Conscious GrandmotheringShining the Light of Awareness on What It Means for You

You automatically become a grandmother when your child becomes a parent, but your intention plays a significant role in the kind of grandmother you grow to be. Join Yeshi Neumann, CNM, MPH, a passionate and active grandmother, a midwife who has been working with families for 38 years, and a highly skilled facilitator in this affirming and inspiring program.

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Student and Continuing Education Credit Opportunities

STUDENTS/MEMBERS OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS MAY OBTAIN CREDITS FOR ALL CONSCIOUS WOMAN OFFERINGS

Ancient Art Midwifery Institute
The Ancient Art Midwifery Institute (AAMI) pioneered distance learning for midwives in 1981.  It set the standard of excellence in academic midwifery education with the original midwifery home study course.  AAMI honors the midwife of yesterday, supports the midwife of today, and holds the door open for the midwife of tomorrow. www.ancientartmidwifery.com

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
The ICPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the awareness of the family wellness lifestyle. it offers professional classes, provides outstanding resources and oversees pertinent research relative to family wellness. The ICPA strongly supports parents rights to make informed health care decisions for their families. www.icpa4kids.org

Midwives College of Utah
Midwives College of Utah’s (MCU) mission is to build midwives of technical expertise, professional excellence, and personal greatness– namely Midwives of Excellence.  MCU midwives will be pivotal in the “tipping” revolution of maternity care and birth culture throughout North America (and beyond) in the 21st Century. www.midwifery.edu

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR
MANY OF OUR PROGRAMS

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)
We have been informed that any childbirth-related event that a CAPPA member can prove she attended (i.e. a certificate is issued), will be accepted by CAPPA for continuing education.  It usually has to be directly related to their specialty (such as childbirth education, lactation education or postpartum issues, etc.).  CAPPA also accepts credits for programs approved by IBLCE and MEAC. http://www.cappa.net/

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
Many of our programs have been approved in past years for credits with the IBLCE.  Although we have not renewed CERPS for many of our programs, the IBLCE has informed us that our program viewers may apply independently for CERPS. Although we will provide a Certificate of Completion to anyone who requests one, we recommend that you contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will receive CERPS for the program you are interested in viewing.  The likelihood is high with our previously-approved programs.  See program listing below for more details.  http://www.iblce.org/

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
Although we have not applied directly with them, the International Childbirth Education Association has informed us that they will provide retroactive credit for many of our programs upon participant completion of the ICEA application form located at https://www.icea.org/ct_contact.html and submission of a Conscious Woman Certificate of Attendance. Provided there is sufficient interest, we will apply directly through ICEA for future Conscious Woman programming.


CEUs by Program Title

Childhood Vaccinations: Questions All Parents Should Ask with Tedd Koren, D.C.

Midwives:
MEAC – 1.5 CEUs per session (4.5 CEUs total) – credits expire March 2010

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session (4.5 CEUs total)

Doulas:
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from MEAC

Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care (formerly entitled Advanced Doula Training) with Gloria Lemay

Lactation Consultants:
IBLCE – Previously approved for 1.5 R-CERPS per session (1.0 R-CERPS and 0.5 E-CERPS for the last session on Business Promotion and Professionalism).  (17.5 R-CERPS and 0.5 E-CERPS for the series).  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.  Certificates of Completion provided to all who request them.

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – credits expired, but previously approved directly through CAPPA for 1.5 credits per session.  Contact CAPPA directly for more information (see above for further explanation).

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session (18 CEUs total)

Freedom of Expression: Supporting Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace with Cate Colburn-Smith

Lactation Consultants:
IBLCE – Previously approved for 1.5 L-CERPS.  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.  Certificate of Completion provided to all who request them.

Midwives:
MEAC – 1.5 CEUs – expired 12/1/2009

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – see above

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session

Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom with Sarah J. Buckley, M.D.

