftershock: what do we need to do now we know the extent of workplace bullying in midwifery?
USA Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil

Carolyn Hastie is a mother and grandmother. She is senior lecturer of midwifery at Southern Cross University and has been at the leading edge of midwifery practice and education for four decades. Her passion is improving care for childbearing women, partners and babies; her focus is on the neurophysiological intersection of growth, development and relationships for everyone involved. Among Carolyn’s achievements are, with her colleague, Professor Maralyn Foureur: gaining visiting rights to public hospitals in 1984, a first for Australia and starting the first Australian midwives’ clinic in 1987. Carolyn commissioned and managed a quality award winning stand-alone midwifery service which included the option to birth at home. She has researched and written extensively on midwifery related subjects, including horizontal violence and bullying in midwifery after a young new graduate midwife she met at a workshop committed suicide in response to workplace bullying in 1996. Jodie’s suicide led Carolyn to seek ways to teach midwifery students and new graduate midwives the necessary skills to manage themselves and their relationships with colleagues in the workplace. 

Objective 1: Define horizontal violence, workplace bullying and harassment
Objective 2: Discuss the possible reasons for these dysfunctional patterns of relating.
Objective 3:Explore the ways that these hostile behaviours are expressed in the workplace and what to do about them

USA Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil
Abstract:

A work environment that lacks effective teamwork is synonymous with a work culture where bullying thrives. Bullying is commonly defined as “repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards an employee or group of employees that creates a risk to health and safety”. Bullying is an expensive business: an estimated $6 billion to $36 billion is lost to the Australian economy every year. Bullying is common. In one Australian study, 32% of 447 nurses and midwives surveyed reported that they have experienced bullying. Bullying is, therefore, a major source of workplace distress. When staff are bullied, errors are more common and patients suffer the consequences. In seeking to improve patient safety, a workplace culture improvement plan along with four pillars of reform has been recommended: 1) information technology development, 2) evidence-informed practice standards and guidelines, 3) planned, systematic, multidisciplinary education and training of professional staff, and 4) fostering a teamwork culture. Managers have a legal and ethical responsibility to put this plan into action.

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Durations: 58 mins
Rethinking the approach to group B strep(GBS): Protecting future generations from the harm of routine care

Maryn Leister Green is a Certified Professional Midwife that lives in Sedona, Arizona. Maryn is well known for her international association, the Indie Birth Association (indiebirth.com), which serves and educates women and midwives all over the world. She has written numerous blog posts and recorded over 65 podcasts on iTunes (“Taking Back Birth”) that encourage women and midwives to rethink what they have been taught, and re-connect with ancient wisdom in combination with current research and knowledge. Maryn created and hosted her first international midwifery conference this year. She is a graduate of the Ancient Art of Midwifery School. Most passionate about physiological birth and the fate of future generations, Maryn has been inspired and taught by the birth of her own 7 children. When not learning or teaching, Maryn enjoys spending time in the Red Rocks, hiking with her kids and dogs.

Objective 1: Describe the history of GBS as it relates to modern prenatal care.
Objective 2: Describe Holistic approach, how this applies and how to about and view GBS disease.
Objective 3:Describe testing for GBS in holistic model and compare range of choices offered to women.
Objective 4:Analyze types of issues might routine treatment of GBS cause, short, long term; Describe In holistic model, what treatment options are available
Objective 5:Predict what we can communicate as far as the birth process goes as it relates to GBS infection

Abstract:

This presentation questions the mainstream approach to Group B Strep (GBS) in pregnancy/birth as far as research, testing, treatment. The mainstream approach is questionable in effectiveness; routine testing/treatment are not improving outcomes for babies in the developed world. In fact, the mainstream approach to GBS may be negatively effecting the health of present/future generations permanently. The holistic model is defined/explored as it relates to a whole-body view of this disease. Group B Strep (GBS) can be re-defined and re-framed as a system imbalance that indicates the need for changes in several body systems. Class covers how midwives can offer holistic view as they talk about GBS with clients, in what other ways it can be viewed, tested/treated in pregnancy. Focus is on balancing the whole person, and how important it is that we see GBS as an opportunity to focus on the motherbaby as a complex, integrated duo. Approaching GBS from the holistic perspective may give future generations a chance at improved gut health and therefore overall well-being. The holistic model of health is explored through the pregnancy, but also before conception, and then into how creating an undisturbed birth environment may affect overall gut health and influence the health of the newborn. A touch of politics and information on full informed choice rounds out this oral/visual presentation.

