Annual Conference - DONA International

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Annual Conference - DONA International

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about all workshops before

and after the conference

15th

Annual

Conference

Atlanta, Georgia

August 6-9, 2009


DONA International is an international association of doulas who are trained

to provide the highest quality birth and postpartum support to childbearing

women and their families. DONA International is a non-profit organization

that was founded in 1992 as Doulas of North America (DONA).

We are excited to host the 15th Annual DONA International Conference in Atlanta,

Georgia. The Conference Committee has worked hard to design an invigorating and

dynamic program that will help each participant return home energized to support

childbearing women and their families.

Everyone is invited: birth doulas, postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, nurses,

midwives, doctors, massage therapists, lactation consultants, parent educators, social

workers and all others with an interest in birthing and postpartum families.

At this conference we offer you the opportunity to learn from and mingle with many

distinguished speakers and authors. You can learn new skills, network with new and

experienced doulas and other professionals, renew old friendships and make new ones.

Last but not least…our conferences are FUN!

You give to others all year; give yourself the treat that you deserve.

CONTENTS

General Session Speakers 3

Concurrent session speakers 4

hotel accommodations 5

Pre-conference workshops 6-7

conference agenda 8-11

birth doula & trainer workshops 12-13

Postpartum doula & trainer workshops 14-15

conference details 16

registration form/Fees 17-18

atlanta attractions 19

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

debbie young, Iowa

President Elect

susan toffolon, Florida

Treasurer

kirsten rohl, New York

Director of Education

OPEN

Director of Certification

brenda lane, Maryland

Director of Postpartum

Jacqueline Kelleher, Pennsylvania

Director of Publications

Sunday Tortelli, Ohio

Conference Director

Nicole Wocelka, Minnesota

Director of Int’l Development

nicole heidbreder, New York

Director of Membership Support

yana katzap-nackman, California

Director of Public Relations

stefanie antunes, Ontario

Multi-Cultural Director

michelle-nicholle calareso, Colorado

REGIONAL DIRECTORS

Northeastern US

natashia fuksman, New York

Southern US

Jennifer Rokeby-Mayeux, Arkansas

Midwestern US

Dani Johnson, Ohio

Southwestern US

Cindy Hodges, Texas

Western Pacific US

heathergail lovejoy, California

Eastern Canada

julia macneil, Ontario

Western Canada

Jalana Grant, British Columbia

Mexico/International

open

Founders

Annie Kennedy, Washington

dr. John Kennell, Ohio

dr. Marshall Klaus, California

Phyllis Klaus, California

Penny Simkin, Washington

2009

conference committee

Committee Members

susan busch, Ohio

Jalana grant, British Columbia

yana katzap-nackman, California

jacqueline kelleher, Pennsylvania

Julia MacNeil, Ontario

Rosemary Mason, California

patricia predmore, New York

susan toffolon, Florida

sunday tortelli, Ohio

Nicolle Uban, Minnesota

nicole wocelka, Minnesota

debbie young, Iowa

Conference Registrar

Amy Traylor, Indiana

DONA international home office

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general session speakers

Amy Gilliland, MS, CD(DONA)

Madison, Wisconsin

Ms. Gilliland has a degree in Human

Development and Family Studies from

the University of Wisconsin-Madison

and is currently completing her doctoral

dissertation in the same field. She also

has a graduate certificate in prenatal and

perinatal psychology from St. Mary’s

University of Minnesota. She is the author

of several journal articles focusing on doula

care, communication and women’s sexual

experiences. A DONA certified doula,

approved doula trainer, retired La Leche

League Leader and AASECT certified adult

sexuality educator, Amy is a psychology

professor at Madison Area Technical College.

Susan M. Ludington-Hoe,

RN, CNM, PhD, FAAN

Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Ludington is a nurse midwife and the

Walters Professor of Pediatric Nursing

at Case Western Reserve University. She

began Kangaroo Care studies in 1988 and

continues doing so today. She wrote the

book, Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can

Do to Help Your Preterm Infant in 1993

and most recently she wrote the National

Clinical Guidelines for Kangaroo Care with

Preterm Infants for the United States. She

is a founding member of the International

Network of Kangaroo Mother Care and

recently received the Excellence in Research

Award from the National Association of

Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal

Nurses for her Kangaroo Care studies.

Shafia M. Monroe, CM, BA

Portland, Oregon

Ms. Monroe holds a BA in sociology, is

a certified midwife, childbirth educator,

doula trainer, health activist and founder/

president of the International Center

for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), the

nation’s first Black midwifery training,

breastfeeding promotion and capacity

building non-profit organization in

Portland, OR. She founded Sistah Midwife

International, a culturally competent

training, networking and infant mortality

prevention company and authored the

Black Midwives and Prenatal Providers

Directory-Essential Recipes and Words of

Wisdom for Expecting and New Parents.

Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP

Dana Point, California

Dr. Sears is a board certified pediatrician

in private practice with his father, Dr. Bill

Sears. “Dr. Bob,” as his little patients like

to call him, received his medical degree

in 1995 from Georgetown University

and completed his pediatric training at

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 1998.

He is a co-author of six books so far in the

Sears Parenting Library. His latest and first

solo work, The Vaccine Book — Making the

Right Decision for Your Child, highlights

his passion for providing America’s parents

with a fair and objective look at childhood

vaccines. Other works include The

Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood, Father’s

First Steps, The Baby Book, The Premature

Baby Book, and The Baby Sleep Book. Dr.

Bob is the proud father of three boys, ages

16, 13 and 7. In his spare time Dr. Bob

speaks at parenting conferences throughout

the US and is the chief editor and writer for

AskDrSears.com and TheVaccineBook.com.

Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)

Seattle, Washington

Ms. Simkin is a physical therapist, childbirth

educator, certified birth doula, birth doula

trainer and DONA Birth Doula Mentor. She

is a Founder of Doulas of North America

(DONA International) and an international

speaker and author of numerous articles

and books, including Pregnancy, Childbirth

and the Newborn, The Birth Partner, The

Labor Support Handbook and When

Survivors Give Birth.

Sharon Storton, MA, CLE, CCHT,

LMFT

Campbell, California

Ms. Storton is the director of Solace for

Mothers, an organization to support women

after traumatic childbearing experiences,

a marriage and family therapist and a

perinatal specialist and educator dedicated

to improving the childbearing experience

for women and their families. Her areas of

special interest are perinatal mental health,

as well as trauma and burnout recovery.

She holds a master’s degree in counseling

psychology with numerous certifications

in this field. Ms. Storton received the

2008 Drs. Klaus and Kennell Founders’

Award in recognition for her outstanding

contributions to maternity care.

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concurrent session speakers

Suzanne Arms, BA

Bayfield, Colorado

Author of Immaculate Deception, director of the nonprofit

organization, Birthing the Future, internationally acclaimed

speaker, author, photojournalist, visionary and activist.

Eva Bild, MA, CD(DONA), LCCE

Victoria, British Columbia

Chilbirth educator, DONA certified birth doula and

approved doula trainer, breastfeeding counselor.

Patty Brennan, BA, CD(DONA),

PCD(DONA)

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Director of the Center for the Childbearing

Year, founder and former Director for the

Doulas Care Program, grant writer and

March of Dimes (Southeast Michigan Chapter)

Community Grants Distribution Committee

member, DONA certified birth and postpartum

doula and approved doula trainer.