Lactation Consultants:
IBLCE- Previously approved for 1.5 R-CERPS per session, 1.0 R-CERPS and 0.5 L-CERPS for the following sessions: When Birth Goes Wrong: The Hormonal Impact of Interventions for Mother and Baby; Afterbirth: Cord Clamping and Other Third Stage Issues; and Epidurals: Impact on Mother and Baby (7.5 R-CERPS and 1.5 L-CERPS total).  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.  Certificates of Completion provided to all who request them.

Midwives:
MEAC – 1.5 per session (9 CEUs total)
expiration dates:  Safety & Logic 3/29/2010, Hormonal Impact 4/12/2010, Afterbirth 4/26/2010, Epidurals 5/17/2010, Cesareans 6/1/2010, Ultrasounds 6/7/2010.

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from IBLCE and MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session (9 CEUs total)

Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance After Trauma with Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.

Midwives:
MEAC – Approved for 1.5 contact hours – expires 9/22/2010

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session

THE INTACT BOY SERIES, with Gillian Longley, RN, BSN, Marilyn Milos, RN, Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. and Miriam Pollack, MA

Lactation Consultants:
IBLCE – you are encouraged to apply directly through IBLCE; we are happy to provide Certificiates of Completion.

Midwives:
MEAC – Approved for 1.5 CEUs per session (9.0 CEUs for the series of 6 workshops)
Expiration dates:
The Foreskin – 10/4/2010; Circumcision Procedure – 10/11/2010; Infant Response – 10/18/2010; Circumcision & Sexuality – 10/25/2010; Lessons and Communication – 11/1/2010; Circumcision as a Woman’s Issue – 11/8/2010

Doulas:
ALACE – these programs address childbirth and lactation, so credits should be accepted by virtue of program content; attendees might wish to verify this with ALACE
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session

Mother-Friendly Mental Health Care with Sharon Storton, MA, CHT, LMFT

Social Workers:
NASW – 1.0 CEUs for Level I and 1.5 CEUs for Level II (2.5 CEUs total) – expired

Lactation Consultants:
IBLCE – Previously approved for 1.5 R-CERPS for Level II only.  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.

Midwives:
MEAC – 1.0 CEUs for Level I and 1.5 CEUs for Level II (2.5 CEUs total)- expired

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from IBLCE and MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.0 CEUS for Level I and 1.5 CEUS for Level II (2.5 CEUs total)

Moving from Pain to Peace with EFT with Eileen Sullivan

Lactation Consultants:
IBLCE –  Previously approved for 1.5 R-CERPS for Part I only.  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.

Midwives:
MEAC – 1.5 CEUs for Part I and 1.0 CEUs for Part II (2.5 CEUs total) – expire 6/19/2010

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS for Part I and 1.0 CEUS for Part II (2.5 CEUs total)

NLP: A Birth Model for Change with Kathy Welter-Nichols, CHT, HBCE

Lactation Consultants:
Previously approved for 3.0 R-CERPS.  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.  Certificates of Completion provided to all who request them.

Midwives:
MEAC – Approved for 3.0 CEUs – expires 9/24/2010

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from IBLCE and MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session

Pelvic Balance for Easier and Safer Births, with Jeanne Ohm, D.C.

Midwives:
MEAC – Approved for 1.5 contact hours – expires 9/20/2010

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – accepts credits from MEAC
DONA – accepts credits from MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session

Restoration: Treating Adhesions, with Tanya Tarail, PT, MsT, CST

Lactation Consultants:
Previously approved for 1.5 R-CERPS.  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.  Certificates of Completion provided to all who request them.

Midwives:
MEAC – 1.5 CEUs – expires 9/14/2010

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – accepts credits from IBLCE and MEAC
DONA – accepts credits from IBLCE and MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session

What Would Mammals Do? with Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC

Lactation Consultants:
IBLCE – Previously approved for 1.5 L-CERPS.  Since our approvals have now expired, please contact the IBLCE directly to assure that you will be awarded CERPS for viewing these programs.  Certificate of Completion provided to all who request them.

