Friday, April 29, 2011

Great quote

"Women are strong, strong, terribly strong,  We don't know how strong until we are pushing out our babies."
- Louise Erdrich
The Blue Jays Dance

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Old ad - "funny" look at impact of $$ worries on birth

Could you use this in cb classes to highlight the importance of the support team focusing on the woman in labor and her needs? 

(thanks to Rashall Rice for posting on Facebook)  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lancet features stillbirth

The Lancet is featuring Stillbirths in its recent issue and has made the articles available free.  You need to register but there's no hassle. 
While stillbirth is a hard topic to deal with, the reality is there and you need to increase your awareness of the issues and the support and the impact. 

Feel free to share any creative ways you cover stillbirth in your childbirth class series. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Listen to the radio!

Penny Simkin and many more will be sharing their thoughts and wisdom on this critical topic - sexual abuse.  Penny's time slot is 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Pacific time) or 9:30 to 10:30 (Eastern time) on April 29.  Unfortunately I will be on a plane back from Nebraska...but I will be eager to hear from you what the keypoints were.  You need to register at their website:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sign up for InJoy webinars

InJoy is hosting a webinar on May 10 titled: 
Childbirth Education - Using Technology to Reach Today's Parents.  
Register, it's free with a charge for contact hours if you need them.

While you are registering for that one, you will see you can also reserve your spot for one I am helping out on in September:
 Innovative Teaching Techniques for Comfort Strategies: A Panel Presentation Featuring Teri Shilling, Ana Hill and Vonda Gates.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Have you signed the petition?

I know I am a little late, but there is still lots of slots to be signed on this US Breastfeeding Committee petition.  It's easy and it's quick.  Do it today!

Download the pdf as well.  "Like" their Facebook page.  Etc. Etc.  You know the drill. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Taking a break

I have been busy doing back to back workshops and I need to take a break from my daily blogging addiction... I'll be back!  (once I get my ducks in a row!  And a thousand emails answered...I am NOT exaggerating) 

Monday, April 11, 2011

A quote

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

-Arthur Koestler, novelist and journalist (1905-1983)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Being too perky?

 Bloggers can be quite critical...

".....And yes, the teacher lady was as perky as ever. I do believe she needs to lay off the coffee or switch to decaf cause she is just way to perky for this late in the day."

How do you balance being energetic and laid back?

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Multiple Intelligences

 Take a minute and complete this quiz on your learning preferences based on multiple intelligences.  What do you think?  Does it fit? 

While you are there, look around! 

Friday, April 08, 2011

So what's next...

So now your ob can "watch your progress" on their smartphone.....

Quotes from physicians using it:
"Conditions can change fast when a woman is in labor, but with AirStrip OB, I know exactly what's going on," 
"It gives patients a sense of wellbeing knowing that even when I'm not physically there, I can check on them," 

Need I say more....

Thursday, April 07, 2011

How fun to see my poster

Many years ago I created a Trust Birth poster working with a favorite graphic artist/friend.  Part of the process involved one of the most memorable and meaningful births I have been a part of...and if you have been at a workshop I may have shared the story.

The original hangs in my office and I have also made it into posters and postcards.

What a treat when I received a call from Anthem Health asking permission to have the poster in the background of a two minute clip featuring one of their nurse managers.  Of course I was delighted.  (The last time I was asked for permission was for a scene in the comedy Men in Trees when one of the characters was attending CB class)  And then I double delighted when I learned the featured Nurse Manager was also Marilyn Curl who is the current Lamaze president.  ( a role I filled several years ago)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

A quote....

  Who would have thought John Wayne could be a source of a quote for birth....

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”

Hopefully by the time people have finished your childbirth class, they will have reduced their fears....

And he had one for us as educators:

“Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much.”

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Listen in.

Linda Smith is presenting a live discussion at the "lounge" - on April 6 at 5 pm pacific time.  She will be looking at Impact of Swaddling on Breastfeeding Infants.  The price is right (free) and there are other Free Lectures from past conferences there. 

What do you think?

Monday, April 04, 2011

No power

Well the laptop has no to Apple store today. Writing this from my iPhone and it's so slow....

Sunday, April 03, 2011

From the mother-to-be discussion boards:

This is a question often posted on the pregnancy discussion boards:  

Are birth classes worth the money?

Here is one interesting exchange:
Has anyone taken birth classes at a hospital? If so was it worth it or no? Did it really help you through your labor? Are there any nasty up close and personal videos? My mom wanted me to sign up and I did but I'm not sure. Any suggestions. Thanks.

  • I never took any birthing classes and we did just fine. Your body was designed to give birth. You'll know what to do when the time comes.
  • For me it was worth it, not because I got anymore information than I could have online, but just because it made me feel more prepared. It's a psychological thing I suppose. 
  • Yeah there will be videos of birth. I haven't given birth yet, but I feel much less anxious about it than I did before the class.
  • I didn't take any classes. I know people that did and they say when it's time and you're in that much pain you kinda go with what feels right. There wasn't classes way back in the day and people were born fine. It's instinct I believe.
  • if anything take a parenting class...its kinda hard to learn how to give birth
  • Save your money darling.  They only make you scared with the reality, but when the time comes to give birth you will be a pro at it.
  • I think you should watch a video...or you can probably find a free video online, about how to breathe through your contractions, but I don't think taking classes is a necessity. :)
  • I took the classes with my first daughter. It was free if I delivered at that hospital. I didn't see any birth videos, but the information was kinda helpful. It wasn't really any different from reading a book like 'What to Expect When You are Expecting'. But it is a good place to meet other pregnant women that are due around the time you are. They also take you on a tour of the maternity section in the hospital. At least that's how mine went.
  • I'm signed up to take birthing classes, but since they are free through my hospital, I won't be wasting any money. I want a natural birth so I want to learn breathing techniques.
  • What kind of nasty videos are you talking about? If you are pregnant but think giving birth is "nasty" that is a little weird to me. I mean sure, it's not something you really want to see, but it's how babies are meant to be born. I don't see anything gross about that.
What are your thoughts?

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Just a thought

How much time do you give to people in your cb program to explain things? 

Friday, April 01, 2011

What do you use?

A question came in from the website:
I am just starting out as a volunteer CBE for a teen parent program, working on certification.  I am on a super tight budget, and would like any advice as to what I can use for visual aids when teaching the stages of labor.

What ideas do you have? 

Things I have seen:
  • food for cervical dilation (bagel down to a cheerio)
  • ribbon of various colors sewn together (long, long stretch of green for early labor, then shorter and bolder color for active and bright red for transition (shortest) and then a piece for pushing
  • I have seen the popular poster of the stages and phases cut up into laminated pieces and the task is to reconstruct the stages and phases.
  • I love Penny Simkin's roadmap of labor.
Share your ideas!