Marjorie Greenfield, MD

Cleveland, Ohio

Board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Associate Professor at

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland,

Ohio, author of Dr. Spock’s Pregnancy Guide and The Working

Woman’s Pregnancy Book, research doula in 1979 for Drs. Klaus

and Kennell.

Sarah Hannibal, MSSEd, CD, IAT-D

Doha, Qatar

ICEA certified doula and doula trainer.

Marilyn Hildreth, RN, IBCLC, CD(DONA),

LCCE, FACCE, ICCE, IAT-CE-D, ICD

Brookings, South Dakota

ICEA and DONA approved birth doula trainer, ICEA basic

teacher training workshops instructor, over 30 years experience in

maternal-child nursing.

Marshall Klaus, MD

Berkeley, California

Professor of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco;

co-author: Bonding, The Doula Book, Your Amazing Newborn,

DONA International Founder.

Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW

Berkeley, California

Psychotherapist, social worker; co-author: Bonding, The Doula

Book, Your Amazing Newborn, When Survivors Give Birth,

video: The Amazing Talents of the Newborn, DONA International

Founder.

Miriam Maslin, Certified Birth Assistant,

Associate Polarity Therapist

Jerusalem, Israel

Doula and international workshop facilitor from Israel who

incorporates Polarity Therapy (a system of energy/holistic healing)

into her work.

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE

Madison, Alabama

Certified Family Life Educator and parenting

consultant, former teacher of children with

disabilities, La Leche League Leader, co-founder

of Attachment Parenting International,

co-author of Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven

Principles for Raising Connected and

Compassionate Children.

Nasima Pfaffl, MA

Melbourne, Florida

Sociologist, co-chair, Grassroots Advocates

Committee for the Coalition for Improving Maternity

Services (CIMS), member of the CIMS Board of Directors.

Teri Shilling, MS, CD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC

Mount Vernon, Washington

Director of Passion for Birth, a childbirth educator training

program, creator of the Idea Box for the Creative and Interactive

Childbirth Educator, DONA certified birth doula and approved

doula trainer, past president of Lamaze International.

Nancy Sinclair, LCSW

Chicago, Illinois

Trainer and Program Development Specialist at Ounce of

Prevention Fund’s Parents Too Soon division.

Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor

Lafayette, Colorado

AAP/AHA/Neonatal Resuscitation Program instructor, founder

of The Midwifery Management of Neonatal Resuscitation, midwife

and clinical director at Maternidad La Luz Birth Center.

Jan Tedder, BSN, CS, FNP

Durham, North Carolina

Family nurse practitioner, certified in Brazelton’s NBAS and

Touchpoints programs, developed The HUG program.

Nick Wechsler, MA

Chicago, Illinois

Assistant Director of Program Development for the Ounce of

Prevention Fund, infant specialist, co-author of the book, Teenagers

and Their Babies: A Perinatal Home Visitor’s Guide and contributor

to the book, Beacon of Hope: The Promise of Early Head Start for

America’s Children.

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hotel accommodations

The Westin Peachtree Plaza

Atlanta, Georgia

T

he 2009 DONA International Conference will be held at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in the heart of central downtown

Atlanta, conveniently located near the new Georgia Aquarium—the world’s largest aquarium, Atlantic Station—Atlanta’s

new retail and entertainment district, Imagine It—Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Coca-Cola Museum, Turner Field—

home of the Atlanta Braves, as well as many great restaurants, nightclubs and stores on Peachtree Street. The Westin

Peachtree Plaza offers a state of the art workout gym, an indoor-outdoor 11 th floor pool with a dramatic retractable curved glass roof

and a business center. The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, a tri-level complex featuring a revolving restaurant and lounge, offers

dramatic, panoramic views of Atlanta. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each guestroom provide even more fantastic views of downtown

Atlanta and surrounding attractions, along with signature comfort and amenities, including high-speed Internet access, the Westin

Heavenly ® Bed and marble Heavenly Bath ® .

Conference Room Rate

$160.00 USD* per night for single/double/triple/quad

Standard hotel tax and service rates are not included in this rate.

*Conference room rates for dates three days before and after

the conference are based on room availability. On-site parking

is available at $23 per day for valet parking and $19 plus tax per

day for self-parking.

Reservations should be made EARLY!

Make your reservations on-line by visiting

DONA International’s personalized event information and

reservation site at

http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/res

ervationid=0902067700&key=9372C

or by contacting

The Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peach Street

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Phone: (800) WESTIN1 (937-8461)

Ask for Reservations and request the group rate for

DONA International

Deadline for the special conference group rate is

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, subject to availability.

Please book early as rooms held for DONA International may be

sold out before that date.

The hotel is located about 8.5 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta Link provides shuttle

service from the airport at $16.50 per person one way.

Call (404) 524-3400 or visit the web site at

http://www.theatlantalink.com/airmap.htm. MARTA (Metropolitan

Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) also provides service from the

airport to a station one block from the hotel. Visit the web site at

http://www.itsmarta.com/ for scheduling information.

Have a question about the conference

Call Amy Traylor at (888) 788-DONA (3662)

or e-mail Registrar@DONA.org

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pre-conference programs august 5-6, 2009

A. Use of TENS in Labor for Birth Doulas

Thursday, August 6, 2009 — 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.)

A

novel way of relieving pain in childbirth involves Faculty

the use of a TENS unit—transcutaneous electrical Debbie Young, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), LCCE is a certified

nerve stimulation—commonly used during labor birth and postpartum doula and approved trainer with DONA

by women in Great Britain and Sweden. In the International, a Lamaze certified childbirth educator and the

US, TENS units have been used for years by physical therapists current president of DONA International. She has been working

with birthing and postpartum families for over 20 years.

in their rehabilitation of injured patients. TENS can

make a woman more comfortable in labor by using

electrical stimulation to increase the release of Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

the body’s natural pain-relieving substances (Fees listed here are for the US, see the Registration Form for

and by blocking the nerve pathways that information on adjustments based on the International Fee

Group Index.)

cause labor pain. Obstetric TENS has been

DONA INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS:

found to be an effective technique for

Postmarked by June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $60

pain control in over 80 percent of births, Postmarked after June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $75

especially for back pain in labor, and has no

The registration deadline is July 6, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

known harmful effects to mother or baby. *To cancel this Use of TENS in Labor for Birth Doulas Workshop

Learn to use TENS with your clients, how to registration and receive a partial refund, a written request

explain its use, how to apply it and when it is must be postmarked by July 20, 2009 and sent to the DONA

and is not recommended. Add this new tool to International Home Office at P.O. Box 626, Jasper, IN 47547. A

cancellation fee of $30 will be retained on all refund requests for

your birth bag for even more options for your clients.

this program. No refunds will be issued for requests postmarked

after July 20, 2009.

