Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
August 06, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
World Breastfeeding Week continues through tomorrow, August 7th and National Breastfeeding Month in the USA is all of August. The last week of August is Black Breastfeeding Week (more on that later this month). Today, Connecting the Dots shares some great websites and resources that you may not be already aware of that are really top-notch and appropriate for sharing with the families that you work with.
August 01, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st through 7th where both individuals and organizations are focused on increasing awareness of the benefits of breast/chestfeeding to baby/parent dyads. There are many public health benefits when breast/chestfeeding is going well that extend beyond the new family into the community and beyond.
Lamaze International acknowledges and celebrates the important role that childbirth educators play in helping the families in their classes be prepared to feed their babies. Research indicates time and time again that partners and support people play a critical role in helping lactating parents to successfully feed their babies. When a nursing dyad has the support of the partner, they are more likely to overcome hurdles and succeed in meeting their breast/chestfeeding goals.
July 26, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) has just released new guidelines for the Management of Breech Presentation at Term (No. 384). These new guidelines were last updated more than 10 years ago. The updated guidelines center informed consent shared decision making and appropriate provider trainer in order to be able to safely and routinely offer vaginal breech births for appropriate candidates.
July 16, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE
Sharon Bowman, Training from the Back of the Room, is one of the great master teachers of active and engaged learning. Sharon often shares her theory: “Six Trumps: The
Stick.” I thought it would be appropriate to run a short mini-series of posts on activities and ideas for each of the “trumps” so that you can consider incorporating and/or increasing all six areas of learning into your classes for better retention. Today we cover "movement trumps sitting."
July 12, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
July 7th through 14th 2019 is recognized as Birth Trauma Awareness Week worldwide. Current estimates are that up to one in three people describe their birth as traumatic. It is the perception of the person experiencing the trauma that defines whether the experience is traumatic, rather than the perception of other people involved in the experience.
July 09, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
One of the valuable benefits for Lamaze International members is a subscription to Lamaze International's official journal - The Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE). The mission of the JPE is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other healthcare professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.
Through evidence-based articles, the JPE advances the knowledge of aspiring and seasoned educators in any setting-independent or private practice, community, hospital, nursing or midwifery school-and informs educators and other healthcare professionals on research that will improve their practice and their efforts to support natural, safe, and healthy birth.
June 28, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
This new research: Giving Voice to Mothers: A national survey of the experiences of care during and after pregnancy and childbirth in the US focused on the experiences of birthing women of color who were planning to birth out of the hospital, defined as “community births”. These community births were planned to occur in either a freestanding birth center or at home. The demographics of these two group (people of color and community births) are traditionally underrepresented in past research projects focused on personal experiences, such as the Listening to Mothers studies did.
June 19, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
In the early days and weeks after birth, the birthing person spends a lot of time with their newborn, getting breastfeeding/chestfeeding well established and recovering from childbirth with their babies by their side. Fathers and partners often can feel left out or excluded because of frequent nursing sessions and the comfort that babies get from being close to the birth parent. The following tips provide many ways in which the father or other parent can also establish a bond with their babies.
June 13, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
Visit any workshop for new childbirth educators, or pop into a childbirth educator social media group anywhere on the internet, and you will find the most oft-asked question from those just starting out is “What are the most important items to have for teaching as a new childbirth educator?”
May 21, 2019 | by: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE
With ever-increasing scrutiny on methods to improve maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, particularly for Black families and families of color, insurance companies, state Medicaid programs and other health care services funding programs all around the USA are exploring (and in some cases have already initiated) doula care as a covered benefit.
The research study reviewed today runs a theoretical model looking at both the cost-effectiveness and the cost savings when a nulliparous woman has professional labor support for their first birth and the impact on the second birth.
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