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AABC offers members webinars live and on-demand on timely topics, the business of birth centers and clinical issues.

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Can’t attend live?  Register anyway and we'll email you the recording after the session.  You'll also find the recording in our on-demand library along with our other past webinars.


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  • Members: Free
  • Non-Members: $45

The American Association of Birth Centers presents Webinar Wednesdays as a member benefit for AABC members.



Webinars On-Demand

A library of past webinars available for viewing at your convenience.

Members have free access to past webinars for viewing on-demand (you will need to log-in to access this member-only benefit).  Non-members can register for a fee.

Introducing the AABC risk management & sentinel events toolkit

Presented live on 6.24.2020

Be the first to access the brand new AABC Risk Management & Sentinel Events Toolkit, developed by a joint task force of the American Association of Birth Centers and the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.  In this webinar, you'll learn how to best use this new resource, which was designed to provide birth centers with information and tools for prevention, management, and mitigation of sentinel events.  You'll learn how to prepare for the unexpected, follow established protocols when the unexpected occurs, and how to learn and improve after a sentinel event.  Resources include checklists, samples, policies, and drills, and how to conduct a root cause analysis, supporting staff, and handling media inquiries. We also share resources on risk management, including an orientation on the types of liability insurance available and tips for shopping for coverage.

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Birth settings in america consensus report: what birth centers need to know

Presented live on 5.20.2020

In February, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a consensus report on the current state of the science on birth settings.  The report focuses on the areas of outcomes, quality, access, and choice in the birth settings of hospital, birth center, and home.  In this webinar, Melissa Cheyney and Jill Alliman, both members of the Birth Settings Committee, present a summary of this comprehensive report and highlight some of the important points birth centers and midwives can use to educate clients and policy makers.

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pdr strong: 3 reasons to continue the pdr during a pandemic

Presented live on 4.22.2020

This session focuses on the importance of contributing to the AABC Perinatal Data Registry (PDR) by highlighting important recent research using PDR data.  First, we learn about a study examining the effects of state-level legislation allowing midwives to practice autonomously on birth outcomes.  The next study examined birth outcomes associated with water birth for women and their infants who gave birth in a community setting.  Lastly, we learn about a study that piloted longitudinal self-report surveys addressing care expectations and experiences as a part of the Strong Start initiative between 2015-2016 and how they can be used to understand how clients' perceptions impact decision-making.

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strengthening intermittent auscultation in birth center practice

Presented live on 3.25.2020

Intermittent auscultation is the standard of care for fetal assessment in birth centers, but many midwives, nurses, and clinical team members have minimal formal training in auscultation skills, and national guidelines for performing and interpreting intermittent auscultation are inconsistent.  In this webinar, you'll learn from Amy Romano, MBA, MSN, CNM, how to strengthen the intermittent auscultation skills in the birth center setting using simulation-based training and continuous quality improvement methods.

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The babies Act: Making birth centers more sustainable

Presented live on 2.19.2020

The BABIES Act was introduced in the U.S. House at the end of 2019 (BABIES stands for "Birth Access Benefiting Improved Essential Facility Services.")  Jill Alliman, DNP, CNM, and Moira Tannenbaum, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, teach us how passage of the BABIES Act will help all birth centers grow and how you can help to support this bill.  We describe the bill and what it will accomplish as well as the steps needed move the bill forward in Congress.  It will take many people pitching in to get our bill moving forward. *This webinar is free for everyone.

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adding pelvic floor physical therapy to your birth center practice

Presented live on 1.29.2020

Have you been curious about pelvic floor physical therapy and how you can incorporate it into your birth center?  Join us for an informative session presented by Melissa Sundberg, DPT, of Geneva Woods Birth Center in Anchorage, AK.  We review anatomy and function of the pelvic floor muscles and how to identify medical diagnoses in a client's history that may signal pelvic floor dysfunction.  We'll also help you identify when a birth center client may benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy based on presentation and results of current treatment.

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Presented live on 11.20.2019

Have you been entering data into the PDR but haven’t accessed your own data for data quality assurance and statistics?  Join Jennifer Wright, MA, AABC PDR Manager, to explore PDR features, data quality assurance, exporting data, and getting statistics.  We discuss how to perform routine data quality audits, ask specific questions of your data, calculate your statistics from your data export, and use the PDR statistics function.  Take full advantage of what the PDR has to offer.

