Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
November 9-14, 2013
Why Attend the ICEA Cruise Conference?
This is the first annual meeting that ICEA has ever held on a cruise. The Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas ship is specially designed to accommodate conferences with excellent meeting spaces. So, in addition to a jam-packed educational line-up that will occur during the two days at sea, the cruise will allow plenty of recreational time to enjoy with friends, family and colleagues both on-ship and during visits to Belize and Cozumel. You’ll depart with a wealth of new and updated information to help you in your work and a host of pleasant memories.
Who Should Attend?
Current and aspiring childbirth educators, doulas (both birth and postpartum), perinatal fitness instructors, midwives, labor-and-delivery nurses and other health professionals interested in improved maternity services for expectant parents.
Attendees on the cruise will receive a full 24 ICEA contact hours that can be used towards ICEA recertification. ICEA has applied for 15.5 hours of nursing (CEU) and lactation consultant (CERP) continuing education credits.
***If current ICEA Certified Childbirth Educators or Doulas attend any ICEA 2 day pre-conference OR the full cruise conference for recertification purposes, they will fulfill the ENTIRE recertification requirement of 24 ICEA contact hours, even if less hours are given at the conference attended. For example, if the conference is approved for 15.5 contact hours, an ICEA Certified participant will receive 24.0 ICEA contact hours by attending to be used for their recertification(s).
A very convenient jumping-off place for the cruise is the Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown/City Center, 250 N. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301. WEBPAGE
Phone reservations can be made at 954-924-2700 (mention that you are attending the ICEA cruise or group code "ICE"). A special rate of $129 for a double will be available through October 6, 2013. Transportation to the cruise pier on Saturday, November 9, will be provided by the hotel. The hotel does not provide transportation from the Ft. Lauderdale airport. For guests needing to leave their vehicles overnight while on the cruise, the Hampton Inn will honor a discounted parking fee of $6.00 per night.
ICEA Cruise Conference Room Booking Notification
Have you made your reservation for the ICEA Cruise Conference yet? The early-bird deadline is approaching fast, so reserve your room at the lowest rate TODAY!
LOOKING FOR A ROOMMATE? When registering for your room for the 2013 ICEA Cruise Conference, please let the Continuing Education at Sea reservation specialist know that you are looking for a roommate. They will help pair you with someone who is also traveling alone.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Families and Babies
ICEA wants to provide an environment conducive to learning for all conference attendees. Quiet infants in arms and non-separating children are welcome. As a courtesy to other participants, please attend to your child’s noise or fussiness promptly. Support people are welcome on the cruise to provide child care outside of the meeting rooms.
Penny Simkin Micky Jones Cynthia Gabriel Elizabeth Smith
Thursday November 7, 2013 (Pre-Conference Workshops, Hampton Inn, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
8:00AM - 5:30PM - Pre-Conference Professional Childbirth Educator Workshop (Day 1) - Connie Bach-Jeckell
8:00AM - 5:30PM - Pre-Conference Birth Doula Training Workshop (Day 1) - Bonnie Katz
8:00AM - 5:30PM - Pre-Conference Postpartum Doula Training Workshop (Day 1) - Marilyn Hildreth
***Please note that the 2 day workshops require separate registration since they are considered pre-conference. The price will be $370 total per workshop for both days. Deadline to Register for a Pre-Conference Workshop is September 1st, 2013
REGISTRATION LINK / BOXED LUNCH OPTIONS (HAMPTON INN FT. LAUDERDALE)
Friday November 8, 2013 (Pre-Conference Workshops, Hampton Inn, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
8:00AM - 5:30PM - Pre-Conference Professional Childbirth Educator Workshop (Day 2) - Connie Bach-Jeckell
8:00AM - 5:30PM - Pre-Conference Birth Doula Training Workshop (Day 2) - Bonnie Katz
8:00AM - 5:30PM - Pre-Conference Postpartum Doula Training Workshop (Day 2) - Marilyn Hildreth
6:00PM - 7:00PM - ICEA Board Meeting - Hampton Inn
Saturday November 9, 2013
12:00PM - ALL ABOARD CRUISE SHIP "LIBERTY OF THE SEAS"!
