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Connie Livingston
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I'm continuing to review some of the most talked about topics of 2016.  In the next few blogs, titled "Year in Review", I will share findings, thoughts and resources for you, the birth professional, as well as resources for your clients.  If there is a topi...

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Year in Review: Elective Induction of Labor
Today I begin a review of the most talked about topics of 2016.  In the next few blogs, titled "Year in Review", I will share findings, thoughts and resources for you, the birth professional, as well as resources for your clients.  If there is a topic you w...

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Certification as a Childbirth Educator or Doula – Yes or No?
There is much controversy around training and certification as a
childbirth educator and doula.  Which
organization shall I choose?  Is
certification even necessary?  Will
certification make a different to my clients? 
How will certification benefit me? All...

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What is Informed Decision Making?
One of the main constructs on which I have based my entire
career, is informed decision making or informed consent.  What that means to me as a nurse, childbirth
educator and doula is that I will, to the best of my ability, give to my
client(s) understandab...

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The Importance of ACOG's New Hydrotherapy Opinion: November 2016
Available now in pre-release
online, ACOG's update on their April 2014 Opinion on Hydrotherapy contains some
interesting and impactful aspects.  Here is a synopsis of the November
2016 Opinion Update. ACOG states that hydrotherapy/water immersion is advisab...

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The World Council on Birth
The World Council on Birth is one of the most prestigious organizations we've ever seen.  Shortly after it's inception, representatives from all of the leading maternity nursing, childbirth education, doula, lactation, midwifery and physician organizations ...

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What the Lancet has to say about TLTL and TMTS
Acronyms have become a part of our culture, especially with texting. LOL, ICYMI, and others are part of our new vernacular.  However, two new acronyms were introduced on September 15, 2016 by the Lancet : TLTL and TMTS.  Here's what authors Miller et al had...

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Discussing the New WHO Standards for Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Health Facilities - Trying to Address the Flaws in the System
In a welcome response to the stagnate reduction in maternal/infant morbidity/mortality as well as a response to the quality of care that contributes to maternal/infant morbidity/mortality, the World Health Organization has created the new global document, "...

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Being Creative in Marketing Your Business – It’s a Jungle Out There!
Marketing a small business is so different from marketing
just ten years ago!  Technology has grown
by leaps and bounds and has changed the landscape of marketing dramatically.
Marketing in 2016 needs to include not only print media (business cards, print
a...

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The Top 12 Evidence-Based Resources for Birth Professionals
With social media feeding information to our clients like a
fire hose, it can be overwhelming for birth professionals (childbirth
educators, doulas, lactation consultants) to discern all of the information and
change curriculum or visit information to addre...
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