17th Annual DONA conference, in Boston!

So on Tuesday I am headed to Boston for my first DONA conference. Before the three day joy ride of wonderful “all things birth/doula related” I have two days of training (to begin my journey) to become a childbirth educator with Lamaze. I thought I’d let you in on the sessions I am sitting in on. Some were “general sessions” that are for everyone.. and some were ones that I picked to attend.

Third and Fourth Stages of Labor: Usual Practices under Heavy Criticism (general)
Presented by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)
The third and fourth stages of labor are the areas where changes are coming most rapidly. Almost everything that is currently done is being found to be harmful and the evidence is piling up on these routines and practices.

How Normal is Birth Today? (elective session)

Presented by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)
Examine the scientific evidence on common maternity care practices and discuss the doula’s role within and outside the birthing room.

Childbirth in 2011: Doula Practice in a World of Increasing Cesareans and Home Birth (general session)

Presented by Eugene Declercq, PhD, MBA, MS
In this session, participants will gain detailed knowledge about the state of maternity care in the US, how current practice patterns impact women’s birth experiences and how the doula can play a role in the future of birth.

Can VBACs Make a Comeback in the US? (elective session)

Presented by Eugene Declercq, PhD, MBA, MS
Cesarean rates continue to climb in the United States and many women who have cesareans with their first babies go on to have repeats with their subsequent babies. Whatever happened to VBAC?

Anesthetic/Epidural Medications and Their Impact on Breastfeeding (general)
Presented by Thomas W. Hale, RPh, PhD
Learn how drugs are transmitted to the fetus and the consequences of prenatal medications in the early days after birth.

Research Update for Doulas (elective)

Presented by Patricia Predmore, BSN, LCCE, FACCE, ICCE, CD(DONA), CLEC
What is the latest information available from the research? Join us for a guided tour through the latest.

What in the World is Belly Mapping? (general)
Presented by Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)
Learn how belly mapping can help an expectant mother get to know her baby better and, along the way, help the doula get to know her client.

You Can’t Do That Here: Protecting Breastfeeding as a Civil Right (elective)

Presented by Jake Aryeh Marcus, J.D.
Every doula wants to support mothers in their breastfeeding relationships as they have during birth. But today’s mothers must preserve their breastfeeding relationships in a culture that discriminates against breastfeeding in public and in the workplace. This session will review U.S. law concerning breastfeeding. Attendees will learn how and when breastfeeding is a civil right, what legal protections exist for breastfeeding women and how to support breastfeeding women when they need legal help.

The WHO Code: Why Doulas Have to Care (general)
Presented by Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
The World Health Organization’s International Code on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes has been in place for more than 30 years. Learn why it impacts your doula practice.

Breastfeeding Made Simple for Doulas (general)

Presented by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC
The Seven Natural Laws of Breastfeeding—updated! How you can use them in your doula practice.



I am hoping to do mini updates while at the conference to share some bullet points for all of you to enjoy. If you like to drink the birth kool-aid like I do. 😉
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