Prerequisite

DONA member

Objectives

• Describe theories explaining the physiological mechanisms of

pain relief with TENS

• Discuss research findings on pain relief, safety, and women’s

satisfaction with TENS during labor

• Demonstrate the proper application of TENS

• List the parts of a TENS unit

• Describe the physical sensations caused by TENS

• Discuss precautions and reasons for these precautions with

the use of TENS

• Describe the requirements for DONA certification in the use of

TENS

• Discuss a step-by-step protocol for the implementation of

TENS by the doula

Continuing Education

Application has been made for continuing education contact

hours for this pre-conference program to the Indiana State

Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing

education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s

Commission on Accreditation. It is the responsibility of the

individual registrant to ascertain whether this offering meets

Board of Nursing rules of mandatory continuing education in

the registrant’s state or province. This pre-conference program

qualifies as formal continuing education for doula recertification

and trainer reapproval with DONA International. Many

organizations and agencies accept DONA International and

nursing association continuing education towards licensing and/

or certification or recertification; however, you must check with

the individual agency or organization for confirmation.

B. Lamaze Childbirth

Educator Workshop

Wednesday and Thursday,

August 5-6, 2009 — 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Do you want to add “dynamic, inspirational childbirth

educator” to your list of skills Become part of

Passion for Birth, a Lamaze-accredited Childbirth

Educator Training Program. Led by Teri Shilling,

MS, CD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC, the workshop will build on your

doula skills to become an evidenced-based, interactive childbirth

educator with a highly regarded certification by Lamaze

International. This Lamaze Childbirth Educator Workshop has

been specifically designed as a conference companion. Both

the workshop and the conference must be attended. There

are discounts on the workshop and conference fees for early

registration and for members of DONA International.

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august 5-6, 2009 pre-conference programs

The Workshop

The workshop is for anyone interested in becoming an effective

childbirth educator. This workshop is one step on the path

to becoming a Lamaze certified childbirth educator. Contact

hours are available for nursing and Lamaze childbirth education,

which may also be applied towards recertification with DONA

International.

During the workshop, the focus will be on the following

competencies of a childbirth educator:

• Promoting the childbearing experience as a normal, natural

and healthy process which profoundly affects women and

their families

• Assisting women and their families to discover and to use

strategies to facilitate normal, natural and healthy pregnancy,

birth, breastfeeding and early parenting

• Helping women and their families to understand how

complications and interventions influence the normal course

of labor and birth

• Providing information and support that encourages

attachment behavior between babies and families

• Assisting women and their families to make informed

decisions for childbearing

• Acting as an advocate to promote normal, natural, healthy and

fulfilling childbirth experiences for women and their families

• Designing, teaching and evaluating a course in Lamaze

preparation that increases a woman’s confidence and ability

to give birth

The Steps to Becoming a

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator

This workshop is one step in a process. Open to experienced or

new childbirth educators, it is assumed that those attending will

have completed a series of childbirth education classes as an

observer and attended at least three births.

Participants who have not taught at least 144 hours of childbirth

classes or who are not midwives or midwifery students, upon

the completion of the seminar, will create a course design,

teach with a mentor and complete the Lamaze International

Study Guide and the Passion for Birth Learning Task Journal

before taking the Lamaze International certification exam.

(More information is available at www.lamaze.org and

www.passionforbirth.com.) Experienced educators, midwives

and midwifery students will be eligible to take the Lamaze

certification exam after completing the workshop. The Learning

Task Journal, Lamaze Study Guide and the certification exam are

available at additional costs. Information is available on the web

sites and will be sent upon your registration.

Recommended Resource Books

The following texts are recommended. Some can be purchased

through the DONA Boutique on the DONA International web

site at www.DONA.org or through the Lamaze Media Center at

www.lamaze.org:

The Official Lamaze Guide—Giving Birth with Confidence by

Lothian and Devries (2005)

Childbirth Education: Practice, Research and Theory (second

edition) by Nichols and Humenick (2000)

A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Enkin,

et al (2000)

The Labor Progress Handbook by Simkin and Ancheta (2005)

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Newman and

Pitman (2000)

Your Amazing Newborn by Klaus and Klaus (1998)

Prepared Childbirth—the Educator’s Guide by Amis and Green

(2005)

Midwifery: Community Based Care during the Childbearing Year

by Walsh (2001)

Location and Schedule

The workshop takes place at The Westin Peachtree Plaza before

and as a part of the DONA International Conference. Conference

room rates are available for workshop attendees. Make your

room reservations directly with the hotel. See page 5 for details.

Workshop Times

Wednesday, August 5 — 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 6 — 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Plus DONA International Conference dates and times. There will

be a brief gathering at the completion of the DONA International

Conference for awarding certificates and completing evaluations.

Please note this when making travel arrangements.

Trainer

Teri Shilling, MS, CD(DONA), LCCE, IBCLC directs Passion for

Birth, a childbirth educator training program and created the

Idea Box for the Creative and Interactive Childbirth Educator.

She is a DONA approved birth doula trainer and past president

of Lamaze International. Join her on her mission to stomp out

boring childbirth education around the world!

Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

(Fees listed here are for the US, see the Registration Form for

information on adjustments based on the International Fee

Group Index.)

DONA INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS:

Postmarked by June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $250

Postmarked after June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $300

NON-MEMBERS:

Postmarked by June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $300

Postmarked after June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $350

Included in the fee are continental breakfast and beverages

on Wednesday and Thursday. Registration is limited to 15

participants and the workshop is expected to fill early. You must

register for these two required Concurrent Sessions on

the conference registration form: 101—From Crowning to

First Latch: Integrating Research, Realities and the Doula Role

and 301—The Big Squeeze: Doulas Designing and Delivering

Individualized Childbirth Education. You are also required to

attend all six conference General Sessions. Within three

weeks of receipt of your registration form, you will be sent

written confirmation of your registration.

The registration deadline is July 6, 2009 at

5:00 p.m. (EST). *To cancel your registration and receive

a partial refund, a written request to the DONA International

Home Office must be postmarked by July 20, 2009. No refunds

will be given for requests postmarked after July 20, 2009. A

non-refundable processing fee of $50 will be retained in all cases

for each workshop fee refund request.

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2009 conference agenda August 6–9, 2009

Conference Objectives

• Evaluate methods used to provide birth and postpartum support and educate the community about the role of the doula

• Describe practices that are effective in motivating, nurturing and educating birth and postpartum support professionals

• Network with other professionals who provide support for childbearing families

Thursday, August 6, 2009

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Friday, August 7, 2009

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Conference Opening

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

General Session One

Honoring the Spirit and Traditions of Doulas: Embracing

Diversity among Women Care Givers

Presented by Shafia M. Monroe

Be inspired to embrace ethnic and racial diversity by honoring

your own spiritual and traditional uniqueness! Learn how to

increase diversity in the field of doula support so that there can

truly be a doula for every woman who wants one.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)

101—From Crowning to First Latch: Integrating Research,

Realities and the Doula Role

Presented by Teri Shilling

Clarifying and communicating the priorities and preferences

for this vulnerable time is important. Review the research and

the options on everything from counting to ten or waiting for

the cord to stop pulsating, to discovering the baby’s sex and

facilitating the breast crawl/self-latch.

102—Part 1: Give The HUG: An Innovative Approach

to Explaining Newborn Behavior to Expectant and

New Parents

Presented by Jan Tedder

Using innovative and family-friendly language, The HUG gives

doulas skills for understanding and explaining newborn behavior

to young parents. Learn about newborn “Zones” and “SOSs” to

boost parents’ confidence, improve sleep, facilitate breastfeeding

and enhance parent-child bonding.

103—In the Ways of Our Grandmothers

Presented by Shafia M. Monroe

During this interactive session to honor the wise ways of

our grandmothers, we will create a tribute to their strength,

remember their legacy of wisdom and healing to enhance our

skills as doulas, learn to incorporate this wisdom and celebrate

with music and dance.