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Durations: 30 mins
Bikram prenatal yoga: keeps me fit and healthy during pregnancies

Ratih Ayu Wulandari, MD, IBCLC, is a bikram yoga practitioner since 2008. She continued her practices on her first and second pregnancy, and got many benefits from the exercises. She certified as prenatal yoga teacher from sun yoga in 2015 so that she can embrace its  benefit to every mother to be . She is also a lactation consultant and work in the lactation clinic which practicing frenotomy for tongue-tie and lip-tie. She believes attachment parenting is the best way to nurture a child and shares her thoughts on her blog http://www.menjadiibu.com.

Objective 1: This presentation will help delegates to understand what is prenatal yoga and the benefits to pregnancy.
Objective 2: This presentation will help delegates to understand bikram yoga with rajashree modification, the heat effects to pregnancy versus my experience. In which bikram prenatal yoga should be done after a regular practice.
Objective 3:This presentation will help delegates to acknowledge some poses which beneficial to pregnant mother.

Abstract:

Exercise during pregnancy is a key component to ensuring maximal health status for both mother and baby. Prenatal yoga is an excellent choice for a healthy pregnant woman to prepare herself physically and emotionally during pregnancy, also for labor and birth. Prenatal yoga poses can help to strengthen muscles and relieve pain while breathing techniques and relaxation can help to relieve stress and improve quality of sleep. Bikram yoga is a type of hatha yoga characterized by a set series of postures and breathing exercises, performed in a room heated to a very high temperature, approximately 40.6 degrees Celsius or 105 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes of practices. As a regular bikram yoga practitioner, I can continue my practice during my first and second pregnancies with modification poses of Rajashree pregnancy yoga. With regular practice 3 times per week, it was significantly lowering my placental resistance index. It keeps me fit physically and emotionally throughout pregnancies and also helped me during labor and birth.

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Durations: 60 mins
Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST
The Impact of Infant Trauma on Breastfeeding
U.S.A. Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST

Dr. Hazelbaker has 30 years of experience specializing in cross-disciplinary treatments using specialized training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Earning her Master’s Degree in Human Development specializing in Human Lactation from Pacific Oaks College, Dr. Hazelbaker received her doctorate in Psychology from The Union Institute and University. Her original research on tongue-tie, in 1993, has changed clinical practice both in the USA and abroad. She authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) which remains the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months. Recently, Dr. Hazelbaker revised her Master’s thesis on tongue-tie into a comprehensive book on the condition titled: Tongue-tie: Morphogenesis, Impact, Assessment and Treatment published by Aidan and Eva Press. More information can be found at www.aidanandevapress.com.

Objective 1: The participant will be able to define infant trauma.

Objective 2: The participant will be able to list the common behavioral manifestations of infant trauma.

Objective 3: The participant will be able to list five strategies for resolving infant trauma.

U.S.A. Dr. Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, RCST
Abstract:

Dr. Hazelbaker defines infant trauma and describes its signs and symptoms. She then discusses the various strategies for preventing infant trauma and resolving the condition. She suggests the multiple ways that midwives and doulas can help prevent infant trauma. She then makes suggestions as to which practitioners midwives need to refer to assist resolution.

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Durations: 74 mins
A sacred model of birth – reality or fantasy?

Gauri Lowe is a medical doctor (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and spent several years after that working in rotations and then focusing in obstetric and gynaecology wards in government hospitals around Western Cape. Then she worked with a homebirth midwife in Cape Town and has been doing homebirths while in India too.  Since the homebirth of her son during medical school her focus has become practicing and teaching a Sacred model of birth.She was a co-founder of the Complementary Medical Association at medical school; co-founder and speaker at the Midwifery and Birth Conference in Cape Town, South Africa and written articles for Midwifery Today as well as having an active blog page dedicated to spreading a Sacred model of birth. She is also studying botanical medicine for women’s health with Aviva Romm. Presently she does online holistic women's health and pregnancy consultations and is developing workshops to teach a Sacred Model of Birth to birth practitioners.

