I have a dream, that ancient knowledge and modern medicine, home birth midwives and OB doctors, natural medicine doctors and anesthesiologists, birth doulas and childbirth educators and all who work individually for the collective good of supporting mothers in childbirth can come together to bring greater understanding to how their roles intertwine and how they can increase collaboration to best serve parents. I will talk about how to begin to shift the paradigm of individual providers working individually with little to no understanding of how others support the same clients or patients in their childbearing year to one of communication, collaboration and teamwork. I will give examples from my community and teach how to create networking groups, small business support circles and community groups where people can begin conversations, learn about each other and be able to better share information and knowledge with students in their classes. I will speak about how to do this locally as well as online. These groups and this communication can also be the window of opportunity to begin shifting policy at the hospitals where we work or in the communities of people we serve.
- Track: Collaboration
- Presentation Level: Beginner/Intermediate
- Understand the need for increasing collaboration among professionals who serve childbearing families
- Identify gaps in their communities (or opportunities for bridge building)
- Learn 4 different bridge building activities and how to use the internet to enhance these efforts
- Start to create an action plan for building bridges in their communities
Rebecca Blankinship, ICCE, CEIM, is owner of Mama Nunu, Rock Star Birth and Parent Coaching serving families in Kirkland, Washington and globally through the magic of the internet. Rebecca is most passionate about helping parents build a foundation for success from the preconception period or as early in pregnancy as she can reach them! In what feels like a former life she owned a cultural exchange organization and connected people from diverse cultures through local activities and international trips. Rebecca’s dream is to continue the work of connecting people through community building in her hometown and traveling around the world to share her knowledge and passion with other educators and community leaders. She now runs a networking and community resource group called Eastside Birth and Family Resource. Rebecca is a proud member of ICEA’s International Relations Committee. Rebecca’s raison d’être is waking up each morning to the gift of her daughter’s presence and making a promise to create magic with and for her each day.