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Presented live on 11.6.2019

Are you planning to sign up for the PDR or are you new to the PDR and want to become more familiar with the data collection system?  AABC PDR Manager, Jennifer Wright, MA will guide you through getting started with the PDR.  We will discuss the value of the PDR, designing your PDR system sustainably, prospective data entry, the comprehensive vs. minimum dataset,  navigation of the platform, data entry, and saving and accessing saved records.  Use the PDR with comfort, ease, and efficiency.

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Marketing strategies to build and boost your brand

Presented live on 10.9.2019

Today, it's more important than ever to have a clear brand that distinguishes your practice from others and educates potential clients about the birth center difference. In this webinar, you'll learn how to craft your brand and highlight what makes you different from Amy Johnson-Grass, faculty for AABC's How to Start a Birth Center workshop and owner of Health Foundations Birth Center + Women's Health Clinic. We'll help you get clear about your marketing goals, how to reach them, and how to measure your return on investment.

everything you want to know about aabc state chapters

Presented live on 8.28.2019

Are you working to establish or improve your state's birth center regulations?  Could you use a structure in place so that when state issues arise or you want to make changes at the state level, like-minded people can come together and get things done?  AABC's state chapters offer just that, with the weight of your national organization behind you.  In this informational webinar, we walk you through the benefits of organizing by state, the resources and support you can expect from AABC, and the nuts and bolts of establishing a chapter.

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Review of the new aabc position statement on vbac

Presented live on 7.17.2019

After evaluating the latest evidence and weighing the implications for birth centers and families, AABC has released a new position statement, clinical bulletin, draft informed consent, and discussion guide for labor and birth after Cesarean in the birth center setting. In this webinar, you’ll hear from the committee that developed these documents to learn about the research, what it means for birth centers, and how to use the materials we provide.

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Strategies for avoiding burnout

Presented live on 6.5.2019

During a time that maternity care is in crisis, caring for ourselves as midwives is a way we can work towards the national goals of improving maternal health outcomes and growing the midwifery workforce. Healthcare provider well-being is empirically demonstrated to affect patient outcomes and the stability of the workforce. During this session, Dr. Brie Thumm presents different conditions that affect caregivers, especially midwives. She also looks at the research on midwifery burnout and specific elements of the practice environment that affect our well-being and the quality of care we provide to women and families. Finally, she covers strategies to address burnout on practice and personal levels.

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Using root cause analysis to review sentinel events

Presented live on 5.8.2019

Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM, FACNM, and Denise Roy, MSN, CNM are experienced midwives and long-time AABC members. They understand that when issues arise in a birth center, it can be very easy to blame someone or sweep it under the rug instead of taking the time to discover the true cause of the issue.  In this webinar, you'll discover practical tools to uncover the “root cause” of some of your most stressful birth center issues and what you can do to prevent them from happening again. This approach will help you build a better culture of safety in your birth center and prevent future harm.

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Supporting birth center advocacy at the state and federal level

Presented live on 3.27.2019

Are you curious about the legislative process but don't know where to start?  Learn from from leaders in government affairs who are working on exciting legislative efforts on behalf of birth centers.  In this free webinar, you'll learn how to organize around an issue in your state or support existing state and federal efforts.  You'll also hear success stories of legislation that has changed the landscape for midwives and birth centers.

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Presented live on 2.27.2019

Your unique cultural view about birth and the language you use affects how you communicate to a laboring family and will affect how well you interpret the needs of others. This presentation teaches you how to become more aware of your cultural orientation and gain tools to communicate effectively with a broad variety of clients about their desire and needs in the perinatal period. You will also learn how to identify factors that are significant in the client's perception of her healthcare choices and develop plans to both assess and overcome barriers in communication.

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Presented live on 1.23.2019

A special interview with Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho, PhD, MSc, RM, co-founder of the Midwifery Unit Network (MUNet) .  MUNet promotes midwifery units (birth centers) across Europe through research, policy, training, and much more.  To scale midiwfery units while maintaining quality, they collaborated with the European Midwives Association (EMA), with input from AABC, to develop the  Midwifery Unit Standards.

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Presented live on 11.14.2018

Learn more about AABC's brand new Certified Birth Assistant Training and all of the ways you can get involved.  Whether you're brand new to birth, have experience as a nurse or birth assistant, or are an experienced midwife looking to support birth assistants-in-training, we want you!  Course faculty will present on the eligibility, cost, and benefits of getting involved as a student or faculty member and answer questions.  We highly recommend this webinar for prospective students as well as birth centers that plan to enroll their birth assistants in the course.

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Maternal and Neonatal outcomes in the birth center setting

Presented live on 9.26.2018

In this presentation, the researchers behind Neonatal Outcomes in the Birth Center Setting: A Systematic Review (JMWH, January 2018) discuss their process and findings.  This systematic review investigated the role of the birth center setting on neonatal outcomes in economically developed countries.  Their work has provided evidence to assist clinicians and clients in making decisions about their care.  Read their published research here.