Objective 1: Participants will be able to describe the Sacred Model of Birth
Objective 2: Participants will contrast the Sacred Model of Birth compared to other models and explain the benefits of the Sacred Model of Birth
Objective 3: Participants will apply their understanding of the Sacred Model of Birth to predict how to implement in their own practices

Abstract:

I have experienced birth as a medical doctor, a homebirth midwife and as a mother. My personal birthing experience changed my perspective and paradigm of birth as I realized the importance of this event in the lives of the mother as she begins her parenting journey and for the baby being born. So I began to research and engage with experts and other medical, midwife, birth workers, psychologists and mothers on this subject. I began to learn and realise that our experience of birth has the power to change the limbic imprint or the consciousness, what drives, what underlies a person and their expression in life, their “normal” – what molds their innate fears and character. The medical model of birth I was working in was grossly inefficient and depleted in reaching this aspect and appreciation of birth. The midwifery model is much closer yet still subordinate to the driving medical model. A Sacred Model of Birth is needed to truly address the underlying needs and happenings of the expression and founding experience physically and emotionally of BIRTH – for mother and birth worker. In this talk I explore what this means in various aspects and if it is a realistic option or just a fantasy.

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Durations: 49 mins
Inbal Sigler, HypnoBirthing Trainer, Doula, Yoga Teacher
Hypnobirthing as a means to facilitate calmer, pain free easier births
NL Inbal Sigler, HypnoBirthing Trainer, Doula, Yoga Teacher

Inbal Sigler is the founder of Isis HypnoBirthing & Yoga. She is also a certified HypnoBirthing trainer, Yoga teacher specialized in pre- and postnatal, and a licensed doula. Isis Hypnobirthing & Yoga is a comprehensive pregnancy and childbirth preparation program combining techniques of Hypnobirthing, Theta Healing, Chinese Medicine and Yoga. Inbal supports women on the amazing journey to motherhood in fertility, pregnancy support and birth support.

Objective 1: Increase the awareness of doctors and midwives to the existence and efficacy of Hypnobirthing
Objective 2: Examine case studies where Hypnobirthing has helped shorten birth time, reduce pain and avoid complications
Objective 3: Introduce the integrative approach to pregnancy and birth, utilizing various techniques to help women be more in control of their birthing
Objective 4: Advocate natural births (unless medically impossible)
Objective 5: Advocate Hypnobirthing as a means to handle complications better, even when they occur

NL Inbal Sigler, HypnoBirthing Trainer, Doula, Yoga Teacher
Abstract:

Research shows that Hypnobirthing (HB) techniques allow the birthing process to progress naturally. HB mothers require less drugs during birth, are calmer and can therefore process information and make decisions more efficiently in cases intervention is required. HB mothers also show lower rates of premature births and low birth infants. However, despite the increasing awareness in the world (and in the Netherlands where I live and work) to the existence of Hypnobirthing, I feel there is room for improvement in the inclusion of this method as a mainstream practice in the delivery room. Teaching Hypnobirthing techniques as part of the mainstream childbirth preparation courses and especially when combined with other relaxation techniques and prenatal yoga, can dramatically improve and facilitate the work of the midwives and the doctors, resulting in calmer mothers whose bodies work with the birthing process in harmony rather than against it (due to stress and pain).

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Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC
When, why and how to give those first few breaths at birth
USA Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC

Karen H. Strange became a Licensed Midwife in 1988 and Clinical Director at Maternidad La Luz a high-volume birth center/midwifery school on the US/Mexico border. She is a Certified Professional Midwife. Served on the Texas Department of Health Midwifery Board and as chairperson of the Complaint Review Process Committee for six and half years. As an American Academy of Pediatrics/Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor since 1991 teaching those who work in the out-of-hospital settings, having has taught over 8,000 people worldwide. She is founder of the "Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn" workshop, a course that teaches the physiology of newborn transition, and the skill of neonatal resuscitation in a non-traumatizing way.

Lectures worldwide on neonatal transitional physiology and the baby’s experience of birth, changing the paradigm of our understanding of what happens at birth. She shares her “Simple Tools” to help babies integrate their experience.

Objective 1: Participants will have a working knowledge of how to assist a baby in respiratory distress or in need of neonatal resuscitation. They will know how to give the first few breaths in the gentlest least interventive way.

Objective 2: Participants will be able to list what are signs of respiratory distress newborns need assistance

Objective 3: Participants will be able to describe how baby’s shift or transition from oxygenating through the placenta and cord to breathing with their lungs.

USA Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC
Abstract:

This lecture will create a clear visual image and understanding of what is happening for the baby as she takes her first breaths and shifts from oxygenating through the placenta and cord to beginning to use her lungs. Participants will learn when, why and how they need to assist a newborn in respiratory distress or in need of neonatal resuscitation.

