Expanding Lactation Care: Incorporating Inclusion into Professional Practice

Please join us for our virtual speaker series recognizing National Breastfeeding Month and featuring subject matter experts. Click on the individual session to register. Live webinars will be held every Thursday in August, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST. The cost for the entire series is $30, but attendees can participate in any or all of the sessions.


Checking Problematic Narratives and Services
Against LGBTQ+ Individuals in Lactation
 

Thursday, August 5, 2021 
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Speaker: Mystique Hargrove, MS, CFSD, CLE, CBE, Ph.D. Student 

Research has shown that the LGBTQ+ community is more likely to report experiencing discrimination because of their sexual orientation. This intersects with the lack of access to quality care for one’s wellness by centering around decreased chances of receiving affirmative and inclusive support from birth working providers. This workshop provides absolutely no “cookie-cutter” way of informing and educating the importance of being inclusive and affirmative in lactation support. This is to check, correct, and collect problematic narratives that cause harm to a community that continues to remain marginalized. Participants will be informed on the harmful practices that are presented daily in birth work and while serving LGBTQ+ individuals in need of safe and uplifting spaces. Participants will learn ways to dismantle toxic narratives and services to transform their practice and skills to be fully inclusive and affirmative. 

Learning Outcome 

At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to incorporating inclusive and affirmative language and care when working with LGBTQ+ individuals and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. 


Unlearning Obesity, Learning fatness:
Caring for the Fat Perinatal Client with Respect and Competence
 

Thursday, August 12
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Speaker: Kristin Vaught Cavuto, MSW, LCSW, IBCLC 

Fat people receive subpar medical care from deeply biased providers in all settings, including before, during, and after pregnancy. This course will teach the perinatal care provider how to care for their fat clients without causing harm. It will educate on the myths and the facts about fatness, both medically and socially. It will discuss the ways in which perinatal care providers typically fail their fat clients, and it will provide methods for changing practice to provide unbiased, respectful, and competent client care.  

This presentation will address the learners’ understanding of fatness, both medically and socially, and teach them to care for their fat clients without causing harm.  

  •  The learner will understand the myths and realities of fatness in the medical and social spheres. This section will focus on research-based information about fatness and health. 
  • The learner will understand how perinatal providers typically fail their fat clients. This will include the evidenced-based consequences of this provider failure. 
  • The learner will understand how to provide care for fat clients with respect and competence. The focus of this section is client autonomy and provider self-reflection.

Learning Outcome 

At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to caring for fat individuals without causing harm and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. 


Supporting Lactation in Latinx Birthing Families

Thursday, August 19
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Speaker: Brenda Reyes, RN, CLC Program Specialist Lead: Peer Lactation Services at HealthConnect One 

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by WHO. This pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated the inequities that already existed with communities of color. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to identify three institutional barriers for Latino birthing families. Participants will be able to list opportunities to address barriers to supporting communities of color. Identify resources for addressing institutional and systemic racism. 

Learning Outcome 

At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to identifying and addressing barriers to supporting lactation in Latino birthing families and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. 


Understanding Experiences of Bias in Hospital Lactation Support from African American and BIPOC Women: Data from an 18-month study of the Irth project 

Thursday, August 26
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Speaker: Kimberly Seals Allers, she/her/hers, Founder, Irth & Executive Director, Narrative Nation, Inc.  

This presentation will focus on a review of an 18-month study conducted through the Irth project. A new digital project, Irth (as in birth, but without the B for bias) has received multiple grants and investments to develop its technology to undertake on-the-ground review collection campaigns to capture the lived experience of maternity and infant care by BIPOC, including feedback on their specific interactions with lactation support professionals in hospital settings. Using a reproductive justice framework, Irth centers, the communities most burdened by the problem of biased care. As such, its development plan includes using a community participatory action project to conduct an immersive five-city review collection campaign of actual experiences of care among black women and others who more often experience biased care.  

Learning Outcome 

At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to how biased care impacts the healthy pregnancy, birth, and successful breastfeeding for African-American and BIPOC women and intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice. 


Register for all 4 programs using the button below.


Target Audience

Perinatal nurses, lactation consultants, and other lactation support and perinatal health professionals

Disclosure/Commercial Support

The planners do not have any conflicts of interest to report for this activity. Kimberly Seals Allers has disclosed that she may discuss her book “The Big Let Down: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding”. No bias has been identified in the presentation. Mystique Hargrove, Kristin Vaught Cavuto, and Brenda Reyes have nothing to disclose. There is no commercial support for this activity.

Successful completion

To receive contact hours for each individual continuing education program, the registrant must sign in for the webinar, attend the entire presentation, and complete and submit an evaluation. A certificate of completion will be distributed for each session within one week of receipt of the evaluation.

Three months following the program, attendees will be expected to complete an online follow-up survey to assess long-term impact of the education provided.

Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours

Each individual program has been awarded 1.0 contact hours.

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. P194-2/2023 Approval status does not imply endorsement by the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, NJSNA, or by ANCC of any commercial products discussed/displayed in conjunction with the educational activity.

CERPS

Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points has been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

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Questions? Contact Sarah Muller-Robbins at srobbins@pmch.org

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