Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pecha Kucha

Watch this and consider its implications for childbirth education (even conference presentations) It fits with what we already know about the adult attention's innovative and creative. What do you think?

Off topic - a little

All right, this has absolutely nothing to do directly with childbirth! But a whole lot about creating experiences that create "buzz" This YOU TUBE clip shows a group of 200+ people who "freeze in place" for 2 minutes in Grand Central station. A very unique experience..watching peoples reactions is quite interesting.... It made we think about what can we do in childbirth classes to create a buzz, catch people's attention - getting them talking about how amazing and innovative childbirth classes are as opposed to the recent focus of the media on the drop in cb enrollment! Watch and think!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Lei to show lip!

At Passion Birth seminars, our trainers are always modeling that "anything" can be a visual aid. At most seminars, we hand out cheap leis as a reinforcement that we need to facilitate women moving their hips during labor and birth! Well, PfB trainer Ann Tumblin was lucky enough to do a doula training in Hawaii and sent me a lei headband of silk flowers with a brief note: "Put over a head to how lip - preferably a bald guy!" Thanks, Ann for the present and I will hope that there are lots of bald men in seminars so I can demonstrate how to deal with a "lip" in labor! Maybe I will even play Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" tune while demonstrating! Of course the Ring of Fire teaching tip gets credited to Connie Sultana, another Passion for Birth trainer!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

singing in labor

The media is saturated with images of women having a tough time with contractions. This short video posted on You tube shows a woman singing through two tough contractions. French obstetrician Michel Odent has encouraged singing prenatally for a long time. Maybe an important topic to cover in your childbirth classes?

Friday, February 15, 2008

San Fran group 2008!

Here is the group picture from the recent Passion for Birth Seminar at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco. The space was quite unique, including two garage doors in the meeting room! The space was originally designed by a start-up in the dot com boom but they never moved in and the Homeless Prenatal Program was able to make its home there. Of course no matter how unique a place's architecture is, that is not what is important - it's the heart of the place...and this place's heart is so huge! Read the next blog entry and watch the clip to see what they do!

Picture by Connie Sultana....a Passion for Birth trainer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A most incredible, inspirational place

I have led seminars in many places - yoga studios, church basements, hospital meeting rooms, a grocery store community room, and living rooms. But this past weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to do a seminar at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco. It stands alone in its inspiration and hope and for the amazing work they are doing. Take eight minutes to watch this video...and when you are done and you have the resources, think about making a will feel good to support that hope! Homeless Prenatal Program website

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Support Birth and Breastfeeding in Brazil

To order a handmade birth or breastfeeding doll, go to Brazil Breastfeeding Doll
I am madly finishing paperwork and packing to go to San Francisco tomorrow to facilitate a you will have to read all about this project on their web site!!

Big Push for Midwives

Somehow I missed blogging about a very important day but fortunately the action and advocacy continues! I encourage you to go to The Big Push for Midwives and check out what is happening in your state.

The Big Push for Midwives is a nationally coordinated campaign to advocate for regulation and licensure of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and to push back against the attempts of the American Medical Association Scope of Practice Partnership to deny American families access to legal midwifery care.

Where I live now in Washington licensure is available...I hear costs are the roadblock currently being dealt with!! The Seattle Midwifery School is an incredible place and I enjoy getting their newsletter. Visit their website sometime! Click here Seattle Midwifery School While you are there, think about supporting them in a small way - click on Amazon from there and buy the updated version of the Birth Partner or think about purchasing a necklace or earrings of their beautiful logo! I encourage all childbirth educators to do whatever they can to support midwives in their area.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Childbirth class makes it to a calendar

I was looking for books/dvds that are coming out in 2008 to see what there is to look forward to (and to start the request for review copies for the Journal of Perinatal Education.) So I was at and noticed there was a pregnancy calendar for 09 - when I clicked - imagine my surprise when I saw the picture of a childbirth class. Name of the calendar? "Hatched! The Big Push From Pregnancy to Motherhood: 2009 Mini Wall Calendar" The toy chick looks as awkward in that semi-recumbent as laboring women do...

I won't be reviewing this calendar but if you are a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and you love to read and write, drop me an email and let me know you'd like to be on our reviewers list and what your favorite area of pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding is!

What is in your future?

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Natural childbirth

Do you target or reach women who are motivated for a natural childbirth? Are there people in your classes that your gut tells you if they knew the benefits of a natural birth they would go for it? There is a great dvd resource for you and the cost is so reasonable, I hope people will add a donation on to their order to support their work. (It's only $10 plus s/h.) You can watch the first three minutes here

It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth

The film follows seven women and their support team. From the cover: Ann swiches to a birthing center at 36 weeks; Earth and Michael have homebirths for both their babies; Elain's first baby was a c-section and her second is a VBAC; Maria enjoys the precious moment of birth; Maya has her baby in a birthing tub; Usha feels like a stronger person after she gives birth; Terri (not me!) has a natural childbirth in the hospital.

What a gift!

The "Super" week

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) National Domestic Violence Hotline

Well the media is full of Superbowl hype (how many minutes to kickoff today?) and the campaigns are focused on Super Tuesday....when does birth get its "super" focus?

There is a bit of an urban myth that domestic violence increases today - you can search the web and find the roots...but in my thinking process if this urban myth gives people pause to reflect on our horrible rates of domestic violence today and the cases that affect so many pregnant women, than there is no harm in this feeling. Everyday results in too many women being hurt by domestic violence.

Because a friend is writing a pregnancy book, we were IMing this morning and she sent me to the National Domestic Violence Hotline website NDVH I was very impressed that before the page loaded that this pop-up came:

Safety Alert

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

So how does this relate to childbirth education - well in the US alone, as many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.

I feel it's a critical topic to cover in childbirth class. It needs to be covered gently - and I bring it up by begining that I hope no one in the class feels unsafe in their relationship but due to the high numbers, chances are someone within our expanded circle of friends/co-workers that we do know, someone is in an abusive situation. Being pregnant complicates it and often increases it.....I make sure they know about our community's shelter and resources and I also spend time there to know what is available for pregnant and parenting women.

And for those of you who work with teens, there is a special hotline number for them: Their number is 1-866-331-9474.

It's always helpful to post Domestic Violence Hotline numbers in the woman's bathroom and encourage them to memorize the number.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Love the work we do...

My travel schedule has put me behind on my regular blogging! I will be back.