Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care

425pregnant.jpgJoin Gloria Lemay, celebrated traditional birth attendant and childbirth educator, in a series of 12 online programs for professionals and students who wish to expand their knowledge and skills, and delve into issues that arise repeatedly in clinical practice. This series is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.

Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per presentation.

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


Gloria’s twelve online workshops cover the following topics:

Nutrition for Two. Women want to feed themselves and their babies in utero well, and they often make lifestyle changes in pregnancy that they would not have the discipline to make if they were not pregnant. This presentation focuses on how to help women achieve excellent nutrition through fun, inspiring and effective coaching.


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The Well Woman Check Up.  What is the experienced care provider looking for when she’s doing those urine strips, palpating the uterus and taking blood pressure/pulse? This presentation dissects the prenatal checkup and explores the rationale behind each routine test.


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Prenatal Diagnostic Tests. As the number of possible prenatal tests continues to climb, care providers must be able to discern which ones will lead to productive action and which ones will only worry and detract from the woman’s pregnancy experience. This presentation enables participants to better advocate for their clients by articulating which prenatal diagnostic tests are reasonable, and which tests can cause more harm than good.


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Medical Terminology. The keys to the obstetric kingdom lie in the language. Learning medical prefixes, suffixes and root words will give you the tools to interpret the language. You’ll be able to use extra long, impressive words like “neurofibromatosis” in no time, and have fun doing it!


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Induction of Birth. If only one change happened in North America – the end of 41 week inductions – the cesarean rate would immediately drop. This workshop will explore the history, the misinformation campaign, and the tools needed to end the routine practice of labor inductions.


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Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension. Most prenatal care is designed to identify the small number of pregnant women who will develop Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension. This condition can be prevented and treated. In this workshop, we will discuss how the diagnosis is made, how to identify the symptoms in the early stages, and which clients are at risk.


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Gestational Diabetes. Because gestational diabetes can be deadly, it is critical that care providers understand it, and know which women are at risk. This workshop will provide valuable insight and information about how to screen for and help prevent this condition.


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Herpes Simplex II. One in five North American adults has Herpes Simplex II. After attending this workshop, care providers will know how to care for women with this condition, assuring that every woman they care for is healthy and lesion-free on the day of birth.


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Water Birth & Lotus Birth. The most exciting ideas in obstetrics come from the women themselves. Water Birth and Lotus Birth are grass roots innovations that have endured for decades. When your clients have questions about these practices, you’ll be ready with answers that address the safety and beauty of these birth innovations.


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Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). The VBAC client will have emotions and fears about giving birth that are justifiably heightened. She and her partner will require more time and patience than your other clients. This workshop will focus on advanced planning techniques for changing psychological patterns in the mother and father, and tips for avoiding pitfalls and safely supporting families through this most satisfying and empowering of childbirth experiences.


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Pediatric Exam of the Newborn. Knowing what the midwife or pediatrician is looking for in the examination of a newborn will enhance your ability to assist with the care of the baby after the immediate post partum period. In this workshop, you will learn to distinguish between normal parental concerns, (e.g., “Is it normal for the baby to turn bright red?”) and signs that the baby should be seen in a hospital emergency ward (e.g., “The baby isn’t feeding and seems lethargic”).


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Business Promotion and Professionalism. Prosperity and business responsibility are matters of integrity. Let’s marry your spiritual calling with the practical reality of paying bills and building a business. This workshop is a realistic and practical guide to the entrepreneurial side of caring for others.  Although the focus will be on the birth business, this ideas raised in this session will be applicable to all care providers.


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A special thank you to Jennifer Coias for her assistance in compiling this fantastic list of resources.  If you have anything to add, please email us at or post in the comments section below.


View Conscious Woman’s recorded webinar series, The Intact Boy, with Marilyn Milos, Gillian Longley and Ronald Goldman.



The WHOLE Network is a grassroots organization dedicated to providing accurate information about circumcision and the benefits of being intact. We supply doctors, hospitals, midwives, educators, and parents-to-be with well-researched, up-to-date information.

