Keynote Presentation

GOLD Midwifery is pleased to share a free Keynote Presentation open to the general public. We are pleased to present this free Keynote Presentation which offers valuable education from a leader in the midwifery field. Attend live and experience our interactive platform that allows participants to get to know one another and pose questions to the speaker or listen to the recording at your convenience. Invite your friends and colleagues and listen together! It's a great way to generate discussion, new ideas or perspectives and reinvigorate passion and inspiration.

We're thrilled to have Augustine Colebrook, MA, MCHS, present "Ironing Out the Details: The Hidden Crisis of Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy" to kick off our 10th Annual Midwifery Online Conference on February 5, 2024. We invite you to join us live for either of our two live sessions or access the public recording of this talk until February 28. Simply reserve your seat to receive exclusive access. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

Need continuing education credits? Only participants registered for the full conference will be able to claim continuing education hours and can do so by logging into the Attendees Area prior to watching the presentation. To learn more about registering for the conference, please visit this page. Registered Participants will have access to this presentation and 15 additional presentations until May 3, 2024 (GOLD Annual Members will have until May 21, 2024).

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Augustine Colebrook, MA, MCHS

Augustine is an internationally recognized midwifery educator, experienced business executive, and veteran midwife with a heart focused on the underserved, marginalized, and under-resourced. She respects the importance of being empowered and undisturbed during labor, and balances this attention to the sacred with 20+ years experience attending births in hospitals, birth centers, and homes in rural, urban and suburban environments in the US and abroad. Augustine’s focus is finely attuned to the process of letting go and opening to the unknown in labor and in life. Additionally, Augustine has a master’s degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA where she majored in Maternal/Child Health Systems.

Her life's mission is to mainstream midwifery and deconstruct the culture of fear and misinformation that surrounds the maternity world globally. To that end, Augustine 'midwife's the midwife' through her many education programs, consulting services, product development, podcasts and video production, business site visits, and with private coaching services for midwives, students, maternity practice owners, & birth center administrators through her consulting firm, The Midwifery Wisdom Collective. It is her profound honor to illuminate the sacred path to joyful and sustainable midwifery practice. She lives and works in India.

Abstract: Ironing Out the Details: The Hidden Crisis of Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy

We exist on this planet because of the vital metals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that easily dissolve in our body's water. Equally important are iron, zinc, and copper, found in nearly half of our proteins.

Iron plays a crucial role in our blood, with four iron atoms in hemoglobin storing and transporting oxygen. Inadequate iron in early childhood leads to reduced attention span, difficulty grasping concepts, irritability, social withdrawal, and delays in language and motor skills. Iron deficiency during pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, birth asphyxia, maternal infections, pre-eclampsia, and hemorrhage.

Approximately two billion people or 25% of the global population lack sufficient dietary iron and iron stores. Anemia (the last stage of iron deficiency) caused 50 million years of healthy life lost due to disability in 2019 alone. This presentation aims to educate healthcare providers and birth workers on the magnitude of this epidemic and provide guidance on the essential laboratory assessments, symptoms and the new evidenced-based values for evaluating iron status in patients. It will also cover important aspects of proper treatment approaches.

Live Presentation Schedule

Feb 5, 2024 16:00 UTC - (Show local time)
Feb 6, 2024 00:00 UTC - (Show local time)

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Educational Credit for this presentation is available for conference-registered participants only. Attendees that are registered for the conference will be able to confirm attendance at the Keynote Presentation on their Attendance Record once the GOLD Midwifery Conference gets underway.

*Free access to the general public is only available at the live online presentation or on our website as a recording until February 28, 2024.

*Only participants registered to the full conference will be awarded educational credit for this presentation.

*A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

*Please be aware that the Handouts to this presentation are for use only by individuals who have attended the live or recorded version of this presentation; and that they are for personal use only and are not to be shared with other non-attending individuals. Thank you.