Pregnancy, Labour & Childbirth

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Darcia Narvaez, Professor Emerita of Psychology, University of Notre Dame researches moral development and flourishing from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating anthropology, neuroscience, clinical, developmental and educational sciences. Her earlier careers include professional musician, business owner, classroom music teacher, classroom Spanish teacher and seminarian, among other things. She grew up bilingual/bicultural but calls the earth her home. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences wellbeing and moral character in children and adults. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association and former editor of the Journal of Moral Education. She is on the advisory boards of Attachment Parenting International, Kindred, Your Whole Baby, and the Self Reg Institute. She has numerous publications, including more than 20 books such as Indigenous Sustainable Wisdom: First Nation Know-how for Global Flourishing; Basic Needs, Wellbeing and Morality: Fulfilling Human Potential and Embodied Morality: Protectionism, Engagement and Imagination. A recent book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award. She blogs for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”) and hosts the webpage EvolvedNest.org.

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Every animal has a developmental system or nest for its young that matches up with the maturational schedule of offspring. Humans have a nest too although many people don’t realize it. The human nest refers to the experiences and care that a child receives after birth and in the years that follow. Modern child raising has changed significantly from the nest of our ancestors with concerning results. Learn more about the epigenetic impact of the early nest and how early life experience influences wellbeing and sociomoral character in children and adults as well as societal culture. Delegates will gain an understanding of the essential components of the early nest (including touch, responsivity, breastfeeding, alloparents, positive social support, play, and soothing perinatal experiences) along with ways to empower parents to incorporate them into their infant’s care to create a foundation for lifelong health and well being.

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Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 12.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, is a co-author, with Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman, of La Leche League International’s Sweet Sleep Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. She is also a co-author, with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, of the 8th edition of LLLl's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Other publications include chapters in Genna's Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants and Smith's The ABC's of Private Practice, and journal articles and essays on latching, lip ties, D-MER, motherhood in other mammals, and breastfeeding language. Diane self-publishes more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers. She has spoken in over 40 states and provinces and in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader
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Many health care workers advocate a no-bedsharing policy, no exceptions. Others recognize that most breastfeeding mothers will share sleep with their babies at times, safely or unsafely; may even have bedshared themselves; and feel they lack the tools to help prevent unsafe shared sleep. Still others recommend safe bedsharing as the normal and easiest way to meet a baby’s needs and facilitate breastfeeding. The Safe Sleep Seven offers a middle ground: Seven research-supported criteria which, if met, offer a level of bedsharing safety equivalent to crib safety. For those mothers who don’t meet the criteria, it provides a simple way for them to make educated decisions about their family’s nighttime parenting. And it helps every non-bedsharing breastfeeding mother “child-proof” her bed so that it is as safe as possible if there’s a night when she just can’t stay awake to nurse.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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Wendy Middlemiss is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. She has conducted research and engaged in applied education practices in the areas of infant sleep, parent education, and family well-being. Her academic training and research has crossed areas of family-community interaction, developmental theory, and educational psychology, all with a focus on how to share information in a manner that supports children’s and families’ development. Dr. Middlemiss has completed research in New Zealand and Australia and has formed research exchange programs in these countries. Dr. Middlemiss’ work focuses on how to construct culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate educational or intervention programs. Dr. Middlemiss has been a CFLE for over 20 years.

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Understanding infant sleep patterns and how they will change in the first year, was well as whether certain patterns could be cause for concern, is important in helping parents create supportive care practices in the first months and year of life. With this understanding, then, practitioners and parents can use the information about what is essential to create healthy, personally viable care practices. In this presentation, we will identify normative sleep and feeding practices, identify what is essential for infants, examine current research findings and often-heard parenting advice, and translate this information into best practice by focusing on how parents can use this information to provide developmentally supportive care. This will provide parents and practitioners the tools to adapt practices to infants’ needs across family settings. Parents with different family and infant needs can find ways to adapt the essentials of care to support their child.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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United Kingdom Lyndsey Hookway, BSc, RNC, HV, IBCLC

Lyndsey is an experienced Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community.
Lyndsey runs a busy practice offering one-to-one specialist breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sleep, eating, behaviour and parenting support to families in the UK and Internationally. Lyndsey is a published author and respected speaker, trainer and mentor.
On a personal level, Lyndsey is also the mother of a child with cancer (now in remission), and the founder of the Breastfeeding the Brave project - a not-for-profit collaboration of parents who have breastfed their children through life threatening, terminal or life limiting illness.

United Kingdom Lyndsey Hookway, BSc, RNC, HV, IBCLC
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Many parents become frustrated by their child's sleeping patterns. They may try to implement sleep schedules, or sleep training in an effort to try to manage their fatigue. However, understanding how sleep fundamentally works can not only optimise sleep, but also reduce parental frustration, improve connection, and increase confidence. Sleep occurs best in a non-stress state - therefore utilising strategies that increase child stress levels is likely to be counter-productive. Equally, experiencing stress for any reason may reduce the ease with which we can support sleep. This presentation discusses a holistic approach to supporting optimal regulation, attachment, emotional connectivity and naturally optimised sleep.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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