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Parent & Infant Bonding Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

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

Hours / Credits: 1.25 (details)
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UK Dr. Ruth Oshikanlu, RN RM RSCPHN BSc PGDip PGDip MSc DUniv

Dr. Ruth Oshikanlu MBE is a multi-award winning nurse, midwife and health visitor. A nurse entrepreneur, consultant, leader and parenting expert, she is passionate about supporting vulnerable children and their families to reduce health inequalities and improve their life outcomes. Her previous roles include: HIV specialist midwife, Family Nurse at one of the first pilot sites of The Family Nurse Partnership intensive home visiting parenting programme for vulnerable families, and Nurse Leader of The Lewisham Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Service.

Ruth is a Pregnancy Mindset Expert and supports pregnant women who have had assisted conception or previous pregnancy loss. She is the author of Tune In To Your Baby: Because Babies Don’t Come with An Instruction Manual.

Ruth is a Queen’s Nurse, Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting, Royal College of Nursing and The Royal Society of Arts. She is the recipient of several national healthcare and business awards; a regular columnist and has published several feature articles in numerous national nursing and healthcare journals.

Ruth was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2019 Honours List for being an Ambassador for the Health Visiting Profession and for services to Community Nursing, Children and Families. She is a Churchill Fellow and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from London South Bank University in November 2019.

UK Dr. Ruth Oshikanlu, RN RM RSCPHN BSc PGDip PGDip MSc DUniv
Abstract:

Parental-foetal attachment is the emotional attachment between an expectant parent and their foetus and is a complex concept. Midwives have a vital role in promoting parental-foetal attachment. The presentation will outline the importance of promoting parental-foetal attachment and how expectant parents can connect with their babies in utero. This presentation will discuss how expectant parents have been supported during the pandemic to manage their fear, anxiety and stress, parental and partner separation.

It will conclude with the use of the items of antenatal attachment scales to discuss and suggest ways of promoting antenatal attachment to expectant parents. By collaboratively working between midwives, midwives can identify those that may be at risk of poor parental-foetal attachment, and ensure that coordinated, consistent and seamless care is provided for these families.

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Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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U.S.A. Barbara Morrison, PhD, APRN-CNM

Barbara Morrison, PhD, CNM is an associate professor in the Janice M. Riordan Distinguished Professorship in Maternal Child Health at Wichita State University School of Nursing, Wichita, KS, USA. Dr. Morrison’s mission is to advocate, educate and inspire health care reform to enhance physiologically and ecologically appropriate care for the mother-newborn dyads especially as it relates to establishing breastfeeding, frequent Kangaroo Care (KC) and holding, and optimal attachment. Dr. Morrison’s research interests include the impact of breastfeeding and KC on psycho-neuro-endocrine development of newborns and parents, and implementing best evidence-based breastfeeding and attachment practices in hospital birthing and postpartum units and in the community. Dr. Morrison shares her research and passions through presentations, writings, radio shows and her website www.DrBarbCNM.com.

U.S.A. Barbara Morrison, PhD, APRN-CNM
Abstract:

The current paradigm of infant and family care is:
- Newborns are helpless
- Mothers are clueless
- Fathers are useless

But helplessness and separation negate evolutionary processes developed over millennia of mammalian existence. For our ancestors, who constantly held and carried their infants, breastfeeding was frequent snacking on infant’s schedule. Now, infants eat scheduled meals and sleep separated from mother. Breastfeeding is considered nourishment only. In reality, breastfeeding is part of a nurturing process promoting affectional bonding, emotional, behavioral and cognitive development, and providing protection from acute and chronic illnesses. Full benefits of this process come when infants are in their evolutionary habitat, skin-to-skin on their mother’s chest (Kangaroo Care, KC). In KC infants receive non-noxious emotional and sensory stimuli leading to better utilization of breastmilk and optimal hardwiring of the central nervous system. During this presentation breastfeeding as part of a nurturing process and the optimal environment will be discussed.

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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits: 1  |  Viewing Time: 2 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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Australia Robin Grille, BA(Psych) Grad Dip Counselling, Dip Interactive Psychotherapy

Robin Grille is a psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated around the world. Robin’s first book: ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand and Canada. His second book, ‘Heart to Heart Parenting’ is now translated into Korean and German. Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children. Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from 25 years’ clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin’s seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.

Australia Robin Grille, BA(Psych) Grad Dip Counselling, Dip Interactive Psychotherapy
Abstract:

A principal source of strength as well as vulnerability in mothers comes from how they themselves were mothered. Increasingly, researchers are confirming what psychotherapists have observed for many decades: that both trauma and the capacity for responsive and pleasurable mothering tend to be inter-generationally transmitted. All too often the struggles of mothering, including childbirth complications, premature weaning and difficulties with bonding are in fact late expressions of unresolved abuse or neglect, or some kind of emotional wounding in the mother. Information and encouragement miss the point when what is needed is therapy. This presentation helps practitioners to open a deeper dialogue with mothers, to identify possible abuse or neglect histories, adverse childhood experiences, and to use empathic dialogue to re-enable responsive and fulfilling mothering. It can be surprising how emotionally authentic dialogue in a safe environment is sometimes all it takes to restore maternal confidence, responsiveness and enjoyment.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 19.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 19.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a developmentalist and author of the bestselling book, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one). She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and is the Director of Kid’s Best Bet, a Counselling and Family Resource Center. Her book has been translated into 7 languages – Korean, Italian, German, French, Danish, Spanish, and Russian.

