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What Would Mammals Do?, with Dianne Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC
Join us for 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 modern America.

Freedom of Expression: Supporting Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace, with Cate Colburn-Smith
What is a working mom to do when her baby’s health, her own well-being, 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? This presentation defines specific, practical steps employers can take to support breastfeeding moms, and offers powerful advice for moms to get the space, time and support they need to pump breastmilk at work.


The Intact Boy, a 6-part series with Marilyn Milos, RNRonald Goldman, Ph.D.Gillian Longley, RN, BSN; and Miriam Pollack
Medicalized (non-religious) circumcision, an invention of English-speaking physicians, is in steep decline everywhere in the world — except for the United States. Join us a critical examination of the practice of infant male circumcision – The three programs in Part I of this series (The Foreskin, Circumcision: Surgical Methods and Complications, and How Circumcision Affects Sexuality) demystify the foreskin, while at the same time laying a foundation for understanding the harmful impact of its loss to circumcision. The three programs in Part II of this series (Infant Response, Long-Term Psychological Effects, and Why Circumcision Continues, Lessons of Circumcision & Effective Communication, and Circumcision as a Woman’s Issue) focus on the short and long-term effects of circumcision and psychological impacts on individuals and society.


Healing from Birth Trauma

Moving from Pain to Peace with EFT, with Eileen Sullivan, EFT-ADV
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a powerful and effective tool for resolving trauma and promoting healing at all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This program provides a foundation for the understanding of how our thoughts and emotions affect our bodies, shows how to recognize birth trauma and its causes, and demonstrates the use of EFT specifically for birth trauma in a way that even beginners can achieve great results.

Restoration: Treating Adhesions, with Tanya Tarail, PT, MsT, CST
Trauma to the abdomen and/or pelvic regions – the core of our balance and power – is a major contributor to a variety of subsequent health issues. Following cesarean surgery, episiotomies and/or instrumental deliveries, women may experience any number health problems, the ramifications of which can be very serious and are entirely preventable through proper treatment.

Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance After Trauma, with Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.
This presentation by founder of the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma, focuses on teaching language and energy medicine which combines subtle, specific touch on meridian pathways with healing stories.  Focus: Babies’ experiences of prenatal and birth trauma; medical procedures; severe accidents; sexual abuse; adoption; divorce, separation; and loss.


Online Marketing and Activism

Conscious Activism, with James S. Turner, Esq.
Over the years, many activist templates have been developed in successful campaigns to influence social policy and public opinion. One of the most successful templates has been developed and utilized by James S. Turner, Esq. , one of the original Nader’s Raiders. The many successes that Jim has been involved in include passage of the Organic Food Protection Act of 1990, a four-year campaign on the dangers of artificial sweeteners (Nutrasweet, Saccharin, Aspartame, and Splenda), and the campaign to block Swine Flu vaccination (1976).  Explore the basis of and learn to use this activist template, the backbone of successful campaigns that resulted in intentional, positive social change.

Conscious Woman Online, a 4-part series with Laureen Hudson
This series is intended for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.  A Guided Tour to Online Communities includes a tour of 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.  Creating An Online Presence explores the fundamentals of social networking – how to identify yourself online and how to build an audience through traffic, feed readers, trackback etiquette, search, signature files and blog carnivals.  Create Your Blog 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.).  At the end of the session entitled Search!, 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.  This session finishes with an examination of strategies for following your own growth in the search rankings.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care, a 12-part series with Gloria Lemay
This series was designed for professionals and students who wish to expand their knowledge and skills, and delve into issues that arise repeatedly in clinical practice.  It is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.  Programs include:

  • 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. Learn how to help women achieve excellent nutrition through fun, inspiring and effective coaching.
  • The Well-Woman Check Up.  This presentation dissects the prenatal checkup and explores the rationale behind each routine test.
  • 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.
  • Medical Terminology. Learning medical prefixes, suffixes and root words give you the tools to interpret the language of the obstetric kingdom.
  • Induction of Birth.  This workshop explores the history, the misinformation campaign, and the tools needed to end the routine practice of labor inductions.
  • Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension. Most prenatal care is designed to identify the small number of pregnant women who will develop Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension a condition which can be prevented and treated. Learn how the diagnosis is made, how to identify the symptoms in the early stages, and which clients are at risk.
  • Gestational Diabetes. Because gestational diabetes can be deadly, it is critical that care providers understand it, know which women are at risk, how to screen for and help prevent this condition.
  • 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.
  • Water Birth & Lotus Birth. 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.
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). The VBAC client will have emotions and fears about giving birth that are justifiably heightened.  This workshop focuses 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.
  • 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 postpartum period. In this workshop, you will learn to distinguish between normal parental concerns and signs that the baby should be seen in a hospital emergency ward.
  • Business Promotion and Professionalism, presents a realistic and practical guide to the entrepreneurial side of caring for others. 

Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom, a 6-part series with Sarah Buckley, MD
These ground-breaking lectures on the natural processes of birth and the impact of interventions in pregnancy and birth on mothers and babies, are educational and informative for midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, natural health practitioners and for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices.  Lectures include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

NLP: A Birth Model for Change, with Kathy Welter-Nichols
In this two-part workshop series, learn new technologies and science models that support gentle birthing practices, and explain why fear is so deeply enhanced through suggestion during birth. Understand why women fall captive to the idea of pain and suffering and loss through mere suggestion during the intense experience of pregnancy and labor, and how 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.

Pelvic Balance for Easier and Safer Births, with Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
Knowledge of dystocia (the reason nearly one-third of cesarean surgeries) 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.


Childhood Vaccination: Questions All Parents Should Ask, a 3-part series with Tedd Koren, D.C.
Explore 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, and others. Part I:Myths vs. Realities explores common misconceptions regarding vaccination efficacy, and how tests are conducted to determine vaccine safety.  Part II:  The Shots focuses on the ingredients present in vaccines, the major risks of vaccines, the epidemiology of childhood diseases and the concept of herd immunity. The focus of Part III:  Risk and Conflict is on how conflicts of interest have played a significant role in the introduction and proliferation of vaccinations into state immunization requirements and ultimately into your child’s body.  Part III also includes 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, and concludes with a discussion of the age old debate between expressive and suppressive healthcare.



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