About Sharon

I believe that continuing education and maintaining my certifications are critical to maintaining my skills as a birth doula, a childbirth educator and as a trainer of new doulas and educators.  I attend conferences, present to international audiences, and participate in learning opportunities whenever possible.  I have hundreds and hundreds of hours of additional learning beyond my initial training in 2004.

Birth Doula and Childbirth Education Professional Training & Continuing Education

2004

January

  • Seattle Midwifery School Labor Support Course

March

  • Seattle Midwifery School Childbirth Educator Training

2006

March

  • REACHE Conference: Real Life with Babies

April

  • PALS Doulas Certificatio

July

  • DONA International Birth Doula Certification Simkin

September

  • DONA International Doula Trainer Training with Penny Simkin

October

  • DONA International Approved Doula Trainer

November

  • Gottman Institute Bringing Baby Home Instructor Certification

2007

March

  • REACHE Conference: Epidural Realities

October

  • Passion for Birth Childbirth Educator Inservice: The Challenge of Being Interactive While Still Covering Everything

2008

January

  • When Survivors Give Birth: Counseling Skills and Strategies to Assist Pregnant Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Preparing for Birth Workshop with Penny Simkin
  • More Than Coming Out of Birth Alive: Exploring the Psychosocial Impact of Early Life Experiences & Today’s Maternity Care Practices on Childbearing Women Workshop with Penny Simkin

March

  • Advanced Doula Training: When A Baby Dies-What To Do?

April

  • Second Swedish Medical Center Breastfeeding Conference: A Practical and Evidenced-Based Update
  • REACHE Conference: Exploring the Forces Behind the Cesarean Epidemic

June

  • Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Certification (LCCE)

September

  • Advanced Doula Training: Rebozo Training for Doulas
  • Lamaze International Webinar: Marketing Your Childbirth Education Classes

2009

June

  • Basics of Breastfeeding for Doulas
  • Presenter PALS Advanced Doula Training: Supporting the Journey and Avoiding the Obstacles: Helping Your VBAC Clients

April

  • REACHE Conference: Why Are We All So Afraid? How Fear and Risk Impact Birth

July

  • DONA International Birth Doula Recertification

September

  • Advanced Doula Training:The OP Fetus-How Little We Know-with Penny Simkin
  • Advanced Doula Training: TENS Use in Labor with Penny Simkin

October

  • Presenter at Lamaze International Conference: Topic: Working Your Magic: The Educator’s Role in Reducing the Fear of Pain
  • Lamaze International Conference, Orlando, FL

November

  • Advanced Doula Training: Breastfeeding 201: What Every Doula Needs To Know
  • Passion for Birth Lamaze CBE Trainer Training
  • Placental Encapsulation Workshop

2010

January

  • TENS Trainer Training With Penny Simkin

February

  • Advanced Doula Training: Hypnobirthing Support Techniques For Doulas

May

  • Midwives of WA Spring Conference: Michael Klein, MD, Part 1: Midwives and Home Birth in British Columbia—History and Outcomes, Part 2: Confusion on the Maternity Floor: How Can We See Birth So Differently?
  • Lamaze International Webinar: Birthing Ethics: What You Should Know About The Ethics of Childbirth
  • Open Adoption Training for Doulas: Working with Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

September

  • Advanced Doula Training: Politics, Boundaries and Change

October

  • Presenter at Lamaze International/ICEA Mega Conference: Topic: Supporting the Journey, Avoiding the Obstacles: Teaching Dynamic VBAC Classes
  • Lamaze International/ICEA Mega Conference, “Future of Birth” Milwaukee, WI
  • A Day With the Experts of Mother Baby Care, Northwest Hospital Continuing Ed
  • Marketing to a New Generation of Parents: Success as a Childbirth Business Owner, Coalition to Improve Maternity Services (CIMS)
  • Cook Counter-pressure Techniques for Labor and Pushing

November

  • The Business of Being A Doula- PALS Doulas Advanced Doula Training
  • Becoming the Greatest Trainer: Seven Strategies for Adding Value and Making a Difference in Turbulent Times

December

  • Lamaze International Webinar:Becoming Baby-Friendly: Strategies Creating a Culture that Promotes Successful Breastfeeding

2011

March

  • REACHE Conference: Teach Better Now: In the Classroom, Across the Kitchen Table & At the Bedside

May

  • Midwives Association of WA Spring Conference with Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin and Karen Hays
  • UWMC Grand Rounds with Ina May Gaskin; Midwifery Techniques That Facilitate Vaginal Birth
  • Childbirth Education: Using Technology to Reach Today’s Parents Webinar

June

  • Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Recertification (LCCE)

