Gloria Lemay

Gloria Lemay is a lecturer, midwifery educator and has been a birth attendant for 33 years, specializing in VBAC and waterbirth. In 2002, Lemay received the “Women’s Voice Award” from CHOICES Childbirth Education and Doula Services of Ontario for her service to women during the childbearing years. She was also nominated for the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1997.  Lemay is an advisory board member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and Intact America.  She is a contributing editor of Midwifery Today Magazine.    She resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Visit her blog at  http://www.glorialemay.com/blog

Gloria’s Website
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Gloria’s Presentations:

Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care

A series of 12 online programs for professionals and students of all levels who wish to expand their knowledge and skills and to delve into issues that arise repeatedly in clinical practice.  Also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.

These resource-filled sessions are taught by one of the most passionate, committed childbirth educators in the world.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Gloria Lemay in the comfort of your home.  Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

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

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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Tedd Koren, D.C.

Tedd Koren, D.C. is the most widely read contemporary authority on chiropractic topics, with patient education materials published and licensed for distribution in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan. He is the author of Chiropractic: Bringing Out The Best In You! , Chiropractic Wellness and Childhood Vaccinations: Questions All Parents Should Ask. He is a contributor to numerous chiropractic and bio-medical publications.

In 1995 the U. S Federal Trade Commission tried to prevent Tedd from writing and publishing about chiropractic and alternative health care. In the 6 ½- year legal battle that followed, he and the Washington, D.C. law firm of Swankin & Turner, under the direction of Jim Turner, Esq., succeeded in thwarting the FTC attack on chiropractic education. Emerging from this fight more determined than ever to promote health care freedom, Tedd went on to co-found the Foundation for Health Choice which is devoted to ensuring that providers and patients have an open, free market for health care. He also established an extremely successful holistically oriented health center in Philadelphia, has written extensively for Koren Publications and produced and hosted a popular weekly two-hour call-in show, “Holistic Hotline,” on commercial radio.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the University of Miami and the Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C., Tedd was instrumental in founding the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic in 1978, where he taught histology, neurology and chiropractic adjusting techniques. Tedd lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with his wife Beth and children Seth and Shayna. He currently devotes himself to writing, lecturing and doing research, as well as maintaining a private practice.

Tedd’s Presentations:

Childhood Vaccination: Questions All Parents Should Ask

The issue of childhood vaccinations is quickly becoming “the” health issue of the 21st century.  As the number of children with autism, juvenile diabetes, allergies, asthma, learning disorders, ADD/ADHD and other chronic illnesses reaches epidemic proportions, parents (and scientists) are becoming increasingly concerned and critical of childhood vaccination. Members of the general public are asking questions that need answers.This three-part series, led by Tedd Koren, D.C., explores some of the basic vaccination questions drawing from a wide variety of sources based on empirical clinical findings, U.S. government reports and articles published in biomedical journals – among others.

Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $5 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

Part I: Myths vs. Realities
This workshop explores common misconceptions regarding vaccination efficacy, and how tests are conducted to determine vaccine safety.  Questions addressed include:

  • What are the present legal requirements for mandatory vaccinations?
  • How effective are vaccinations?
  • Are vaccinated children healthier than non-vaccinated children?
  • Are vaccines safe? Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
  • How is vaccine research conducted? How thoroughly are vaccines tested? How long are test children observed?
  • What is congenital rubella syndrome? Does the rubella vaccine prevent it?
  • Do vaccines cause meningitis?

Tedd also discusses transplacental immunity and how it relates to current vaccination practices.


 

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Part II:  The Shots
Many parents still consent to routine vaccinations – believing that the “removal” of thimerisol (mercury) has taken away the major risks associated with the vaccines – without considering whether vaccines contain other toxic ingredients and what their potential side effects may be. This workshop focuses on the following questions:

  • What’s in a vaccine?
  • Are there benefits to infectious diseases of childhood?
  • What is herd immunity?

