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2022 Presentations:

Every year, GOLD Midwifery Online Conference invites top researchers and clinicians in the field of labour & delivery to present on current and emerging evidence-based education. This year’s program offers a wide range of research, and clinical skills to assist in the advancement of your practice and optimal outcomes for the families in your care.

All talks are presented live during set times, with recordings of each session being available throughout the conference period. Conveniently access presentations at your own pace, enjoying all the benefits and features our online conference has to offer. New to GOLD Midwifery? Learn how the online conference works here.

GOLD Midwifery 2022 offers 16.5 hours of education.for the main conference, with the option to extend your conference experience with 3 highly informative Add-on Lecture Packages - Advancing the Art of Breech Birth, Early Years: Connecting the Dots from 0-3 and Translating Knowledge Into Practice: Creating Effective Lactation Care Plans.

We invite you to learn more about the 2022 topics and abstracts below.

2022 Main Presentations:

Advancing the Art of Breech Birth Add-on Lecture Pack:

The climate of vaginal breech birth is changing as more families push to have it available as an option. There has been a lot of recent research that challenges some standard practices making it crucial to stay up-to-date. This special package brings together leading experts in the field to share their knowledge, wisdom and experience of helping families to safely experience the vaginal birth of their breech babies.

*Only those registering for the main conference, or have registered for the main conference will have the ability to purchase this lecture pack. You will have the opportunity to purchase this add-on at the time of conference registration, or anytime afterwards (during the time of the conference).

Early Years: Connecting the Dots from 0-3 Add-On Lecture Pack:

As research in the area of early childhood brain development and the importance of healthy relationships grows, it’s more important than ever for health care professionals to stay up to date. Professionals have an important role to play in supporting healthy childhood environments that promote optimal brain development and mental health for infants and young children. This package provides a multidisciplinary look at socioemotional development in infants and young children.

*Only those registering for the main conference, or have registered for the main conference will have the ability to purchase this lecture pack. You will have the opportunity to purchase this add-on at the time of conference registration, or anytime afterwards (during the time of the conference).

  • A Neuroscience-Based Paradigm Shift for Parenting Kids With Dysregulated Behaviors
    by Robyn Gobbel, LMSW-Clinical 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    Research emerging from Relational Neuroscience, including polyvagal theory, regulation theory, and the neurosequential model of development, has shifted our understanding of the origins of behavior. When parents, caregivers, and child development professionals are armed with the latest science about what behavior really is, they increase their capacity for connecting with dysregulated behavior in a way that promotes positive growth and development of the relational, social, and behavioral brain of the child. This workshop will briefly summarize the latest research from the relational neuroscience and then move into practical interventions that will help caregivers soothe difficult behaviors while promoting attachment, regulation, and stress resilience.

  • Building Strong Children: The Power of Buffering Protection Through Responsive Parenting and Caring Communities
    by Marianne Vanderveen-Kolkena, IBCLC, MSc 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    There is a growing awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Events or ACEs and the toxic stress they can create during a child’s formative years. So far much of the research and conversation has focused on identifying ACEs and the negative life-long consequences they can have. How can we reframe the conversation to shift from focusing on reacting to negative outcomes, to creating the caring connections that promote healthy brain development and stress regulation? To feel healthy, people of all ages look for a meaningful existence with loving and caring relationships. In the Salutogenic Model of Health this is called the Sense of Coherence (SoC). When the SoC is under strain, this can cause pain and trauma that both parent and child express in behaviours that are difficult to handle for themselves and others. As innately and intensely social beings, humans actively try to connect to others to build positive, contextualised relationships that support health and wellbeing and create social resources. Therefore, secure childhoods and nurturing social environments are likely to increase lifelong resilience. Looking at health from a salutogenic perspective can help us understand that health and wellbeing cannot simply be depoliticised and decontextualized as an individual responsibility. ACEs are not always preventable, but we have the power to help both parents and professionals create the positive childhood experiences (PCEs) that buffer the negative ones and create resilience.

