Conference 2016

 

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Location  Agenda  Speakers  Optional Sessions  CEUs Social

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Join us at the Beach where CAPPA will be hosting our 18th Annual Conference!

CAPPA Conference 2016: Breaking out of Your Shell and Navigating Your Destiny. CAPPA’s annual conference and convention offers you–the leaders in perinatal education and support–current evidenced-based practices while encouraging you to break out of your shell while moving forward in your passion, ultimately navigating toward your purpose and destiny.   

Join CAPPA for leading-edge information, presented by top speakers in the field, as they help guide you toward your full potential.

CAPPA’s annual conference is enjoyed by doulas, childbirth educators, breastfeeding professionals, midwives, nurses, obstetricians, and others who have an interest in the prenatal and postpartum periods. CAPPA conferences are known for their excellent speakers and learning opportunities, great networking with perinatal professionals from all over the world, affordability (all general sessions are free to CAPPA members), exceptional exhibitors, and fun and entertainment! Join hundreds of your colleagues this year in Destin, FL for an unforgettable conference!

 

 

 

 

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CEUs

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CAPPA Conference 2016: Breaking out of Your Shell and Navigating Your Destiny, was approved for 16.50 contact hour(s).

 

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Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Supporters

 

 

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 Sponsors

CAPPA consistently connects quality sponsors with our attendees in fun and engaging ways. CAPPA Conference 2016 will be no different!

CAPPA Conference is proudly supported by the following fabulous sponsors. Just click on their logo to find out more about them. Why not let them know you appreciate their support and give them some love online? You can share their website and like them on Facebook. They make the whole conference possible!

We love our sponsors… and so will you!

 

· Bio-Oil ·

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Bio-Oil is a specialist moisturizing oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‐Oil has won 126 skincare awards since its global launch in 2002. It is America’s #1 selling multi-use skincare oil. Click this link for a sample and updates!

· Lansinoh ·

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Lansinoh knows that breastfeeding moms and babies need support from healthcare providers like you to succeed. We are here to provide you with breastfeeding tools and materials to help.

 

Exhibitors and Supporters

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Location

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, FL

Make your resort reservations using this link, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, or call (850) 267-8000 to take advantage of the CAPPA Special Room Rate of $136.62 USD/night. Price includes applicable taxes and fees. Use the Group Code: 2397VH. Reserve your rooms by 9-9-16.

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Sunshine Shuttle is offering a discount for CAPPA members. $35.00 for 3 or more people per person, and $65.00 for 1 person from the airport to the Sandestin Resort. Just mention you are with the “CAPPA Group” to get this amazing deal!

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Social

NEW tacky tourist

Join us for dancing, networking, and fun! Dress in your wackiest, tackiest tourist gear!

Delicious appetizers will be served. Cash bar. Friday, October 14th from 7:30 to 9:30 pm! Only $25 per person. Add your Social RSVP to your Conference Registration. This is an adult-only event!

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Policies

The CAPPA Conference is *free for members who register by 09/13/2016. Conference is *free to all members, although for registration a valid credit card is necessary to reserve your seat. Your card will not be charged the $75.00 reservation fee, provided you are a member of CAPPA and you attend the conference. If you cannot attend the conference, 30 days (written by US mail) cancellation notice is required, or a no show fee of $75.00 will be charged to your card. No exceptions. Late registration: After 09/13/2016 there is a $50.00 late registration fee.

Babies/children are not allowed in conference sessions. Speakers/times may change without notice. There are no refunds for breakout sessions, manuals, Social Party or lunches. No transferring registration to another person. No swapping sessions. When registering for CAPPA events, trainings, and activities you are consenting to be video-graphed and/or photographed. CAPPA does not assume liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come into contact with while eating at any CAPPA Event, Training, or Activity you may attend whether inside or outside of the CAPPA planned events and activities.

*There is a $3.00 online convenience fee.