This workshop explores the controversial research on SIDS and vaccinations, the relationship between polio vaccine and cancer, and whether or not polio has disappeared as a result of the vaccine.  Epidemiology of childhood diseases, mortality and morbidity, and the Hygienic school of disease is also addressed.


 

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Part III:  Risk and Conflict
This workshop involves an exploration of Juvenile diabetes, Crohn’s disease, autism, post-encephalitic syndrome and a multitude of other chronic diseases and conditions that are associated with vaccinations.  The focus is on how conflicts of interest have played a significant role in the introduction and proliferation of unnecessary and harmful vaccinations into state immunization requirements and ultimately – into your child’s body.

This workshop concludes with a discussion of the age old debate between expressive and suppressive healthcare.


 

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Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. Her first La Leche League meeting in 1980 made her extremely uncomfortable. “I had a shiny new master’s degree and here was this roomful of women all focused on their children. I thought to myself: “There is more to me than this.” However, she went on to become a La Leche League Leader in 1985 and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1990. The owner of a private lactation consultant practice in Ithaca, NY, she has written many breastfeeding handouts and self-publishes them on CD. She has also published articles and commentaries on numerous breastfeeding topics, most recently co-authoring a chapter on infant latch in “Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants”. Diane has spoken across the United States and in Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand on her favorite topics: “How babies attach to the breast”; “How the language we use reflects our unconscious views of breastfeeding”; and, going back to her La Leche League roots, “The critical importance of mother-to-mother support for successful breastfeeding.” Her animal behavior background from nearly 30 years ago has finally sunk in and she is developing an old but new interest: “The mammal in all of us,” and the implications of our mammalian ancestry when we give birth and learn to breastfeed in a modern obstetric facility. After more than twenty years helping mothers with breastfeeding, Diane says, “Apparently there isn’t any more to me than this!” Her website encourages mothers to listen to their babies and follow their own instincts. She is the mother of two breastfed sons and mother-in-law of two wonderful young women.

Diane’s Website

Diane’s Presentation:
What Would Mammals Do?

Diane was an animal behaviorist before she became a renowned lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader. Because of this background, Diane was invited to prepare a talk on the breastfeeding and mothering lessons we can learn from other mammals. Intended to be a light, amusing talk about how other mammal babies find the nipple on their own, find solid food when they are ready, and wean without an organized plan, the subject matter took an unexpected and dark turn, all of its own accord. Diane began to discover:

  • What happens when other mammal mothers are deprived of their chosen place, time, and sensations of birth?
  • What if the resulting birth is too hard… or too easy?
  • To what extent might this information shed light on our own mothering experiences?

What Would Mammals Do? is a surprising journey with our mammalian counterparts through labor, birth, lactation, and beyond. Through the presentation of fascinating photographs and videos, discover for yourselves the implications our mammalian ancestry has for the way we give birth and begin the process of mothering in the modern world.

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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Sarah J. Buckley, MD

Sarah J. Buckley, MD, is an Australian family physician with a diploma in family physician (GP) obstetrics. She is the author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The wisdom and science of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth and parenting. Sarah’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and her blend of solid scientific evidence with anthropological, psychological and experiential perspectives is widely acclaimed. Sarah’s writing has been published in parenting and professional publications worldwide, including Mothering, Midwifery Today and MIDIRS Midwifery Digest (UK) and she has lectured in the US, Canada Australia and New Zealand on these topics. Sarah lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and four children.

“Sarah Buckley is precious, because she is bilingual. She can speak the language of a mother who gave birth to her four children at home. She can also speak like a medical doctor. By intermingling the language of the heart and the scientific language she is driving the history of childbirth towards a radical and inspiring new direction.” Dr. Michel Odent, obstetrician, author and natural birth pioneer

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Sarah’s Presentations

Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom, a series of lectures on the natural processes of birth, and the impact of interventions in pregnancy and birth on mothers and babies. These ground-breaking lectures, based on Sarah’s public talks and conference presentations in the US, Australia and New Zealand, are educational and informative for midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, natural health practitioners and others. 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 session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $7.50 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Ultrasound Safety and Other Considerations.  In this workshop, Dr. Buckley discusses important questions about the safety of prenatal ultrasound based on scientific research, and suggests ways to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms from ultrasound.