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Town Hall: Proposed changes to the aabc bylaws - how this would affect you

Presented live on 8.29.2018

This special town hall covers proposed changes to AABC's bylaws and how these would affect you.  The changes recommended by the Bylaws Committee would ensure compliance with current non-profit regulations, reflect best practices in the industry, and meet the needs of our growing organization.  Listen as we review the current bylaws, outline the proposed changes, and answer member questions.

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Best practices in water birth

Presented live on 8.15.2018

This is a presentation by Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM, Amy Johnson-Grass, ND, LN, LM, CPM, and Mary Yanagawa, CDM, of the best available evidence and best practices for use of immersion in water for labor and birth.  The session includes controversies and areas in which more evidence is needed.  The presenters also review their guidelines and problems they have seen in their birth centers.

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surviving to thriving: transforming intergenerational cycles of violence, risk, and vulnerability

Presented live on 7.18.2018

In this session, Mickey Sperlich, PhD, CPM uses a trauma-informed lens to discuss how cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability affect pregnancy and early parenting and impart risk for adverse outcomes for mothers and their babies.  She also presents the emerging evidence for ways to disrupt these cycles and promote resiliency during the childbearing year and beyond.

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Shared decision-making

Presented live on 6.20.2018

In this session, Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD outlines the principles of shared decision-making in maternal healthcare and their application in various maternity care settings.  The discussion draws upon recent studies involving shared decision-making, the relationship between shared decision-making and informed consent and refusal, medical and midwifery ethics, and the medico-legal and liability issues that affect how shared decision-making plays out in practice.

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TRAINING BIRTH ASSistants in the birth center model of care

Presented live on 5.30.18

Check out this sneak peek into AABC's upcoming Certified Birth Assistant training.  Launching this summer, the course draws from numerous philosophies and modalities to create a recognized standard for quality birth assistants trained to support the midwife and family during labor, birth, and the postpartum period.  The program is designed to provide birth centers with certified birth assistants who are specifically trained in the midwifery model of care in the out-of-hospital setting.  You'll learn all about the curriculum and other elements of the course as well as opportunities to get involved.

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Content marketing: How content can make or break your birth center

Presented live on 4.18.18

Have you invested your time and energy into content marketing for your birth center?  Tyler Hixson, Co-Founder of Marketing TEA, reveals how birth centers across the country are deciding their future through content marketing.  Are you looking to grow your birth center's client base and community, increase referrals, or reach new potential birth center clients?  Are you curious how your social media and web presence play a role in the new age of marketing?  Tyler addresses your toughest marketing questions in an energizing, no holds barred webinar.

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CABC ACCREDITATION: You're accredited, now what?

Presented live on 3.21.18

In the fourth and final webinar of this series, you will hear from two accredited birth centers about what to expect after you become accredited.  This includes required reporting and when to expect your next site visit.  You will also learn how to get the word out about your accredited birth center to payers and your community.

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Presented live on 3.7.18

In the third webinar of this series, Ann Sober, RN, BSN, and Kim Pekin, CPM, discuss what to expect from the two-day CABC site visit. This includes a review of the birth center’s policies and procedures, detailed chart reviews, an inspection of the facility, and much more. This is a critical step in the process that serves to evaluate your birth center and provide information to the review panel that makes the final decision regarding accreditation.

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CABC ACCREDITATION: Preparing for the Site Visit

Presented live on 2.21.18

In the second webinar of this series, Cathy Gordon, CNM, FNP-BC, and Nicolle Uban, PhD, APRN, CNM, discuss what to expect after you begin the process of CABC accreditation. Preparing for your site visit is a process that requires dedicated effort, including a detailed self-evaluation report of your birth center. You’ll learn how these birth centers successfully prepared for their site visit.

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CABC Accreditation: Understanding the value

Presented live on 2.7.18

In the first webinar of our four-part accreditation series, Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM, FACNM, presents the many benefits of becoming accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.  You will learn why so many birth centers choose accreditation, what to expect from the process, and the support available from the AABC Foundation.

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Publishing Research: Tips from an editor

Presented live on 11.29.17

In this webinar, Frances Likis, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health,guides attendees through t he process of preparing research for publication.  You will learn what to consider when choosing a journal, tips for the  writing process, the components of a manuscript, and what to expect once you've submitted your research.

