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Complementary Care Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

Access the latest clinical skills and research for Complementary Care for PREGNANCY, LABOUR & CHILDBIRTH professional training. These Complementary Care online courses provide practice-changing skills and valuable perspectives from leading global experts. This Complementary Care education has been accredited for a variety of CEUs / CERPs and can be accessed on-demand, at your own pace.

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A Modern Approach to Essential Oil Use in Maternity

By Stephanie McBride, BA-Certified Clinical Herbalist, Certified Aromatherapist,Functional Nutritionist
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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U.S.A Stephanie McBride, BA-Certified Clinical Herbalist, Certified Aromatherapist,Functional Nutritionist

Stephanie McBride is a passionate advocate for the use of Essential Oils as a form of natural self-care and in clinical practice for pregnant women, natural health educators and birth professionals. Her 30 years of botanical medicine studies, coupled with practical experience as a certified clinical herbalist, professional aromatherapist, and functional nutritionist, qualify her to provide the in-depth knowledge necessary to simplify this ancient health modality for others to benefit from and enjoy.

U.S.A Stephanie McBride, BA-Certified Clinical Herbalist, Certified Aromatherapist,Functional Nutritionist
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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Presentations: 18  |  Hours / CE Credits: 17.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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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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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks

Aromatherapy for Pregnancy

By Demetria Clark, Master Herbalist and Aromatherapist
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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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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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 0.5 (details)
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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
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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United States Tracy Donegan, BSc Midwifery, DONA (BDT), CLE (UCSD)

Tracy is a registered midwife, published author and Founder of the award winning GentleBirth App and CBE program. Born in Ireland, Tracy has lived and worked on three continents and currently lives in Silicon Valley, California with her husband and two boys. The experiences and mental health of the woman during pregnancy and throughout the post-pregnancy period are of utmost importance for the well-being of both the mother and her child. Tracy’s vision is to improve mental health in pregnancy through her innovative ‘brain training for birth’ program taught around the world and available through mobile technology in the GentleBirth App.

United States Tracy Donegan, BSc Midwifery, DONA (BDT), CLE (UCSD)
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A parent’s ability to manage their own stress is one of the most powerful predictors of their children’s well-being. Mindfulness is emerging as an effective intervention for parents regardless of socioeconomic status during pregnancy, birth and the post partum period to build emotional resilience and mental stability. Mindfulness training offers parents an opportunity to develop their internal resources and self-efficacy to adjust to the demands of pregnancy and parenthood, as well as improving emotion regulation and enhancing attachment with their baby. Research suggests that mindfulness may be effective in reducing anxiety and depression in the perinatal period.

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Presentations: 22  |  Hours / CE Credits: 22.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks

Osteopathic Principles within the Perinatal Period

By Sara Randall, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, R. Midwife, B. Ost. Med, R. Osteopath, IBCLC
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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United Kingdom Sara Randall, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, R. Midwife, B. Ost. Med, R. Osteopath, IBCLC

Since graduating with a degree in Midwifery in 2002, I have worked as a midwife within the NHS. I also qualified as an Osteopath and I specialise in pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pains, breastfeeding issues and manage newborns and children following a traumatic birth using Cranial Osteopathy.

Specialities include:

  • Information and advice on various treatment options for pregnancy, postnatal women and newborn babies.
  • Help and guidance around suitable techniques including Osteopathy, Massage, Manipulation and Exercise Rehabilitation, Medical.
  • Acupuncture, Cranial Osteopathic Techniques, and Kinesio Taping and Strapping.
  • Advising on breastfeeding skills and techniques.


United Kingdom Sara Randall, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, R. Midwife, B. Ost. Med, R. Osteopath, IBCLC
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There is often some confusion and skepticism regarding the treatment methods of manual therapies and in particular Osteopathy. The principles of Osteopathic Medicine were discovered over 100 years ago by Dr A T still, a Medical Doctor and Surgeon. This presentation aims to outline the key principles of Osteopathy that will enable a clearer understanding of how anatomy and physiology are addressed in relation to structure and function of the human body. The application of Osteopathic Medicine will be discussed in particular to the pregnant woman and the immediate postnatal period. The research surrounding osteopathy will be discussed and some thought provoking theories around common compensatory patterns in the newborn. Abdominal palpation and the birthing process will be touched on in relation to newborn discomforts. The presentation will be thought provoking and will highlight areas of research that are well overdue for both osteopathic medicine, and the care of the newborn within midwifery.


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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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Dr. Jeanne Ohm is. Co-owner and practicing DC in a family, wellness based practice since 1981.

She is a sought out, international lecturer on the topic "Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Infancy" to practicing Chiropractors and affiliated care providers and is a post graduate instructor for numerous chiropractic colleges. She has written numerous articles on pregnancy, birth, children and chiropractic and is co-author of multiple research papers published in major journals.