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Agenda

CAPPA 2016 Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Trainings:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Lactation Educator Class

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Labor Doula Class
Childbirth Educator Class
Lactation Educator Class

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Labor Doula Class
Childbirth Educator Class
Lactation Educator Class

4:00 – 5:00 PM — Volunteer meeting
4:00 – 6:00 PM — Exhibitor Setup
7:00 – 8:30 PM — Pre-registration, Showroom open, Meet-and-Greet with CAPPA Board of Directors and Faculty in the foyer area outside of registration. Complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Friday, October 14, 2016
7:00 – 8:00 — Conference Registration, Showroom open
8:05 – 8:40 — Conference Opening
8:45 – 10:00 — General Session 1: Reaching Your Potential: How Changing Personal Habits Gives Birth to Professional Growth by Dr. Adam Tedder
10:00 – 10:55 — Showroom open
10:45 – 12:00 — General Session 2: Respect for the Prenate: Parenting from the Beginning of Life by Barbara Decker
12:00 – 12:15 — CAPPA Announcements
12:30 – 1:55 — Showroom Open, Lunch (on your own)
12:30 – 1:45 — Why Not Home? The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Nurses (earn 1.25 CAPPA contact hours, FREE)
2:00 – 3:00 — Optional Session A: 8 Ways to Take Your Website to the Next Level by Jill Reiter
3:15 – 4:15 — Optional Session B: Getting Unstuck: Breaking Out of Your Shell of Shyness, Newness, or Overwhelm to Achieve Your Business Goals by Kimberly Bepler
4:30 – 6:30 — Optional Session C: Peanuts, Pancakes, Ketchup and Other Labor Strategies by Polly Perez and Jessilyn Dolan
7:30 – 9:30 — Social event: Tacky Tourist Party

Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:30 – 8:25 — Registration, Showroom open
8:30 – 9:00 — Opening Session
9:00 – 10:15 — General Session 1: Dynamic Parent Education for Today’s Millennials by Jan Tedder
10:15 – 11:10 — Showroom open
11:15 – 12:30 — General Session 2: VBAC: A Physician’s Reflection on VBACs and How to Support Them by Dr. Joshua Johannson
12:30 – 12:45 — Sponsor/Staff Recognition
12:45 – 2:00 — Showroom open, Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 — Bio-Oil presentation (FREE lunch and gift for attending presentation in its entirety)
2:15 – 3:15 — Optional Session D: Listening to Your Gut: Birthworker Personal Safety by Terri Woods
3:30 – 4:30 — Optional Session E: Just Do You! Mindfulness and Self-Care for a Busy Life by Abby Bordner
4:45 – 5:45 — Optional Session F: You are not alone: Perinatal Addiction and Neonatal Abstinence by Jessilyn Dolan

Sunday, October 16, 2016
8:00 – 9:00 — Registration, Showroom Open
9:00 – 9:15 — Opening
9:15 – 10:30 — General Session 1: Up In Smoke: The Potential Impaction of Marijuana Use on Babies by Laurel Wilson
10:30 – 11:15 — Showroom open
11:15 – 11:30 — CAPPA Announcements
11:30 – 12:45 — General Session 2: Grief in the Perinatal Period, Support and Survival by Laura Nance
12:45 – 1:00 — Closing Remarks
1:00 – 1:55 — Showroom Open, Lunch (on your own)
2:00 – 3:00 — Optional Session G: The Science Behind Skin-to-Skin Contact by Hope Parish
3:15 – 4:15 — Optional Session H: Supporting a Mother through a Perinatal Mental Health Crisis by Jennifer Moyer

Post-Conference Trainings:

Monday, October 17, 2016
Postpartum Doula Class

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Postpartum Doula Class

 

 

 

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Speakers

General Sessions – Keynote Speakers

Adam TedderDr. Adam Tedder

For almost 20 years, Dr. Adam Tedder has enjoyed the benefits of Chiropractic care, after being introduced to Principled Chiropractic at the age of 15. However, it was not until being introduced to the amazing power of Upper Cervical Chiropractic by his brother, did he want to become a Chiropractor himself. Returning to complete his education in 2006, Dr. Tedder has not looked back since.

