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RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ENRICHMENT YOU CAN ACCESS IN THE CAR, GYM, OR ANYWHERE! InJoy's podcast features enlightening interviews with health educators, leaders, influencers, and advocates in maternal-child health who focus on transforming care through education. Tune in, learn, and be inspired by these empowering leaders who are passionate about making a difference—just like you. You’ll get ideas you can implement right away!
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About 10% of newborns will spend some time in the NICU, and you probably know at least one family who has spent time there. Join us for an inside look at the NICU with Megan Teague as she shares a vivid story of what caring for babies and families looks like on a daily basis. You will learn how to incorporate information about a potential stay in t…
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Join us to better understand the poignant topic of perinatal suicide. Perinatal suicide is the leading cause of maternal mortality from pregnancy to 1 year after birth, accounting for 23% of all maternal deaths. Listen to learn about the static risk factors that can increase the chance of suicide, along with. some dynamic risk factors that may appe…
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While witnessing the miracle of birth can be exhilarating, it is often wrought with circumstances that create stress, confusion, grief—and sometimes even burnout— in nurses, caregivers, doulas, and other birth workers. The COVID and post-COVID period has brought even more tension into the mix with restrictions and staffing issues. Listen to explore…
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Newborn babies get their first microbiome from their mother’s vagina during birth. The baby will become covered with this beneficial bacterial as they come out of the protected environment of the womb, through the birth canal, and to the world beyond. When the baby is born vaginally, they will have a gut microbiome similar to that of their mother’s…
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In 2016, when the NYS DOH put out a request for application to receive the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities (CBFC) Grant, the Rockland County Lactation community united to support and work together for this initiative. At that time, 86.6% of new mothers in the state initiated breastfeeding, but only 56% were still breastfeeding at six mo…
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Listen in as we discuss promoting Vaginal Nulliparous Term Singleton Vertex (NTSV) birth to decrease the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality. Dr. Lagrew agrees with a past president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Vincenzo Berghella, who said, “Physicians do need to balance risks and benefits, and for some clinical conditions, cesa…
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Pregnancy and birth are often portrayed with a single brush as if all these experiences are basically the same for every birthing person. But for Lauren and her family, that was far from the truth. The anticipation of the ideal birth ended abruptly and unexpectedly when her husband arrived home early with flowers one day, finding her looking unwell…
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Edit: When we originally uploaded this podcast, the wrong file was included. Oops! The correct file has been added, and we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we do! Adriane Burgess PhD, RNC-OB, CCE, CNE, C-ONQS (she/hers)  Director, Quality Improvement-Service Lines (Women and Children, Primary Care, Oncology)  Ob/Gyn Residency Research Directo…
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The words bonding and attachment are common words, but what is the deeper meaning behind those words for new parents and their newborns or yet-to-be born babies? How can parents connect with their newborn in utero? How will the attachment before and after the baby is born affect the epigenomes, brain development, and future health of their little o…
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This episode was recorded on 5/23/22 The students and patients that you interact with have far different expectations for learning than a K-12 student. They are with you for a very specific reason and expect you to give them relevant information they can use right away that they can incorporate with what they already know. Adult learners require ed…
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Creating an atmosphere conducive to learning includes ensuring that your students feel understood and accepted in the classroom. Listen in as we get practical advice from Maura Jo, who has been practicing the principles of gender inclusivity in her life and classroom for over 15 years. You’ll pick up things you can use right away in your classroom,…
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Reaching more parents with solid prenatal education is the goal for most educators and hospitals. Learning a new way to do that was challenging in 2020 but through creativity and problem solving, many educators –just like our guest– found ways to be sure the parents they serve continued to learn. Join us to learn how one hospital has not only overc…
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Note: This episode was recorded in early 2021. Some of the details in this episode may have changed In 1956, Marian Tompson and Mary White, along with five other women, gathered to breastfeed their babies under a tree at a church picnic in Illinois when they were approached by mothers with questions, showing interest and looking for advice on succe…
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The concept and role of a doula is better understood these days by parents and health professionals, but the reality of a doula’s life may still be a mystery to some. Today we will explore how Julie, who has practiced as a doula for 29 years, impacts the lives of the families she’s assisted as she shares her insights of life as a doula. Julie Brill…
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Listen in as Laura Nance, a Senior Program Advisor for CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association), tells us all about the organization. CAPPA was birthed in 1998 and has a mission of “Education. Support. Success.” Laura takes us through how they have grown over time and what they had done to support members and families during COVID…
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Even in early nursing school Ginger felt she would write a book someday. Finding a need while working with her new daughter-in-law gave her the much-needed topic. Surviving in postpartum should not be as hard as it was for Ginger’s loved one or many other new mothers. To create a template for thriving and celebrating life with a new baby, Ginger ca…
