Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
October 02, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
In the United States, September 29th through October 5th is National Midwifery Week. This recognition week was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in order to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. The 2019 theme is "Midwifery is the Answer!"
September 24, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
September is Baby Safety Month and this is a great time for childbirth educators and other perinatal professionals to do a quick review of the material and information that they share with families for both accuracy and relevancy. Recommendations change and new information comes out all the time, so staying up to date with an annual spot check is good practice. Baby Safety Month is a great time to do that. If you want to reread Connecting the Dots’ previous suggestions on this topic, you can find that information here.
September 19, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza
Connecting the Dots is inviting you to share your writing with a link to your blog in the comments below. Share the main blog URL or a direct link to a favorite recent post that you have written. I am excited to read what you are sharing and have others get a peek too. Who knows, maybe we will make a connection and you might consider writing a guest post for Connecting the Dots. Either way, I know I will enjoy “meeting” you through your writing. And others will too!
September 17, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
Today, September 17th, 2019 is the inaugural World Patient Safety Day. This is designated by the World Health Organization (WHO). Patients in hospitals in both highly resourced countries and under-resourced countries are both impacted. Since childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization, many new families are impacted by adverse events. Systemic change comes slowly, and unfortunately, the responsibility often falls to the patient (and their family) to remain diligent and watchful in order to avoid complications caused by errors of health care staff.
September 11, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
September 9th - 13th is the second annual Maternal Suicide Awareness Campaign. This awareness week was started in 2018 by 2020 Mom, in order to share that new parents are not immune from the impact of suicide, and our support systems and networks to prevent such tragedies need a lot more attention if they are going to help with this difficult but important issue that impacts families.
September 05, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
A new study, “Intact cord resuscitation versus early cord clamping in the treatment of depressed newborn infants during the first 10 minutes of birth (Nepcord III) – a randomized clinical trial” found that the newborn’s oxygen saturation (Sp02) and APGAR scores were higher at several measured points after birth along with other benefits such as both initiation of breathing and respiration rate when a necessary resuscitation was done bedside with the cord intact on an infant who was not breathing at birth.
August 29, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
In the United States, August is National Breastfeeding Month. World Breastfeeding Week takes place the first week of August. We are in the middle of Black Breastfeeding Week now. It seems only fitting that the August Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators post describes a fun and engaging breastfeeding/chestfeeding class activity.
August 27, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
August 25 through 31, 2019 is the seventh annual Black Breastfeeding Week, which is also the last week of Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the United States. This year’s Black Breastfeeding Week theme is "The World is Yours: Imagine. Innovate. Liberate!" Childbirth educators have an opportunity to help raise awareness, offer support and provide resources to the Black families in their communities as everyone works toward the goal of improving outcomes for Black families and their babies this week and every week all year long. Here are seven things educators can be doing right now to support Black families to meet their breastfeeding/chestfeeding goals.
August 13, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
As childbirth educators, we know that we are likely to have a diverse group of families in our classes. The materials we use to teach with and the images on our websites and in our marketing materials should be just as varied as the people who take our classes. Today is another post in the occasional series on Welcoming all Families, Connecting the Dots talk about sources for images that represent people of size. Pam Vireday has written before here and here on this blog about welcoming people of size in our classrooms and today’s post is a nice compliment to that.
August 09, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
A few weeks ago, I shared information on The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) newly updated guidelines for the Management of Breech Presentation at Term (No. 384) in a post on Connecting the Dots. One of the key takeaways was the underlying principle that shared decision making and informed consent is key in order for families to make decisions that feel right for them.
I recently came across some visuals created by Rixa Freeze, PhD that I thought would be useful as a brief follow up to SOGC’s recent statement.
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