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Pamela Berens, MD, FACOG, FABM, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Obstetrics 2019
  • Country: United States

Dr. Berens received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas, Houston where she subsequently joined the faculty. She serves as Professor and Vice-Chair of Clinical Affairs at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Chief of Service at the Lyndon B Johnson Hospital. She has an active clinical practice and teaches medical student and residents. In her role as an IBCLC she sees mothers referred for consultation with difficult breastfeeding complications. Her area of academic and educational focus surrounds pregnancy and postpartum care, breastfeeding and breastfeeding complications. She is active in the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine previously serving as a board member, meeting co-chair and contributing author for 3 separate ABM protocols. She has participated in various research projects related to breastfeeding. She is active in outreach multidisciplinary breastfeeding education across the state of Texas with the Texas Department of State Health Services. She served as a physician co-leader for the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative encouraging hospitals and providers to incorporate Baby Friendly Hospital Practices. She participates with the ACOG Breastfeeding Expert Work Group and assists with their various endeavors to promote breastfeeding and educate Obstetricians further about the topic. She has written book chapters and published research on breastfeeding topics primarily relating to the maternal perspective and maternal breastfeeding complications.

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Making Cesarean Delivery Family Focused
Cesarean Birth may not be the anticipated birth that the family is initially planning for. When cesarean birth becomes the chosen way for delivery (due to prior cesarean birth or medical indications), how can we better prepare to make that birth meet the expectant family’s needs. This lecture will focus on strategies to better meet the needs of the expectant mother who is undergoing a cesarean birth. Available evidence will be reviewed when applicable. Topics discussed with include preparations from the staff and facility perspective, planning pain relief strategies, operative techniques, delayed cord clamping, skin to skin contact, early breastfeeding initiation and other practical considerations. Potential obstacles will also be discussed in addition to suggestions for overcoming them.
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