Midwives:
MEAC – 1.5 CEUs – expired

Doulas:
ALACE – credits accepted by virtue of program content
CAPPA – see above
DONA – accepts credits from IBLCE and MEAC

Chiropractors:
ICPA – 1.5 CEUS per session








Kathy Welter-Nichols, CHT, HBCE

Kathy Welter-Nichols, CHT, HBCE, is a Master Hypnotist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner, & Licensed Trainer of NLP.  Design Human Engineering (DHE) Specialist, Certified HypnoBirthing Educator, and Certified Doula and IEMT practitioner. Profoundly focused on taking women back into their personal place of power, Kathy is the co-owner of Thought Models, Ways of the Wise Woman  & Just Be Well Canada. Her recent programs include “Bulimia Breakthrough” a three day intervention for women suffering from Eating Disorders.  She is the co-creator of Shaman Inside, and Mastery of Deep Trance States ® programs for individuals seeking to know themselves at the deepest levels. These programs are available in the UK, Italy, Peru as well as in Canada. She has received the Volunteer of the Year Award – Spirit of Community for her contributions to her community in selfless giving to those experiencing life threatening illness.

Kathy’s writings include:  Bulimia Breakthrough; Soul Maps the Overlay of Consciousness; Shaman Inside;  Mastery of Deep Trance States® ; My Birth, My Way;  Meditation, the Way of Effortless. In addition, Kathy has an extensive number of CD’s & MP3’s for personal improvement, birth preparation, increasing self esteem, reducing stress, and targeting specific issues like smoking, habits and OCD.

Kathy’s attends her births as labour support and uses NLP and Hypnosis to assist mothers in preparation for birth and during birth – advancing mothers into states that enable them to go beyond their belief maps; their own internal fears are set aside and they experience birth and themselves in an entirely new way. Doctors and midwives alike have remarked on Kathy’s skill and calming presence in the birthing room assisting mothers and fathers to create remarkable birth experiences.

In addition to training couples in hypnobirthing, Kathy offers programs for VBAC moms and for those experiencing postpartum depression. She sees clients one on one in Vancouver, and has an active practice providing treatment for a variety of issues that are easily resolved in 3-4 sessions.  She lives and works with her husband Harry Nichols in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. They have two children and three granddaughters!

All training dates are available on : www.thoughtmodels.com, www.bulimiabreakthrough.ca www.waysofthewisewoman.com www.shamaninside.com www.deeptrancestates.com

To contact Kathy:   welterk@shaw.ca,  1.604.421.1722;  SKYPE, or on the websites

Kathy’s Presentations:

NLP: A Birth Model for Change

The current model of birth is as deep a belief structure as the structure of our very nature. Trusting your body, trusting your mind and trusting your baby are entirely new concepts in the birthing world today. Making changes at this very core level takes skill and dedication.

In this two-part workshop series, Kathy Welter-Nichols introduces participants to a number of new technologies and science models that support gentle birthing practices, and explain why fear is so deeply enhanced through suggestion during birth.

In these two experiential online workshops, Kathy:

  • Reviews the effects of adrenaline and stress hormones and how these triggered responses are the foundation for the setting and seeding of misdirection during birth through the simple use of language; she also explains the use of language as a positive influence on a mother’s sense of well- being and the resultant effect on the brain’s chemistry.
  • Demonstrates how fear and the suggestion of something going wrong interrupt the limbic brain function; and when the limbic brain function is clouded or in retreat, how the fight or flight responses in the reptilian brain take over and slow and delay labor.
  • Presents the latest evidence from leading scientists and biologists that support a change in the brain chemistry, and how this will change the person’s belief about that experience.
  • Explains why women fall captive to the idea of pain and suffering and loss through mere suggestion during the intense experience of pregnancy and labor.
  • Examines the affect of positive suggestion, and how helping a woman remain calm, focused, relaxed and in touch with her body and her baby, encourages the natural responses in the woman’s body to release her infant in shorter times with less intense discomfort.
  • Shows how by utilizing the concepts of “mirror neurons” to connect with the infant, the mother both participates and guides her infant through the birthing process.
  • Teaches care providers, mothers and fathers to release whatever might be blocking them from achieving their birth experience, their way.