 

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The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth. This workshop explores how the delicate and complex hormonal processes of labor provide safety, ease and pleasure, as well as long-term benefits, for mother and baby.  

 

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Afterbirth: Cord Clamping and Other Third Stage Issues. Featuring the normal processes that happen immediately after birth (third stage) for mother and baby, this presentation examines the impact of interventions such as cord clamping and Pitocin injections, and offers suggestions for optimizing this time for mother and baby.

 

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When Birth Goes Wrong: The Hormonal Impact of Interventions for Mother and Baby. Referencing the latest scientific research, this workshop focuses on how common birth practices can make birth more difficult and dangerous for mother and baby. The discussion also includes recommendations for enhancing safety and ease in birth.  NOTE:  Dr. Buckley highly recommends viewing The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth prior to viewing this program.

 

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Epidurals: Impact on Mother and Baby. Dr. Buckley presents important evidence-based information for women and care providers about the effects of epidurals in labor and on the newborn.

 

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Thinking Twice About Cesarean Surgery. This workshop reveals the latest medical evidence about the risks, benefits and side effects of cesareans, including little-known research on the altered physiology (body processes) of cesarean newborns.

 

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Cate Colburn-Smith

Cate Colburn-Smith is the co-author of The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business With Babies – and How You Can, Too. Cate has 18 years of experience with IBM in marketing, strategy, business development, management and sales. At IBM, she was recognized for best practice in marketing strategy, and selected for the executive leadership development program. Cate is the founding principal of Moms on Board, an organization that helps employers design and deliver programs to attract and retain valuable working mother talent, and coaches mothers to craft and negotiate flexible work arrangements that deliver employer results while honoring family needs and responsibilities. She has a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado. Cate lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

Cate’s Presentation:
Freedom of Expression – Supporting Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace

This informative, inspiring session is for employers and breastfeeding mothers who choose to express milk while working outside the home.New mothers who return to work face two realities that are diametrically opposed:

1.Human breastmilk is vastly superior to formula (and all other substitutes) for infant feeding.
Babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life have superior immune systems, lower rates of a myriad of infant illnesses and infections, and reduced risks of chronic health problems including asthma, allergies, obesity and more. Breastfeeding mothers benefit too, through reduced risk of breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers, and osteoporosis. Despite advertising from formula manufacturers that tries to convince women otherwise, nothing else compares to the advantages of human breastmilk for the human species.

If you wish to view the introduction to this program before purchase, click here.

2.Employers are often unsupportive of mothers expressing breastmilk at work.
Too often, moms returning to work have no clean, private place to express breastmilk, no ability to take pumping “breaks” during the workday, and insufficient support from supervisors or co-workers. Is it any wonder that more than 30% of new mothers give up breastfeeding less than seven weeks after returning to work? While major employers are slowly ramping up support (23% offered lactation programs in 2006, up from 16% in 1999), and 12 states have enacted legislation related to breastfeeding in the workplace, the odds are stacked overwhelmingly against working, breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

What is a working mom to do when her baby’s health, her own wellbeing, and her need for income are pitted against a structured workplace that is insensitive or perplexed about her plight? What is an employer to do when its workers challenge the establishment, demanding new levels of support and flexibility that may be perceived as inconvenient, biased and costly? Cate’s presentation will define specific, practical steps employers can take to support breastfeeding moms, and offer powerful advice for moms to get the space, time and support they need to pump breastmilk at work. This presentation is compelling, thorough and evenhanded, and will enable workplace lactation programs that benefit mothers and employers – in our generation, and the next!

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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