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Why Childbirth Education is Still Important

PRESENTED BY A PANEL OF CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION EXPERTS

According to the most recent Listening to Mothers survey in 2013, attendance at childbirth education classes is about 34% for all mothers (59% for first time mothers). Many hospitals have reported to us lately that those numbers are dropping in their facilities. All parents need the important information and context they provide. We will discuss this worrisome trend with an expert panel of childbirth educators, including Penny Simkin, Robin Weiss, Connie Livingston, Vonda Gates, Colleen Weeks and Cathy Allen.

Penny Simkin

They’ll help us answer pressing questions facing educators today, such as: What can we do to change the current climate that doesn’t seem to value taking classes? Does it even matter? Does being undereducated have consequences for the mother and baby? Where are parents getting their information instead? Our panel will bring wisdom and ideas for us to make a change in the maternity scene, and you’ll also get a chance to ask your own questions.

Meet Your Presenters
Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who specializes in childbirth education. Since 1968 she has worked with over 14,000 women and families in various ways. Penny is a co-founder of DONA International. Find out more about Penny at her website: www.pennysimkin.com.

Connie Livingston

Connie Livingston

Connie Livingston BS, RN, LCCE, FACCE, ICCE , the President of the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) has been teaching childbirth ed since 1979. A strong writer, her fourth book for birth professionals is coming in 2017. She owns Perinatal Education Associates, Inc. - www.birthsource.com

Cathy Allen

Cathy Allen

Cathy Allen, LCCE is the Parent Education Coordinator for Baylor Scott and White Health – West Region organizing education for 4 hospitals. She is a Lamaze Certified childbirth educator and is also a doula. Cathy is passionate about working with women as they become mothers.  She also offers education and support through an outreach program at a women’s shelter.

Robin Elise Weiss

Robin Elise Weiss

Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, CLC, AdvCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, the past president of Lamaze International has been teaching since 1989, serving over 1,500 couples.  She also trains others to be Lamaze educators.  She is a prolific writer and has written several books, articles and blogs.  - www.robineliseweiss.com

Vonda Gates

Vonda Gates

Vonda Gates, BSN, RN, became a certified childbirth educator with the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) in 1991.  She is on the ICEA Executive Board.  Owner of BirthBasics, Vonda works locally to facilitate families as they face the joys and challenges of the childbearing year.  -  www.birthbasics.org

Colleen Weeks

Colleen Weeks

Colleen Weeks LCCE, FACCE, CLE, CSE, RTS  For 35+ years Colleen, a certified childbirth, lactation and sex educator as well as a perinatal bereavement counselor has passionately served expectant and new parents. She is a Perinatal Education Manager for the Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.

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