• The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: A Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy

    Presenter: Paul Thomas, MD
    Original Date: April 22, 2017

    Dr. Thomas describes his background and how he came to start Integrative Pediatrics as well as data from his practice. He reviews the basics of the immune system and immunity (natural and vaccine - induced), then covers these vaccine topics: toxins; vaccines for pregnancy, newborns, infants, children; the CDC schedule; the Vaccine-Friendly Plan schedule and considerations (when might it not be wise to do all vaccines?); the diseases for which there are vaccines - and the vaccine options; true informed consent and the organization PHYSICIANS FOR INFORMED CONSENT.


    2.0 obstetrics & pharmacy CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Update on Hemorrhagic Medications and Treatment

    Presenter: Mia Crupper, ND
    Original Date: April 22, 2017

    Keeping abreast of current postpartum hemorrhage management is a critical requirement for the midwifery/out of hospital birth community. Familiarity with manual and pharmacological management supports the development of practice protocols in out of hospital births, ensures informed consent for patients should PPH develop at birth and encourages effective communication between midwifery and obstetrical care providers. Evidence informed resources including but not limited to Medscape, DynaMed and PubMed were used to identify current PPH practices with focus on pharmacology. Management of PPH includes manual therapy, oxygen support, fluid replacement, pharmacology, uterine packing, transfusion and surgery. Updates will improve current practice protocols and encourage knowledgeable support for patients requiring advanced interventions.

    1.5 obstetrics & pharmacy CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Natural Methods for Pain Management in Pregnant and Postpartum Women

    Presenter: Elizabeth Bussetto, DC, ND
    Original Date: April 22, 2017

    This lecture offers clearer insight to midwives on the biomechanical nature of common prenatal and postpartum pain patterns including pain of the round ligament, pubic symphysis, hips, and low back. Dr. Bussetto discusses the postural abnormalities and muscle imbalances that increase the frequency, severity, and duration of prenatal pain. Practical solutions to reduce and resolve these pain patterns including hands-on treatment, home exercise recommendations, and nutritive support are also discussed and demonstrated.


    1.5 obstetrics CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Ethics and Diversity: Improving Access and Care in Midwifery

    Presenter:Jaqxun Darlin LDM, CPM, Arika Bridgeman, MA, & Monica Arce, CNM
    Original Date: April 22, 2017

    Part 1:
    Gender dysphoria is the feeling of incongruence between the gender one is assigned, and the gender one feels innately. Many, but not all transgender and gender non-conforming people experience gender dysphoria. Many transgender and gender non-conforming people who parent choose to give birth at home because of concerns about harassment and discrimination due to their gender. It is essential to use appropriate and affirming verbal and non-verbal language when working with transgender people to keep a good rapport and to minimize dysphoria. The first part of this presentation discusses language, terminology, family types, how to build and keep rapport, as well as potential fertility issues and considerations during and after birth for the transgender patient and their family.

    Part 2:
    Diversity in the healthcare workforce is important for many reasons. For me, being a Peruvian American certified nurse midwife, working in a community health center that provides care to a mostly immigrant, undocumented, underserved population is a privilege and a dream come true. My patients come to see me and know they will be able to communicate in their native tongue without barriers, and that they will have someone that has grown up in the third world and understands their experience. Patients need someone they can relate to, that understands them and their struggles. Our healthcare system would be more understanding and compassionate, if the workforce reflected an understood the population they serve.

    Part 3:
    Part 3 discusses the meaning and distinction between culturally-centered care, cultural competent care, and care with cultural humility. She will discuss the beneficial effects of culturally centered care, particularly in African-American communities, and the importance of adhering to the tenets of cultural humility when practicing cross-cultural medicine.

    2.0 obstetrics & ethics CEUs approved by OBNM