July

  • Social Media Networking – Tools for Success Lamaze Webinar

September

  • INJOY Innovative Teaching Techniques for Comfort Strategies Webinar
  • Admitted as a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators (FACCE)

November

  • DONA International Webinar: A “How To” Tutorial on Third Party Reimbursement for Doula Services
  • Midwives Association of Washington Fall Conference
  • Supporting LGBTQ Families: Cultural Competency and Birth and Family Professionals.
  • Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

December

  • Birth Reports: Steering Your Classes in the Right Direction, Lamaze International Webinar

2012

February

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy Dr. Sears LEAN Webinar
  • Extraordinary Babies: Extraordinary Support; Injoy Webinar on Breastfeeding and the Premature Baby

March

  • DONA International Recertification Webinar
  • REACHE Annual Conference: Business * Birth * Baby * Breast; What You Don’t Already Know

April

  • Evidence Based Hospital Breastfeeding Support QI Initiative Web Conference
  • Keep It Simple; What Mothers & Babies Already Know, How They Think & Why This Matters! Christina Smillie
  • Safe Family Sleeping Arrangements: Evidence based research to support safe sleeping teaching strategies

May

  • Appointed Lamaze International Community Manager and writer for Science & Sensibility
  • Midwives Association of Washington Spring Conference: Eliminating Disparities in Maternity Care Together
  • Lamaze International Community Manager; Science and Sensibility Blog

July

  • Lamaze Webinar: Birthing Ethics: What You Should Know About the Ethics of Childbirth with Dr. Raymond De Vries
  • Presenter at the 2012 DONA International Conference, The Virtual Doula Paperwork Tips and Tricks, Cancun, Mexico
  • DONA International Birth Doula Recertification
  • PALS Doulas Birth Doula Recertification

August

  • Lamaze Webinar: “Moms, Babies, Milk and the Law: Legal and Ethical Issues When Teaching Breastfeeding” with Liz Brooks

September

  • La Leche League of WA Health Care Professional Seminar

November

  • WSHA-Partnership for Patients Collaboration: Safe Table Safe Obstetrical Care
  • International Lactation Consultant Association Webinar:New Perspectives on Breastfeeding and Alcohol
  • Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns: Reducing Early Elective Deliveries
  • Lamaze International’s Push for Your Baby Nurse & Educator Webinar: Arming Women with the Tools to Push for the Safest, Healthiest Birth Possible

December

  • Secrets from a Postpartum Doula: Newborn Care and Soothing Techniques: Injoy Webinar
  • Social Media for ChildBirth Educators

2013

January

  • How to Create and Deliver Engaging, Lively Webinars

March

  • Maternity Care and Shared Decision Making: Working Together to Improve Care for Mothers and Babies
  • REACHE Conference: Just Passing Through; Is It All About the Pelvis with Katy Bowman, Penny Simkin and Gail Tully

April

  • Family Centered Cesarean Birth Webinar
  • Great Starts Consulting Instructor
  • Getting the Most out of Your Hospital Tour: A Lamaze International Parent Event

May

  • InJoy Webinar: Working with Teens: What Are They Thinking
  • Listening to Mothers III: New Results and Trends from the National Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences
  • Presenter at Midwives Association of Washington Spring Conference, Top Ten Rebozos Uses for Midwives
  • How to Teach Evidence-Based Classes and Still Keep Your Job Lamaze Webinar

September

  • New Horizons in Lactation with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • Are We Listening To Mothers? Key Findings from the Listening To Mothers III Survey

October

  • Lamaze International 2013 Annual Conference: Let the Good Times Roll for Safe and Healthy Birth
  • Presenter at Lamaze International Conference: Birthing Your Online Presence Preconference Workshop
  • Presenter: Lamaze International Conference: Teaching to the Plugged In Mom; Using Digital Tools in the Classroom
  • Presenter: Lamaze International Conference: Cesarean YOUR Way; A New Approach to Families Planning a Cesarean
  • UWMC Ground Rounds: Religion in Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) 2013 Conference; Birthing Social Change
  • VBAC: Updating Students on Evidence and Practice Guidelines

November

  • Making the Most of Your Childbirth Education Business: Professional tips for managing your small business.
  • Contemporary Labor Management; UWMC Grand Rounds
  • The MotherBaby Transition – Management of 3rd and 4th Stages – Penny Simkin

December

  • Isis Webinar;Twin Pregnancies: Updates in Care

2014

February

  • Reaching Students Earlier: The Imperative for Good Outcomes

April

  • Six is the New Four: A Review of the Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Consensus Report

May

  • Helping Parents Prepare their Child and their Relationship for a New Baby
  • New ACOG Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Guidelines: Do They Raise More Questions Than Answers? with Penny Simkin