Listen to Kathy Welter-Nichols’ NLP Beach Induction in mp3!

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) refers to language (words, as well as other symbol systems, such as physical posture, gestures and related non-verbal forms of communication) as a function of the nervous system and its transformation into ‘subjective experience’. Put more simply, it focuses on the way we use our five senses to create an internal map of our reality, which we then use to navigate our way through the world. It is a basic premise of NLP that the quality of our ‘maps’ dictates the quality of our lives.

The findings of this workshop series are based in the training Kathy has provided for women and in her own in depth study of the triune brain system, archetypal studies, and the myths of our feminine and masculine that are playing out today in the birthing dramas we see on television and in the labor rooms in hospitals and birthing centers.

Midwives, nurses, obstetricians and parents that Kathy has birthed with have seen the difference and remarked at the presence of the mother, the control she has during the birth experience and ultimately the incredible bonds that occur with both mother and infant un-medicated through relatively short labors. Science as the partner in birth takes on a whole new relevance in support of this model for change.

Time after time, mothers under this kind of guidance give birth with success and empowerment. If these techniques are that effective, why aren’t more women choosing this path to birth?

This is a 3-hour prerecorded program.

Cost: $15.00

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

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Jeanne Ohm, D.C.

Jeanne Ohm, D.C.Jeanne Ohm, D.C. is a practicing chiropractor in a family, wellness based practice since 1981. She is the Executive Coordinator and Executive Secretary for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and Editor of the I.C.P.A.’s quarterly magazine: Pathways. She is also a Board Member of the I.C.P.A.- Research and Public Education Foundation, the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice, and the Holistic Pediatric Association. She is an advisory board member for the Foundation for Health Choice, Healthy Child, and Families for Natural Living. Jeanne is an international lecturer on the topic “Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Infancy” to practicing Chiropractors and affiliated Care Providers, a post Graduate Instructor for numerous Chiropractic Colleges, and author of many papers on pregnancy, birth, children and chiropractic. She is the Founder of Makin’ Miracles…Connecting Kid’s n’ Chiropractic, community outreach programs and tools to educate children and adults about the life saving benefits of chiropractic. She is the producer and writer of the children’s chiropractic song, “Power On!” and educational video, “Birth Trauma: A Modern Epidemic”.  Jeanne is a panel member of Mothering Magazine’s Ask the Expert.

Jeanne’s professional mission is to provide Doctors of Chiropractic with the skills and motivation to care for more pregnant mothers and children. She is comitted to educating other practitioners with the information to support natural birthing in their practices. It is her understanding that birth trauma is a current 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; and offering patient educational tools which address this issue. Jeanne married to Dr. Thomas Ohm, Chiropractor. They have six children who have all received chiropractic care since conception. They were all born at home and are living drug free, healthy lives.

Jeanne’s Presentation:

Pelvic Balance for Safer and Easier Births

The appalling rise in unnecessary c-sections needs our attention with practical solutions to avoid them! Providers who care for pregnant women must be aware of the potential causes of dystocia – the reason nearly one-third of cesarean surgeries. Knowledge of dystocia and practical ways to prevent it gives care providers the resources and means to serve pregnant women more effectively and gives women the knowledge and tools to have easier and safer births.

In this workshop, Dr. Jeanne Ohm of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association presents the three primary causes of dystocia: physiological, emotional and medical, and their relationship to interventions and birth trauma. In addition to offering a biomechanical overview of the female pelvis, Dr. Ohm discusses the following:

  • What are three interventions that may cause dystocia?
  • What are the primary ligaments associated with pelvic imbalance?
  • What is the Webster technique and when should it be utilized?
  • What are two practical moves that all practitioners can apply to the woman with dystocia?

