Midwifery

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Trinidad Debrah Lewis, CNM, MSc

Since graduating with a Masters Degree majoring in Maternal-Child Health from Columbia University in 1986, Debrah has worked in public and private practice midwifery in New York, Africa and Trinidad & Tobago.

She is a founder and current Executive Director of Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre in Trinidad where she remains in active midwifery practice. She is on the Board of the North West Regional Health Authority; works with the Nursing Council; and serves as an independent consultant on midwifery matters. Debrah precepts students from the USA, Canada and Europe, and has presented extensively regionally and internationally, including a TEDx Talk on fathers.

She was the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Americas Board Member from 2005 – 2011 and Vice-President from 2011 - 2014; a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Midwives; and spearheaded the formation of the Caribbean Regional Midwives Association in 2012.

Debrah is the recipient of several awards including the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award and a National Award for The Development of Women – Gold – for her work in Community Service and Midwifery in Trinidad & Tobago.


Trinidad Debrah Lewis, CNM, MSc
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Traditionally, health care services target mothers – and engaging fathers has generally been overlooked. As a result fathers feel excluded and unsupported.
However, there has been growing recognition of the importance of parenting partnerships and fathers’ contribution to children’s development. As a result services are becoming more conscious of this. In a recent survey midwives agreed that including fathers is a part of their role but generally did not feel educated or well prepared to do this.
Individual providers and maternity care services must review the care they provide to assess their policies and resources, for example, and how they promote father and family inclusive care.


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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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USA Illysa Foster, M.Ed, LPA

Illysa Foster has worked with birthing families for over 10 years. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin from 1997 and earned her CPM in 2007. Illysa practiced as a homebirth midwife and later became a licensed mental health provider. Illysa co-authored Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice (2011) and has presented at local, state and national conferences on the topic of professional ethics. Illysa has taught undergraduate students in psychology and child and family development at the community college and university level. She recently retired from midwifery practice and now runs a private psychotherapy practice, Cypress Tree Therapy, in San Marcos, Texas where she provides depth and body-centered therapy to treat conditions such as postpartum depression and anxiety. Illysa was recently hired as full time professor in Psychology at Texas State University.

USA Illysa Foster, M.Ed, LPA
Abstract:Professional ethics teaches us how to navigate the challenges of defining and upholding our boundaries to protect our clients, ourselves and our profession. Competency and scope of practice evolve as we build our professional skills and acquire relevant experience. Knowledge of bioethical principles, moral dilemmas and codes of ethics are essential (what we need to know). Virtue ethics (why we need to know) and fluid practice with ethical thinking (how we practice) are key to applying ethical thought to practice to uphold the midwifery model of care. The Midwives Ecological Model of Ethical Thinking (MEMET) illustrates the complexity of real-life ethical dilemmas in midwifery practice.
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Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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USA Courtney Everson, AA, BA, MA, PhD

Dr. Courtney L. Everson is an Applied Medical Anthropologist with a long track record of community engagement, research, teaching, and leadership in health and human services, non-profit management, and higher education. Dr. Everson is currently appointed as a Researcher with Colorado State University (CSU) in the Social Work Research Center, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Sciences. Prior to Colorado State University, Dr. Everson was the Dean of Graduate Studies and Academic Faculty at the Midwives College of Utah, the Vice President for the Association of Midwifery Educators, and on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health representing Direct-Entry Midwifery. As a mixed methodologist, Dr. Everson's specializations include maternal-infant health; midwifery care; evidence-informed practice; and knowledge translation. Dr. Everson is also the Director of Research Education for the Midwives Alliance of North America Division of Research, a Research Working Group member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health, and a strategic consultant to higher education entities, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations on issues of equity, complex systems evaluation, and anti-oppression.

USA Courtney Everson, AA, BA, MA, PhD
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Evidence-informed practice is increasingly championed as a central framework in the health professions for facilitating shared-decision making, informed choice, and client-centered care. Also called “evidence-based practice” or “evidence-based care”, an evidence-informed practice (EIP) framework rests at the triad intersection between the best available research, the midwife’s clinical experience, and the client’s individual needs, values, and context. In this session, we will explore the EIP cycle (Assess-Ask-Acquire-Appraise-Apply) using current midwifery clinical topics. Specifically, we will cover: developing comprehensive case studies; asking a foreground clinical question; developing a valid PICO; literature search techniques, sources, and key concepts; critical appraisal of published research; and holistic application of research to care. By the end of the session, participants will have the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to enact research fluency during midwifery service using the evidence-informed practice framework.

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Fetal monitoring, Evidence and challenges

By Declan Devane, PhD, MSc, PgDip(Stats), BSc, DipHE, RGN, RM, RNT
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Ireland Declan Devane, PhD, MSc, PgDip(Stats), BSc, DipHE, RGN, RM, RNT

Professor Declan Devane is Professor of Midwifery at the National University of Ireland Galway (in the beautiful West of Ireland) and Director of the Health Research Board-Trial Methodology Research Network. He is an Editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, an Associate Senior Lecturer with the UK Cochrane Centre and an author of numerous Cochrane systematic reviews predominantly in the field of fetal assessment. He has led a number of clinical trials recruiting from 100 to over 3000 participants and serves on a number of Trial Steering Committees and Data Monitoring Boards. He is a past member of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and the Midwives Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. He was a member of the Department of Health National Maternity Care Strategy Group (Ireland) and the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Maternity Standards Advisory Group (Ireland).