104—Welcome to My Home

Presented by Marilyn Hildreth

Learn the secrets of a typical hospital Labor and Delivery Unit

through the eyes of an experienced nurse and birth doula. What

are the unwritten rules of conduct Discover the best way to

promote communication between hospital caregivers and foster

a team approach for an optimal birth experience for mothers,

babies and their families.

105—How a Doula Can Help a Mother Take Advantage of

the Sensitive Period

Presented by Marshall Klaus

The major findings of a Russian study showed that early skinto-skin

contact from 30 to 120 minutes after birth or early

breastfeeding could elicit infant self-regulation, a calm baby and

a mother more interested in the infant versus a more irritable

infant and less dyadic mutuality in the controls at one year.

106—The Mother-Baby: Love, Bonding and the Roots of a

Thriving Society

Presented by Suzanne Arms

The mother-baby is a unique biological system, resilient yet

vulnerable. Recent scientific evidence and ancient wisdom show

us the lifelong impact of the mother-baby bond, starting at

conception. What is a healthy mother-baby bond and why must

we protect and support it

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August 6–9, 2009 2009 conference agenda

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

General Session Two

Birth Trauma: Lessons from Solace for Mothers

Presented by Sharon Storton

Solace for Mothers is an innovative network for women, families

and birth professionals to support those who have experienced

childbirth as traumatic. The past year has offered many hardwon

lessons taught by mothers themselves on the origins, the

experience and the path to healing from traumatic childbirth.

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)

201—Breastfeeding: A Partnership

Presented by Eva Bild

This session will examine the breastfeeding partnership between

the breasts, the baby and the mother and their developmental

stages. The role of each partner and their specific needs for

support will be examined as well as how the doula can be the

supportive fourth partner.

202—Part 2: Using The HUG with Young Families—

A Skill-Building Workshop

Presented by Jan Tedder

Participants will have the opportunity to practice The HUG skills

discussed in Part 1 by watching and analyzing videos, engaging

in role-playing, examining real-life case studies and learning

three HUG strategies to foster the parent-provider relationship

to enhance parent learning and confidence.

203—The Seduction of Induction

Presented by Penny Simkin

The prospect of controlling the timing of birth appeals to

pregnant women, their families, and caregivers (and even

doulas, in some ways!), so there is little resistance when

induction is suggested. Penny will review how labor is normally

started by the fetus, the differences between elective and

indicated inductions, the non-medical and medical ways that are

used to induce labor, psychological responses to induction, and

the doula’s role.

204—How Obstetricians Think: Barriers to Evidence-

Based Family-Centered Practice

Presented by Marjorie Greenfield

Doctors take pride in practices guided by scientific evidence, and

evidence is available to support many family-centered low tech

approaches. So why aren’t these practices universally followed

Learn about the training and beliefs of obstetricians so you can

improve your counseling, communication and advocacy.

205—Recognizing and Healing Birth Trauma and

Burnout in Birth Professionals

Presented by Sharon Storton

Our doula spirit can leave us prone to trauma and burnout.

Learn to recognize the signs of growing burnout, outright

trauma and mood imbalances in yourself and colleagues and

discover the keys to maintain health, joy and passion in your

calling to support women during childbirth and after.

206—Integrating Self-Hypnosis with Other Pain Relief

Methods

Presented by Phyllis Klaus

Learn how self-hypnosis can be integrated with other nonpharmacological

methods of pain relief in childbirth to reduce

fear, release tension, build confidence and enhance labor. In

this session, we will explore how the brain and its sensory/

hormonal/neurological connections are activated using imagery

and self-hypnosis to enhance labor coping skills.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

DONA International Membership Meeting

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sharing Circles

Take the opportunity to gather and casually share your thoughts,

ideas, joys and challenges with each other. DONA Trainers will

meet between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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2009 conference agenda August 6–9, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

General Session Three

Vaccines: Making an Educated Decision for Your Child

Presented by Robert W. Sears

Dr. Sears will review the pros and cons of each childhood

vaccine. He will also highlight vaccine recommendations

for newborns as well as new moms and dads and educate

labor support personnel on how to advise parents who aren’t

comfortable with the standard vaccine recommendations.

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)

301—The Big Squeeze: Doulas Designing and Delivering

Individualized Childbirth Education

Presented by Teri Shilling

Trying to squeeze 12 hours of typical childbirth education into

a couple of hours for your clients Discover how to adapt the

Johari Window into an effective tool to design super-effective,

confidence-building education for your clients whether replacing

traditional childbirth classes, debriefing with clients after attending

fear-based classes, or adding hands-on skills to a short class.

302—Healing the Doula: Recovering From Our Clients’

Losses and Disappointments

Presented by Miriam Maslin

Not every woman is happy with her birth process or outcome.

Dreams are often unfulfilled. Not only are these challenges for

our clients, but for us as their doulas. Through the use of stories,

meditations and spiritual teachings, you will find your healing

path. By engaging in our own journeys, we can become a

source of light to all of those around us.

303—Attachment Parenting: The Science behind the Style

Presented by Robert W. Sears

Dr. Sears will discuss the scientific evidence that supports an

attached approach to parenting, how parent-infant interaction

is crucial to stimulating motor and intellectual development, and

how professionals can help encourage, support, and educate

new parents to bring out the responsive parent within them.

304—Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth

Survey--Getting the Word Out!

Presented by Nasima Pfaffl

The Birth Survey can help empower doula clients to make more

informed choices about where and with whom to birth. Come learn

how doulas and other advocates can get involved in this project

and make The Birth Survey a vibrant resource in your community.

305—Safe Sleep: How Location Affects Breastfeeding

Presented by Lysa Parker

This session explores the biological and cultural influences on

infant sleep, what constitutes safe sleep for infants and how

bedsharing increases breastfeeding success. Doulas will gain

information, recommendations and resources to help support

their clients.

306—Part 1: How the Miraculous Transition of Birth

Occurs—Inside to Outside

Presented by Karen H. Strange

This session provides an explanation and demonstration of

transitional physiology for babies by understanding how hospital

procedures impact the transition. Help your clients to know

what an “interruption” is, what to fight for in the hospital and

how to support a family through the transition period.

Founders’ Awards Luncheon

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

General Session Four

Birth Kangaroo Care and Beyond: The Science

of the Hormones, Pain Control, Hypoglycemia,

Thermoregulation and Breastfeeding

Presented by Susan M. Ludington-Hoe

This session will present the process of Kangaroo Care

beginning at birth, emphasizing the science that informs one

about physiologic control of hormones, thermoregulation,

prevention of hypoglycemia, maternal pain and shivering

control, and facilitation of breastfeeding when Birth Kangaroo

Care is given to all healthy infants.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)

401—Doulaing the Pregnant and Laboring Father

Presented by Amy Gilliland

The cultural expectations of father participation during

childbirth often runs in opposition to a man’s emotional needs.

Understanding the history of partner participation in the

labor room, what research on men’s needs reveals and male

communication styles can help increase the doula’s effectiveness

prenatally and during labor. Using case studies and small group

discussion, this session will touch on communication skills as

well as the emotional skills of compassion and understanding.