1:00PM - 2:00PM - Registration/Meet & Greet
2:00PM - 2:15PM - Opening Remarks - Nancy Lantz, ICEA President
2:15PM - 3:30PM - 1st General Session - "My Dream is a Reality and Reality Bites" - Micky Jones
6:00PM / 8:30PM - Formal Dinner/Captains Dinner***
Sunday November 10, 2013 (AT SEA)
7:00AM - 8:00AM - Registration
8:00AM - 9:00AM - 2nd General Session - “Decision Fatigue vs. Informed Choice in this Era of Complex Hi-Tech
Maternity Care” - Penny Simkin
9:00AM - 9:15AM - Break
9:15AM - 10:15AM - 3rd General Session - "Exclusivity: The Missing Piece" - Elizabeth Kirts Smith
10:15AM - 10:30AM - Break
10:30AM - 11:30AM - 4th General Session - "Natural Hospital Birth: The Nitty Gritty Techniques that Work" -
11:30AM - 1:15PM - Lunch & Educational Movies
1:15PM - 2:15PM - 5th General Session - "Developing a Personal Self Care Plan" - Micky Jones
2:15PM - 2:30PM - Break
2:30PM - 3:30PM - 6th General Session - "One Step Further: Skin to Skin in the OR after Cesarean and Delayed
Baby Baths: Experiences from a Baby Friendly Hospital" - Elizabeth Kirts Smith
3:30PM - 3:45PM - Break
3:45PM - 4:45PM - 7th General Session - "The Triple-Layer birth Plans for Hospital Birth: Guiding New Parents" -
***Complimentary Cocktail Reception To Honor Penny Simkin's 45th Anniversary
as a Childbirth Educator / Time and Location TBA***
6:00PM / 8:30PM - Dinner
Monday November 11, 2013 (Port: Belize City, Belize)
8:00AM - 10:00AM - Educational Movies - Location TBA
Tuesday November 12, 2013 (Port: Cozumel, Mexico)
8:00AM - 10:00AM - Educational Movies - Location TBA
8:30PM - 10:30PM - President's Pajama Party - President's Cabin
Wednesday November 13, 2013 (AT SEA)
8:00AM - 9:15AM Breakout Sessions
- D-1 - "Who Owns the Ship?" - Colleen Weeks & Jana McCarthy
- D-2 - "Family-Centered Maternity Care: An Urgent Need for Today's Families" - Bonita Katz
- D-3 - "Intro to Dancing For Birth: Shifting the Paradigm from Lithotomy to Lyrical" - Stephanie Larson
- D-4 - "Moving Beyond the Debate: A Holistic Approach to Management of Labor With an Epidural" - Penny Simkin
9:15AM - 9:30AM - Break
9:30AM - 10:45AM Breakout Sessions
- E-1 - "Filling the Seats" - Jana McCarthy
- E-2 - "Family-Centered Maternity Care: An Urgent Need for Today's Families" - Bonita Katz
- E-3 - "Intro to Dancing For Birth: Shifting the Paradigm from Lithotomy to Lyrical" - Stephanie Larson
- E-4 - "Becoming a Mentor for the ICEA Educator" - Vonda Gates
10:45AM - 11:00AM - Break
11:00AM - 12:15PM Breakout Sessions
- F-1 - "Making a Difference in a Minute" - Connie Bach-Jeckell
- F-2 - “A Necessary Merger: Incorporating Breastfeeding Education Throughout the Childbirth Curriculum” Elizabeth Kirts Smith
- F-3 - "Preparing Parents-To-Be for the Feelings of Birth" - Cynthia Gabriel
- F-4 - "Lions Tigers and Bears...Oh My! From Fear to Hope on the Yellow Brick Road of Childbearing" - Vonda Gates
12:15PM - 1:45PM - LUNCH & Educational Movies
1:45PM - 3:00PM - 8th General Session - “Why Is She Unhappy? Postpartum Mood Disorders (with emphasis
on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)” - Penny Simkin
3:00PM - 3:15PM - Break
3:15PM - 4:00PM - ICEA Members Annual Meeting
4:00PM - 4:15PM - Break
4:15PM - 5:15PM - 9th General Session - "Busting Open the Myth of Balance to Find the Treasure of Harmony:
You can do it!" - Micky Jones
5:15PM - 5:30PM - Closing Comments - Connie Livingston, ICEA President Elect
6:00PM / 8:30PM - Dinner
9:00PM - 10:00PM - Welcome IATs "Open House" President's Cabin
Thursday November 14, 2013 (Cruise Ship "Liberty of the Seas" Departure Day)
8:00AM - 10:00AM - ICEA Certification Exam - Location TBA***
***Please note that in order to qualify for taking the exam, all exam materials and application must be received by the main office no later than October 1st, 2013. For more information on becoming certified with ICEA, please visit: www.icea.org/content/childbirth-educator-certification
Please visit the Continuing Education Website for registration information!