Dr. Ohm is the founder of Makin' Miracles...Connecting Kid's n' Chiropractic, community outreach programs and resources to educate children and adults about the life saving benefits of chiropractic. www.makinmiracles.com She is also producer of the educational video, "Birth Trauma: A Modern Epidemic"

Her professional positions include: CEO for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association: www.icpa4kids.com Executive Publisher and Editor of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine: www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org ICPA developer and instructor of the Webster Certification. Co-developer of the ICVPA/ PBRN Research program. She is an active Board member of: The Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice: chiropracticfamilypractice.org, Life Chiropractic College West: bhttp://lifewest.edu/, Holistic Pediatric Alliance: hpakids.org and the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation: vertebralsubluxation.health.officelive.com

Dr. Ohm's professional mission is to provide birth care providers with the skills to care for more pregnant mothers and children. She is committed to educating other practitioners with the information to support natural birthing in their practices. It is her understanding that birth trauma is a public health concern, and therefore it has become her goal to eliminate its damaging effects on the newborn. She intends to accomplish this by:

• adequately training DC's in specific chiropractic techniques and care for pregnancy, birth & infancy for the promotion of natural birthing.

• forming national alliances for chiropractors with like-minded birth practitioners and attendants

• empowering mothers to make informed choices in pregnancy and birth

• offering patient educational tools which address this issue

Dr. Ohm is married to Dr. Thomas Ohm, Chiropractor. They have six children and eight grandchildren who have all received chiropractic care since conception. They were all born at home and are living the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle.


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In pregnancy, a woman’s body experiences numerous musculoskeletal adaptations and physiological changes. These changes often have an adverse effect on her neuro-biomechanics adversely affecting quality of life, birth outcome and the future well-being of her baby.

The doctor of chiropractic plays a vital role correcting spinal misalignments (subluxations). By restoring nerve system function with these specific spinal adjustments, the mother’s neuro-biomechanical function is improved. This results in an improved quality of life throughout pregnancy, and a body more equipped for optimal physiological function in birth.

This paper will discuss addressing the neuro-biomechanics in pregnancy, the causes of dystocia and the integrative care of birth providers to lead to a safer, easier birth for mothers and babies.


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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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United States Susan Weed, Author

To fully support their clients’ health throughout gestation, birth, and nursing, midwives need to know about herbs. Not a lot; in fact, what most midwives need to know can be learned in few hours. Wise use of herbs is especially important during pregnancy and lactation. Using herbs instead of drugs to allay problems protects both mom and fetus from harm. Even more importantly, the abundant nutrition available from select herbs – like stinging nettle, oatstraw, comfrey leaf, and red clover blossoms–has a much more profound influence on maternal health than any supplement and can make the difference between an easy birth and a complicated one. Herbal medicine is simple, safe, and effective at all times in a woman’s life, including during her childbearing years. Here are the things I think it most important that a midwife know about herbs and herbal medicine.


United States Susan Weed, Author
Abstract:

To fully support their clients’ health throughout gestation, birth, and nursing, midwives need to know about herbs. Not a lot; in fact, what most midwives need to know can be learned in few hours. Wise use of herbs is especially important during pregnancy and lactation. Using herbs instead of drugs to allay problems protects both mom and fetus from harm. Even more importantly, the abundant nutrition available from select herbs – like stinging nettle, oatstraw, comfrey leaf, and red clover blossoms–has a much more profound influence on maternal health than any supplement and can make the difference between an easy birth and a complicated one. Herbal medicine is simple, safe, and effective at all times in a woman’s life, including during her childbearing years. Here are the things I think it most important that a midwife know about herbs and herbal medicine.


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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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United States Lia Bello, RN, FNP, CCH

Lia Bello is a Family Nurse Practitioner, educated at the University of Virginia, and is Certified in Classical Homeopathy. Lia is the founder of the Homeopathic Nurses Association www.nursehomeopaths.org and past president of the Council for Homeopathic Certification. As America’s foremost homeopathic nurse educator, Lia loves to open up the world of Homeopathy to mothers, nurses and other healthcare practitioners and teaches courses around the U.S. which award CE’s for nurses. Her website, www.learnhomeopathy.org, features video courses and many informative articles. Residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lia has had a private practice specializing in holistic and homeopathic acute and chronic healthcare for over 43 years.


United States Lia Bello, RN, FNP, CCH
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This presentation would start with a brief explanation of what homeopathy is, how it works and why it is safe for mother and infant (over the counter ). I will give info on remedy use for nausea of pregnancy, threatened miscarriage, insomnia, mal-positioning, emotional upsets/fear of giving birth/grief/post partum depression, physical trauma of giving birth, prevention of prolonged labor, natural induction, after-pains, mastitis, engorgement, jaundice, milk supply problems. I will include how remedies are dosed and administered for mother and infant.


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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.