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Free “Better Birth 360 World Summit”!

Subject:  Please Come Join Us for the Free Better Birth 360 World Summit!

Dear Members and Friends of BirthWorks,

Here is what’s happening!

Nicholas Olow, a board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, with over 11 years’ experience specializing in Pregnancy Care, Labor Support, Postpartum Care, and Pain Management, has interviewed birth professional experts all over the world and is sharing these exclusive interviews online at no cost to you.

Current line up of expert speakers:

  1. Penny Simkin – Author, Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Birth Counselor
  2. April Bolding – Women’s Health Physical Therapist, Author, Doula
  3. Marie Mongan – Director of the Hypnobirthing Institute
  4. Debra Pascali Bonaro – Creator of Pain to Power Online Childbirth Classes and  “Orgasmic Birth” documentary
  5. Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova– Founder of Birth Into Being and Creator of “Birth As We Know It” documentary
  6. Gena Kirby – All things Rebozo
  7. Gail Tully – Founder of Spinning Babies
  8. Jen Kamel – Founder of VBAC Facts
  9. LaQuitha Glass – ICAN President
  10. Robin Elise Weiss – President of Lamaze International
  11. Laura Uplinger – Educator for Conscious Conception and Birthing
  12. Lorne R. Campbell – Public Speaker and Hypnobirthing Advocate
  13. Nekole Malia Shapiro – Sex and Birth Educator
  14. Ana Paula Markel – Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula Trainer
  15. Sarah Buckley – Medical Doctor, Physician, Author of Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering
  16. Patrick Houser – Fathers, New Family Author, Educator, Speaker, and Coach
  17. Ginger Breedlove – President of American College of Nurse Midwives
  18. Elliot Berlin – Prenatal chiropractor, Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, and Filmmaker
  19. Robbie Davis-Floyd – Cultural Anthropologist
  20. Hermine Hayes-Klein – Lawyer and Founder of Human Rights in Childbirth
  21. Brigid Maher – Creator of the Movie “The Mama Sherpas”
  22. Laura Jiménez – Director California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
  23. Courtney Jarecki – Author, Educator, Homebirth Cesarean
  24. Stuart Fischbein – OBGYN specializing in VBAC, Breech and Twin Vaginal Births
  25. Sherri Holley – Homebirth Midwife specializing in VBAC and Breech
  26. Nancy Wainer – Homebirth Midwife and Author of Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
  27. Connie Livingston – President of International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
  28. Julie Bonapace – Author of the Bonapace Method
  29. Marice Bittan – Medical Doctor specializing in Women’s Healthcare
  30. Cristen Pascucci – Vice President of ImprovingBirth.org and co-founder of a U.S. legal advocacy network related to childbirth
  31. Sandra Bardsley – President of Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH)
  32. Myrna Martin – Registered Clinical Counselor, Pre and Perinatal Therapist, and Masters in Nursing.
  33. Cathy Daub – President and Founder of BirthWorks International.

Here is the list of topics that have been addressed at the Summit:

 When survivors give birth

  • How to help your client’s find comfort and pleasure in childbirth
  • How to prevent and help your client’s overcome traumatic births
  • How to achieve a natural, calm, comfortable, and intuitive birthing experience
  • How to break the fear-tension-pain cycle in order to prevent long and uncomfortable births
  • Birth rituals in hospitals – How to change the paradigm model to promote a natural and normal physiologic childbirth
  • Understanding the intersection of sex and birth and how the hormone oxytocin plays a vital role from conception to postpartum
  • How to tap into your intuition in order to promote a mindful and positive birth experience.
  • How to promote an easier and more comfortable birth with fetal positioning
  • Comfort measures for childbirth
  • Human rights in childbirth
  • Human values in birth
  • Informed consent for VBACs and Vaginal Breech Birth
  • The dangers of VBAC bans and what you don’t know about placenta accreta
  • How to promote a joyful and positive birth experience as it relates to VBAC and cesarean.
  • Evidenced-based guidelines on what are medically and non-medically necessary interventions for medical inductions, failure to progress, and cesarean births
  • Effective ways to lower disrespect and abuse in childbirth
  • How to encourage closer partner involvement during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period in order to promote better birth outcomes and lower rates of PTSD and postpartum depression
  • How to work collaboratively with medical staff in a hospital setting to promote a safe, natural, and positive birth experience for your clients
  • Hormonal physiology of childbearing and its implications for women, babies and maternity care and how we as birth professionals can promote, support, and protect a normal physiologic childbirth.
  • How fathers make a world of difference – What can dads/partners contribute to the birth experience and what can childbirth professionals do for them.
  • And so much more…

To view my interview with Nicholas Olow on August 8, 2015:

 Click on the link below to claim your spot in The Better Birth 360 World Summit:       

www.BetterBirth360.com/cathy-daub-3

Please don’t delay because the interviews will be available at no cost to you until Aug 12, 2015. 