Dr. Adam completed his undergraduate studies at Life University and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from the prestigious Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2010. Dr. Tedder has studied under the top Upper Cervical doctors in the world, and has trained with the KCUCS (Knee Chest Upper Cervical) program, The Knee Chest Society, The Upper Cervical Academy, KALE Seminars and now teaches with the Upper Cervical Revolution. Dr. Tedder regularly attends continuing education courses focusing on biomechanics, neurology and adjusting of the upper cervical spine, pediatrics, practice management, and much more. He has traveled to Dominican Republic and San Quentin Prison for Chiropractic mission trips with Upper Cervical Chiropractic organizations and was able to share this vital health care profession with communities that would otherwise have no resources or access to quality Upper Cervical Care.

“My mission is to restore the health of and help the members of our community reach their naturally given health potential by helping them raise healthy families through specific Chiropractic.”

Reaching Your Potential: How Changing Personal Habits Gives Birth to Professional Growth

We all have ideas and dreams for the life we wish to have. However, the majority of people in the world never truly realize their dreams. Why is this? Is it that only certain people are worthy of their ideal life? Is it that only a chosen few have this privilege? I say, no! In reality, most people do not know how, or don’t take the correct steps to make their dreams a reality. However, each and every one us have the potential to do so!! We just have to create the proper habits and actions to create our ideal life. As birth professionals, your work is essential yet underutilized. This session will teach you how to take your professional career to the next level by creating new habits, or patterns, in your personal and professional life. This session highlights the neurological and biological effects of habits and rituals and the effect they have on personal and professional outcomes. Join us in this session in order to Reach Your Potential!

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Describe the neurological and biological effects of habits and rituals and the effect they have on personal and professional outcomes.
  • List the steps to creating personal habits that increase productivity, enhance relationships, and keep you motivated.
  • Identify how to choose the right habits to create desired lifestyle and career. Practice makes permanent, not perfect.

 

Barbara DeckerBarbara Decker

Barbara Decker, has been a childbirth educator for over 40 years, doula, doula trainer, Hypnotherapist in WA, HypnoBirthing Practitioner, and over the past eight years has specialized in training for education on the prenatal period. She attended a 2.5 year training with Dr. Gerhard Schroth from Germany in a specialized program called Prenatal Bonding (BA). She is one of 15 certified in the US in this specialized field . She is active in CAPPA as Advisor for Prenatal Pregnancy Attachment and assisted in work with the Online Greatest Pregnancy Ever Program. On the Board of APPPAH as Membership Chair, member of the Board of REACHE, Treasurer of NGHWA National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington Chapter.

Respect for the Prenate: Parenting from the Beginning of Life

Most childbirth educators have never been exposed to the importance of this field. Nursing students are aware of some of this education for the medical field knows that our babies in the womb are being impacted by the environment around the birthing mother. The Nurse-Family Program has been very successful in lowering the amount of domestic violence in the home. They follow families at risk from conception through two years after the birth. This information has not been shared with childbirth educators and we must start training educators for preconception/early pregnancy classes. Violence and lack of emotional regulation is showing up in our children due to the stress level of our families today. We must give them the tools to improve their babies’ chance of healthy attachment.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Explain 3 imprints that can affect the prenate which improve or impede attachment.
  • Describe to birthing families the reason how their behavior impacts the psyche of the prenate.
  • List 3 programs for further education in the field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and why this is important for all birth professionals.

 

Jan TedderJan Tedder

Jan Tedder, BSN, is a nurse practitioner and lactation consultant with 40 years experience working with young families. She developed a lactation program for an international company and a university’s family medicine department. A published author, Ms Tedder was inducted into the national nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, and honored as the North Carolina Maternal Child Health Nurse of the Year. She created HUG Your Baby, an international organization specializing in education for young parents and the professionals who serve them. Her parent and professional resources were winners of the 2007 and 2009 Health Information, World Wide Web, and Web Health Awards and are being used across the United States and in dozens of countries. She is the recent recipient of the North Carolina Award of Commendation for her development of innovative resources for young families and those who serve them around the world.