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402—Are You Wearing That to the Birth

Presented by Sarah Hannibal

Learn specific cultural needs for providing labor support to

Muslim women highlighting modesty, religious dress, birth

traditions and the role of the father and extended family,

including examples of appropriate hospital garb and an

open discussion of the Muslim faith and its traditions in

respect to childbirth.

403—From Dream to Reality: How to Write a Winning

Grant Proposal

Presented by Patty Brennan

From identifying funders who are a mission match, through

development of each component of the proposal, this session

is designed to help the fledgling grantwriter avoid common

mistakes. We will focus specifically, though not exclusively,

on securing funding for doula programs. Includes tips

on the dynamics of the grantor/grantee relationship and

budget strategies.

404—Dual Development: Working with Pregnant and

Birthing Teens

Presented by Nancy Sinclair and Nick Wechsler

This interactive session will share knowledge and experiences

gathered from years of working with pregnant and parenting

teenagers addressing adolescent development and its impact on

the pregnancy, birth experience and bonding; how doulas work

with the father of the baby and the teenager’s mother; and the

emotional impact of working with teens.

405—Step-by-Step Birth Kangaroo Care

Presented by Susan M. Ludington-Hoe

The steps involved in successful and safe provision of Kangaroo

Care after normal vaginal births and cesarean births will be

presented, emphasizing issues that may jeopardize optimal

outcomes such as head up or head down position on the

mother. How to get oxygen to the baby while in Kangaroo Care,

and legalities of delaying newborn (thighs and eyes) treatments.

A Birth Kangaroo Care Competency Checklist and skills lab

opportunity conclude the session.

406—Part 2: When Things Do Not Go as Planned—Simple

Tools for Doulas to Support Integration and Healing

Presented by Karen H. Strange

Continuing from Part 1, we will explore the embryological

blueprint embedded in birth, its sequence and the impact of

interruptions in that sequence. Examples will be given of how

babies are communicating with us for healing and how doulas

can support families when things do not go as planned. “Simple

Tools” for healing and making repair regardless of what has

occurred will be presented.

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday Evening Entertainment

An Evening with Deb Gauldin

With laughter and heart, storytelling and song; an evening with

Deb Gauldin is a variety show for the Doula Soul. Join us for an

evening that promises to fill your well as well as entertain. This is

a unique opportunity to recharge and release with an entertainer

and a community that really gets who you are and welcomes you

home. Music and dancing will follow the entertainment.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

General Session Five

The Attachment Needs of the Laboring Woman

Presented by Amy Gilliland

Doula support practices of mothers during labor are complex

processes involving attachment behaviors, therapeutic strategies

and communication skills. Similar to the infant relying on a

caregiver as an attachment figure, the mother relies on the

doula as a secure base during labor. Additionally, the rituals of

labor support set the stage for attunement between doula and

mother, similar to between mother and infant. This research

is significant since it provides a strong theoretical basis of why

doulas are effective.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

General Session Six

Eco-Friendly Birth

Presented by Penny Simkin

Drawing from the language and methods of ecology, Penny will

explore the effects of today’s birth practices on the baby’s first

habitat—the uterus—and his or her next habitat—the mother’s

body and breasts. Looking downstream from birth, Penny

hopes to focus our attention on the recent findings of long-term

implications of such common practices as induction of labor,

cesarean section, epidural analgesia, immediate separation of

mother from baby and lack of breastfeeding. How resilient do

mothers and babies have to be to withstand the disturbances to

their habitat

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Conference Closing

2009 Conference Photo Review

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Traditional Round of Dona Nobis Pacem

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irth doula workshops August 9–12, 2009

Birth Doula Workshop

August 9-11, 2009

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oin other prospective birth doulas and allied health professionals in an intensive doula workshop, featuring DONA

International Birth Doula Mentor Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA). Note that there are discounts on course fees for early

registration and for DONA International members.

The Workshop

The workshop is for anyone interested in assisting women

and their families to have a satisfying birth experience. It uses

texts and supplementary literature, videos, slides, small group

activities, hands-on practice and role-play to develop theoretical

knowledge and practical skills as a doula. Attendance constitutes

one step in the process to become a DONA International

certified birth doula.

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• Describe the significance of birth to women and their families

• Define the role of the birth doula

• Explain the DONA International Scope of Practice and Code of

Ethics for the birth doula

• List benefits of continuous support by a birth doula on

obstetrical and psychological outcomes based on the

research

• Describe the emotional and physical needs of laboring women

and their partners

• Compare specific characteristics of laboring women who are

and are not coping well

• Demonstrate comfort measures and optimal birth positions for

laboring women

• Analyze the birth doula’s role when her client has an epidural

• Describe the birth doula’s role in the prenatal and postpartum

visit

• Describe the birth doula’s role during a cesarean birth

• Describe the birth doula’s role with the family during the

immediate postpartum period

• Discuss the process for DONA International birth doula

certification

Prerequisites for Participants

Childbirth educators, nurses with labor and delivery experience,

midwives or midwifery students and those who have attended

another birth doula workshop have the appropriate experience.

If a participant lacks the above experience, she should prepare

by attending a complete series of childbirth education classes as

an observer, viewing as many birth videos as possible, touring a

hospital labor and delivery unit and reading required texts before

the workshop. If possible, the participant should attend some

births. It is assumed the participants are knowledgeable about

the following:

• Anatomy of the human reproductive system, including the

breasts

• Physiology of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding

• Definitions of common medical terms relating to labor

• Common procedures and tests used during normal birth,

including their risks and benefits

• Pain medication and anesthesia administration and effects

• Cesarean birth indications and procedure

• Normal newborn appearance and procedures

• Basic relaxation techniques, breathing patterns and other

comfort measures for labor

• Benefits of breastfeeding

Required Texts

The following texts should be read prior to attendance and

can be purchased on the DONA International web site at

www.DONA.org through the DONA Boutique:

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2001 edition) by Simkin,

Whalley and Keppler

The Birth Partner (2008 edition) by Simkin

The Doula Book (2002 edition) by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus

Location and Schedule

The workshop will take place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza

immediately following the DONA International conference.

Conference room rates are available for workshop attendees.

Make your room reservations directly with the hotel.

Workshop Times

Sunday, August 9 — 3:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 10 — 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 11 — 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Trainer

Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA) is a registered physical therapist

and childbirth educator. She is a birth doula, a doula trainer and

DONA International Birth Doula Mentor. A Founder of DONA

International, Penny is an internationally known speaker and

well-known author living in Seattle, Washington.

Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

(Fees listed here are for the US, see the Registration Form for

information on adjustments based on the International Fee

Group Index.)

DONA INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS:

Postmarked by June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $300

Postmarked after June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $350

NON-MEMBERS:

Postmarked by June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $350

Postmarked after June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $400

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August 9–12, 2009 birth doula workshops

Included in the fee are beverages and snacks on Sunday

through Tuesday and continental breakfast on Monday and

Tuesday. Also included is the workshop manual. Space is limited

and the workshop is expected to fill early. Register for the Birth

Doula Workshop on the conference registration form. You will

receive written confirmation of your registration.

The registration deadline is July 6, 2009 at

5:00 p.m. (EST). *To cancel your registration and receive

a partial refund, a written request to the DONA International

Home Office must be postmarked by July 20, 2009. No refunds

will be given for requests postmarked after July 20, 2009. A

non-refundable processing fee of $75 will be retained in all cases

for each workshop fee refund request.