After Aug 12, 2015, the interviews will be available for rental or purchase.

Looking forward to seeing you at the summit…

With Love,

Cathy Daub

www. birthworks.org

 

 

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Free "Better Birth 360 World Summit"!

Subject:  Please Come Join Us for the Free Better Birth 360 World Summit!

Dear Members and Friends of BirthWorks,

Here is what’s happening!

Nicholas Olow, a board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, with over 11 years’ experience specializing in Pregnancy Care, Labor Support, Postpartum Care, and Pain Management, has interviewed birth professional experts all over the world and is sharing these exclusive interviews online at no cost to you.

Current line up of expert speakers:

  1. Penny Simkin – Author, Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Birth Counselor
  2. April Bolding – Women’s Health Physical Therapist, Author, Doula
  3. Marie Mongan – Director of the Hypnobirthing Institute
  4. Debra Pascali Bonaro – Creator of Pain to Power Online Childbirth Classes and  “Orgasmic Birth” documentary
  5. Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova– Founder of Birth Into Being and Creator of “Birth As We Know It” documentary
  6. Gena Kirby – All things Rebozo
  7. Gail Tully – Founder of Spinning Babies
  8. Jen Kamel – Founder of VBAC Facts
  9. LaQuitha Glass – ICAN President
  10. Robin Elise Weiss – President of Lamaze International
  11. Laura Uplinger – Educator for Conscious Conception and Birthing
  12. Lorne R. Campbell – Public Speaker and Hypnobirthing Advocate
  13. Nekole Malia Shapiro – Sex and Birth Educator
  14. Ana Paula Markel – Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula Trainer
  15. Sarah Buckley – Medical Doctor, Physician, Author of Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering
  16. Patrick Houser – Fathers, New Family Author, Educator, Speaker, and Coach
  17. Ginger Breedlove – President of American College of Nurse Midwives
  18. Elliot Berlin – Prenatal chiropractor, Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula, and Filmmaker
  19. Robbie Davis-Floyd – Cultural Anthropologist
  20. Hermine Hayes-Klein – Lawyer and Founder of Human Rights in Childbirth
  21. Brigid Maher – Creator of the Movie “The Mama Sherpas”
  22. Laura Jiménez – Director California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
  23. Courtney Jarecki – Author, Educator, Homebirth Cesarean
  24. Stuart Fischbein – OBGYN specializing in VBAC, Breech and Twin Vaginal Births
  25. Sherri Holley – Homebirth Midwife specializing in VBAC and Breech
  26. Nancy Wainer – Homebirth Midwife and Author of Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
  27. Connie Livingston – President of International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
  28. Julie Bonapace – Author of the Bonapace Method
  29. Marice Bittan – Medical Doctor specializing in Women’s Healthcare
  30. Cristen Pascucci – Vice President of ImprovingBirth.org and co-founder of a U.S. legal advocacy network related to childbirth
  31. Sandra Bardsley – President of Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH)
  32. Myrna Martin – Registered Clinical Counselor, Pre and Perinatal Therapist, and Masters in Nursing.
  33. Cathy Daub – President and Founder of BirthWorks International.

Here is the list of topics that have been addressed at the Summit:

 When survivors give birth

  • How to help your client’s find comfort and pleasure in childbirth
  • How to prevent and help your client’s overcome traumatic births
  • How to achieve a natural, calm, comfortable, and intuitive birthing experience
  • How to break the fear-tension-pain cycle in order to prevent long and uncomfortable births
  • Birth rituals in hospitals – How to change the paradigm model to promote a natural and normal physiologic childbirth
  • Understanding the intersection of sex and birth and how the hormone oxytocin plays a vital role from conception to postpartum
  • How to tap into your intuition in order to promote a mindful and positive birth experience.
  • How to promote an easier and more comfortable birth with fetal positioning
  • Comfort measures for childbirth
  • Human rights in childbirth
  • Human values in birth
  • Informed consent for VBACs and Vaginal Breech Birth
  • The dangers of VBAC bans and what you don’t know about placenta accreta
  • How to promote a joyful and positive birth experience as it relates to VBAC and cesarean.
  • Evidenced-based guidelines on what are medically and non-medically necessary interventions for medical inductions, failure to progress, and cesarean births
  • Effective ways to lower disrespect and abuse in childbirth
  • How to encourage closer partner involvement during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period in order to promote better birth outcomes and lower rates of PTSD and postpartum depression
  • How to work collaboratively with medical staff in a hospital setting to promote a safe, natural, and positive birth experience for your clients
  • Hormonal physiology of childbearing and its implications for women, babies and maternity care and how we as birth professionals can promote, support, and protect a normal physiologic childbirth.
  • How fathers make a world of difference – What can dads/partners contribute to the birth experience and what can childbirth professionals do for them.
  • And so much more…