The goal of End Routine Infant Circumcision is to end the practice of non-therapeutic routine infant circumcision in the United States, whether through legislation or through perseverance in educating the American public about the harmful effects of circumcision, the functions of the foreskin, and to also encourage every hospital, and doctors to stop offering the procedure for cosmetic reasons. is home to Parents Against Circumcision Today (PACT).  PACT was founded as a support system for today’s parents who are deciding to keep their babies whole and for parents who are still seeking answers to their circumcision questions. It is our hope that together with those who have crusaded tirelessly for this human rights issue for decades, that we can help move this country into the renaissance of bodily integrity for our American babies.

Circinfosite is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing quality circumcision resources for expecting and future parents.

The goal of Stop The Cut is to disseminate the truth of the consequences of childhood circumcision to medical personnel and the general public in an effort to completely abolish this avoidable and brutal violation of basic human rights.

The Circumcision Information and Resource Pages is an Internet resource that provides  information about all aspects of genital surgery.

Saving Penises is a non-profit group based out of Washington, D.C.  which supplies parents with accurate information regarding circumcision and proper intact care.

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization committed to securing the birthright of male, female, and intersex children and babies to keep their sex organs intact.

Intact America works to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings.  We seek to achieve our goals through education, advocacy, public policy reform, and the empowerment of our supporters, partners, and volunteers.

Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.) is an organization of physicians, and others who are opposed to non-therapeutic neonatal circumcision.  D.O.C. has members in 50 States, 12 Canadian Provinces and Territories, and in nations on six continents. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They also believe that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn.

The National Organization of Restoring Men is a non-profit support group for men who have concerns about being circumcised, are considering foreskin restoration, or are in the process of restoring their foreskins.

The Circumcision Resource Center is an educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of male circumcision. Our mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. Since 1991, the Center has been a valuable source of male circumcision information for parents and children’s advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; Jews; and others. is jam-packed full of useful information.

The blog contains a number of excellent articles, and lists a variety of other blogs with up-to-date research.

Beyond the Bris is a web-based multimedia project that puts real faces and voices to the current Jewish movement against circumcision.

One purpose of the Jewish Circumcision Resource Center is to make known to the Jewish community that there is a growing number of Jews who either have not circumcised their son or would choose not to circumcise a future son.


Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., M.P.H., The Case against Circumcision

Jennifer Coias, The Phony Phimosis Diagnosis

Jennifer Coias, Basic Care of the Intact Child

Jennifer Coias, The Nuts and Bolts of HIV in the USA & Why Circumcision Can’t Protect Men

Jennifer Coias, Circumcision: Already Illegal?

Danelle Frisbie, Ph.D., M.A, Hypospadais: Surgery and Circumcision

Danelle Frisbie, Ph.D., M.A, Death from Circumcision

Yuki (edited by Danelle Frisbie), Breastfeeding & Circumcision

Richard A. Shweder, Disputing the Myth of Sexual Dysfunction of Circumcised Women: An Interview with Fuambai S. Ahmadu.   This academic article explains some of the misconceptions about female genital cutting and how it is done for the same reasons that the USA circumcizes boys.

J. Steven Svoboda, A Rose by Any Other Name? Rethinking the Similarities and Differences between Male and Female Genital Cutting


Robert Darby, A Surgical Tempation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain

Leonard Glick, Marked In Your Flesh – A History of Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Ronald Goldman, Questioning Circumcision, A Jewish Perspective

Ronald Goldman, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma

David Gollaher, Circumcision: A History of the World’s Most Controversial Surgery

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Male and Female Circumcision: Medical Legal and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Understanding Circumcision: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Multidimensional Problem

Thomas Ritter and George Denniston, Doctors Re-examine Circumcision


Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision, Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon (Director)
Cut is a film that traces the intellectual journey of a man struggling to come to terms with his Jewish identity in the 21st century. Through the lens of circumcision, a central and ancient Jewish ritual, Cut asks the viewer to contemplate what happens when the Jewish tradition collides with the modern values of autonomy and individuality. Using the latest in scientific research, as well as conversations with rabbis, historians, and activists, Cut asks difficult questions about male circumcision and provides a rare emotional and intellectual experience.