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Durations: 62 mins
Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM
Breech Waterbirth: A Variation of Normal or Emergency?
USA Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM

Barbara Harper is an internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and Gentle Birth. Dedicating her life to changing the way we welcome babies into the world, over the past four decades, Barbara has worked as an OB and pediatric nurse, home birth midwife, midwifery instructor, doula and doula trainer, and childbirth instructor. She has used her vast experience to develop many unique seminars which she teaches within hospitals, midwifery and medical schools and community groups worldwide.
She founded Waterbirth International in 1988, to ensure that waterbirth is an “available option” for all women. She has authored many journal articles and the highly acclaimed book and DVD, Gentle Birth Choices. Her next book ‘Birth, Bath & Beyond: A Practical Waterbirth Guide for Parents and Providers, will be ready for publication in 2016. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer and as a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher. Her website is www.waterbirth.org

Objective 1: Identify the different types of breech positions in the womb

Objective 2: Discuss the primitive reflexes of fetus during the birth process

Objective 3: List the four cardinal rules of attending a breech birth

Objective 4: Explain the physiology of newborn transition and why the water environment for breech birth is safe, including the impact of delayed cord clamping on newborn transition

USA Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCE, CKC, DEM
Abstract:

Waterbirth, often called the Gentlest of Gentle Births, has taught us many things during the past thirty years. The use of water during the birth process for a beech position of baby was at first considered risky. But, experience in facilitating breech births in water is growing throughout the world. One of the things we clearly see babies do is unfold more easily in the water. Breech babies, when born on land, and water born vertex babies transition in very similar ways. This course will review the cardinal rules when attending a breech birth – hand off, hands and knees, patience, leave the cord intact – and discuss the variabilities of how the water changes the perspective when attending a breech birth. Special emphasis will also be given on the fetal primitive neurologic reflexes and how they are expressed in a breech birth.

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Durations: 81 mins
Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)
Inside the Inlet, labor progress at the beginning
USA Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)

Gail Tully, is the Spinning Babies Lady and expert in Fetal Positioning. Since 2001, Spinning Babies has been introducing a new paradigm in labor progress through workshops, website, and world speaking engagements. She was a Founding Mother of The Childbirth Collective, and the first coordinator of the Hennepin County Medical Center’s Doula Project and  trainer for FUMC’s Somali Doula Program and The Turtle Women of St. Paul’s American Indian Family Center. Gail had her first child with HCMC’s CNM program that was one year old at the time. Gail is the author of Belly Mapping Workbook; How kicks and wiggles reveal your baby’s position.

Objective 1: List two signs of non engagement that may enhance assessment of the internal exam to determine engagement

Objective 2: Identify soft tissue anatomy that may encourage or inhibit engagement and improved fetal position

Objective 3: Demonstrate two techniques to encourage engagement that can be done with the mother in bed

USA Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)
Abstract:

Can we encourage labor onset and progress without the force of pharmecueticals? Learn the value of body balancing the soft tissue anatomy of engagement. Unravel a common misdiagnosis and learn how to help baby into the pelvis to help baby through the pelvis. Shorter labors; fewer cesareans. The observations of Gail Tully for your birth bag.

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Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH
The History of the African American Midwife and the ICTC
USA Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH

Monroe became a Direct-Entry Midwife in the 70’s, to empower the women in her community. In 1991, she founded the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), the first US-based Black Midwives and Doulas Professional Organization. In 2002, she developed the ICTC Full Circle Doula program and trains thousands of persons, with one-third becoming midwives. In 2012, she received her Master of Public Health from Walden University. She is featured in numerous articles for her work, including the Bill HB3311 (2011)  Doula Report, “Into These Hands, Wisdom of Midwives,” and recently completed the foreword for “Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth.” In 2014, she opened Shafia Monroe Consulting, a cultural competency training service. Shafia receives numerous awards for her work, including the Life Time Achievement Award, and the Midwife Hero Award. Shafia is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She enjoys gardening, writing, riding horses and cooking for family and friends.”

Objective 1: To be able to explain the role of the Black midwife in improving birth outcomes

Objective 2: To explain the near extinction of the Black midwives in the US

Objective 3: Reclaiming Black midwives traditional practices to prevent infant mortality.