Birth Doula Trainer Workshop

August 9-12, 2009

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his workshop will prepare qualified participants to design their own birth doula workshop curriculum and to apply for

DONA International approval.

Workshop Times & Fees

Qualifications

Participants must observe the Birth Doula Workshop on

August 9-11 plus attend the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop on

August 11 (3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) and August 12 (8:00 a.m. –

12:00 p.m.). There will be a brief meeting with the Mentor on

August 9 at 2:30 p.m. Completion of this workshop constitutes

one required step for DONA International approval as a birth

doula trainer. Workshop fees postmarked by June 22, 2009

at 5:00 p.m. (EST) are $425 and after June 22, 2009 at

5:00 p.m. (EST) are $475; this fee includes the birth doula

workshop as well as a continental breakfast on Wednesday.

The cancellation policy is the same as for the Birth Doula

Workshop. Fees listed here are for the US. For information on

adjustments based on the International Fee Group Index, check

www.DONA.org, e-mail info@DONA.org or call the Home Office

at (888) 788-DONA (3662).

You must qualify and be accepted to attend the Birth Doula

Trainer Workshop. A complete list of qualifications/requirements

and the application to attend the Birth Doula Trainer

Workshop can be found on the DONA International web site

at www.DONA.org (click on Professional Development) or by

contacting DONA International at (888) 788-DONA (3662). The

completed application and all required documentation should be

sent to Patricia Predmore, DONA International Education Chair,

P.O. Box 626, Jasper IN 47547, to be received no later than

June 22, 2009.

You will be notified within three weeks whether you are

accepted and can register to attend. Do not register

for the conference before you have been notified if your

conference attendance depends on your acceptance in

the Birth Doula Trainer Workshop.

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postpartum doula workshops August 9–12, 2009

Postpartum Doula Workshop

August 9-12, 2009

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oin other prospective postpartum doulas and allied health professionals in an intensive Postpartum Doula Workshop

with DONA International Postpartum Doula Mentor Susan Martensen, PCD(DONA), CD(DONA). There are discounts

on workshop fees for early registration and for members of DONA International.

The Workshop

The workshop is for anyone interested in assisting families

through the weeks following the birth of a new baby. It uses

texts and an accompanying manual, videos, group discussion,

role modeling, role-play and hands-on practice to develop

theoretical knowledge and practical skills as a postpartum doula.

Attendance constitutes one step in the process to become a

certified postpartum doula with DONA International.

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• Describe findings of research that has been conducted on

tasks included in the definition of a postpartum doula

• List the responsibilities of a postpartum doula

• Define the role of the postpartum doula and how it differs from

that of a baby nurse or mother’s helper

• Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of newborn care

• Describe breastfeeding basics such as latch and good

positioning

• Describe the role of the postpartum doula in breastfeeding

support for the mother and her family

• Describe postpartum mood disorders

• List ways in which the postpartum doula can support both

parents through the experience of postpartum mood

disorders

• Describe coping strategies for parents to use during the

postpartum adjustment period

• Demonstrate knowledge of the postpartum doula’s role as an

educator of both the mother and other family members

• Describe the importance of a thorough knowledge of reliable

resources for referral in a variety of situations

• List the benefits of skin-to-skin contact between parent and

baby

• Describe the doula’s role in facilitating the process of skin-toskin

contact

• List strategies and appropriate situations for using Active

Listening skills

• List physical postpartum changes commonly experienced

by the mother and describe the doula’s role in aiding her

recovery from birth

• List potential situations in which the doula would be supporting

the family through loss and grief, and describe her role

• Describe the doula’s role in integrating a new baby into the

family

• Describe role definition and common interpersonal changes

following the birth of a baby

• Demonstrate knowledge of how the birth experience impacts

the postpartum experience

• Describe the unique needs and role of the doula supporting

families with multiples

• Describe the importance and process of client contact and

administration issues

• Describe the ways a doula may gain credentials

Prerequisites for Participants

Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of the

following:

• Physical and emotional adjustment in the mother after birth

• Newborn characteristics and care

• Breastfeeding basics

• Common breastfeeding difficulties and possible solutions

To be sure participants are adequately prepared for their

Postpartum Doula Workshop the following is required

BEFORE attending the workshop. For details on completing

these prerequisites, please see the DONA International web

site at www.DONA.org or contact DONA International at

(888) 788-DONA (3662).

• Required Reading: From the DONA International required

reading list the participant must have completed readings

from the following categories: Becoming a Mother, The

Newborn and Breastfeeding

• Breastfeeding Preparation: The participant must have

completed at least one of the options before attending the

Postpartum Doula Workshop

The participant should be prepared to present proof of

participation.

Location and Schedule

The workshop takes place at The Westin Peachtree Plaza

immediately following the DONA International conference.

Conference room rates are available for workshop attendees.

Make your room reservations directly with the hotel.

Workshop Times

Sunday, August 9 — 1:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, August 10 — 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 11 — 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 12 — 8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Trainer

Susan Martensen, PCD(DONA), CD(DONA) is a DONA

International Postpartum Doula Program mentor and trainer,

a DONA birth doula trainer and is the DONA Immediate Past

President. Susan has participated in training postpartum and

birth doulas since 1995. She is a founder of LSAR/Doula CARE in

Canada and has served on several hospital and Family-Centered

Maternal/Infant Health committees and doula organization

Boards of Directors, as well as being a published author.

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August 9–12, 2009 postpartum doula workshops

Fees, Registration and Cancellation*

(Fees listed here are for the US, see the Registration Form for

information on adjustments based on the International Fee

Group Index.)

DONA INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS:

Postmarked by June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $350

Postmarked after June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $400

NON-MEMBERS:

Postmarked by June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $400

Postmarked after June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) — $450

Included in the fee are beverages, afternoon snacks, and

continental breakfasts on Monday through Wednesday. Also

included is the workshop manual. Space is limited and the

workshop is expected to fill early. Register for the Postpartum

Doula Workshop on the conference registration form. Within

three weeks of receipt, you will receive written confirmation of

your registration.

The registration deadline is July 6, 2009, 5:00 p.m. (EST).

*To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund, a

written request to the DONA International Home Office must

be postmarked by June 22, 2009. No refunds will be given for

requests postmarked after June 22, 2009. A non-refundable

processing fee of $75 will be retained in all cases for each

workshop fee refund request.

Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop

August 9-12, 2009

T

his workshop will prepare qualified participants to design their own postpartum doula workshop curriculum and to

apply for approval by DONA International.

Workshop Times & Fees

Qualifications

Participants must meet at 1:15 p.m. (30 minutes before

the Postpartum Doula Workshop) for instruction, observe

the entire Postpartum Doula Workshop on August 9-12,

plus attend the Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop on

August 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Completion of this

workshop constitutes one required step for approval by

DONA International as a postpartum doula trainer. Workshop

fees postmarked by June 22, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) are

$475 and after June 22, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) are $525;

this fee includes the Postpartum Doula Workshop. The

cancellation policy is the same as for the Postpartum Doula

Workshop. Fees listed here are for the US. For information on

adjustments based on the International Fee Group Index, check

www.DONA.org, e-mail info@DONA.org or call the Home Office

at (888) 788-DONA (3662).