  • Foetal Programming and the Impact of Stress
    by Dr. Ruth Oshikanlu, RN RM RSCPHN BSc PGDip PGDip MSc DUniv 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    Foetal programming refers to changes in the environment in utero during specific critical or sensitive periods and the long-term effect on the child. Maternal stress and anxiety during pregnancy represents an important aspect of the intrauterine environment and can alter the development of the foetus and child and can influence many, if not all, developmental outcomes. The presentation will explain what foetal programming is, why it matters and discuss how stress impacts it. It will discuss the importance of building therapeutic relationships with clients and their families. It will conclude with the tools and strategies to equip professionals who work with women, children and their families to better support them in pregnancy and the first three years of life.

  • Inner Child Co-Regulation – How Empathic Dialogue Can Clear Implicit-Memory Blocks to Bonding
    by Robin Grille, BA (psych), Grad Dip Counseling, Dip Int Psych. 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    An increasing number of research studies and psychotherapists’ accounts address the phenomenon in which parents’ attachment histories play a major role in their emotional capacity for pleasurable bonding with their own baby. Birth trauma, childhood trauma, insecure or disorganized early attachment can all carry forward as unconscious, implicit memory (emotional memory) that, in stressful circumstances, can arise and interfere with parent-infant bonding.

    However, when a parent is able to communicate aspects of their historical pain, shock or distress, within a context of empathic and validating dialogue, this can often clear the way for pleasurable and spontaneous bonding.

    Health practitioners are in a unique position to invite and hold an empathic dialogical space, in which parents can feel emotionally safe enough to tell a little of their own story. This can make a significant difference to parents’ emotional capacity for sustained attachment with their infant.

  • The Neuroscience of Connection: Understanding Regulation for Ourselves and Others
    by Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    Research in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology sheds light on the need for parents/caregivers to act as their child's external regulator during states of dysregulation as the child learns how to self-regulate. When activated, children need to borrow the parent's regulatory capacity as their own regulatory system is developing. Without an understanding of what regulation is and what it isn't and the importance of parents knowing how to regulate their own arousal states, parents may inadvertently be increasing the child's dysregulation instead of helping to modulate it for integration. Over time, this can significantly impact the parent's ability to stay attuned and present to the child, as well as themselves. It can also lead to a child's regulatory system not being patterned to its optimal potential. In this discussion, Lisa Dion will discuss what regulation is and is not helping participants understand what it really takes to create a deep connection.

  • Trauma-Sensitive Care in the Early Years
    by Kim Barthel, OTR 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    This session invites early childhood professionals to learn more about the science of infant development, particularly the impact that early trauma and stress can have on the brain, behaviour, learning and relationships throughout the lifespan. Attachment, attunement, co-regulation, sensory processing and creating optimal interpersonal relationships between infants and caregivers are highlighted. While an infant may inherit challenges trans-generationally, from developmental disability, from an early life event or a chaotic home, how their closest caregivers interact with them has direct and significant impact on their well-being both mentally and physically. Enhancing trauma-sensitive caregiving in the earliest years is critical as a foundation for children to become their best selves.

Translating Knowledge Into Practice: Creating Effective Lactation Care Plans Add-on Lecture Pack:

A lactation care plan serves several purposes. It provides the client with reminders about what was discussed during the visit with their care provider, what steps they should be following at home and when to follow up. For the care provider, the care plan helps to document care and also serves as a means to encourage collaboration and continuity of care. In short, an effective care plan is an essential tool for lactation professionals. This package provides a focused look at common clinical situations and each presentation provides a detailed look at how to put a plan in place, when to follow up and how to adjust the care plan as things evolve.

*Only those registering for the main conference, or have registered for the main conference will have the ability to purchase this lecture pack. You will have the opportunity to purchase this add-on at the time of conference registration, or anytime afterwards (during the time of the conference).

  • Breastfeeding Beyond All Obstacles: Breastfeeding Families and Complicated Mastitis
    by Patricia Díaz Lorenzo, MD, Pediatrician, IBCLC, Doula 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    Breastfeeding is a human act, typical of our species and as biopsychosocial beings, it is surrounded by obstacles inherent to the experience and determined by our environment.

