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Rise 2020 MANA Online Conference

MANA #RISE2020 is an online conference produced by the Midwives Alliance of North America hosted by GOLD Learning.

The live conference was held on October 27 and 28, 2020. This activity is approved for 6 R-CERPs.

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 6.00   Access Time: 8 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (6):
Duration: 60 mins
The Science of Safety and Trauma Specific Recognition to Improve Birth Outcomes: What Does It Mean for the Midwife?

Kate White is and award-winning craniosacral and massage therapist, prenatal and early childhood educator. She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in mother-baby dyad care using somatic prevention and trauma healing approaches for nearly 20 years. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy with brain development to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. She is Founding Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health from 2013 – 2018 where she managed a large online educational program for professionals. She currently co-directs this program, administering an online program for parents and parent professionals, runs a private practice and offers her own seminars through the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs,

Objective 1: List the three organizational principles of nervous system development in the science of safety.

Objective 2: Describe nervous system adaptional states related to trauma as identified in polyvagal theory.

Objective 3: Discuss tools based on the science of safety to help birthing families and improve birth outcomes.


Welcoming a child into one’s life with pregnancy and childbirth is a “threshold moment” for everyone involved. As practitioner, the continuity of care you provide, the space that you create and the quality of relationship you establish with birthing parents are all tools to for better outcomes. Doulas, midwives, maternal health specialists, obstetricians and others who attend pregnant and birthing families know that their presence means a lot in the process, whether it is explicitly named or not. The science of safety is about recognizing the ways people feel safe on every level, implicitly and explicitly. This talk will present this science, often called the polyvagal theory, and help craft ways for professionals to better support birthing families based on knowing a unique map of the autonomic nervous system for each family. This understanding will help professionals create more resilience for birthing parents, and improve birth outcomes in the short and long term.

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Duration: 60 mins
Physiological Breech Birth

Dr. Rixa Freeze has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. Her doctoral studies focused on the history of healthcare and medicine with specialization in pregnancy, childbirth, and maternity care. Her dissertation examined why women in North America choose unassisted home births. She worked as a visiting assistant professor for 9 years at Wabash college. Her current research interests include human rights in childbirth, autonomy and informed consent, and vaginal breech birth.

She has published two articles about home birth: “Staying Home to Give Birth: Why Women in the United States Choose Home Birth” (JMWH 2009) and “Attitudes Towards Home Birth in the USA” (Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2010). She recently published the article “Breech birth at home: Outcomes of 60 breech and 109 cephalic planned home and birth center births” with BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. In 2019 she published an article about outcomes of breech at home, birth centers, and hospitals (Midwifery Today) and a book chapter “Freebirth in the United States” in the 2020 book Birthing Outside the System: The Canary in the Coal Mine.

Dr. Freeze is the founder and president of Breech Without Borders, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to breech training, education, and advocacy. She also blogs at Stand and Deliver (

Objective 2: Summarize the benefits of breech birth in an upright position, compared to supine

Objective 2: List the 10 mechanisms of spontaneous upright breech birth

Objective 3: Identify the mechanisms in action (while watching breech birth videos)


This lecture documents a physiological approach to vaginal breech birth: upright birth with mother and baby actively participating in the process. This biodynamic method combines gravity, maternal movement, and a baby assisting in its own birth to create optimal conditions for a successful vaginal breech birth. A discussion of the key principles of physiologic birth; resent studies documenting how upright breech birth leads to shorter labors, fewer birth injuries, fewer maternal injuries, and fewer maneuvers compared to supine breech birth; and 10 steps of physiological birth. I will demonstrate how what we see on the outside tells us what’s happening on the inside.

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Duration: 60 mins
Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW
Trauma and Anxiety in Pregnancy
U.S.A. Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW

Sherri Daigle has been a midwife for 35 years. Helping legalize midwifery in her home state of Louisiana, she was active in helping to pass legislation, and create midwifery practice and birth center regulation. She has taught midwifery at college level, as well as working as preceptor. She has worked tirelessly in home birth and birth center settings. She helped to create Louisiana’s first accredited birth center. Sherri has six wonderful children, and 4 grandchildren she enjoys spending time with. Currently she is working in a quiet home birth practice. She has watched midwifery grow from a homespun art to a respected profession, and is still amazed at the creative power of women through the lifespan.

Objective 1: List risk factors and symptoms of trauma and anxiety.

Objective 2: Describe brain changes in pregnancy and after trauma/

Objective 3: Discuss how to help women with anxiety using simple tools and information .

U.S.A. Sherri Daigle, LM, CPM, MSW

Anxiety is an ever-present blight on the lives of many expecting mothers today. Increasing concerns of adequate resources, fears of birth or problems with baby, negotiating the needs of employers, partner, family, and the new baby can be overwhelming. Anxiety is a threat to the well-being and happiness of the pregnant woman as well as her baby. There are biologic and environment causes of anxiety. Past trauma is a major cause of anxiety in the present. We will look at how the brain changes after trauma as well as in pregnancy and how these changes can be not only survived, but mom can learn to thrive in spite of anxiety.

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Duration: 60 mins
How to get back to Naturlistic Midwifery

Maria Milton is a midwife from the state of Florida. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in biology/PreMed from Florida A&M University and she is a licensed laboratory technician. Maria has been practicing as a midwife since 1984. She is the current owner/operator of Milton Memorial Birthing Center, a facility founded by her late mother/ colleague, Gladys Milton. She is also a stronge advocate of natural childbirth and the midwifery model of care. And, for over twenty years, Maria has been a speaker / presentor of various midwifery topics at midwifery conferences, midwifery retreats and community health programs.