You must qualify and be accepted to attend the Postpartum

Doula Trainer Workshop. A complete list of qualifications/

requirements and the application to attend the Postpartum

Doula Trainer Workshop can be found on the DONA International

web site at www.DONA.org (click on Professional Development)

or by contacting DONA International at (888) 788-DONA (3662).

The completed application and all required documentation

should be sent to Patricia Predmore, DONA International

Education Chair, P.O. Box 626, Jasper IN 47547, to be received

no later than July 6, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.

You will be notified within three weeks whether you are

accepted and can register to attend. Do not register

for the conference before you have been notified if your

conference attendance depends on your acceptance in

the Postpartum Doula Trainer Workshop.

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conference details

Conference Registration and Cancellations

Conference registration includes the special pre-conference Welcome

Reception on Thursday, August 6, the core conference Friday, August 7

to Sunday, August 9 which includes six (6) general sessions, your four (4)

choices from 24 concurrent sessions and admission to the Exhibit Hall.

Your fee also includes a light breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday,

American breakfast on Sunday and all refreshment breaks served in the

Exhibit Hall. A Conference 2009 Manual will be given to each registrant.

On-site check in and registration is available on Thursday, August 6 at

4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday, August 7 at 7:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and

Saturday, August 8 at 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. To receive the early

registration discount, the completed registration form and

fee must be postmarked no later than June 22, 2009, by

5:00 p.m. EST.

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the DONA

International Home Office and will not be accepted if postmarked after

July 20, 2009. A non-refundable processing fee of $75 (US funds) will

be retained in all cases for each conference fee refund request. After

July 20, you may find a substitute to use your registration, but you must

notify the DONA International Home Office of this change.

Conference and Workshop Fees

All conference and workshop fees have been adapted to country

of origin. See the registration form for adjustments and/or check

the International Fee Group Index at www.DONA.org, e-mail

info@DONA.org or call the Home Office at (888) 788-DONA (3662).

DONA International can only accept payment in US dollars.

Continuing Education

Application has been made for continuing education contact hours

for the core conference to the Indiana State Nurses Association, an

accredited approver of continuing education in nursing education by the

American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

It is the responsibility of the individual registrant to ascertain whether

this offering meets Board of Nursing rules of mandatory continuing

education in the registrant’s state or province. This conference qualifies

as formal continuing education for doula recertification and trainer

reapproval with DONA International. The registrant must attend a

session in its entirety to receive continuing education credit for that

session. Many organizations and agencies accept DONA International

and nursing association continuing education towards licensing and/

or certification or recertification; however, you must check with the

individual agency or organization for confirmation.

Change in Program

DONA International reserves the right to substitute or cancel speakers

and/or sessions.

Breastfeeding Babies

Breastfeeding babies up to six (6) months of age (in arms or slings

only, no strollers) who remain quiet may attend sessions with parents.

Mothers may find it easier to have a support person accompany them

to watch their baby outside the meeting rooms between feedings.

If you plan to bring your baby to the conference, please respect the

needs and desires of other registrants and arrange care for your baby

outside the room if he/she is making happy or sad noises. There will be

a designated room available for nursing mothers. Babies in arms only

(no strollers) will be allowed to accompany a conference registrant in

the Exhibit Hall and at lunch.

Special Dietary Needs

For vegetarian meal options, check the space on the registration

form. Other special dietary needs may be accommodated if neither

administratively nor financially burdensome. E-mail the Conference

Director at Conference@DONA.org prior to July 1, 2009, with “Menu” in

the subject line.

Volunteers Invited

Do you want to meet new people and be in on the activity Be a 2009

conference volunteer! Conference volunteers assist DONA International

to present a high-quality, well-organized conference. Volunteers will

not miss sessions or meals. Conference volunteers contribute a little

bit of their time knowing that they, together with all the others helping,

were an essential part of the huge success of the conference. If you

would like to participate and receive a heartfelt “Thank You” from

conference registrants, conference committee members, and the

DONA International Board of Directors, then place a check mark on the

volunteer line on the registration form. The Volunteer Chair, Rosemary

Mason, will contact you a few weeks after your form is processed. Your

help and support will be greatly appreciated. A volunteer orientation

session will be held on Thursday, August 6 at 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Networking Opportunity

As a networking opportunity for our registrants, DONA International

is accepting business cards to be printed in the conference manual.

Mail a $30 check (US funds) made payable to DONA International and

two (2) of your business cards to the DONA International Home Office,

PO Box 626, Jasper, IN 47547. No electronic submissions, please.

Business cards and fee must be received no later than May 15,

2009. DONA International will not guarantee the reproduction quality

of business cards printed on dark colored papers or in colored ink. All

cards will be printed in black ink on white paper.

If you are interested in other opportunities to advertise in the

Conference Manual, exhibit in the Exhibit Hall or sponsor a portion

of the 15th Annual DONA International Conference, contact

Exhibits@DONA.org or visit the DONA International web site at

www.DONA.org for a Sponsor/Exhibitor/Advertiser Prospectus.

Exhibits and Silent Auction

The Exhibit Hall will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a

wide variety of services and products. There will also be items available

for sale by exhibitors and at the DONA Boutique. Once again we will

provide you with the opportunity to place your bids at the Silent Auction.

All proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to the Doula Spirit Fund

that provides full conference early registration fee waivers to qualified

applicants. The Exhibit Hall will be open periodically from Thursday

evening through Saturday afternoon. Specific hours will be listed in the

conference manual that all registrants will receive.

Recordings

Video and audio recording of any session is strictly prohibited. CDs of

most sessions will be available for sale on-site and after the conference.

Photos, video and audio recordings will be made throughout

this conference for educational and promotional purposes. Your

attendance at this conference indicates your willingness to be

photographed, filmed or recorded.

Lamaze Childbirth Educator Workshop

DONA International is pleased to announce that a Lamaze Childbirth

Educator Workshop is being offered for anyone interested in

becoming an effective childbirth educator. This workshop is one step

on the path to becoming a Lamaze certified childbirth educator. For

information about the Lamaze Workshop on Wednesday and Thursday,

August 5 and 6, and which sessions at the DONA International

conference registrants will be required to attend, please see the

Pre-Conference Program B information in this brochure on page 6.

Saturday Evening Entertainment

DONA International is pleased to present An Evening with Deb Gauldin.

With laughter and heart, storytelling and song, an evening with Deb

Gauldin is a variety show for the Doula Soul. Join us for an evening that

promises to fill your well as well as entertain. This is a unique opportunity

to recharge and release with an entertainer and a community that

really gets who you are and welcomes you home. Following the

entertainment, we will enjoy music and dancing.

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State/Province Z zip/Postal Code

Country

Concurrent Session Selections

Indicate sessions you wish to attend. Please

number 1st through 3rd choices for each

time. You are automatically registered for all

General Sessions.