In today’s society, women have been misdirected from their internal wisdom and have been made dependent on outside-in approaches and modalities. Women will regain their innate trust in the birthing process if they have the benefit of a circle of supportive, conscious providers. This class is for women and for providers who care for women throughout pregnancy and birth.

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificate of Completion (optional) : $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.


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Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN

Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN, is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) and the coordinator of the International Symposia on Circumcision, Sexual Mutilations, and Genital Integrity. She is editor of the NOCIRC Annual Newsletter and the co-editor of five symposia books, including Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy, Male and Female Circumcision: Medical Legal and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice, and Understanding Circumcision: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Multidimensional Problem. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology.  Since 1979, Marilyn has spoken about circumcision, genital integrity, and human rights to radio, television, and conference audiences worldwide. She is the recipient of the California Nurses Association’s 1989 Maureen Ricke Award for having “raised public consciousness about America’s most unnecessary surgery” and her “dedicated and unwavering commitment to ‘righting a wrong.'” She also received NurseWeek magazine’s “Nursing Excellence 2001” Patient Advocacy Award “For outstanding advocacy for the past 22 years on behalf of those among us who are the most vulnerable and unable to protect themselves–infants and children.”

NOCIRC Website

Marilyn’s Presentation:

How Circumcision Affects Sexuality
Part of the Intact Boy Series

Circumcision is a primal wound that causes pain and trauma to an infant’s penis–his organ of pleasure and procreation. Initially, circumcision interferes with the maternal infant bond, disrupts breastfeeding and normal sleep patterns, and undermines the successful completion of the baby’s first developmental task of establishing trust. Even when analgesia is used, circumcision causes pain to the penis, and every experience of that organ, from then on, is overlaid on a neuronal background of pain.

Circumcision removes the foreskin, with its 20,000 – 70,000 specialized, erogenous nerve endings, replacing the penile accelerator that allows a man to ride the wave to orgasm with an on/off switch that offers sensitivity and immediate relief without the ride to orgasm and the full symphony of sensation.  This is why the most common complaint of circumcised men in the USA is premature ejaculation.  At the other end of life, circumcised males complain about sexual dysfunction, including loss of sensitivity and impotence. Many women wonder why sex with a circumcised man is not fulfilling for them. They do not understand the role the foreskin plays in female sexual pleasure, including the gliding mechanism and lubrication.

This workshop, led by Marilyn Milos, RN, Executive Director of NOCIRC, explores the effects of circumcision on an infant and on the man he becomes.  The dynamics of circumcision, sex, and compensation for the trauma and loss are discussed.

Gillian Longley, RN, BSN, MSS

Gillian Longley, RN, BSN, MSS is  the state coordinator of the Colorado chapter of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) (www.ColoradoNOCIRC.org), and is a member of the Board of Health Professionals of Intact America (www.IntactAmerica.org). A Registered Nurse and former Bradley Method childbirth educator, Gillian has worked for the last eleven years in newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care, with previous nursing experience in labor & delivery and public health. Gillian’s Master’s research focused on informed consent for newborn circumcision. She has presented on circumcision and the foreskin to nurses, doctors, doulas, midwives, parents, legislators, and general audiences.  Gillian is the mother of two grown intact sons, and lives with her husband in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Gillian’s Presentations:
The Foreskin
Circumcision: Surgical Methods and Complications

(the first two lectures in our The Intact Boy series)

The Intact Boy: Part I, The Foreskin

The United States has been a predominantly circumcising culture since the mid 20th century, a time when childbirth and infancy began to be heavily medicalized through childbirth interventions and the aggressive marketing of infant formulas.   Along with the loss of knowledge of normal childbirth and breastfeeding, Americans have also lost their knowledge of the normal intact (non-circumcised) penis.

This lack of knowledge of the foreskin on the part of North American parents and health professionals underlies, in part, the perpetuation of the practice of circumcision, and has frequently led to false or harmful advice on the care of intact boys.  Part I of this series demystifies the foreskin, while at the same time laying a foundation for understanding the harmful impact of its loss to circumcision.