Ireland Declan Devane, PhD, MSc, PgDip(Stats), BSc, DipHE, RGN, RM, RNT
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Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) was introduced into widespread clinical practice in the 1970-80s on the premise that it would help detect abnormal fetal heart rate patterns thought to be associated with fetal hypoxia, and thereby allow earlier intervention to prevent fetal neurological damage or death. Despite the recognised limitations of EFM, it’s use has become ubiquitous particularly in high-income countries. In this presentation, Declan will be address the evidence underpinning the use of EFM and in particular the use of cardiotocography. His presentation will focus largely on findings from Cochrane systematic reviews related to aspects of fetal monitoring including how to read and interpret forest plots, which are a common means of presenting the findings of meta analyses of the effects of interventions on outcomes. Within his talk, Declan will highlight examples of discordance between evidence, practice and practice guidelines.


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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Australia Hannah Dahlen, PhD, BN(Hons), MCommN, RM, RN

Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). She is also the Higher Degree Research Director. Hannah has had national and international success with grants. Hannah has published more than 120 papers and has given papers at over 500 conferences and seminars with half of these being invited keynote addresses. Hannah has strong international collaborations. She is co-founder of the international research collaboration EPIC (Epigenetic Impact of Childbirth). In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better”. She was named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012 due to her research and public profile. Hannah has a strong profile in the profession of midwifery. She is a past National President of the Australian College of Midwives and she sits on several peak National and State committees. Hannah currently supervises 11 higher degree students, mostly investigating women’s birth choices. Hannah is an endorsed Eligible Midwife working in a private midwifery group practice Midwives@Sydney and Beyond in NSW.


Australia Hannah Dahlen, PhD, BN(Hons), MCommN, RM, RN
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In this presentation the current state of normal birth around the world will be described and the backlash and politics around the issue explored. The long and short term benefits will be reported along with new emerging research on the issue. Key strategies for optimizing normal birth both in a practical and political sense will be discussed.


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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Amy L. Gilliland, Ph,D., BDT(DONA) - Dr. Gilliland is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, a psychology instructor at Madison College, and is one of the first DONA International birth doula trainers. Over her twenty-five year career, her work has spanned the perinatal spectrum. Dr. Gilliland has published research on birth doula support for over ten years, but has also published on female sexuality.For UW Extension, Dr. Gilliland conducts workshops on attachment and infant mental health. She has worked with hundreds of families during the perinatal period. Her real love is taking research and making it immediately useful for those at her presentations. Dr. Gilliland is a lively and engaging speaker. Her newest venture is her popular blog, www.doulaingthedoula.com.

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All parents expect sexual adjustments during the postpartum period, however few report feeling prepared for the massive changes that occur. Research reveals that common birth practices negatively influence sex and sexuality for both men and women. They may also have a psychological impact that shows up in a couple’s sexual relationship. Midwives are uniquely situated to make changes to practice and communication that can positively influence pp sexual adjustment. In addition, midwives have the potential to fill the educational gap and provide postpartum support as parents work through these changes. This session reviews research to date and offers concrete suggestions during this life transition to a new identity.

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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Maureen Campion MS LP is a licensed psychologist and relationship expert. She specializes in the early years of parenting and building securely attached families. Through her weekly newsletter Notes from a Marriage Geek and workshops she offers inclusive, research based marriage and parenting education. She turned her personal birth trauma experience into a passion for guiding couples through their healing and is the author of Heal Your Birth Story. Find Maureen at Marriagegeek.com

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While we know how joyous and beautiful birth can be, we also know that about 10-15% of women experience something traumatic at birth. Birth trauma impacts mothers, babies and those that care for them. Psychologist Maureen Campion has been offering her Healing Birth Stories workshop for 9 years and turned her professional and personal work into a book that supports women and families on their healing journey. She offers compassionate and effective tools to support both survivors and the professionals that work in this field. Come join us as we delve into the tough emotions around birth and explore our own trauma while looking at healing and transforming the stories we carry around birth.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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USA Yeshi Neumann, Certified Nurse Midwife, MA, MPH

Yeshi Neumann has been working as a midwife since 1970. In 2000, she created Homestyle Midwifery, a unique model of care, blending home and hospital birth. In addition to her work in the United States, Yeshi has taught and learned from midwives in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Trinidad, Tibet, Morocco, India, and China. For many years she was the principal educator of the maternal-child health project, Jungle Mamas, in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador. Yeshi has facilitated hundreds of workshops about women's leadership, diversity, conflict resolution, organizational development, communication and healing family relationships Yeshi also trains social change leaders from the non-profit, philanthropic, labor and socially responsible business sectors in the Art of Leadership at Rockwood Leadership Institute. Yeshi is a dedicated student and practitioner of Mindfulness. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting. Yeshi is the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three granddaughters, all of whom were born into her own hands.

USA Yeshi Neumann, Certified Nurse Midwife, MA, MPH
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Women know that it deeply matters how they give birth to their children. The birth profoundly affects the child’s life and how a mother mother’s her child as well as a mother’s own deep sense of herself. Each birth also profoundly affects the midwife who has cared for a woman and her baby. This class is for both birth givers and their midwives. If you are experiencing the effects of a difficult, disappointing or traumatic birth, either as a woman who has given birth or as a midwife , you are invited to join this class. This class will describe the elements of a difficult disappointing or traumatic birth as a basis for understanding what is involved in healing from such a birth. It will also provide an emotionally safe, non-judgmental space for you as a participant do some restorative and empowering work.

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Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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