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DONA International was one of the first doula organizations in the United States. Starting out as Doulas of North America in 1992, they quickly saw the need for doulas around the world. In the early 2000s, they became DONA International. Listen in to see where and why they started. Melissa will explain her passion, and the passion of the organizati…
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When Jen was pregnant in 2010, she realized that she was being treated differently because she exists in a larger body. Determined to make her plan for an unmedicated birth a reality, Jen researched and found a midwife who supported and encouraged her to pursue the birth plan she wanted. After the birth of her baby, she decided to start a blog to s…
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USLCA (United States Lactation Consultant Association), founded in 2006, is an organization that supports the advancement of lactation professionals of all types in the United States. Their aim is to make sure all families have support to meet their breastfeeding goals by advocating for the value of lactation care providers who contribute to the fa…
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Curiosity about why one woman labored in a straightforward manner and a woman in a similar situation struggled much more led Gail Tully to ask why. She dug in to understand not only the role of the pelvic bones in labor but also the soft tissues that can either create a good pathway or block baby’s progress through them. Listen to her story and how…
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Listen as Christen Sadler, Immediate Past President of Lamaze, tells us more about Lamaze’s beginnings, how they have grown, and where the future may be taking them. Christen shares ways the organization advances their mission: “Advancing Safe & Healthy Birth for Everyone, Everywhere.” Learn more about Lamaze’s current projects, including research …
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Rixa Freeze has a PhD from the University of Iowa and is a researcher, professor, and mother of four children. Her current research specialization is vaginal breech birth. She is the president of Breech Without Borders, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and teaches at a private liberal arts college. She blogs at Stand and Deliver. Listen and Learn: A lack of res…
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In Life After Loss Part 1, Katherine tells her story of loss and how it impacted her personal growth and her family. Be sure to give it a listen. (Click here for part 1) Listen to Part 2 as we continue to follow Katherine’s journey to becoming a Perinatal Bereavement Psychotherapist and having her Rainbow Baby Alice. She always desired to have a bi…
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Loss is always difficult.  Losing someone you’re supposed to be meeting for the first time and spending the rest of your life with is even tougher.  Katherine and her family planned for a joyful event, the birth of their daughter Helen, but that turned to sorrow when Helen was stillborn.    Listen in as we follow Katherine’s journey of becoming a p…
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Listen as Bonita (Boni) Katz BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, CLC talks about the impact that ICEA has had on the field of maternal-child health and her own journey. Promoting family-centered care and freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of options and alternatives are the key tenants of ICEA. Boni’s own birth helped spark her interest in becoming …
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When the “Back to Sleep” campaign to reduce infant deaths started in 1994, the rate of SIDS went from 10,000 to 3,500 per year very quickly.  Judy Bannon, founder of Cribs for Kids, realized that was a great thing but also found that some neighborhoods in her area had not reduced the number of SIDS deaths. She wanted to help.  Listen in today with …
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Thinking of starting or revamping your Fatherhood class? Ginny Robinson joins us to share tips and tricks to creating a successful fatherhood class. She offers ideas on formatting, marketing, teaching dads during social distancing & insights into what dads want to know. Ginny Robinson has been a nurse for over 50 years and spent the last 32 years a…
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Listen as Nikia Sankofa, Executive Director, and Amelia Psmythe Seger, Deputy Director, unfold the richness of USBC. They will tell us about when, why, and how USBC was created, and what the organization's goals are for today and for the future to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in the United States. The strategy and structure of the US…
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Many hospitals have pared their class offerings down to core classes and moved them online. Join us to hear Anne’s story about what those changes have meant for Anne, her staff, and the students. Anne Wright’s background is in education. She spent 10 years working for Continental Airlines providing leadership development training to over 5,000 lead…
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Learn how an experienced IBCLC navigates to serve breastfeeding moms and babies in the hospital setting during the time of COVID-19. Beverly Wilhelm is a Registered Nurse of 25 years and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant of 15 years in Women’s Services (primarily NICU and Mom/Baby). She has worked at hospitals in Atlanta, Dallas…
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Today, we discuss how COVID-19 is impacting labor and delivery units. Carla shares the challenges and positive aspects of working with families during birth and postpartum. She also talks about how this pandemic is changing her outlook and self care, for the better. Carla has been in the healthcare field since 2000 and a nurse since 2003. The prima…
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In the second episode in our COVID-19 series, we speak with Dawn Dudley, Ph.D. to explore the processes of creating a rapid COVID-19 test in one lab in Wisconsin. When it became apparent that diagnostic tests for coronavirus were unavailable to most people with symptoms who were not hospitalized, Dawn began working with another scientist in the lab…
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In this episode, we will discuss the mental-health needs of families birthing babies during a time of crisis. We will explore what unique issues pregnant and new families have now and how a therapist can provide needed support. We speak with Sharon Storton, a Canadian Registered Psychologist, a Couple and Family Therapist, and a Certified Hypnother…
