Sunday, September 25, 2011

If you are ever stuck on a boring webinar....

I know we all do it - when you are stuck on a boring webinar, don't most of us answer email, IM with friends, balance our bank accounts, etc.  When you are all done with those things and the non-interactive webinar is droning on, unaware that you have tuned out.... remember this site: Draw a stickman  and have some fun.  Here is my first attempt!  And once you click done, it even gets animated!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Passioneers" in the news

Passion for Birth has a group of stellar (rock star?) facilitators that lead our workshops.  Ann Tumblin is truly gifted at interactive facilitation.  Lately I have noticed she is in the news. 

Annually we have a workshop at her home in Topsail Beach, NC.  The local paper captured her grandchildren on the beach and featured them on the front page:


Topsail Advertiser




And she also was a guest speaker at the midwifery program at Eastern North Carolina University when a local reporter visited.  Midwifery: Putting skills into action

Way to go Ann - your two loves - those grandchildren and teaching about birth! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Our way is not always the only way to look at things

I was sent the link to this short talk and when I watched it, it made my mind spin.  How often do we assume what we know to be the way to do things might not be the only way?  What if doctors/midwives got paid more for healthy pregnancies and births? 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Near Term Resource

Thanks to Robin Weiss and her tweets from the Lamaze International Conference - she shared this video that was shown and is available to purchase for $10 at Northern New England Quality Improvement Network

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Birth Story Project


I stumbled upon this website and felt it was a resource that educators should know about:

The Birth Story Project

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Do we promote "Decision Fatigue"

 We've all had the experience, I am sure, of being in a new restaurant and getting a menu with thousands of options.  Don't most of us feel overwhelmed and instead of pondering all the choices, want to know the few items they make that are really delicious? 

Having the great opportunity to teach with Penny Simkin this week, she told me about this article: Do You Suffer from Decision Fatigue?

And I found myself pondering the impact of how many childbirth educators teach about all the choices pregnant, laboring and parenting women and their families have... is that empowering or is that just overwhelming them?  What do you think? 

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hand expression

Finally, here's a short clip to show how to hand express without a care provider grabbing the woman's breast or putting band aids on the breast as if that's the only place to put her hand.

I feel strongly that all women should be taught in their childbirth class how to hand express to deal with engorgement or separation.



Would you use this video? 

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Teen doula featured

I am lucky to be part of the doula training team at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations.  Today I start co-presenting four days of birth doula training with Penny Simkin and it is an honor. 


I have noticed in the last couple of trainings that we've had multiple participants who were still in their teen years.  It was great reading this article about DONA's youngest certified doula. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

You and your family are amazing, Liz!

Liz came through the Passion for Birth program several years...she stood out at that point as being talented and passionate.  I was happy when our paths crossed again at a DONA doula trainer program and then last fall when I was having a huge hotel headache at the Lamaze/ICEA conference.  She was the calm support in the lobby! 

It must have been right after that they became aware that her son had Myotonic Dystrophy, a form of Muscular Dystrophy.  As they did further testing, her husband and other children also learned that they too had different levels of severity of the neuromuscular disorder.  She was pregnant at the time and after her birth, learned the her daughter too has Myotonic Dystrophy.  Her family's journey has been challenging but they are a team! 

They were picked to be part of the MDA Labor Day Telethon and this is the clip that aired featuring their family:



If you are in the position to make a donation to the MDA, please do! 

Sunday, September 04, 2011

What do you do when OBs feel childbirth classes are unnecessary

 From a parent blog:

"I had asked the OB if/when she recommended childbirth classes and she said that she felt they were unnecessary, since there is so much research you can do on your own.  At the recommendation of my mom and a couple of friends, however, I decided to sign up for the class.
Taking the class was a very, very good decision and I'm glad we did it.  Yes, there were some things that we kind of already knew, but lots of new information and good tips." 

As a childbirth educator, have you found effective ways to work with the care providers in your community? 

Friday, September 02, 2011

What a delightful format!

Three doulas at the the kitchen table...answering random questions pulled from a "glittery" envelope...sharing, laughing, smiling!  I have only watched a few but I have loved the ones I have watched! 



They are available on YouTube  or are also part of the recently launched One World Birth

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Dance class or Lamaze class?

Hmmm - I know Lamaze is the the most recognized name in childbirth education....but not sure how I feel about this ad as a pregnancy prevention message?  Your thoughts?