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Advocacy in Action Virtual Series to Replace Live Event

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lamaze International was forced to cancel its Childbirth Education and Advocacy Summit, May 18-19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Since making this announcement on March 20, the Lamaze Board of Directors has decided to transition much of the continuing education content from the in-person event to virtual offerings.

We have reimagined the Summit educational sessions and we are pleased to announce a virtual education series, aptly titled Advocacy in Action! This series, comprised of five (5) one-hour sessions, will be offered live, but also available as recorded content, allowing you to earn contact hours at your convenience. Not only will Lamaze offer the majority of the continuing education content planned for the Summit, we have added a new session about preparing parents for birth during the COVID-19 crisis.

Advocacy in Action Virtual Webinar Series


Advocacy in Action Webinar Series
Includes access to all 5 sessions, live or recorded.

 Members:  $125
 Non-Members:  $150

If you do not wish to register for the full series, please note that each session, live or recorded, is available for purchase individually for $27/session for Members, and $32/session for Non-Members.

Register for the Advocacy in Action Webinar Series

NOTE: You do not need to be able to attend each session live in order to access this virtual content. If you are unable to participate in any of the sessions live, then you will be emailed with a link to the recording(s) within two business days of each completed session, or your purchase. You will receive one contact hour for each of the sessions detailed below, upon your live participation or, alternatively, upon your view of the webinar recording and completion of a session survey.

April 23, 2020
7:00 p.m. EDT
Preparing for Birth During the COVID-19 Crisis A Conversation with Hannah Dahlen
Hannah Dahlen and Tanya Strusberg

This webinar will cover the latest information we have on caring for childbearing women during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will explore common areas of confusion and concern like support people at birth, waterbirth, use of gas and air, skin to skin following the birth and breastfeeding. An overview of what we know about COVID-19 from the evidence and the best guidelines to follow will be explored as well as why pregnant women are not as badly affected by this virus compared to other common respiratory viral illnesses.

Register for the Advocacy in Action Webinar Series OR Purchase Hannah Dahlen's Session Only (View On Demand)

May 18, 2020
2:00 p.m. EDT
Advocacy in Action: Lamaze Education as Part of High Value Maternity Care
Debra Bingham

Rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States are high and continue to rise. One of the contributing factors to the high rates of maternal morbidity and likely mortality is the overuse of medical interventions such as cesarean births. Many women are not aware of the short- and long-term risks of overuse of medical interventions. Childbirth education is a key strategy for helping women be aware of their birth options and fully participate in shared decision-making.

Register for the Advocacy in Action Webinar Series OR Purchase Debra Bingham's Session Only (View On Demand)

3:15 p.m. EDT
Annual Membership Meeting

May 19, 2020
3:00 p.m. EDT
60 Years of Lamaze: How the Impact of the Past Coupled with Current Research Informs the Future
Jennifer Vanderlaan

This session will explore the history of Lamaze as an organization that advocates for access to quality maternal care. We will examine the changes in the structure of Lamaze over time as challenges in the health system were better understood. We will also look at the challenges of the future and how Lamaze will continue to be an advocate for access to quality maternal care.

Register for the Advocacy in Action Webinar Series OR Purchase Jennifer Vanderlaan's Session Only (View On Demand)

June 11, 2020
12:00 p.m. EDT
2020 Advocacy Briefing and Grassroots Involvement 101
Molly Giammarco and Jill Wodnick

Advocating for improved maternal and childbirth outcomes is now more essential than ever – and childbirth educators play a critical role. Join Jill Wodnick, Lamaze Advocacy & Collaboration Chair, and Molly Giammarco, Lamaze Senior Manager for Policy & Government Relations, to learn more about Lamaze International’s role in state and federal advocacy efforts, childbirth education’s role in shaping maternal health policy, and strategies childbirth educators can use to advocate for themselves and for the profession.

Register for the Advocacy in Action Webinar Series OR Purchase Molly Giammarco & Jill Wodnick's Session Only (View On Demand)

August 6, 2020
1:00 pm EDT
Advocating for Pregnant, Incarcerated Women: Lessons from the Alabama Prison Birth Project
Chauntel Norris

In this presentation, we will look at how the Alabama Prison Birth Project (APBP) works to advocate for pregnant, incarcerated women. Join Chauntel Norris, Co-Director for the Alabama Prison Birth Project, to learn how APBP is currently working to create change in carceral settings and advocate for their clients through childbirth education, doulas and lactation professionals. Learn what their programming entails and discover ways that you can affect change in your community.

Register for the Advocacy in Action Webinar Series OR Register for Chauntel Norris's Session Only

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Advocacy Efforts

With education and advocacy at the core of the Lamaze mission, the Board of Directors has decided to alternate educational and advocacy focused events each year. Learn more about Lamaze’s advocacy work.

Our Government Relations team will be guest-blogging on Connecting the Dots this fall to help you get up-to-speed on Lamaze’s advocacy agenda in 2020.

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