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- PIC Network Educational Webinar -
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
11:30am – 1:00pm

Zoom Webinar
Education Opportunity for Prenatal & Infant Care Providers
Empowering New Parents:
Doulas & Kick Counts
Join us on Tuesday, August 24 at 11:30 a.m. for the Prenatal & Infant Care Network webinar. Local experts will share insights on best practices and resources available to empower new parents, addressing needs identified by the Allen County Infant Mortality Review Team.
Local Births Data & Trends
Erin Norton, Director of Community Outreach at Parkview Women’s & Children’s Service Line and facilitator for the Allen County Fetal Infant Mortality Review Committee, will share recent data about the areas in which new parents are experiencing difficulties. The data will reveal opportunities for all community partners to strengthen services from serving parents of diverse cultures to preventing pre-term delivery with strategies like “Kick Counts.”
What is a Doula?
Shanna Bradley, Executive Director of Journey Birth & Wellness, will answer "What is a Doula?" and present the evidence-based birth trainings and certifications available to doulas. She will address doulas' scope of practice in empowering new parents, the evidence behind their effectiveness, and how and when to refer to their local doula program, which offers services on a sliding fee scale. Shanna, a wife and mother of five, is trained through DONA and ICEA doula programs and holds certifications from StillBirthday and Global Birth Community as a birth and bereavement doula. She has also added to her resume childbirth educator and is finishing her training as an evidence-based birth instructor and an international doula trainer. She holds a degree in Intercultural Studies and is currently working on her International Maternal and Child Health diploma.
What is the Difference between a Doula and other Prenatal Professionals?
Paige Wilkins, Executive Director of Healthier Moms & Babies, manages a variety of programs available for our community’s most vulnerable pregnant women. Paige will share how Healthier Moms & Babies is collaborating with Journey Birth & Wellness to use doulas to complement her team of home visiting professionals, nurses, and community health workers. 
Kick Counts: Tracking In Utero Movements
Jackie Martinez, Programs Manager of Healthier Moms & Babies, will share how to educate expectant parents to track their babies’ daily movements in the third trimester of pregnancy and empower them to speak up if there is a change in what’s normal for their baby. Research shows that a change in fetal movement can be the earliest, and sometimes only, indication that a baby is in distress in utero and should be checked by a provider.

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