Warning: These programs are liberally illustrated with photographs and diagrams of adult and infant penises, as well as graphic images of the circumcision procedure. These images are intended for educational purposes only, but some viewers may find them offensive or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Each of these presentations is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per lecture.

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 per lecture (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Click here for more information.


The Foreskin
(90 minutes)
Presenters:  Gillian Longley RN, BSN

In this course, Gillian Longley RN, BSN, explains the anatomy of the intact penis, and shows how its unique structure and specialized tissue support a wide array of protective and sexual functions. The development of the foreskin in the fetus and child is also discussed, particularly the gradual natural separation of the foreskin from the head (glans) of the penis.  This information provides the rationale for a discussion of correct care of the penis in the intact boy, and the normal variations that may occur during penile development in childhood.  This presentation concludes with a discussion of the problem of forcible, premature retraction of the foreskin by incorrectly informed health care professionals. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against forcible retraction, as circumcision rates drop in North America more and more boys are subjected to this inappropriate, unnecessary, and harmful practice that is obsolete in most of the world.

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Circumcision: Surgical Methods and Complications (90 minutes)
Presenter:  Gillian Longley RN, BSN

Parents are largely unfamiliar with the realities of how a foreskin is actually cut away. The common myths that circumcision is “quick and safe,” ”just a little snip” or that the baby doesn’t experience any pain are false representations of the procedure. In fact, circumcision involves multiple tissue-damaging steps to remove the foreskin. Moreover, the circumcision devices used on the small penis of a newborn are relatively imprecise – which may lead to specific complications beyond the usual surgical risks of bleeding and infection. This course, led by Gillian Longley RN, BSN, provides participants with an in depth understanding of what is really involved with a circumcision and what the baby undergoing a circumcision may experience, during and after the procedure.

The presentation begins with an exploration of infant pain, and circumcision pain relief measures, including the facts that not all doctors use anesthesia for circumcision, that no method of local anesthesia has been shown to completely eliminate the pain of circumcision, and that babies do remember the pain of circumcision. The three main techniques of infant circumcision are explained step by step with still photo illustrations.  The range of complications which may result are illustrated and explained, including the often-ignored longer term harms that may occur due to loss of the foreskin’s protective and sexual functions, which may not manifest until years later.

The course closes with a brief look at the potentially harmful effects of circumcision on breastfeeding and mother-child bonding, which is covered in greater depth in a later class in this series.

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Power Woman Barbara Wilder

Barbara Wilder‘s work is based on women learning to sit together to create positive societal changes by opening their hearts and minds to one another.  The feminine way is working together in loving community.  Learn more about this internationally acclaimed writer, teacher, and healer, and her Power Woman Magic Project.

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Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. (psychology), is a researcher, educator, writer, and Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston, a nonprofit educational organization. His work includes the first intensive exploration of the unacknowledged psychological and social aspects of this uniquely American cultural practice. Dr. Goldman is internationally known for his work on circumcision and is the author of various publications including two books, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective. The first book, with a foreword by renowned anthropologist Ashley Montagu, is endorsed by dozens of professionals in mental health, medicine, and social science. His book addressing Jewish concerns is endorsed by five rabbis among others. Other writing has appeared in newspapers, parenting publications, Jewish periodicals, and medical journals. Dr. Goldman has participated in over 200 media interviews with radio and television shows, newspapers, wire services, and periodicals, and has been consulted by Time and Newsweek. His presentations on circumcision and its effects are offered independently to professionals, universities, expectant parents, men, and the Jewish community. He also provides counseling for those making the circumcision decision and men who have issues connected with their circumcision. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the International Symposia on Circumcision and participates in exhibits at professional conferences and public expositions.

