As part of a professional organization, it is critical that we are practicing within our scope. This session will look at the similarities and differences in practice for various credentialed and certified birth care practices. The focus will be on doulas, childbirth educators and lactation professionals. This session will explore appropriate practice through lecture, discussion and scenarios.
- Track: Choice
- Presentation Level: Beginner/Intermediate
- Know the scope and practice of their certification along with those of other common birth professionals
- Be able to determine when they are working outside their professional practice standards
- Make suggestions on how to address various scenarios
- Have resources for referrals
Elizabeth Smith graduated with a BS in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah in 1995 and had no idea what to do with that. She knew that Maternal Child Health was the ultimate goal but where and what still needed to be answered. She took a series of seemingly unrelated jobs on the university campus, which ultimately led her to where she wanted to be.
It was due to a fortune cookie that she applied for graduate school in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah Hospital where she earned a Master of Public Health in 2000.
Through luck and good timing, a position for a childbirth educator was posted on the hospital website right when she was trying to figure out how to use that newly earned Masters. She applied and got the job. Then a mere two years later, she was asked to apply for the position of the coordinator for the department when it became available. This was the year 2002.
Since that time, Elizabeth has continued on as the coordinator of the perinatal program. She took on the additional coordination of the Baby Friendly Designation in 2009. This year is re-designation and she has moments when she regrets being in charge. Other than that, she frequently finds herself wondering how she is so lucky to have a job that continues to be fun, challenging, and rewarding.
As part of her job, she is involved in numerous committees and boards. She serves as the Public Policy Director for ICEA, the secretary for PSI-Utah, and is founding board member for the Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank. She is on the March of Dimes local advisory committee, the perinatal bereavement committee & perinatal quality team for her hospital and is a past president of the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition.
With all that, there are still a few minutes in each day, so she is involved in her church by serving on the board of directors for Creek Road Childcare, is the vacation bible school director, sings in the choir, and is the Bingo caller once a month.
She has been married for 27 years and has three children. They are 25,22 and 13.
The thing you’d be least likely to guess about her is that she takes boxing lessons and does an annual triathlon.