Friday, August 7

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

101 From Crowning to First Latch

102 Part 1: Give the HUG

103 In the Ways of Our Grandmothers

104 Welcome to My Home

105 How a Doula Can Help a Mother

106 The Mother-Baby

Day Phone ( )

Evening Phone ( )

E-mail Address

First DONA Conference ( ) Yes ( ) No, it is #__________

( ) I am interested in volunteering at the Conference

( ) I do not want my name and address included on a list of

registrants available to exhibitors

Please check all that apply

( ) Birth Doula DONA certified ( ) Yes ( ) No

( ) Postpartum Doula DONA certified ( ) Yes ( ) No

( ) DONA approved Doula Trainer ( ) Birth ( ) Postpartum

( ) Childbirth Educator

( ) Certified CBE with__________________________________________

( ) Midwife

( ) Lactation Consultant

( ) Physician

( ) Massage Therapist

( ) Physical Therapist

( ) Registered Nurse in_______________(State/Province/Country)

( ) Other______________________________________________________

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m

201 Breastfeeding — A Partnership

202 Part 2: Using the HUG

203 The Seduction of Induction

204 How Obstetricians Think

205 Recognizing and Healing Birth Trauma

206 Integrating Self-Hypnosis

Saturday, August 8

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

301 The Big Squeeze

302 Healing the Doula

303 Attachment Parenting

304 Transparency in Maternity Care Project

305 Safe Sleep

306 Part 1: How the Miraculous Transition

of Birth Occurs

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

401 Doulaing the Pregnant

and Laboring Father

402 Are You Wearing That to the Birth

403 From Dream to Reality

404 Dual Development

405 Step-by-Step Birth Kangaroo Care

406 Part 2: When Things Do Not Go

as Planned

Wish to Share a Room

Please read carefully and sign only if you want to be on the “Share a Room” list.

I would like to share a room with one or more conference registrants. Please send me a copy of the “Share a Room”

list. I give DONA International full permission to include my name, state/province, country and phone/e-mail on the

“Share a Room” list. I understand that this information will be distributed to other conference registrants only at their

request for the sole purpose of finding someone to share a room. I release DONA International from any and all

responsibility, from any harm intended or unintended as a result of this “Share a Room” list.

Signature

date

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2009 conference registration fees

Registering early will enable you to save money and better assure your first choice

of sessions. If you are not currently a member of DONA International, you may join now to take

advantage of the reduced registration fees for members.

Conference Fees

All fees are in US Dollars only*

Full Conference

( ) Members

( ) Non-Members

One Day Conference

( ) Members

( ) Non-Members

Early Registration

Postmarked by June 22 (5:00 p.m. EST)

Regular Registration

After June 22 (5:00 p.m. EST)

Group A* Group B* Group C* Group A* Group B* Group C*

$275

$375

$135

$185

$230

$315

$115

$155

$185

$250

$95

$125

$325

$425

$165

$215

$270

$355

$145

$180

Pre-Conference Program A — Use of TENS in Labor for Birth Doulas Registration deadline July 6

$220

$285 $

$115

$145 $

( ) Members only $60 $60 $60 $75 $75 $75 $

Pre-Conference Program B — Lamaze Childbirth Educator Workshop Registration deadline July 6

Subtotal

( ) Members

( ) Non-Members

$250

$300

$210

$250

$170

$205

$300

$350

$250

$295

Birth Doula Workshop Registration deadline July 6

( ) Members

( ) Non-Members

$300

$350

$250

$295

$205

$235

$350

$400

$295

$335

Postpartum Doula Workshop Registration deadline July 6

( ) Members

( ) Non-Members

$350

$400

$295

$335

$235

$270

$400

$450

$335

$275

$205

$235 $

$235

$270 $

$270

$305 $

Saturday Evening Entertainment — Deb Gauldin followed by music/dancing _________# of tickets @ $15 $

Vegetarian meals required ________(please check)

(See the Conference Details page for information on how to meet other dietary needs.)

No Charge

DONA International Membership

( ) One-Year Membership

( ) Two-Year Membership

( ) Three-Year Membership

Doula Spirit Fund

$50*

$85*

$125*

$41.50*

$70.50*

$103.75*

$34*

$57.60*

$83.75* $

I would like to make a contribution to assist another member of DONA International to attend the DONA International

Conference. Donations are not tax deductible as DONA International is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. $

Total

*Fees have been adapted to country of origin. Group A: USA, Group B: Canada, Group C:

Enclosed

Mexico. If your country is not listed here, check the International Fee Group Index at

(in USD)

www.DONA.org, e-mail info@DONA.org or call the Home Office at (888) 788-DONA (3662).

DONA International can only accept payment in US Dollars.

Total

Enclosed

(in USD) $

Method of Payment

( ) Check or Money Order (USD only—Payable to DONA International)

#______________________

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Name on Credit Card

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expires

Signature

date

Please mail or fax

completed registration

form (both sides) with

payment, in USD only, to:

2008 DONA International

Conference

DONA International

P.O. Box 626

Jasper IN 47547

Fax (812) 634-1491

Easy on-line registration at

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atlanta attractions

Exciting Atlanta Attractions

Atlanta offers something for everyone—fun, history, entertainment, shopping,

dining and more! Whether you’re traveling alone, with your DONA friends

or family, take a few hours for a quick excursion or extend your stay for an

awesome vacation. Here are just some of the don’t-miss highlights.

The Georgia

Aquarium

The largest in the

world with more

than 8 million gallons

of water and

more animals than

any other aquarium!

Located in

downtown Atlanta.

World of Coca-Cola

A fun and interactive attraction. Learn the history of Coca-Cola

and how it has evolved to the global brand that it is today.

Shop the gift shop and best of all, get to taste all of the different

variations of Coca-Cola and its brands from all over the world.

Fox TheatRE

“The Fox” has been

recently restored

to its original

gilded look of the

1920s; complete

with “Mighty Mo,”

a classic Moller

organ with over

3,600 pipes. Check

listings as the theatre

frequently hosts

Broadway musicals,

comedy shows and

dance companies

throughout the year.

Inside CNN Studios Tour

This tour treats visitors to a behind-the scenes look at the live

newsrooms in action. It also features history and trivia as well

as interactive exhibits that put you in the control room and at

the anchor desk of your own television newscast.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

This is actually three main sites. Start at the visitor center and

then work your way around to the home where the leader of the

Civil Rights movement in America was born, the church where he

preached and the memorial site where he is buried.

Buckhead-area Shops and Restaurants

A very established and upscale area of Atlanta. Beautiful

homes on tree-lined, winding streets. Fantastic shopping and

great restaurant and nightspots.

Centennial

Olympic Park

Originally built for the

1996 Summer Olympic

Games, this public

park offers weekly free

concerts, a dancing

water fountain for the

kids and a memorial

quilt in remembrance of

the victims of the 1996

Olympic bombing.

Piedmont Park &

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens

This 185-acre park is also home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

and to many summer festivals and outdoor concerts.

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

The famed author of “Gone with the Wind,” Margaret Mitchell was born

in an apartment in this turn-of-the-century Tudor Revival mansion.

The home is now a on the National Register of Historic Places and

offers visitors a 90-minute guided tour that tells the story of the author,

the Pulitzer Prize-winning book and the making of the movie.

Stone

Mountain

Located on 3,200

acres of natural

beauty, Stone

Mountain Park

features a wide

variety of fun family

activities. Take a

skyride to the top of

Stone Mountain and

get a close up look

of the carving on the side of the mountain. Lots of festivals and activities

suitable for all ages. Stone Mountain is open year-round, but attraction

hours vary by season.

Source: SmartSeniorTravel.com

Photos: ®2009, Kevin C. Rose / AtlantaPhotos.com

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Stop by the

DONA Boutique in the

Exhibit Hall while you

enjoy the conference.

www.DONA.org

(888) 788-DONA (3662)

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