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Basics of billing

Presented live on 9.20.17

In this webinar, Jesica Dolin, BSM, CPM, address common questions about billing for birth center services.  Designed for beginners, it introduces you to classification lists such as CPT and ICD, common codes for midwifery care, and billing for your facility and ancillary services.  A solid foundation of knowledge on billing will improve the likelihood of your claims being paid and the rates at which you are reimbursed.

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How to get employers to be birth center advocates to health plans and employees

Presented live on 8.23.17

This webinar discusses how to reach out to employers, employer coalitions, and other organizations that represent employers to educate and get their support for freestanding birth centers and the midwifery model of maternity care. Employers are the health plans’ clients and can have influence to affect their policies and practices. This session includes how to find key employers in your market, relevant employer messages, communication tools, and strategies for employers to increase their employees’ awareness and use of birth centers.

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Taking Strong Start to the Next Level

Presented live on 8.9.17

A live encore presentation of the of breakout session at the 2016 AABC Birth Institute "Building Bridges". This webinar will discuss preliminary outcomes of the AABC Strong Start project. Outcome data on social determinants of health and key quality metrics will be compared with national data.  Strategies for using Strong Start data with payers, hospitals and consumers will be reviewed. Presented by Jill Alliman, CNM, DNP

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American birth centers: building bridges to the future

Presented live on 8.2.17

A live encore presentation of the of keynote address at the 2016 AABC Birth Institute "Building Bridges". American Birth Centers hold the potential to transform birth in the U.S. and serve as a model system to for providing evidence-based care in countries around the world. Why are birth centers uniquely positioned to provide true evidence-based care? How far have birth centers come since their inception? What is needed in order for us to move forward? How can we continue to engage families in the quest for birth center access in every community? Presented by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN.

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Reducing Transports with Spinning Babies

Presented live on 06.28.17

Protect the physiological births you promote in your birth center with Spinning Babies. This hour explores clues in the labor pattern and pelvic station to match techniques for labor progress. Learn solutions that return a long or stuck labor to how nature intended. Midwife Gail Tully, creator of Spinning Babies invites you to a new paradigm.

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Presented live on 05.24.17

Are you getting the most out of your emergency drills? In this webinar Joan Smith, CNM, MSN walk you through the process of building your drills from scheduling to case selection to how to set the birth room. Participants will receive examples of actual drills. Presented by Joan D Smith, CNM, MPH, MSN.

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Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in Birth Centers - Review of the Literature

Presented live on 04.26.17

Do you want to know what the current literature says about clinical outcomes in birth centers? Join us for a clinically-relevant summary of the current literature on birth center care. Presented by Julia Phillippi, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Jill Alliman, CNM, DNP and Kathleen Danhausen, CNM, MPH, MSN. The Handouts and Links are here: slides, "Maternal Outcomes in Birth Centers: An Integrative Review of the Literature" published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health (Jan 2016).

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AEDs, Pregnancy and Birth Centers

Presented live on 03.22.17

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is responsible for almost 350,000 deaths annually in the United States. SCA does not discriminate by age and affects children, teenagers, and adults alike. The majority of these incidents do not occur in hospital. As the rate of pregnancy-related deaths continues to rise, so does the number of pregnant women affected by SCA. The number one cause of pregnancy-related deaths from 2011-2013 was cardiovascular disease. While most who experience SCA die within minutes, rapid treatment with an AED can be lifesaving. For every minute that a normal heartbeat is not restored, chances of survival decrease by 7-10%. According to the American Heart Association, AED use in pregnancy is safe for both mother and baby. Join us to learn about recent recommendations for handling SCA in pregnancy and how you can protect your clients, employees, and visitors through the development of an AED program.

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10 Tips to Grow Your Birth Center on Social Media

Presented live on 02.22.17

More and more social media is a top medium for reaching customers. An integrated social media presence can grow your business and your community. In this webinar, social media expert Jen Gardella shares 10 tips to grow your birth center on social media and avoid pitfalls.

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You've Opened Your Birth Center, Now What?

Presented live on 01.25.17

Join panelists Brianna (Honea) Bennett, MBA, Susan Melnikow, CNM, MS and Linda Weaver, CPM for a moderate discussion on issues that new and small birth centers encounter. Topics include understanding cash flow, staffing, relationships, and marketing and brand recognition.

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Collaboration with Federal and State Governments - Does this really work?

Presented live on 08.03.2016

View the fourth and final webinar in our Summer Collaboration Series. Jill Alliman, DNP, CNM will review the new CMS Guidance issued to States this year requiring Medicaid MCOs to include freestanding birth centers in their plans, and how you can use this guidance to your benefit. Cynthia Flynn, CNM, PhD, FACNM will also talk about how certain state regulations restrict the development of birth centers and examples of states that have recently successfully created or improved regulations. The importance of collaboration with elected officials at the state and federal level will include a description of how you can develop relationships with legislators that can be mutually beneficial.

