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"Reframing Birth and Breastfeeding: Moving Forward"--Join us March 11-12, 2011, in Chapel Hill, NC, for this collaborative event!

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Posted By: Denna Suko
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"Reframing Birth and Breastfeeding: Moving Forward"--Join us March 11-12, 2011, in Chapel Hill, NC, for this collaborative event!

For nearly a decade, the CIMS Annual Mother-Friendly Childbirth Forum has been recognized for offering the most authoritative and up-to-date research information pertaining to the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly maternity care. For our 2011 conference, we've teamed up with UNCG's Center for Women's Health and Wellness and UNC's Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute who for five years have presented their "Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium," an exploration of opportunities to reposition breastfeeding as a valued part of women's (re)productive lives and rights.

This collaborative event, "Reframing Birth and Breastfeeding: Moving Forward," will be held March 11-12, 2011, at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC. Online registration will open soon. Watch the CIMS website ( for details.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Eugene Declercq, PhD, MBA, Assistant Dean for Doctoral Education at Boston University School of Public Health, providing an update on national advances in improving maternity care.

• Susan M. Ludington, PhD, CNM, FAAN, Professor of Pediatric Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western University, presenting "Kangaroo Care for All and All for Kangaroo Care".

• Miriam H. Labbock, MD, MPH, FACPM, IBCLC, FABM, Director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, and Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

• Bettina Lauf Forbes, Co-founder and President of Best for Babes, in "Beating the Breastfeeding Booby Traps" will explore the cultural & institutional barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals.

• Geradine Simkins, CNM, MSN, President and Interim Executive Director at Midwives Alliance of North America, presenting "What Really Matters: Using Midwives' Stories for Social Change".

• Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, PhD, Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology at University of Texas Austin, presenting "The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): Current Implementation Projects and Preliminary Results".

Additional hot topics to be covered:
• The new federal "MOMS for the 21st Century Act", and joining us will be Debbie Jessup, CNM, MS, MA, PhD(c), Health Legislative Specialist in the Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

• Consistent with Childbirth Connection's Transforming Maternity Care Partnership for Blueprint Implementation, providing examples of excellence in maternity care will be Warren Newton, MD, MPH, William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor and Chair UNC Dept. of Family Medicine and Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education at UNC School of Medicine, Michele Lauria, MD, MS, Professor Obstetrics & Gynecology and Radiology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network, and Morgan Martin, MHA, Project Coordinator at Michigan Health & Hospital Association along with Tami Michele, DO, Ob/Gyn representing the Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality.

Don't miss these pre-conference workshops on Thursday, March 10:
• "The Art of Mother-Friendly Labor Support for Nurses," featuring ICEA President Jeanette Schwartz, RNC, MA, ICCE, LCCE, CD, IAT, and Marilyn Hildreth, RN, ICCE, LCCE, FACCE, CD(ICEA,DONA). Seven contact hours.

• "HUG Your Baby", an innovative approach to helping parents understand their baby's body language in order to prevent and solve problems around a baby's eating, sleeping, crying, and parent-child attachment, presented by Jan Tedder, BSN, CS, FNP. Six contact hours.

Watch the CIMS website ( for additional program details and online registration as they are announced.

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