Dynamic Parent Education for Today’s Millennials

Today’s expectant and new parents value technology; seek proven quality; and thrive on social connectedness. Evidence-based educational resources should prepare childbirth and parenting professionals to engage the learning style of Millennials. This presentation reviews digital resources, innovative teaching strategies, and effective educational programs that address the most common worries of today’s parents. It highlights the need for professionals to bring together timely child development information and skillful personal support in order to reduce the anxiety of Millennial mothers and fathers.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Describe three values that characterize Millennial parents.
  • Identify three digital resources that address the most common worries of today’s parents.
  • List three teaching strategies that facilitate effective, supportive relationships between professionals and the Millennials they serve.

 

Joshua JohannsonDr. Joshua Johannson

Before founding Cheaha Women’s Health in Alabama, Dr. Johannson trained and practiced at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia’s busiest obstetrical hospital, for 11 years as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and he served as the Medical Director of Labor and Delivery. He was part of a large medical group of four physicians and ten midwives. In his current practice, Dr. Johannson has sought to create birthing options for an area that had historically limited options in birth. He sees pregnancy as a normal physiological process, is supportive of low-intervention in low-risk pregnancy, and is a strong advocate of breastfeeding as an important healthcare decision. He has strongly supported women in their choice to VBAC.

Dr. Johannson is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. He is the co-Chair of the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee and is married with five children.

VBAC: A Physician’s Reflection on VBACs and How to Support Them

In this session, Dr. Johannson will discuss all aspects of VBAC from an obstetrician’s point of view, including risk factors and contraindications. VBACs are attainable, but there are emotional factors to be considered for both the families involved as well as the doctor and medical staff. Dr. Johannson will illustrate what ideal support looks like for patients who desire a VBAC and share why this support is vital to a successful VBAC.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Describe the role of VBAC, risk factors, and contraindications.
  • Discuss the ideal support and management for VBAC.
  • List the emotional aspects of VBAC for patient and doctor.

 

Laurel WilsonLaurel Wilson

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD is Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. Wilson is the co-author of two best selling books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever. She loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than two decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into motherhood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

Up In Smoke: The Potential Impaction of Marijuana Use on Babies

As the use of marijuana increases, the potential for babies to be impacted by this herb during breastfeeding increases exponentially. New research on the critical importance of the human endocannabinoid system, fetal and early infant development, and the potent interplay with marijuana cannabinoids are discussed here. The most recent research and policies surrounding this controversial herb will be discussed as well as how to counsel families who may be using and/or abusing the drug.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • List three potential risks to the newborn from chronic marijuana use during breastfeeding.
  • Be able to define the endocannabinoid system.
  • State at least two open ended questions to use when discussing marijuana.

 

Laura NanceLaura Nance

Laura is on the Board of Directors of CAPPA as the Director of Postpartum Programs since January 2014 after being a CAPPA member since 2001 and faculty since 2006. She is CAPPA Certified as a Postpartum Doula, Labor Doula, Lactation Educator and Childbirth Educator. In addition to teaching for the postpartum doula program, she also teaches for the labor doula and lactation educator programs. She is very active in her local birth community as a doula and an educator as well as a mentor and adviser. She and her husband of over 24 years live in the country with their 2 teenagers whose births were the spark that ignited her passion for all things “birthy.” They enjoy spending time together as a family especially in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, biking, boating and just relaxing outside. She also loves cats, photography and getting lost in a good book. She is looking forward to many more years of inspiring others as doulas, educators and mothers.

Grief in the Perinatal Period, Support and Survival

There are many situations that can cause grief throughout the perinatal period. Professionals working with families during that time must have the skills to recognize trauma and support families through any traumatic experience. Perinatal professionals must also possess the aptitude and resources to cope with grief they experience from working with families in a time of trauma.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

• Describe situations that can cause trauma and grief during the perinatal period.

• Demonstrate the ability to support families through a period of grief.

• Demonstrate the ability to cope with grief they may experience from working in a traumatic situation.

