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Turn Advocacy into Action (Virtually) with Your Peers

Join Lamaze International September 27-29 for the Lamaze 2021 Virtual Advocacy Summit.

Connect with your fellow Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators from around the world to address the most critical and timely policy issues that affect prenatal care and childbirth outcomes.

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  • Virtual Hill Day: Join LCCEs from your geographic region to meet virtually with your U.S. Congressional representatives. Read about a past Hill Day.
  • Advocacy and Education Sessions: Earn valuable contact hours (total number to be determined) by attending both live and on-demand Summit sessions.


Registration Pricing

(Through July 26)
(July 27–August 23)
Education $150 $200
Education + Hill Day $200 $250
Education $200 $250
Education + Hill Day $250 $300
Developing Country Attendee* $50 $75

Cancellation Policy: We realize that some circumstances may require a registrant to cancel their plans to attend. We are happy to refund registration fees paid, less a 20% administrative processing fee, if the cancellation is provided to us in writing on or before August 16, 2021. All sales are final after August 16, 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

Other Discounts: If you find yourself unable to afford the full price of the Summit, Lamaze may be able to assist. Please send us an email to share how you would benefit from attending this event at a discounted rate.

View Developing Country Pricing

Lamaze Developing Country pricing is based on World Bank Data. Attendees who are residents of a Category B, C, or D country qualify for the developing country pricing. If you don't see your country listed, please contact us by email. Figures shown are in US dollars.

Category B: Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iran (Islamic Rep.), Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, Serbia, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, RB Venezuela.

Category C: Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zambia.

Category D: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Dem. Rep. Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Dem. People's Rep. Korea, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Puerto Rico, Rep. Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Rep.Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Education Session Highlights*

  • Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, EdD, LCCE, AASECT, CSE on modeling inclusivity in birth advocacy.
  • Wendy Trees Shiffer, MS, FACCE, LCCE; Rae Johnson Bundy, LCCE, CD(DONA); Dr. Sharee Livingston, OBGYN; and Dr. Cherise Hamblin, OBGYN on a case study that supports increasing access to doulas of Color.
  • Aimée Brill, CD, CPD and Chanel Porchia-Albert, CD, CPD, CLC, CHHC on a virtual perinatal support space, grounded in the expertise of community-based doula programs and in anti-racist models of care. 
  • Jill Wodnick, M.A., LCCE, IMH(2) on weaving environmental justice into maternal health advocacy.
  • Michelle Skaer Therrien, MPH and Liz DeMaere, BN, RN, LCCE on Lamaze's partnership with with the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI).
  • Rhonda Lanning, DNP, CNM, IBCLC, LCCE, RN on a college-level course that prepares future health professionals to serve their communities at an academic health center.
  • Zuzana Nadova, RN, RM, LCCE and Dr. Fatima Bou Jarwah, PHD, LCCE on the benefits of childbirth education classes in Kuwait.
  • Claire Lama, IBCLC, LCCE on navigating telehealth during COVID-19 at a community health center.
  • Selena Shelley, MA, LMHC, CD(DONA), LCCE on trauma-informed strategies for supporting breast/chestfeeding.
  • Marjaana Siivola, LCCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), Teacher, MSc(Tech), Lis(Tech) on enhancing childbirth education through virtual reality.
  • Sharon Muza, BS, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE and Mallory Emerson, LCCE, CD(PALS) on ways that families in your childbirth classes can harness their power to advocate for themselves and their babies.

* Subject to change; more details to be released soon!

Schedule At-A-Glance

  • Monday, September 27: Opening remarks, CE sessions, and virtual happy hour.
  • Tuesday, September 28: CE sessions, networking; and Advocacy Day overview and preparation with Lamaze Government Relations team.
  • Wednesday, September 29: Virtual Hill Day and CE sessions.

Contact Hours

10.0–12.0 Lamaze Contact Hours will be awarded for those who participate in the Summit. Final contact hour amounts will be posted with the set schedule in the coming month.

Advocacy Summit Planning Committee

View committee members.

  • Jessica Deeb, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, LCCE (Chair and Lamaze Board Member)
  • Meghan Bardwell, RN-BSN, CLC, LCCE (Continuing Education Committee Chair and Representative)
  • Chauntel Norris, CLC, LCCE (LCCE Member Representative)
  • Jimena Guarque Soberón, LCCE (LCCE Member Representative)
  • Crystal Sada, LCCE (Advocacy + Collaboration Committee Representative)

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