To view my interview with Nicholas Olow on August 8, 2015:

 Click on the link below to claim your spot in The Better Birth 360 World Summit:       

www.BetterBirth360.com/cathy-daub-3

Please don’t delay because the interviews will be available at no cost to you until Aug 12, 2015. 

After Aug 12, 2015, the interviews will be available for rental or purchase.

Looking forward to seeing you at the summit…

With Love,

Cathy Daub

www. birthworks.org

 

 

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Breastfeeding; Not So Pure And Simple

This is a wonderful article written by one our our BirthWorks Educators and Trainers, Joan-e Rapine. This article was also published in our newsletter, vol. 7 issue 3.

Breasfeeding – Not So Pure & Simple
Excerpts from a paper on Beyond the Breast-Bottle Controversy by Penny Van Esterik (Rutgers, 1989)
By Joan-e Rapine, CCE

The breast-bottle controversy goes far beyond boycotting a product or its manufacturer.
In her book Beyond the Breast-Bottle Controversy, Penny Van Esterik examines the
controversy from every possible angle and brings up many points to consider, such as the
environment in which many women live, medicalization of infant feeding, turning infant
feeding into a status symbol, and breastfeeding as a feminist issue. As to existing studies,
Van Esterik says: “What is significant is what does not get researched, what questions are
not asked” (16).
It is easy to question people’s choices when they have everything available to them and
all resources at their disposal. However, when people live in poverty with limited
resources, if any at all, questioning their decisions would be unfair and inappropriate.
Many people, especially in developing countries, have no choices available to them.
There are women who breastfeed because that’s the only choice they have, while others
‘choose’ not to because of physical and emotional constraints. I have seen families living
in the streets of Lima, Peru – a mother sitting on a dirty old tarp, selling lemons, while
her children take turns at her breast. Children as old as nine or ten were nursing,
probably the only ‘meal’ available to them that day. That mother may have had no choice
but to breastfeed when her babies were born; she most likely could not afford not to. On
the other hand, there are women who have to earn a living and cannot afford to stay with
their babies and breastfeed (I am referring to women, in developing and developed
countries, who will die of starvation if they do not earn a living). There are also women
who are so malnourished, due to poverty, that they are unable to produce milk. All of
these situations are not a matter of choice, but harsh realities of many women around the
world. Some women live in such inhumane conditions, that they lack the spirit it takes to
protect their infants and do what is best for them. As Van Esterik wrote: “The cold,
damp mountain air blows through the flimsy walls of the shack, chilling Rosa’s body and
soul and reducing her will to struggle for her infant sons ” (36).
Although technically countries are separately governed, they are part of the “world
system” (55-63), which Van Esterik describes as a “unified hierarchical system” (55). As
long as economy and politics continue to influence all parts of the world, breastfeeding
mothers will face many challenges in their decision-making. “Certainly, …women have
some choices as to how they participate in the world system, but they cannot choose not
to participate in it” (62).
One of the world system’s effects is that women living in poverty are not only influenced
by their poor living conditions, but by the aid they receive. When I lived in Guatemala I
helped distribute the monthly shipment of food aid, which provided the local ‘poor’
villagers with powdered milk and refined flour, sugar and rice. Not only are these foods
traditionally not used in Guatemala, they provide no nutritional value and may contribute
to weakened immunity and disease. Nursing mothers were the main target of this aid and
many accepted the food articles, believing them to be healthier than their own traditional
rice (unrefined) and beans. Ultimately, it was the nursing infants who suffered from their
mothers’ poor nutrition. Other women accepted the food, but did not use it themselves.
Instead, they sold it and used the money to purchase corn, beans, molasses, and
vegetables. It seemed that the more remote the village and the simpler the people lived,
the healthier the choices they made.
Another way the world system affects infant feeding in developing countries is by
allowing companies to advertise formula as the better choice. Most new mothers want
the best for their babies and are easily influenced by advertisements for ‘better’ ways to
care for their babies. Mothers are convinced that formula is superior to breastmilk and,
despite their poverty, they purchase the pricey infant food. Many mothers cannot afford
to buy the formula regularly and ‘stretch’ it to make it last longer by diluting it, which of
course deprives the infant of whatever nourishment formula actually has. In addition,
most families lack the means for proper use of formula, such as clean water, refrigeration
