Understanding Your Options: From Bump to Birth and Beyond

On Sat, Oct 3 2020
9:00 AM
Flourish Fund B
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34 minutes
Event Type:
Fitness / Yoga Class
Birthing / Parenting Class
Support Group
Nutrition / Wellness
Where class is offered:
Understanding Your Options: Bump to Birth and Beyond 
A FREE Virtual Event
Saturday, October 3rd – 9 am – 11:30 am EDT
  • Join us for a morning of connection, celebration and giveaways!
  • Celebrate Midwifery Week
  • Learn from amazing local resources and businesses that support new families
  • Covering topics from the importance of choosing the right place, provider, support system for your birth, what the differences are and questions to ask, and knowing your rights along with advocating for yourself and family
  • Get your questions answered
  • A chance to win: Boba Wrap – Women & Infants Nursing Store or “Nobody Told Me About That: The First 6 Weeks” book by Ginger Breedlove
Flourish Fund and Women & Infants Hospital have collaborated to offer this virtual event to support and empower expecting families. 

Event Registration & Amazing Giveaway!

Once registered, you will receive an email with a Zoom Webinar link before the event date. 
PLUS, all who attend will be automatically be entered to win our amazing giveaways throughout the day. Come for one talk or stay for all!

Agenda (9 am – 11:30 am)

9 am  /  Welcome & Introductions
Melissa Bowley – CEO & Founder of Flourish Fund
Elisabeth Howard, Ph.D, CNM, FACNM – Director, Midwifery Department, Women & Infants Hospital

9:15 am  /  What Are My Options? Place, Providers & Support System 
Ana Sofia DeBrito- MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife

9:30 am  /  What I Wish I Had Known About My Birth Options - A Mom's Perspective
Shaylene Costa – Chair, Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition & Certified Facilitator, Chocolate Milk Café National

9:45 am  /  What You Need to Know About VBACs
Bridget Ibrahim, Ph.D, Family Nurse Practitioner

10 am  /  Q&A & Raffle Announcements

10:15 am  /  Dancing for Birth 
Michelle Chirby – CD (DONA),  DFB

10:30 am  /  Considerations When Choosing Where To Give Birth
Michelle Palmer – Certified Nurse Midwife

10:45 am  /  Differences Between a Birth and Postpartum Doula
Jodi Congdon – Doula, Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Educator

11 am  /  Advocating for Yourself: Knowing your Choices and Rights
Saraswathi Vedam – RM, MSN, FACNM, Sci D(hc), Associate Professor of Midwifery and Lead Investigator of the Birth Place Lab, at the University of British Columbia

11:20 am  /  Q&A & Raffle Announcements
Melissa Bowley – CEO & Founder of Flourish Fund

Company is not a healthcare provider and the Website and the Company Services do not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional healthcare services or the provision of any advice, diagnosis or treatment. These are the opinions of the providers who participate in the event and our company does not recommend of endorse and specific tests, physicians, procedures, opinions or other information that maybe mentioned during this event.
Prenatal, Postpartum, or both?:
Are children allowed?:
​Elisabeth Howard, CNM, Ph.D., FACNM (Liz) is Director of Midwifery at Women and Infants Hospital RI. She has been a CNM for 30 years and is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and ... moreGynecology at the Alpert Medical School, Brown University. She received her BA in Sociology from William Smith College, her MSN from Yale University,and her PhD in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She is a current Watson Caring Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. She has conducted research on out of hospital birth, reproductive decision making. quality of life, and interprofessional education.

She has served as the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) representative to the National Quality Forum, as well as the Neonatal Encephalopathy Task Force. Currently, she is the project manager for Women and Infants quality improvement project with the Healthy Birth Initiative: Reducing Primary Cesarean Project, the multi-hospital nation-wide quality learning collaborative. She is the contributing editor for the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing’s Clinical Expert Column, associate editor of the book Obstetric Triage Protocols, and author over 40 peer reviewed publications.
Provider Type:
Support Group, Postpartum Care, Childbirth/Parenting Educator
Where consults are offered:
In Person
On Sat, Oct 3 20209:00 AM2 hours 30 minutes
Free Event:
Cancellation Policy
No refunds
2 reviews   0 comments
(5.0 of 5)
Empowering & life changing
I cannot say enough good things about this webinar. I needed it more than I realised, and finally I feel like I can take charge of this pregnancy and birth. I learned so much from educated, knowledgeable women who left me feeling empowered to have the birth experience I never thought I could have. There was the right balance of a range of professionals sharing information backed by facts and figures, ... more and mums sharing their personal journeys. I’ve kicked off this new week knowing where to look for information and I have hope. I feel like my healing journey after my last 2 birth experiences has finally begun. Thank you so much - I can’t believe it was free!
Review of Webinar
I thought this webinar was very well put together, and very empowering. Not only did all the speakers share their own personal experiences but also many examples of their day to day work life. It was so good to hear all the feedback from so many different people with so many different roles in the healthcare system. I loved that the topics ranged from the point a woman is expecting a child to afterwards ... more and the care. Amazing webinar thank you