USA Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH
Abstract:

The African American Midwife had a vital role in advancing women's health in the United States, using traditional and public health practices. There are numerous articles, books and documentaries giving historical accounts of the impact of the Black midwife in providing care in the direst circumstances, helping birthing women, their partners and family, have sacred and safe deliveries. How did the Black midwife come near to extinction, and how do we create a revival for her return within the ranks of the midwife profession. By understanding the history of the Black midwife in the US, we can examine the shortage of Black midwives in the profession, the need to diversify the midwifery workforce, with collaborations to improve birth outcomes for women of color. The Black midwives taught women how to be mothers and taught men how to be good fathers, and played a major role in shaping cultural perceptions of motherhood as well as functioning as officiate in the rite of passage of becoming a mother. Wilkie (2003) writes, “In addition to their medical expertise, Black midwives were bearers of cultural and communal standards.” Collins (1994) termed the work done on behalf of one’s own biological children or the community as “mother work.” Collins (1994) and Wilkie (2003) found, that Black midwives of the pre- and post-civil war in the South were generational and cultural mediators interpreting “mothering” ideologies during enslavement, as well as the violent transition after freedom into the first part of the twentieth century definitions of white American role as mothers. The Black midwife answered a calling and assumed the social role in response to her community’s need (Monroe 2010 and Wilkie (2003).

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Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE
Science of the motherbaby bond: How attachment impacts epigenetics, brain development and stress
USA Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD is Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA,the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. Wilson is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever. She loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than two decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into motherhood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

Objective 1: Define epigenetics

Objective 2: List three risks of chronic prenatal stress on the developing baby

Objective 3: development of the baby's brain and emotional stability

Objective 4: Identify three easy activities mother's can do during pregnancy to reduce the impact of stress on their pregnancy.

USA Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE
Abstract:

Attachment begins during pregnancy, not in the moments, weeks, and years post birth. This attachment, the motherbaby bond, is forged through an awareness of the biological and emotional connection between mother and child from the very earliest moments of conception. The internal world of the mother and child is now known to be a strong influence in the behavior, health, and personality of a child. This crucial prenatal period is impacted by emotional and nutritional experience of the mother and has a lot to do with who babies turn out to be. The prenatal attachment that occurs, regardless of a mother’s conscious awareness, is changing the brain development, personality, and genetic expression of her baby. At no other time in their child’s life do parents influence who that child will be, both emotionally and physically, than during the 0-3 period of life. We now know that prenatal chronic stress leads to babies who cry more, sleep less, and are anxious. A mother’s thoughts create chemical signals that literally form her baby’s brain and lead to a happy or anxious child. Mothers have the ability to influence healthy brain development and genetic expression during pregnancy through the motherbaby bond. This presentation discusses epigenetics, brain development, molecular messaging between mother and baby, and the impact of stress on the baby’s future health.

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Silke Teresa Powell, RM; Ba(Hons); MMid ; Dip. Ad. Ed.
Does meconium deserve its crap reputation?
NZ Silke Teresa Powell, RM; Ba(Hons); MMid ; Dip. Ad. Ed.

Silke Powell is a Kaiako (teacher) on the Bachelor of Midwifery Programme at Christchurch Polytechnic, facilitating satellite groups of students based in the Nelson Marlborough region of New Zealand.  She also practises as a midwife at Wairau Hospital, Blenheim and within the local Marlborough community.  This presentation is developed from the findings of a structured review of evidence, entitled ‘How effective is the presence of meconium-stained amniotic fluid as a predictor of neonatal morbidity and mortality?’ undertaken as a Midwifery Masters dissertation at the University of Leeds, UK, in 2005.

Objective 1: review the evidence which supports the concept of meconium as pathological

Objective 2: consider the merits of the concept of meconium passage as a normal, physiological process

Objective 3: explore the characteristics and implications of a diagnosis of ‘Meconium Aspiration Syndrome’

NZ Silke Teresa Powell, RM; Ba(Hons); MMid ; Dip. Ad. Ed.
Abstract:Controversy surrounds the causes of in-utero meconium passage and the diagnosis of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome. The vast array of meconium research seemingly confirms that meconium in amniotic fluid is harmful because it either indicates or contributes to neonatal compromise. However, this is an assumption which has not been clearly demonstrated by robust research. Nonetheless the bias in support of an association with unfavourable outcomes has promoted meconium’s poor reputation and led to a multitude of hugely significant interventions.
Using the findings from an extensive review of the literature, this presentation will discuss the theories of meconium passage. It will examine the research findings that are currently shaping our meconium guidelines, and then explore the evidence that supports the concept of in-utero meconium passage as a physiological process. Then it will consider the controversial diagnosis of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome in the light of the challenges to its existence as a disease in its own right
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