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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Conscious Woman Online

Image of the InternetJoin Internet Marketing Expert Laureen Hudson in an ongoing series for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.

Each session is approximately 60 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

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.

A Guided Tour to Online Communities
What’s the internet?  What are online communities? Why do we care?

Fundamental human behavior does not change over time; we are the same human beings, with the same basic needs, that we have always been. We want to come together, to share human experience. But because we’re scattered, isolated, and no longer in supportive extended-family groups, the Internet has become our tribe.

In this session, Laureen Hudson covers the basics, and gives you a firm grounding in the realities of the internet; what it is, what it isn’t, where it came from, where it’s going, and the needs it serves. She then moves on to online communities, explaining why they exist, some of the controversies with them and advantages to them. We then take a tour around the major offerings such as Blogs, Internet Groups (yahoo, google, etc.), Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tribe, Discussion Forums , and discuss why you might or might not want to participate – all with an eye towards advocacy and building your business base.


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Creating An Online Presence
What is identity? What is reputation? How do you use them in creating your presence?

Now that you know what online communities are, let’s explore the fundamentals of social networking. It’s not enough to just have accounts everywhere; you need to have a voice that is unique to you, that gives value to your readers. The way you present yourself online can serve as a sterling reference or as a shocking warning, depending on how you do it.  Let go beyond old school marketing and give some real thought to how you want to represent yourself, using your voice and authenticity as currency.

Once you have your identity set up, the next step is audience.  Setting up a profile isn’t enough – you need to engage commitment and participation.  Who needs to hear what you have to say? How can you make sure they’re hearing you?  In this session, Laureen demonstrates how this is all connected, how to identify yourself online, and how to build an audience through traffic, feed readers, trackback etiquette, search, signature files and blog carnivals.


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Create Your Blog
Social Networking sites like Facebook are the parking lots in the driver’s ed of online communities. Once you’ve figured out how to operate there, you’re ready to start venturing out on your own, and you do that by blogging. This session focuses on blogging platforms (e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Typepad) pros, cons and tips, what belongs in the right and left columns, how to write a good post (length, voice, referencing), and how to track “good” once you get there (through Google Analytics, Feedburner, etc.).


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Search!
One of the most misunderstood aspects of the internet, search functionality is far from constant; it’s an ever-changing panoply of theory, algorithm, and magic. But rather than spend our time brushing up on our applied mathematics skills, this session focuses on terminology and how to use that to explore the really meaty bits of search, including SEO, metatagging, and web gardening. We use a case study to explore how all this really works, and then finish with an examination of strategies for following your own growth in the search rankings.

At the end of this session, you’ll understand how search engines work , web gardening, mighty metatagging, pinging services, search engine optimization, how to keep up with this stuff and more.  A case study will be featured on Dr. Amy, and how we shoot ourselves in the collective feet by visiting and commenting on her website.


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Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom

Sarah J Buckley, MD, family physician, mother of four and author of the internationally-acclaimed book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering will present 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).  Click here for more information.

Presentations

Ultrasound Safety and Other ConsiderationsIn 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 IssuesFeaturing 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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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 approximately 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

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.

 

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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The Intact Boy

Medicalized (non-religious) circumcision, an invention of English-speaking physicians, is in steep decline everywhere in the world — except for the United States. Join Marilyn Milos, RNRonald Goldman, Ph.D.Gillian Longley, RN, BSN; and Miriam Pollack in a critical examination of the practice of infant male circumcision in North America. [Read more...]