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Creative Models for Collaborating with Complementary Services in Large and Small Communities

Presented live on 07.27.2016

View the third webinar in our Summer Collaboration Series. Whether you are in a small rural community or a large urban center, your birth center can benefit from collaboration with complementary services. Join Kathleen Wirtz, CNM, WHNP-BC, founder of Birth and Family Midwifery, LLC in Kelso, Washington and Coral Slavin, Owner and Director of Well-Rounded Maternity Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to learn how they have successfully built collaborative relationships with alternative health care providers, massage therapists, breastfeeding consultants, fitness specialists and more.

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U.S. MERA – How Will It Affect Collaboration in Birth Centers?

Presented live on 07.20.2016

Watch the second webinar in our Summer Collaboration Series. Mary Lawlor, CPM, LM, executive director of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives and Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, APRN, FACNM, past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives will present on the development of U.S. MERA and discuss areas of impact including licensing for Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), federal Medicaid reimbursement and increased opportunity for collaboration among midwives in birth centers.

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Initiating Collaboration with Hospitals and Physicians

Presented live on 07.13.2016

Trying to figure out how to improve your collaborative relationship with your transfer hospital/physician? Whether you have hospital privileges or not making sure your relationships are solid and strong is key. Join Maureen Darcey, founder and Clinical Director or Women’s Birth and Wellness Center as she talks about how they created relationships with their transfer hospital. Learn the right and wrong ways to approach a hospital, how to educate the hospital physicians and nursing staff and bumps in their roads that you can learn from. This webinar is for every birth center, new or experienced, with every type of provider in every part of the country. We can always improve our relationships.

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Cell-Free DNA Screening: Much more than a "baby gender" test

Presented live on 05.18.2016

Are you struggling to understand which genetic tests to order? Are you looking for tools to help you respond to patients who are requesting expensive prenatal testing? Learn more about genetic screening with Heather Dorsey, MS, a genetic counselor with Legacy Medical Group-Maternal-Fetal Medicine. This presentation will: discuss what genetic counseling is and who should be referred to see a genetic counselor; review rates of birth defects in the general population and an approach to screening pregnancies for conditions including, but not limited to, Down Syndrome; explore cell-free DNA screening, its benefits and limitations, and practical approaches to its incorporation into prenatal care; and consider questions for providers to consider when thinking of offering cell free DNA screening to their patients.

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NRP 7th Edition Guidelines: What Birth Centers Need to Know

Presented live on 04.27.2016

Learn more about the new Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) guidelines with Ashton Osborne BSN, RN and Olga Ryan MS-NL, RN. This presentation outlines the most recent changes to the NRP guidelines and how they affect birth centers. CABC indicator revisions based on these changes are also reviewed.

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Be S.M.A.R.T. about Tongue-Ties

Presented live on 03.23.16

Join Ashton Osborne, RN, BSN and Rebecca Costello, IBCLC, MPH to learn more about newborn tongue-tie. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to highlight the differences between normal breastfeeding problems resolved with basic teaching and those that require a referral utilizing a simple assessment tool. The S.M.A.R.T. assessment tool encourages the user to develop a more holistic approach to breastfeeding issues (especially tongue-ties).

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Making Sense of Research

Presented live on 2.24.16

Wondering how to respond to that newest research study about out-of-hospital birth outcomes? How do you interpret study findings? What is the best way to answer questions from parents and the media when a study reports less than ideal outcomes? View this webinar presented by Barbara Norton, MS, CNM and Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM where they discuss recent studies, and learn more about how to respond in a way that is informed and productive.

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Root Cause Analysis

Presented live on 11.11.15

Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM and Denise Roy, MSN, CNM are experienced midwives and long-time AABC members. They have been in birth centers for many years and understand that when issues arise it can be very easy to blame someone or sweep it under the rug instead of taking the time to discover the true cause of the issue. Explore how you can find the “root cause” of some of your birth center issues and learn about what you can do to really fix these problems so they do not happen again.

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Adaptive Change

Presented live on 10.28.15

Mary Littlefield Devine, LM from Texas will take you through an informative hour about adaptive change and why the philosophy behind this should be considered at your birth center. Adaptive change is the concept that organizations are facing challenges that require them to develop new strategies and learn new ways of operating. To make these changes it is important to include everyone in process for real and lasting change to take place.

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