Ron’s Websites:
Circumcision Resource Center
Jewish Circumcision Resource Center

Ronald’s Presentations:
The Intact Boy
Part II: the Psychology of Circumcision

Infant Response, Long-Term Psychological Effects, and Why Circumcision Continues
Cultural and medical views of newborn infants have changed drastically over the years.   This session, led by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., will provide an overview of the research on newborn infant sensory response, movement, expression, learning, and pain response and a review of infant response to circumcision.  We will address the following questions:
  • How does being circumcised feel to the newborn infant? Does the newborn infant feel “discomfort” or extreme pain?
  • Does it matter how circumcision feels to the newborn infant? Can newborn infants remember their experience?
  • Is an infant too young to experience trauma?
  • Are there any examples of events around birth that have a long-term effect on adult
    behavior?
  • Can memory of birth be documented?

Dr. Goldman applied the clinical definition of trauma to circumcision to find symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in circumcised men. This new perspective offers clues that could explain certain male feelings, attitudes, and behaviors.  This session will conclude with an exploration of the psychosocial factors that perpetuate circumcision.  In an examination of individual and institutional resistance to change, learn how cultural, emotional, behavioral, and psychological factors affect attitudes and behaviors about circumcision and related matters.  Various anxieties, beliefs, and values impede change – see how we can ignore or deny what is literally in front of our eyes.

This session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

 

Lessons of Circumcision & Effective Communication
Circumcision is offered as an option to virtually every mother of a male child born in an American hospital. This parental decision can have unrecognized immediate and long-term consequences on the health of the child and parent.  The lessons of circumcision are many; they remind us of our core values and are applicable to other areas of life. These lessons involve the powerful impact of early infant experience, cultural values, the limitations of science, intellect vs. instinct, and how to make important childcare decisions.

It is essential that health care providers have accurate, current circumcision information and communicate it appropriately and effectively.  It is also important for prospective parents to be able to communicate with their partners effectively.  Because circumcision is an emotional topic, health care providers and parents need not only the facts but also the skills to talk about it in a sensitive way.
This session is 90 minutes in length. 

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

Stephanie Mines, PhD

Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.Stephanie Mines, Ph.D. is the Founder of the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma and the Dom Project, a nonprofit organization serving people with AIDS around the world. She is a psychologist, writer and educator whose unique understanding comes from extensive work in the field as well as academic research. Several clinical trials are currently testing the efficacy of the TARA Approach for a variety of populations, including at-risk newborns and children with autism. Her stories of personal transformation lead listeners to become deeply committed to the healing journey. The TARA Approach blends Eastern and Western approaches to both prevent and treat overwhelming shock, including prenatal, perinatal and birth shock. Her latest book is WE ARE ALL IN SHOCK: How Overwhelming Experience Shatters You and What You Can Do About It (New Pages, 2003).  Stephanie is the mother of two daughters, both born at home, and a grandmother.  Her first home birth journey was published by Random House in 1977 as TWO BIRTHS.

Stephanie’s Website – The Tara Approach

Stephanie’s Presentation:
Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance After Trauma

The key to helping children find resilience and balance after trauma is to help them as soon as possible after the trauma or nervous system overload occurs. This supports them to not get stuck in compensatory behaviors. This presentation by Dr. Mines focuses on teaching language and energy medicine that can be used immediately and safely by parents and care providers.

The TARA Approach for children combines subtle, specific touch on meridian pathways with healing stories. A simple map of the body is provided with clearly identified locations that stimulate innate healing responses. Story structures designed to encourage neurological sequencing blend with this energy medicine treatment for the complete resolution of shock and trauma.

In this presentation Dr. Mines focuses on the following situations:

  • Babies’ experiences of prenatal and birth trauma;
  • Medical procedures;
  • Severe accidents;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Adoption;
  • Divorce, separation; and
  • Loss

Dr. Mines is known for her remarkable capacity to evoke the healer and storyteller in everyone. She developed Jin Shin TARA, an acupressure like system that swiftly and gently sends messages of relaxation and balance to the nervous system. Stephanie’s storytelling protocols for children are now being tested in clinical trials and have been shown to be effective for children with cognitive struggles resulting from early shock. She is the author of The Dreaming Child: How Children Can Help Themselves Recover from Illness and Injury (Dom Project, 2003).

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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