Babies are communicating all the time; adults are just not very skilled at understanding them! The key to parent satisfaction, confidence, and infant mental health is parental sensitivity to infant cues. Once parents learn to read their babies, they can usually lessen infant crying and develop successful approaches to sleep and feeding for their baby.
This workshop is designed to increase the skill and accuracy of perinatal professionals in recognizing infant cues to 85% agreement. Participants will analyze video content as individuals and small groups to increase their effectiveness. In addition, the nine measures of infant temperament and three key temperament profiles will be analyzed to increase confidence of participants in their observations. Emphasis is placed on co-creating knowledge with the parent about their child and developing a working model of that child's temperament together.
All participants will receive a completion certificate for 3 DONA International continuing education hours which are accepted by major birth support and education organizations.. Nursing CE's have been applied for (as of Nov 2016).
Who Should Attend This Workshop? Perinatal professionals who interact with parents during the postpartum period all contribute to parent's confidence and efficacy. Clinic and hospital nurses, home visitors, doulas, midwives, lactation professionals, physicians, childcare providers, and parenting educators would all benefit from this course. It is expected that participants are already familiar with state, cues, and temperament but need to build confidence or expertise in recognizing infant communication and discussing observations with parents.
What is the refund policy?
It is the responsibility of the participant to contact Amy Gilliland at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know they are not attending. If you do not show up and do not send an email or written letter to cancel you will not receive a refund (emergencies will be handled individually).
Cancellation by February 22 will incur a $10.00 administrative fee; the rest of your tuition is refundable. Cancellations after February 23 are not refundable. Doulas and midwives who are called to a labor may receive a partial refund. My goal is not to keep your money; but for me to have an affordable event AND a flexible policy for people who may have to cancel to go to a birth.
Are any scholarships available?
Yes, some scholarships are available for people of color who would not otherwise be able to attend. Please contact Amy with a suggested amount that you can pay ($1 to $40) and your contact information. The more people who register, the more scholarships I can offer!
Is there a block of hotel rooms reserved?
There is a block of rooms at the Bismark Courtyard with a special group rate. The block will be released 4 weeks before event. When making your reservation remember to mention that you are with the Doula workshop group.