Fun At Lamaze! | Part 3

The third and final day. After all the learning and all the fun, I am utterly exhausted. And yet I have to present again. First thing in the morning. This time my topic was “Out of the Bayou: Helping Families Navigate the Online Swamp” My roommate and friend was kind enough to attend my session […]

Fun at Lamaze! | Part 2

Melinda Delisle teaching massage

Day 2 of the Lamaze International Conference started with the LONGEST 90 minute session, ever! Yes, I presented a session first thing Saturday morning! My topic was “Studies, Stats and All That Jazz: Finding Your Research Rhythm for Safe and Healthy Birth” – I think it went well, we discussed different kinds of bias, ways […]

Fun at Lamaze Part 1!

NOLA Skyline

The Lamaze conference in New Orleans was a great experience for me, as always, I loved being a part of a large group of women who are all determined to help women have great births! I flew out the day before and checked into the Astor Crowne Plaza, right on the corner of Bourbon St […]

What does it mean to be a professional?

Like it or not, if you take money for your doula services, you are a professional. What does it mean to be a professional? 1. You deliver what you promise. This is pretty basic stuff. You show up and do the job you are paid for. You make sure that your clients are prepared for […]

2013 Perinatal Professionals Conference

Rebozo Midwives

I’ve already said I love to attend conferences. This month I get to attend TWO! This week I attended the 2013 Perinatal Professional Consortium conference. The conference is a two day affair and does a great job of bringing together labor and delivery nurses, postpartum nurses, IBCLCs, childbirth educators, doulas, etc. This year was no […]

On the road! Conferences & Workshops

Andrea Lythgoe and Penny Simkin at the Atlanta DONA International conference

I have been a childbirth educator since 1997, and a doula since 1999. I have attended hundreds of births. And yet, I find there is still so much to be learned. I really enjoy attending workshops and conferences, and have done so as often as finances allow. I started attending local conferences very soon into […]