Midwifery

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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.

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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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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.

USA Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, Certified pre and perinatal practitioner
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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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Jennie Joseph, a British-trained midwife and women’s health advocate, moved to the United States in 1989 and began a journey which has culminated in the formation of an innovative maternal child healthcare system, The JJWay®

She is the Executive Director of her own non-profit corporation Commonsense Childbirth Inc. which operates two health centers in Orlando, Florida.

Due to the poor birth outcomes experienced by low income and uninsured women she has established outreach clinics for women who are at risk of not receiving prenatal or gynecological care. Her ‘Easy Access’ Prenatal Care Clinics offer quality maternity healthcare for all, regardless of their choice of delivery site or ability to pay and have successfully reduced perinatal disparities

Jennie’s school, Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, trains and certifies midwives, doulas and perinatal paraprofessionals emphasizing culturally competent and community focused care. Her midwifery model of care can be implemented by any willing provider.

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The impact of poor perinatal outcomes and racial disparities on women, their families and the community at large. What are the causes and who suffers disproportionately?

The JJ Way ®

How has the JJ Way® model of prenatal care made a difference? The 2007, 2014, 2017 Study –evaluation results What is lacking in ‘Materno-toxic Areas’ and maternity healthcare? What do we need now?


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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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A Modern Approach to Essential Oil Use in Maternity

By Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist
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USA Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist

Stephanie Pearson has a unique distinction in her field for integrating traditional practices in nutrition and herbalism with principles of evidence-based research and constitutional medicine. She is a certified clinical herbalist, functional nutritionist, clinical aromatherapist master (in process), and a professional educator and presenter at universities, and for wellness conferences and webinars. Stephanie’s 25 years of botanical medicine study expands outside the classroom and crossculturally, enriched by field studies in Native American, Western Eclectic, and Latin American herbalism.

USA Stephanie Pearson, Functional Nutritionist, Certified Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist
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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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New Zealand Debra Betts, PhD, BHSc, RN

With a nursing background Debra gradu¬ated with a diploma in Acupuncture in 1989 while living in London. On returning to New Zealand build a practice using acupuncture for women’s health including pregnancy care. She commenced teaching acupuncture courses for midwives in 1997. This led to publications on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice including “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, which has now been translated into German and French. Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic in New Zealand, and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstet¬ric care.


New Zealand Debra Betts, PhD, BHSc, RN
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A certificate in midwifery acupuncture has been available in New Zealand since 2007. This short course was specifically developed for midwives and run through an acupuncture school. Midwives successfully completing this qualification receive elective education points and may incorporate acupuncture into their midwifery practice. In June 2008, a maternity acupuncture service began operating within the Hutt Valley Hospital outpatient department, offering women access to free acupuncture care for pregnancy and postpartum period. This was the first and, to date, the only clinic of this type within a New Zealand hospital. This clinic is also run through The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, with fourth year students providing treatment under supervision. This presentation reports on how acupuncture is used by the New Zealand midwives and in this outpatient’s clinic. It will also cover the current evidence base for acupuncture in pregnancy and the postpartum period.


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Aftershock: what do we need to do now we know the extent of workplace bullying in midwifery?

By Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil
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Australia 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. 

Australia Carolyn Ruth Hastie, RN, RM, Cert Sexual and Reproductive Health, Dip Teach, Grad Dip PHC, MPhil
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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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Presentations: 18  |  Hours / CE Credits: 17.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks

Aromatherapy for Pregnancy

By Demetria Clark, Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist
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New Demetria Clark, Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist

Demetria Clark is the Director of Heart of Herbs Herbal School founded in 1998, www.heartofherbs.com. She has been an internationally known herbalist and aromatherapist for over 20 years. Training thousands of practitioners and working with organizations all over the world to promote wellness and self-sustaining careers.


New Demetria Clark, Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist
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For health care officials aromatherapy is becoming a tool many clients and patients are relying on, learn what can be used to support clients and patients safely. Often with any sudden popularity with a modality unsafe practices can be found and safe information needs to be available to health practitioners. Learn what essential oils and aromatherapy is and how you can explore the health benefits of this modality with your clients.


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Ratih Ayu Wulandari, MD, IBCLC is a breastfeeding mother of two. She applied baby led weaning method for her two babies while continue breastfeeding and get many benefits from the method. As lactation consultant she gives breastfeeding counseling and complimentary feeding either with spoon feeding or baby led weaning approach for family who wish to know more and practice it.  Experienced breastfeeding her two tongue-tied babies, helped her understand the pain and support early frenotomy. She is now 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.

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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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Presentations: 18  |  Hours / CE Credits: 17.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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