Thursday, March 17, 2011

DONA International explores Belly Mapping

General Session Presentations of the

17th Annual DONA International Conference

July 21-24, 2011

Boston, MA

Here are the exciting General Session speakers and topics you can look forward to learning from at the conference. A wonderful variety of Concurrent Session speakers and topics are also scheduled.

· "Third and Fourth Stages of Labor: Usual Practices under Heavy Criticism," presented by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)

· "Childbirth in 2011: Doula Practice in a World of Increasing Cesareans and Home Births," presented by Eugene Declercq, PhD, MBA, MS

· "Anesthetic/Epidural Medications and Their Impact on Breastfeeding," presented by Thoma

s W. Hale, RPh, PhD

· "What in the World is Belly Mapping?" presented by Gail Tully, BS, CPM, CD(DONA)

· "The WHO Code: Why Doulas Have to Care," presented by Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

· "Breastfeeding Made Simple for Doulas," presented by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC

Here's a big shout out to my many friends at DONA who've made it happen - Anni and Debbie and Penny particularly! And the one whom I wasn't even aware of who also spoke yes when the decision was in the balance.

This will be a fun look at Belly Mapping and the doula-mother relationship. Bring your cameras!

See you in Boston.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mujer alumba en motoconcho, no le dio tiempo entrar al hospital

Ok, you're going to have to watch the first 30 seconds a few times.
This birth will first confuse you because the mother is leaning back
on a motor cycle! She's just been driven into the ER which I
think is quite resourceful.
(The sound is terrible. Its probably videoed from a cell phone.)
Ok, now what are you seeing?
The baby is born breech and comes readily - a good size boy
born in the "Impossible" breech position which is
Sacrum posterior. (I've seen in calmer conditions, too)
The worry is the chin will get stuck on the pubic bone. And I suppose
it must have happened to someone. But here we see the boy shoot out
into the woman's hands, good catch. Whether she is a doctora or a
nurse, the camera is now on her, rather than the mother and baby!
Wow, fast birth, fast catch fast camera action.

What a woman! What a driver!

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