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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lamaze e-news

November 2009

Science & Sensibility’s Healthy Birth Blog Carnival Provides Tips from Around the Web

In October, Science & Sensibility began a Healthy Birth Blog Carnival wherein bloggers from around the ‘Net were asked to submit posts that applied to one of the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices. The first series linked to some excellent submissions that pay tribute to letting labor begin on its own. In the most recent series on moving and changing positions in labor, bloggers have contributed some amazing photos, illustrations and videos in addition to thoughtful written pieces.

The links provided by Science & Sensibility’s Healthy Birth Blog Carnival contain inspirational stories and resources. If you haven’t already, go check it out and join in the online community conversation!

To get the most out of Science & Sensibility, become a Facebook fan! You can keep up with the latest posts, news and research tips right in your Facebook news feed.


Weigh In at Ask an Expert

A visitor to the Lamaze Ask an Expert community board recently posted asking for advice:

“I am an older doula who is having a hard time trying to convince hospital staff that mothers and babies should have skin-to-skin immediately and uninterrupted for an hour or so after birth. Some nurses and doctors are great with this, but they are in the minority. My effort to talk about it with nurses leaves me with the emotional equivalent of having a door slammed in my face.”

Read the rest of the post and chime in with your thoughts and suggestions.


Mark Your Calendar: The 50th Anniversary Mega Conference

We are already hard at work on next year’s 50th Anniversary Mega Conference: Celebrating Our Pasts, Uniting for the Future of Birth, a joint conference between Lamaze and the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). Save the date for this once-in-a-lifetime event that takes place September 30 – October 3, 2010, in Milwaukee, WI.

This monumental event marks the first joint conference for Lamaze and a celebration of the 50th anniversaries for both Lamaze and ICEA. The goal of the joint conference is to unite the childbirth education community, celebrate our rich history, share ideas and learn from each other, and advance the future of birth toward evidence-based care for mothers and their families.

We encourage you to share your expertise with colleagues at The 50th Anniversary Mega Conference by submitting an abstract for a conference session, research paper or poster presentation. Abstract submissions for a session, research paper and poster presentation must be received by January 8, 2010.


Breastfeeding Tips: Making Work Work for Your Baby

Are you or someone you know committed to breastfeeding but concerned that going back to work or school might interfere? Breastfeeding makes it easier to stay connected with your baby while you’re away. With a little planning, you can do it! Discover simple ideas and strategies that have helped other moms in Breastfeeding Tips: Making Work Work for Your Baby, a tip sheet sponsored by Philips AVENT. 

Childbirth professionals are encourages to download copies and share this Lamaze education resource with expectant and new moms in their community.


Discounted Educator Materials from Childbirth Connection

Childbirth Connection is discontinuing publication of The Birth Atlas and The Growing Uterus Charts. To help clear out their existing inventory, they are offering a package deal to childbirth advocates. For $50 (including shipping within the United States), you will receive The Birth Atlas, The Growing Uterus Charts and 100 copies of The Rights of Childbearing Women brochure (a $150 value).        

Clearance orders can be placed by phone at 212-777-5000 or e-mailing To receive the discounted package, please include the promotion code CC2009.


Expectant Parents Can Follow Lamaze on Twitter

Do the expectant moms in your circle know about Lamaze on Twitter? Pregnant moms and families can keep up with the latest tips and resources, like tips for breastfeeding in public, news related to H1N1 and more. It’s a great way to receive bite-sized information throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond.


What’s Happening Now at Lamaze

Fall Bookstore Blowout Sale – Place Your Orders!
Check out the huge blowout sale at the Lamaze Bookstore and Media Center, happening throughout the fall season. Everything is 20% off of retail price, so take this opportunity to stock up for next year or purchase gifts for co-workers and friends. Consider purchasing Prepared Childbirth in English and Spanish at a cost of only $4.60 for members and $4.80 for non-members.

Do You Tweet? Do You Read? Watch for Tweader Thursdays!
Every Thursday, Lamaze posts special deals and steals from the Lamaze Bookstore and Media Center on our Twitter pages. Look for Tweader Thursday updates on both the Lamaze Advocates and Lamaze Online Twitter pages. Send your feedback about Lamaze products to and you may be featured on our Twitter sites!

Homestudies Available for the New Ethics Requirement for Recertification
The new mandatory continuing education requirement is effective for LCCE educators due to recertify by December 31, 2009, and for each subsequent recertification period through June 30, 2012. Lamaze International offers opportunities to fulfill this requirement via homestudies on the ethics articles published in The Journal of Perinatal Education, Volume 18.1. Visit the Lamaze Online Education Store to access the two ethics homestudies that are currently offered and two more will be available in the coming weeks.

Relevant childbirth education ethics offerings from Lamaze Approved Providers of Continuing Education will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Questions? Contact

Recertification Deadline – December 31
If you are due to recertify by December 31, 2009, you still have time to meet your continuing education requirements. Lamaze International offers a wide variety of online homestudies for continuing education. We also will be offering on-demand sessions from the 2009 On Call “Virtual” Conference, available soon. We hope you will take advantage of these educational opportunities as you advance your career!

To maintain your certification, postmark your application with payment by December 31, 2009. Contact the Lamaze Administrative Office at 800-368-4404 or at with questions.


Calendar of Events


Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar
Chicagoland Childbirth Education Program, Libertyville, IL

Evidence-Based Nursing Care: Labor Support Skills
Magee-Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA


Mega Conference Abstract Submission Webinar
Lamaze Webinar


Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar
Passion for Birth, Monterrey, Mexico

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