Happy Holidays & Get Ready for an Awesome New Year!

It hasn’t been an easy road and the work to be done is far from over but there is a TON to look forward to in 2012 with birth.

In Hawai`i alone we have these workshops/events happening just in the first few months of the year, along with a visit from Dr. Michel Odent and International Midwife Heloisa Lessa.

If you’re not part of the transformation, find out more at: http://www.jointhetransformation.org/ together, we will see positive outcomes for families, women and children.

Here’s what’s happening in Hawai`i nei, hope we see you at one of these wonderful events! :

* Hawai`i Affiliate of American College of Nurse Midwives (HAA)

Presents: “The Face of Midwifery in Hawaii”

The First Annual Conference & Membership Meeting

January 29th, 2012, Sunday

Conference Topics:

Preservation and Promotion of Normal Physiologic Birth
Presented by top researcher in the field, Holly Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN
President, American College of Nurse-Midwives

Showcase of Midwifery Practices in Hawaii
Guest speakers from across the islands will present their practices

Roundtable Discussions
Group breakout sessions focusing on strategies to increase the success of midwifery practice in Hawaii

Where: Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
Time: 8 am- 5 pm
Costs: HAA Members $75 General public $65 Students & Nurses $50
(Includes conference, meeting, and lunch)

Who should attend? HAA members, Midwives, Nurses, Women’s Health Care Providers, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Hospital Administrators, Obstetricians, Physicians, Faculty, Students, anyone interested in Midwifery care in the state of Hawaii.

For more information contact: 887-0167 or visit our soon to be up website hawaii.midwife.org


“National Initiatives for Evidence Based Infant Nutrition”
Sponsored by: Breastfeeding Hawaii, Queens Medical Center and
Healthy Hawaii Initiative-Hawaii Department of Health

Aloha Breastfeeding Advocates!

Come to Hawaii in the winter and enjoy an excellent conference on breastfeeding activism strategies to use in your community.

Advocates within the State can attend in person or via Video Conferencing for Neighbor Island participants.

When: January 9, 2012

Where: The Queen’s Medical Center Conference Center, 1301 Punchbowl Street Honolulu, HI 96813

Time: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Costs: Physicians $150, Regular $125,  $90 VCC Participants Neighbor Island/Queen’s Employees/Students


Amelia Psmythe-Director of Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon and West Coalition
Region Representative to US Breastfeeding Committee
Carol Melcher-trainer and consultant with Baby Friendly Hawaii Project and 35 hospitals in California regarding becoming Baby Friendly; developer of SOFT Program at Loma Linda
Community Panel representing Hawaii Mothers Milk, Inc; WIC; Hawaii Pacific Health
You can sign up on line by
1. going to the Breastfeeding Hawaii website http://www.breastfeedinghawaii.org
2. on Home page click IN THE TAB TITLED EVENTS AND COURSES. You will be taken to a page to register for the conference and pay by credit or debit card via PayPal.
Do Not Choose Breastfeeding Confence in the casade of choices under the tab Events
and Courses. It will only take you to a Save the Date flier for the conference not the registration form and method of payment area.
We look forward to you joining us at our conference and enjoying our beautiful island, Oahu or traveling to the other neighbor islands!

If you have additional questions please contact me at patbilyk@yahoo.com

Supporting Hawaii’s Birthing Families

Dates – January 20, 21 & 28, 2012

Times – Fri. 6p – 10p Saturdays 9:30am – 5:30pm,

Location – Honolulu, Hawaii

Instructor – Kathryn Julia, LMT, CLD

Cost – $350.00 (discount for registration before Dec. 31 2011)

Contact – 375-3465 or JulTouch.kj@gmail.com


Michel Odent, MD, Founder, Primal Health Research Centre, London U.K.
“Primal Health Research in the Age of Epigenetics ”
Primal Health Research is an emerging branch of epidemiology & includes studies exploring correlations between what happens during the primal period and what happens later on in terms of health and personality traits. The primal period includes fetal life, perinatal period and the year following birth. With the advent of epigenetics – as another emerging discipline – many correlations
detected through the primal health research perspective can be interpreted in a new way. The database appears also as a tool to provide indications regarding critical periods for genes environment interaction during the primal period, where specific pathological conditions and personality traits are concerned. Since the possible transmission of epigenetic markers to the following generations has been demonstrated, we found new reasons to include in the database studies about transgenerational effects of events during the primal period. Today, one cannot ignore the transgenerational effects. Understanding how acquired traits can be transmitted to the following generation is a new step in the history of sciences.
Michel Odent has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals.  He is the author of the first article in the medical literature about the use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), of the first article about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth, and of the first article applying the ‘Gate Control Theory of Pain’ to obstetrics. Odent is the author of 12 books published in 22 languages & co-author of five academic books, as well as author/co-author of 92 articles.
Date: Thursday Jan 19 2012
Time: Thursday, Jan. 19, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
Location: Biomed Bldg, room D‐207, UH‐Manoa
To RSVP for this presentation, please contact Nancy Partika: nantika@hawaii.edu

* Hāpai Hawa`i Presents:

Debra Pascali-Bonaro of Organic Birth and Elizabeth Davis author of
“Hearts & Hands” bring an Ecstatic Birth Workshop:
“Creating, Supporting and Nurturing Safe, Satisfying, Pleasurable Births”
A creative workshop to explore the research, expand your practice and stimulate your creativity with music, movement and more…
February 29 & March 1st
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This workshop will include: Hormones and physiology of labor: the path to ecstasy, Significance of emotions on the progress of labor, Comfort measures in first stage labor: hands on practice, The sexuality of pregnancy, labor and birth, Variations of normal birth, Postpartum debriefing, Birth as a Human Rights Issue and much more
Where: Paki Hale 3840 Paki Avenue, Honolulu HI 96815
Who should attend? Midwives, Nurses, Women’s Health Care Providers, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Hospital Administrators, Obstetricians, Physicians, Faculty, Students, anyone interested in Midwifery care and mother/baby friendly care in the state of Hawaii.
For more information or questions call: Piper Lovemore (808) 861-7168 find us on Facebook: Hapai Hawaii


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