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Alys Brown, Midwife, IBCLC, RLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Midwifery 2015
  • Country: New Zealand

Alys Brown is married and a mother of five children, all of whom were long term breastfed ( 3 of whom are  tongue tied ). She has set up a Midwifery training course on how to diagnose and treat tongue ties in Hamilton, N.Z, and is on the national subcommittee of the midwifery council looking at regulation of midwives to treat tongue ties. She has trained as a LLL PCPA, is a  registered direct entry trained midwife and IBCLC, and has also performed over 2,000 frenotomies over the past 6 years. She is passionate about indigenous breastfeeding knowledge, antenatal education, smoke free pregnancies and safe sleep practices.

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Tongue-Tie: Is it or isn’t it? What it’s like to have a Tongue tied baby- from a Mother’s perspective
Tongue Tie..Is it? Isn’t it?...These questions we have faced the past 5 years in our practice here at Waikato Hospital. Secondary, Tertiary hospital area servicing 5,000 birthing women, their babies and families.We have had a 6% referral,treatment rate in 2011-12, 8% in 2012-13 and over 10% in 2013-2014 The incidence globally ranges from 4-13% of newborn babies are found to have this anomally. The theory of regression states that the lingual frenulum should regress while the baby develops in utero. However we challenge this theory and believe that environmentally this phenomenom is increasing, we are also getting better at spotting these tongue ties and active treatment is making a difference to initiation of breastfeeding and duration anecdotally from women within our Waikato population. We have undertaken audits around women’s satisfaction with the service and whether or not frenotomy does make a difference to the Women’s breastfeeding experience. I would like to share some of these experiences women and their babies have had- often these women do not have a voice and some Health professionals are very quick to discredit how a woman is feeling feeding a tongue tied and or lip tied baby. I wish to discuss these issues. We have also been approved to run a New Zealand Midwifery council approved course for midwives to recognise, treat and follow up tongue ties. I wish to discuss how this programme has helped more women access treatment through their own LMC’s- Lead maternity Carers.
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Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Midwifery