    Breastfeeding in western societies is challenging under normal circumstances; when everything goes as expected. However, in cases where complications such as abscessed mastitis arise, which seem to be the maximum expression of everything that can go wrong in a breastfeeding history: pain, frustration, surgical interventions, use of antibiotics, slow weight gain, etc ; It is where the medical indication to do without breastfeeding frequently arises, as if it were just a practice that could be easily replaced by another feeding method.

    In this presentation you will learn the expanded perspective, the challenges and fears of a family that breastfed, through complicated mastitis and managed to restore their Lactation history, through the informed accompaniment of a pro-lactation team of obstetrician and IBCLC pediatrician.

  • Care Plan Design for Treating Infant Oral Dysfunction
    by Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, CSOM 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    Developing a step-by-step care plan is arguably the most important part of patient care. Without it, necessary treatments may be neglected. As lactation providers, it is our role to set proper expectations for our clients, as well as measure clinical improvement and patient outcomes. When working with infants that struggle with sucking or other oral function issues, there is a process and a timeline we can put together that will guide the care we are giving. In this presentation you will learn how to provide guidance to your clients as you help them work through their infant’s oral function challenges.

  • Common Infant Digestive Health Concerns and Useful Support Strategies
    by Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    This session will focus on common concerns regarding infant digestive health and useful support strategies that care providers can incorporate into their work with families. We will discuss what's normal and what's not in regard to stooling, spit up/reflux, colic/fussiness, food sensitivities, and more. Many parents are coping with babies that are uncomfortable and unhappy due to digestive health concerns. Dealing with a fussy, uncomfortable baby is emotionally and physically draining. Having a basic understanding of infant gut health and care strategies can be useful tools for any type of practitioner working with infants.

  • Putting a Plan in Place for Pumping
    by Karolina Ochoa, BSN, IBCLC 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    Pumping can be a choice or a necessity and the role of Lactation Professionals is to meet the parents where they are at. There are endless reasons for parents to use a breast pump, including prematurity, maternal-infant separation, low milk supply, return to work. Pumping can also be a choice for parents that do not wish to directly latch their baby, called Exclusive Pumping. Pumping parents deserve the same kind of evidence-based care as their exclusively breastfeeding counterparts but are often marginalized. During this workshop, you will learn how to best support a pumping parent: the importance of proper flange sizing, pumping schedules, exclusive pumping, the emotional toll of triple feeding, and how to help parents set realistic goals based on their own values.

  • The Baby's Not Gaining Weight! Now What?
    by Barbara Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    Helping families determine if an infant is gaining weight appropriately in the first months after birth is an important part of a lactation consultants work. Being able to assess for the signs of a healthy, well-fed infant is critical to this work. If an infant is not gaining appropriately, calculating how much extra food the infant needs to grow properly, what this infant will be fed, identifying why this is happening, and providing possible solutions allows families to work on preserving breastfeeding while improving the breastfeeding relationship.

  • Walking with NICU Families Through Their Infant Feeding Journey
    by Maxine Scringer-Wilkes, RN, BN, MN, IBCLC 1 CERP, 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU - 60 mins

    To graduate from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) infants are required to be adequate feeders. Feeding is a learned skill for NICU babies that is expected to “be there in waiting” after a long medical and or surgical admission. Effective feeding and subsequent weight gain in the NICU are the measures and skill to which a discharge ticket home is granted. Feeding can sometimes be overlooked in regards to its role in infant well being and parental confidence. Infants are admitted to surgical level 3 NICUs for many reasons, including prematurity, necrotising enterocolitis, intestinal perforations, gastroschisis, duodenal atresia, omphaloceles, therapeutic hypothermia, seizures, and oesophageal atresia /fistulas including genetic or metabolic abnormalities. Many of these illnesses have a very long course toward healing and recovery before oral feeding is introduced.

    Lactation Consultants in the NICU are well positioned to ensure support of the family and medical team along the way, to optimize successful oral feeding upon discharge home.

    This talk will look at some of the ways that parental presence and mom’s milk is therapeutic in the NICU, and how the progression of breastfeeding can be the ticket to going home.