Objective 1: List at least three ways that midwives can benefit from naturalistic midwifery.

Objective 2: List at least three ways that clients can benefit from naturalistic midwifery.

Objective 3: List at least three alternatives for routine interventions.

Objective 4: Understand brain changes in pregnancy and after trauma.

Objective 5: Help women with anxiety using simple tools and information.

Objective 6: List the 10 mechanisms of spontaneous upright breech birth.

Objective 7: Identify the mechanisms in action (while watching breech birth videos)


How to get back to Naturalistic Midwfery" will explore the many ways in which childbirth has changed over the years. This session will compare practices in natural childbirth with the practices in births where interventions/augmentations have occurred. These comparisons will prove how these practices have led to worse outcomes and increased the cost of helath care. This session will also demonstate how changes in attitudes about birth have affected birth practices as well as how providers have adapted to these changes. The session will end with offering solution to the problems created by these practices.

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Duration: 60 mins
Chagas Disease: Pregnancy-Based Screening to Benefit Mother and Infant

Dr. Morven S. Edwards is Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and an Attending Physician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Edwards maintains a longstanding interest in group B streptococcal infections and their prevention through immunization. She has been the recipient of a Cooperative Agreement through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve knowledge and practices among healthcare providers about congenital Chagas disease. Dr. Edwards is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

Objective 1: Cite how Latin American-born women living in the United States may be at risk for Chagas disease.

Objective 2: Counsel at-risk pregnant women regarding Chagas disease screening for their personal benefit and that of their infants.

Objective 3: List steps to screen and confirm the diagnosis of Chagas disease.


Chagas disease is a parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi. Chagas disease is endemic in Mexico, Central America or South America. Approximately 8-10 million people in Latin America and 300,000 people in the United States have Chagas disease. Chagas disease damages the heart and causes approximately 10,000 deaths yearly. Approximately 30,000-45,000 people in the United States have Chagas cardiomyopathy. Most are unaware of the infection and have no symptoms. The common mode of acquiring Chagas disease is vector-borne. Acute infection is often asymptomatic. Infection is life-long if untreated and, over years or decades, 20% to 40% of people develop Chagas heart or gastrointestinal disease. Infection is also transmitted congenitally. In the United States there are ~40,000 women in the childbearing years with Chagas disease who give birth to ~63-315 infected infants each year. Some infants have signs of infection at birth but none is specific for Chagas disease. Maternal infection can be diagnosed by a commercially-available ELISA testing for T. cruzi IgG. At its cost of ~$50, screening would be cost-saving, whether implemented universally or for at-risk women. Treatment of confirmed infection is curative for infants, prevents transmission in future pregnancies and reduces risk for cardiomyopathy in women in the childbearing years.

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Duration: 60 mins

Began exploring her interests in Natural Healing Arts and Complementary Medicine as a Midwife after the home birth of her first child in 1993. In the state of Florida, she completed her Diploma of Midwifery and graduated in 1997 from the School of Complementary Medicine in Central FL. Tomasina has many credentials in ethno-medicinal sciences, herbology, botanical chemistry, health & mental wellness counseling, education and spiritual facilitation work. Tomasina apprenticed with meta-physical healers, physicians and several other multi-disciplinary specialists to complete an internship as a Complementary Medicine Practitioner, and later became a Holistic Health Practitioner and Master Herbalist. She remains committed to building within communities of African descent to enhance social justice for all concerned. Her skill set is unparalleled in diverse treatment options for the well being of Families, Mothers and Babies as she has delivered double and well over 1000 babies since 2012. ANS(Autonomic Nerve System) Therapy, Iridology, Kinesiology, MT (Muscle Testing) and NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming) are just a few other healing arts Midwife Tomasina has acquired expert proficiency in serving Clients for over 20 years. Having briefly served on the NARM (North American Registry Midwives) board, she is familiar with the nuances and intricacies of corporate Midwifery work and is excited to serve as Vice President for MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America).

Objective 1: Discuss, define and examine black maternal mental health. Our live discussion with our experts will touch on ""the health state of the mind and it's processes for women of childbearing age"" as one definition.

Objective 2: Identify stressors, trauma and influences that impact black maternal mental health. Our live discussion with our experts will focus on bringing awareness to the masses about the impact of disparities within black maternal mental health and what we are experiencing as health professionals within our communities.

Objective 3: Discover solutions that can yield a more holistic, hopeful, positive outcome designed to abate black maternal mental health disparities and initiating change through a call to action for maternal and mental health professionals.


Our live discussion with our experts will touch on the "health state of the mind and its processes for women of childbearing age" (and other definitions of black maternal mental health). Our discussion will further look at stressors, trauma and influences that impact black maternal mental health and in bringing awareness to the masses. We will ask if there are solutions that can yield a more hopeful, positive outcome as we look into these disparities.

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CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs), CBEs, CLE, Doulas & Birth Educators. This program is approved for 6 R-CERPs. GOLD Conferences have been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07

If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive additional credits for viewing it again. Please send us an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, Birth Interventions, Breech Birth, Cultural Competency and Midwifery, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Evidence-Based Care, Maternal Illness, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma-Informed Care

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