9:00 am – 10:15 am — General session
Umbilical Cord Clamping: Best Practices — Judith Mercer
The purpose of this class is to present some of the latest information on the issue of optimal cord clamping time for newborns. We believe that every baby has a right to his or her own cord blood at birth and that the baby’s cord blood should be in the baby and not in the freezer or the trash! Judith will present the recent evidence about delayed cord clamping and babies’ health, and practices to help make a birth as normal and gentle as possible for the baby.
10:15 am – 10:45 am — General session
Our Eyes and Non-verbal Communication — Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos
What do the eyes say? Why do newborns and their mamas seek each other’s eyes in that profound gaze of the early hours of life? Research evidence on communicating through eye contact throughout life will be shared.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm — Concurrent sessions E1 – E4
E1 Alternative Remedies — Lisa Goldstein
You will learn about the use of herbs, homeopathics and other natural remedies in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Learn practical uses of these remedies for your clients’ ailments and complications, such as using alternatives to halt a hemorrhage and how to keep your women well. This class is not just for novices but for everyone.
E2 Resolving Shoulder Dystocia — Gail Hart
Do you know that the clues of the impending development of shoulder dystocia can help us actually prevent its occurrence? Gail will discuss the mechanical and physical causes of shoulder dystocia; the associated risk factors; the symptoms and signs to predict it; how to prevent it; and how to remedy it. She will analyze tools and methods used to overcome panic reactions and demonstrate effective treatments. Come learn Gail’s methods.
E3 Microbiome: Good Bugs for Babies — Jill Whitfield
This presentation explores the human microbiome and how it affects the human being inside the womb and throughout the life span. We will discuss the fetus and intrauterine life, labor, birth and the first hours and days after birth. Because maternal and newborn practices following birth set the stage for the rest of the child’s life, the importance of not disturbing this delicate balance is emphasized. Practices to encourage microbial seeding in the newborn will be explored.
E4 Massage for Birth — Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, Elaine Stillerman and Angelina Martinez Miranda
Our teachers will explain why massage is essential for pregnant and birthing women and show practical application. They will discuss the importance of healing touch as a preventive tool and safe remedy for the pregnant, laboring and postpartum woman. This is a hands-on class where you will have opportunity to practice massage.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Concurrent sessions F1 – F4
F1 Uncommon Complications — Mary Cooper and Eden Fromberg
Every caregiver wants to be prepared for “anything and everything”! Our teachers will share their experiences to illustrate assessment techniques, problem solving and ways in which practitioners can build their self-confidence in dealing with various emergency and unusual situations. These teachers will present ways to be more prepared for uncommon complications that you may encounter: unusual bleeding, thrombocytopenia, meconium, neonatal jaundice, hematoma formation, signs of embolism and more. Learn about how to manage these while keeping the family and yourself calm. Bring your questions and cases to study.
F2 Reducing Inequities in Birth and Breastfeeding — Lexi Abeln
The fact that there are inequities in birth and breastfeeding is clear to most birthworkers, and many of us believe that midwifery care has the potential to make a huge impact in reducing disparities. How might any one of us go about making a difference in saving more lives in affected communities? Honoring our own cultural history and understanding our implicit bias is a really good place to start. Let’s work together to better understand how to make an immediate and positive impact on reducing birth inequities with families in all settings. Let’s raise the voices of the midwives and birth workers of color and any marginalized people or communities in the birth world. The work is being done: We need to amplify it.
F3 Newborn Resuscitation with an Intact Umbilical Cord: How the Baby Transitions from Fetus to Newborn — Judith Mercer
One of the most frightening experiences for a midwife is a baby who does not breathe right away. Understanding how the fetus transitions to newborn life supports the midwife to give the best possible care at this time. Topics covered will include supporting normal transition as well as resuscitation after various complications such as a nuchal cord, shoulder dystocia or infant complications. Cases will be used and participants are invited to bring any of their own cases.
F4 Working in the Developing World — Vicki Penwell
Special attributes are needed to work in the developing world. If you are called to this, come learn more in this class designed with you in mind. Working in another country can greatly enhance your skills and expand your perspectives on midwifery and birth while serving families abroad. Learn about the wealth of opportunities available. Do you have the qualities it takes to work abroad? Do you know the physical and environmental issues that may affect your life abroad? Information about some opportunities that exist overseas will be discussed. Also covered will be a comparison of differences and similarities in a midwifery practice.
3:45 pm – 5:30 pm — General session
Roundtables — Learn from the combined experience of these teachers and other participants. Always informative, sometimes heart-wrenching, it’s a unique opportunity to share. Rotating into three different groups, the registrants meet for three different classes. Choose three of the following topics.
VBAC in Hospital Is Possible — Lexi Abeln
How to Implement Best Practices for Cord Clamping in Your Hospital — Judith Mercer
Amish Birth — Mary Cooper
Rebozo Practice — Angelina Martinez Miranda
Birth Issues for Doulas — Cathy Daub
Physiologic Transition of the Newborn — Gail Hart
Group B Strep — Jill Whitfield
Prematurity Is Often Preventable — Lisa Goldstein
Prolonged Labor — Elizabeth Davis
Midwifery Education around the World — Vicki Penwell
Birth Centers — Maria Milton
Culture and Birth: The Perspective of an International Midwifery-Supportive Ob/Gyn — Eden Fromberg
Balancing Home and Practice — Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — Open to all registrants
International Issues in Midwifery and Birth — Jan Tritten, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and Vicki Penwell
Brainstorm with us and your peers on how we can effect changes in midwifery and childbirth on the global level. Learn about the midwifery and birth movements going on around the world and how you can help. We can make changes for the better with knowledge of global possibilities. We will share techniques, systems and political and educational ideas that will help you further the midwifery model in your sphere of influence.