and ways to sanitize the bottles and nipples. I have helped treat many bottle-fed babies,
gravely ill with cholera and a variety of parasites whose mothers used unserilized water.
When those mothers were asked to their reasons for not breastfeeding, they usually
replied that they wanted to be like American mothers. Whether American mothers breast
or bottle-feed is not the issue, but what the formula companies are telling mothers in
developing countries.
In addition to being advertised as a superior infant food, artificial infant foods have also
become a status symbol. Since formula can be costly, only wealthy women would be
able to afford it, so when a mother is seen bottle-feeding her infant, it may be easily
assumed that she is wealthy. She now has status. In addition, with the world becoming
more technological, technology equals advancement. When formula is described as
“scientifically designed” and “developed”, or as “new and modern” (178), women
wanting to be viewed as advanced would choose formula over ‘primitive’ breastfeeding.
New mothers are also very vulnerable and have many fears about their ability, or
inability, to breastfeed successfully. One of their greatest fears seems to be having an
insufficient amount of milk. Formula manufacturers take advantage of this fear and
provide a ‘solution’ in the way of supplementation with formula, which is likely to cause
milk production to decrease. Once the mother’s fear has manifested she becomes very
thankful for the supplementation, unaware that it may have been the cause of the problem
in the first place. This makes “infant formula manufacturers… both the cause and the
cure” (128) for the problem. Even well educated women in western societies fall prey to
this game. They fail to recognize formula as the problem, disguised as the solution.
As technology advanced, doctors became an authority on almost everything, including
childbirth, breastfeeding and childrearing. The medical profession has created a
dependency on medicine and doctors by labeling normal conditions as diseased ones and
then creating medications to correct them (112). Infant feeding, too, has fallen under the
jurisdiction of doctors and has ‘earned’ itself a set of rules and regulations. Mothers are
advised by their doctors on how long and how often they should breastfeed their babies.
Since breastfeeding offers no financial advantage for anyone but the breastfeeding
mother, it is not beneficial to promote it. Unfortunately, the physiological and
psychological benefits do not count when it comes to politics and economy.
I feel that medical doctors have no place in the world of mothers and infants (except for
when true medical assistance is needed). Doctors are trained in treatment of disease, and
pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding are normal processes that do not require
treatment. Mothers need guidance and support through patience and love- things most
doctors are not trained in. When a natural process is portrayed as abnormal or diseased, it
is difficult to see it as anything but that. Furthermore, the medical profession has become
partners with infant formula manufacturers (143). This partnership may not be officially
documented, however, they depend on and promote each other. I find it very disturbing
and have lost my trust in the medical profession.
The decision to breastfeed depends on so many factors – some of which are in the
mother’s control, but many are not. It seems that world economy and politics play the
biggest role, and while well intending individuals and organizations may focus their
attention on the mothers, perhaps global attention is needed. Van Esterik quotes Dr.
Vicente Navarro, Professor of Public Policy, Sociology and Policy Studies: “The greatest
potential for improving the health of our citizens is not primarily through changes in the
behaviors of individuals, but primarily though changes in the patterns of control,
structure, and behaviors of our economic and political system” (150-1). While
breastfeeding is individual and intimate, it is affected by worldwide factors. Our goal
should be “not to have every woman breastfeed her infant, but to create conditions in
individuals, households, communities, and nations so that every women could” (211). We
must begin to question global environment and its effect on what we eat and breathe. We
must also question world economy and the effect that greed has on our future.
When evaluating the breast-bottle controversy it’s easy to get lost in statistics and facts.
However, breastfeeding is a very personal choice and may not always be easily explained
in a scientific factual way. Women “may well find they have no words, models, or
metaphors for expressing this intimate power” (107). This may render the whole issue of
breastfeeding difficult to study on a scientific level because one must rely on truths that
may not be supported by facts. When examining breastfeeding it is important to keep in
mind that “there’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the
truth” (Maya Angelou), and as Van Esterik has conveyed so well in her book, there are
many truths to breastfeeding.