 

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Optional Sessions

(Available for an additional fee of $25.00 USD per session)

Jill ReiterJill Reiter

Jill Reiter CPD, is a passionate marketer, postpartum doula, and CAPPA Postpartum Doula Trainer. She believes authentic marketing is a key skill doulas and educators need to reach clients. Often new doulas ask her “how do I find clients?” and having sought the answer herself she will share these skills with you.

Jill is the proud owner of The After Baby Lady Postpartum Doula Services in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. She trains postpartum doulas all over the Midwest of the United States. Her favorite experience is watching women step more fully into themselves and share their gifts with the world. Jill is also the host of CAPPA Radio where she gets to talk to the world’s leading experts on all things baby, birth, parenting, and pregnancy. Jill has four feisty children and an entrepreneurial husband.

8 Ways to Take Your Website to the Next Level

Doulas, and educators often model behavior to teach skills that support our clients. When I became a doula I had no marketing experience at all. I sought out learning opportunities and effective ways to connect with clients online. After participating in many online courses and implementing strategies to create a webste that connects with clients I want to share what I have learned.

This session is not about creating your website. This session will make sure you have the key ingredients to connect with clients when they meet you online. This session will create meaningful changes for beginners and pros. I’ll give you tips that meet you where you are on your doula/educator journey to help you connect with clients.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

• List the reasons your website exists and what it needs to do for you.

• Define one action your visitors must take if you want to make a difference.

• Create clarity for your visitors by answering the who, what, when, where, and why questions on your site.

• Identify your personal gifts and share them through your website.

• Identify the problem you solve for your clients.

• Using knowledge of “The Six Pillars of Influence” develop strategies to create a connection with potential clients on your website.

• Learn from large companies your clients already love.

• Set actionable goals to implement changes

 

Kimberly BeplerKimberly Bepler

Kimberly’s goal in life is to help others become successful–and one of the most rewarding things to her is to train doulas and serve mothers to be competent and confident. After the birth of her first child, she started building ABC Doula Service in 2001. With 15 doulas on her current team in Portland, OR, and a new team being built in Seattle, WA, she has helped her business grow to serve over 1500 families, including 600 sets of twins. Kimberly has trained hundreds of doulas for CAPPA to begin the journey and supports their growth in her advanced trainings. In between helping mothers as a lactation consultant and postpartum doula, she runs the offices in two cities as well as teaching prenatal classes within the Providence system. Often called the Baby Whisperer, she prefers the title of Doula Whisperer as she supports doulas in making a difference every
day.

Getting Unstuck: Breaking Out of Your Shell of Shyness, Newness, or Overwhelm to Achieve Your Business Goals

You’ve taken the training, you know your goals…but how do you break out of your shell to have your dream business? If you destiny is as a doula or educator, this session will get you set up to succeed by examining what clients and students are looking for, and how you can meet their needs. It will help you break out of your mold to cinch those interviews, maximize and sell your strengths, and build a business that is tailored to you even without a marketing degree. Be prepared to do some practice in the session!

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • List two priorities that families are looking for in the hiring process.
  • Identify the key words they can respond to in a client request, leading to more active listening and more hires after interviews.
  • Write out a personalized plan for their success using their own goals.

 

Polly Perez and Jessilyn DolanPolly Perez and Jessilyn Dolan

Polly Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE, is an internationally known nurse and public speaker. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University. In 2001 the college recently selected Polly to be one of their “100 Great Nursing Alumni”. Polly is also listed among the Outstanding Young Women of America, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in American Nursing. She was awarded AWHONN’s Medallion of Excellence in Community Service for 2001 and CAPPA awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. In 2003 Polly was awarded The American Heart Association-NE Affiliate Stroke Survivor of the Year. Polly is President of C.F.E., Inc of Johnson, Vermont. She is a consultant to hospitals, universities and corporations on health care related issues. Polly has always campaigned for patient rights and for family-centered care. She is the author of numerous articles and books which include Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant, The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook, Brain Attack: Danger, Chaos, Opportunity and Empowerment, the NEW 2nd edition of Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success, and many more.

