I am still up to my eyeballs in stuff to do, but I need to share some of the wonderfulness that was the Lamaze Conference.
So, here are some highlights:
First and foremost, getting to be roomies for a night with Amy from Lamaze’s Science and Sensibility blog. I hope she feels the same way. She seemed happy about it before we fell asleep and I told her that I usually stop snoring if someone knocks on the wall. I don’t know if she had to use the trick or not.
Secondly, hearing Amy speak! She gave a great presentation of the evidence (or lack thereof) behind determining labor progress (which she described as a “hot mess”. You’re so right, Amy!) And, my
surfboard buick laptop came in handy when she dropped hers. She used my laptop, and in the session before, also on research, my power cord came in handy when the computer they were using died suddenly mid presentation. Glad I went and was helpful!
I got to hold Rixa’s beautiful, sweet son Dio. Smelling his warm little head was almost as wonderful as meeting Rixa, and being with her at a few seminars to listen to her excellent, thoughtful input into the discussion surrounding birth.
I hung out around Reality Round’s poster presentation about infant massage in the NICU like a groupie for a little while. Other than that, I ran by her a few times as I tried to be where I was supposed to be fifteen minutes before for most of the weekend. She was even cooler in person than I had hoped.
I met Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, LCCE, who is a wonderful person with a very important job. She is interested in my KALI Questionnaire. Ulp! I hope this comes to fruition. That is one of the things I am supposed to be working on right now.
I got to meet Teri Schilling after her inspiring and very well received keynote address (standing O from a huge room! Congrats, Teri!) and she told me she reads this blog! Wow! I also met doula Sharon Muza, who is also a reader. Weird but fun. I tend to think no one reads me, but I guess I know some people must since I get hits and comments.
The lectures and presentations were great. Laboring Under An Illusion is a wonderful documentary that should be required viewing for high schools, childbirthing classes and medical schools! And, I was tickled to see a few clips from House of Babies in the film. I was on that show for a few brief moments. Not in the clips she chose (thank Maude!) but still, I felt like I had a special connection.
Speaking of a connection, when the computer died on Judith Lothian, PhD, RN, LCCE, I got to ask her about her wonderful qualitative research on home birth. While we were waiting to get the password to restart the presentation, I got to ask her about the finer points of qualitative research. I was quite pleased to have many of my points from a recent argument on the subject verified in stereo. Qualitative research, especially on pregnancy and birth, is very cool and quite important. And, it’s an easy target for people who don’t know what they are talking about, as I experienced and she confirmed.
I also got to hear Tiffany Field, Ph. D. director of the Touch Institute at nearby University of Miami present, and talked to her after her fantastic speech. She invited me to tour the NICU at Jackson Memorial!
Anyway, this is getting long for highlights. It was a blast. I have a new necklace to show for it, too. I couldn’t resist.