Abstract:

How do we help parents best prepare for our most important task – that of raising a child? What too often gets lost in the urgency of the moment, as well as in the flood of today’s details, is what the challenge is all about – transitioning the baby from the physical womb to the attachment womb where healthy development can continue to take place. Nothing could be more important to keep in mind. In this session, Deborah will help professionals who want to reach and support parents in becoming the answer their baby will be looking for.

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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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U.S.A. Laurel A. Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD is a TEDx and international speaker, author, pregnancy and lactation expert, and consultant. She served as the Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association for 16 years and now is on the Senior Advisor Board. She served on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019. She also is on the Advisory Board for InJoy Health. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. As the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever, original Editor of the CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual, and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves, she loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for nearly three decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into parenthood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

U.S.A. Laurel A. Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD
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Attachment begins during pregnancy, not in the moments, weeks, and years post birth. This attachment, the motherbaby bond, is forged through an awareness of the biological and emotional connection between mother and child from the very earliest moments of conception. The internal world of the mother and child is now known to be a strong influence in the behavior, health, and personality of a child. This crucial prenatal period is impacted by emotional and nutritional experience of the mother and has a lot to do with who babies turn out to be. The prenatal attachment that occurs, regardless of a mother’s conscious awareness, is changing the brain development, personality, and genetic expression of her baby. At no other time in their child’s life do parents influence who that child will be, both emotionally and physically, than during the 0-3 period of life. We now know that prenatal chronic stress leads to babies who cry more, sleep less, and are anxious. A mother’s thoughts create chemical signals that literally form her baby’s brain and lead to a happy or anxious child. Mothers have the ability to influence healthy brain development and genetic expression during pregnancy through the motherbaby bond. This presentation discusses epigenetics, brain development, molecular messaging between mother and baby, and the impact of stress on the baby’s future health.

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Presentations: 18  |  Hours / CE Credits: 17.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200

Michelle has 20 years of experience as a Neonatal / Pediatric Occupational Therapist and over 15 years experience as a Craniosacral Therapist and Infant Massage Instructor. She is a Certified CranioSacral Therapist through the Upledger Institute. She serves as a Teacher's Assistant) for CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release , as well as CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics. In addition to this, Michelle has a wide variety of specialty baby craniosacral therapy training and experience. She is certified in Yoga, Reflexology, and infant Massage. Michelle has started to focus on her private practice, teaching her own curriculum including the Tummy Time method and and cranial nerve dysfunction for the newborn to precrawling infant.

USA Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200
Abstract:

The Social Nervous System, comprised mainly of cranial nerves 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12, is a newborn baby’s special skill and ability. The combination of using face, jaw, tongue and throat muscles along with head turning to mother or father’s voice have profound influence on how baby is able to bond, attach and especially breastfeed. Babies are born with sophisticated abilities to socially engage, and when we don’t see this happening easily for babies, we want to have a way to address this. Professionals will be provided with simple and easy ways to evaluate this system and provide parent support and education for how to maximize full function. The connection between the function of this system and baby’s health will be explored in this one hour talk. Michelle will also blend the neuroscience of touch and the benefits for bonding, attachment, breastfeeding and thriving in our hectic, fast paced world.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 20.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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Canada Myrna Martin, RN, MN, RCC, RCST

Myrna is a teacher and clinician in Pre and Perinatal Health and Psychology. She has been working with people therapeutically as a nurse, and family therapist and psychotherapist for 45 years. Myrna practices early trauma resolution work with babies and young children and their families, as well as adults. This work is focused on developing secure attachment relationships and healing disruptions in attachment, such as prematurity, low birth weight, hospitalizations, adoption, postpartum depression and other misattunements. Myrna is a graduate of the University of Calgary Family Systems Nursing program (MN) and has trained extensively in early trauma resolution work. She is an accredited teacher of Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She teaches a professional training in pre and perinatal /attachment therapy internationally and has produced a Video Series of this training, which is spreading knowledge of the primal period and its impact. Myrna offers summer residential intensives in British Columbia, Canada.

Canada Myrna Martin, RN, MN, RCC, RCST
Abstract:

Love, as expressed through connection, with the unborn baby has a major impact on the physical and mental health lif long of this new human being, as well as his/her capacity to learn, create, and imagine. This presentation, through delineating the neurobiology of the childbearing couple and the developing prenate in one resonate field of three hearts, will provide practical support strategies. Through video clips, and theoretical discussion, participants will gain a clear understanding of the power of loving, connected hearts on the developing body and brain of the newborn AND the parents. Details of effective two way communication between the prenate and the parents will be delineated. Suggestions on how to support parents in this communicate are an important part of this work.

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Presentations: 22  |  Hours / CE Credits: 22.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.