Jessilyn Dolan has been working with birthing families for over 15 years. Jessilyn is a pediatric and perinatal registered nurse, a certified Labor Doula, Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Certified Massage Therapist. She started Vermont’s first ICAN and is on the board for the local infant grief and pregnancy loss organization. Jessilyn previously owned and operated a Family Wellness Center and Yoga studio as well as being an adjunct professor at The Community College of Vermont’s massage program for Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has worked at shelters with victims of domestic and sexual violence and families with diverse backgrounds and special needs. She previously worked at several hospitals and birth centers as a labor and delivery and post partum nurse and is currently nurse manager at a residential and community treatment facility for pregnant and parenting teen and young women in addiction recovery. She is a caring, honest, and open woman who wants to help make a difference in the lives of those around her. Jessilyn lives in the northern woods of Vermont with her brady bunch family!

Peanuts, Pancakes, Ketchup and Other Labor Strategies

Our technological knowledge is not all we bring to the birth experience. Our perinatal culture needs to includes the provision of laborsupport skills & maternal and fetal positioning as a critical nursing & doulaskill. This 2 hour hands-on presentation will show how doulas and nurses can use labor support strategies & maternal & fetal positioning that really work.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • List the various positions and strategies that are helpful to the laboring woman during labor and birth.
  • Identify coping strategies that really work.
  • Identify techniques to deal with failure to progress.

 

Terri WoodsTerri Woods

Terri began attending births in 2004 in the Philippines with Mercy In Action as a volunteer and then full-time as a doula and midwife student. She established Blessed ChildBirth Doula Services in 2009, working as a Labor and Postpartum Doula and as a Childbirth & Lactation Educator on the Central Coast of California. Terri Woods was chosen as a CAPPA Labor Doula Faculty Trainer in 2012, where she continues her love of relevant and interactive teaching internationally. Terri’s former employment was as a Crime Prevention Specialist for the last 19 years of her 31 year career in Law Enforcement; designing and conducting Personal Safety Programs for the Home, Workplace, School, and Travel; and with special emphasis on an individual’s unique needs. Terri is the mother, sister, and aunt of midwives and the grandmother
of two grandgirls in New Zealand.

Listening to Your Gut: Birthworker Personal Safety

Expert crime avoidance and response training specifically designed for doulas and birthworkers who desire to learn about enhancing their personal safety habits. Learn about how your gut is connected to your brain, and how culture, personality, and perception of physical environment affects decision-making capabilities in threat situations. Learn how that knowledge may be used to enhance personal safety risk management, tailored to the situations birthworkers routinely face. Guidance and resources will be provided to make a personalized crime prevention plan specific to home, workplace, travel situations, and client home visits.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Explain the need for a personal safety plan for doulas and birthworkers.
  • List four types of reaction strategies in response to threats.
  • Identify at least two personal safety action plan resources.

 

Abby BordnerAbby Bordner

I have been working with women, children and families my entire career. I am a certified labor doula, childbirth educator, lactation educator and CAPPA Faculty. I have received training in the brain science of early childhood, child development, child psychology, communication skills, parenting and family wellness. In my consulting and training business, I offer professional staff trainings, speaking engagements, group programs and private coaching. I believe that family relationships are the foundation of emotional security, positive connection and overall successful outcomes in life.

Just Do You! Mindfulness and Self-Care for a Busy Life

This session will give you an opportunity to take care of YOU! Believe it or not, I know you. You are a mother, wife/ partner, community member, professional, and creative multi-tasker. And you may be one of the many women who put self-care last on the list. My personal story and my work had guided me to a deep wisdom about tools to create emotional and spiritual health, even in the midst of our busy lives. In this workshop we will create your personal road map toward living your best life with directions to get you there. My idea of self-care may be different than you expect! I have created the Just Do You! workbook for women to provide uplifting guidance and support. My session will create connections and provide new information to lead women to joy and balance in their lives.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Develop tools to manage stress, anxiety and negative thinking.
  • Become clear about your vision of My Best Self.
  • Integrate spiritual concepts into daily life.