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First love is often thought of as special, sweet and innocent. But sometimes that relationship can turn toxic. As health professionals, we can make a difference in a young person’s life. In this episode we will discuss how pregnant and parenting teens are affected by abuse from a dating partner. We will also learn how to build a trusting relationsh…
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Having a baby is a special time in parents’ lives. Grandparents remember the good and not so good times of bringing up their own babies. They remember what worked for them and want to pass that information on to their children. However, best practices change frequently with maternal-child health. What the grandparents were taught as gospel has very…
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We spoke with Dr. Kimberly Dever of South Shore Hospital and Amber Weiseth of Ariadne Labs about the Team Birth Project. This collaborative effort changes the standard approach to clinical care and has earned national attention. Their strategies foster communication and empower women and families with the goal of improving the safety and dignity of…
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Today we will explore the transition dads and partners face during pregnancy and postpartum that sometimes leads to paternal perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD, is a psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles who co-developed a home visitation program for fathers and their young children meant to promote paternal e…
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Parents of multiples face unique challenges. Today we will be speaking with Nancy Bowers about the importance of multiples-focused classes, what’s new in research, and trends surrounding multiple births. Nancy Bowers, BSN, RN, MPH, is a perinatal nurse educator with 40 years in maternal-infant and infertility care. A mother of twins herself, she is…
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Health systems continue to expand their reach, so it is important to consolidate resources and programs. Offering cohesive educational resources to patients can be part of the consolidation. Jessica Sember received her MSN with a specialization of Leadership and Organizational Development. Jessica's nursing career has been within women's health. Sh…
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Bringing a baby home can be one of the best days of a family’s life, but what happens when they also bring home birth trauma at the same time? While only 9% of women who give birth in the US experience birth PTSD, trauma can affect up to 25% of postpartum women. Today we are joined by Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, a health psychologist, IBCLC, owne…
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This week we are speaking with Laurel Wilson about new findings in the interaction of epigenetics and the human microbiome as it relates to pregnancy and newborns and how it is a significant predictor of health outcomes. Laurel is an international speaker, pregnancy and breastfeeding specialist, consultant, and author, including co-author of two bo…
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Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, CLC, AdvCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, is a busy mother of nine who got her start in reproductive health education and is the author of many pregnancy and parenting books & articles. Robin is also the winner of Lamaze International’s prestigious Elisabeth Bing Award for “outstanding contribution to childbirth on a national leve…
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Jana McCarthy is an Education Development and Learning Consultant for Kaiser Permanente. She is a nurse, childbirth educator, lactation consultant, basic life support instructor, and native Southern Californian. Jana also teaches management of aggressive behavior and is a master diversity trainer. Listen to this episode to learn more about compassi…
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EPISODE 11: Flipping the Classroom with Online Learning with Martha Lasley & Sharlene Alt of Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Martha Lasley is the Nursing Operations Manager for Maternal Education at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Woman and Babies. She has over 30 years of experience in perinatal nursing and works with a highly-skilled team …
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Laraine Lockhart Borman, IBCLC, is the director of outreach for Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB), a Colorado-based program benefitting women and babies nationwide. Mothers’ Milk Bank helps women safety share their milk and provides milk for infants in need. Listen to this episode to find out more on the process and impact of milk banking. Listen and Learn:…
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Kristin Glenn is the Co-Founder and Director of Outreach for 3HopefulHearts, a nonprofit organization that supports bereaved families through events, education, and remembrance. Understanding loss firsthand led Kristin to be a champion in creating protocol change during this critical time. She is also the Education Coordinator at The Woman’s Clinic…
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Colleen Weeks is the perinatal education manager at the Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center in Irvine and Anaheim. She has been a childbirth educator for over 35 years, and currently runs 140-150 classes every month. Listen to this episode recorded at The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) Conference for insight on how…
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Dr. Nancy Hurst is the Director of Women’s Support Services at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women. She also oversees clinical, operational, and research activities for the lactation milk bank services and patient education program and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston. Listen to this epis…
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Natalie S. Burke is the president and CEO of CommonHealth ACTION (CHA), where she provides visionary leadership for CHA’s business development and model capacity building and programs. She is the co-director of the Health Leaders national program center and directs Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Equitable Leadership in Baltimore, Maryland. Liste…
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Gabrielle Kaufman is the director of training and technical assistance for the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, a dance/movement therapist, and professional clinical counselor. She works extensively with new families and aids in providing solutions to many parenting concerns. Listen to this episode to take a deeper look at pos…
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