 

Jessilyn DolanJessilyn Dolan

Jessilyn Dolan has been working with birthing families for over 15years. Jessilyn is a pediatric and perinatal registered nurse, a certified Labor Doula, Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Certified Massage Therapist. She started Vermont’s first ICAN and is on the board for the local infant grief and pregnancy loss organization. Jessilyn previously owned and operated a Family Wellness Center and Yoga studio as well as being an adjunct professor at The Community College of Vermont’s massage program for Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has worked at shelters with victims of domestic and sexual violence and families with diverse backgrounds and special needs. She previously worked at several hospitals and birth centers as a labor and delivery and post partum nurse and is currently nurse manager at a residential and community treatment facility for pregnant and parenting teen and young women in addiction recovery. She is a caring, honest, and open woman who wants to help make a difference in the lives of those around her. Jessilyn lives in the northern woods of Vermont with her brady bunch family!

You Are Not Alone: Perinatal Addiction and Neonatal Abstinence

More information coming soon!

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Define and differentiate between addiction, dependence, and tolerance in the pregnant women and newborn.
  • Explain opiate replacement or medicated assisted therapy for opiate addiction in pregnancy.
  • Differentiate between suboxone/subutex, buprenorphine, methadone and naloxone/naltrexone medications.
  • Describe neonatal abstinence syndrome, assessments, and medication to treat newborn withdrawal.
  • List breastfeeding recommendations regarding addicted and maintained mothers.
  • Gain awareness of population struggles and mental health complexities and how we can support and advocate for these families to help ensure better outcomes and healthier relationships.

 

Hope ParishHope Parish

Hope Parish has practiced medicine for over 15 years as a Physician Assistant, earning a Master’s Degree in Medical Science in 1999. Hope fell in love with the practice of Skin-to-Skin with the birth of her daughter and has been inspired ever since to advocate and educate for the practice. She has gone on to become certified by the United States International Kangaroo Care Foundation to teach and instruct. Hope is part of Brownmed’s Clinical Innovation Team. Hope is the mother of three amazing children and resides in Rhode Island with her husband.

The Science Behind Skin-to-Skin Contact

The benefits of Skin-to-Skin contact goes way beyond bonding. This session is geared towards offering further education into the origin of the practice, the significant physiologic benefits that stand to be gained for both mom and baby and the current national recommendations and guidelines that surround the practice.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Explain and discuss the nerve stimulation process that is responsible for triggering the Oxytocin release that produces the physiologic benefits.
  • List the key physiologic advantages gained by both mom and baby during Skin-to-Skin contact.
  • Demonstrate the proper positioning and holding technique to ensure safety and efficacy of the practice.

 

Jennifer MoyerJennifer Moyer

Jennifer Hentz Moyer, BS is the author of the book, A Mother’s Climb Out of Darkness: A Story About Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis. She is an advocate increasing awareness, education and support of mental health related to childbearing. Jennifer is a trainer for leadership and advocacy in mental health. She has experience as a postpartum support and education consultant, as a postpartum doula and a volunteer coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Jennifer has over 18 years of experience in the area of mental health and has been advocating in the area of perinatal mental health for over 14 years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with over fifteen years of professional experience primarily within the healthcare industry. She is currently a graduate student working towards her Masters in Health Care Administration. You can learn more about her at www.jenniferhmoyer.com.

Supporting a Mother through a Perinatal Mental Health Crisis

Presentation will include practical information for supporting a mother and family through a perinatal mental health crisis. She will briefly describe the different types of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. She will discuss the suggested steps to wellness and how to create a plan of action for the mother to use in her recovery. Some additional general information will be presented on how to best support a mother and family through a perinatal mental health crisis.

At the end of the lecture, participants will:

  • Briefly describe the different types of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders.
  • List the suggested steps to wellness.
  • Help a mother create a plan of action for recovery.
  • Better support a mother and family through a perinatal mental health crisis.

 

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