July

  • What Men Need in Labor & Isn’t It Time We Cared? – Amy Gilliland PhD

September

  • Lamaze International/DONA International Conference: Flowing Together for Safe, Healthy Birth and Beyond. Kansas, City, MO
  • Presenter – Lamaze International/DONA International Conference “Meeting the Needs of the Digital Age Mother: Online Resources that Enhance Your Birth Business”

2015

January

  • Promoting Healthy Physiologic Birth in the U.S.- Webinar with Sarah Buckley, MD

February

  • Washington State Hospital Association: Safe Table on Safe Deliveries

March

  • Webinar:VBAC Friendly or Just VBAC Tolerant? Determining If Your Provider Is Right for You
  • The Late Preterm Infant:Supportive Breastfeeding Strategies w/Michelle Kinne IBCLC
  • Partogram for Active Management of Labor – Grand Rounds UWMC
  • “Make It Work! Breastfeeding Tips for the Working Mom” – Lamaze International Webinar

April

  • Presenter:”Unexpected Outcomes and the Doula Role” and “Ready, Set, Rebozo” Inland NW Doula Network, Spokane, WA

May

  • Presenter: “TENS in the Toolbox” Seattle, WA

June

  • “Utilizing the New Lamaze Mobile App – Pregnancy to Parenting” – Lamaze International Webinar
  • Presenter: “Supporting the Journey, Avoiding the Obstacles”, PALS Doulas, Seattle, WA
  • “Utilizing the New Lamaze Mobile App – Pregnancy to Parenting” – Lamaze International Webinar
  • Presenter: “Supporting the Journey, Avoiding the Obstacles”, PALS Doulas, Seattle, WA

July

  • Presenter- “Supporting the Journey, Avoiding the Obstacles- Working with VBAC Clients”, “TENS in the Toolbox”, and “Ready, Set, Rebozo” Louisville, Birth Care Network, Louisville, KY
  • DONA International Birth Doula Recertification

September

  • Lamaze International/ICEA 2015 Joint Conference: Raising the Stakes for Evidence-Based & Education in Childbirth
  • Presenter at Lamaze International/ICEA 2015 Joint Conference: Social Media Smarts: Strategic Online Marketing for the Busy Childbirth Professional Preconference Workshop
  • Presenter: Lamaze International/ICEA 2015 Joint Conference: Getting on Google’s Good Side: Top SEO Strategies For Getting Found Online
  • Presenter: Lamaze International/ICEA 2015 Joint Conference: Cesarean YOUR Way: Develop a Great Class For Families Planning Cesareans
  • Awarded 2015 Lamaze International Media Award

October

  • Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Birth: Supporting Intended Vaginal Birth
  • Lamaze International Webinar: Reaching More Students: Effective Marketing for Childbirth Educators

November

  • Lamaze International Webinar: Be an Evidence-Based Practice Expert: Finding the Facts Behind Breastfeeding Beliefs

December

  • Lamaze International Webinar: The Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Key Concepts for Childbirth Educators with Sarah Buckley, MD

2016

January

  • DONA International Doula Trainer Retreat: Presenter: Moving Beyond the Facts: Effective Doula Training Strategies in Support of Evidence Based Birth

March

  • What Does Today’s Research Say? Helping Expectant Parents Understand Evidence-Based Care
  • REACHE Conference Presenter:Moving Beyond the Facts: Equipping Families with Tools for an Evidence Based Labor & Birth

April

  • Spinning Babies 8 hour with Gail Tully

July

  • DONA International 2016 Annual Conference – Presenter: Doctors, Doulas and Decisions: Helping Clients to Successfully Navigate Choice
  • DONA International 2016 Annual Conference – Presenter: Thriving not just Surviving: Strategies for Staying Sane While On-Call

August

  • BEST PRACTICE: Managing Early Feeding Challenges
  • CMQCC Webinar-Introduction to the Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans
  • Breastfeeding and Partnerships: Improving African American Breastfeeding Rates
  • DONA International Trainer Reapproval

September

  • The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person with Penny Simkin, PT, BA
  • Certified Lactation Educator: Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care
  • Dads Experience Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Too! Perinatal Support Washington

October

  • Evidence Based Care: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How to Help Families Find It – Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
  • Lamaze International 2016 Annual Conference – Presenter: Blogging with Confidence – Conquer Your Fear of Writing
  • Lamaze International 2016 Annual Conference – Moving Beyond the Facts: Equipping Families with Tools for an Evidence Based Labor & Birth

2017

April

  • LGBT-Inclusive Obstetrics and Nursing Support (L.I.O.N.S.)

June

  • CMQCC Induction of Labor – Risk, Benefits and Techniques for Increasing Success
  • Breastfeeding is Food Sovereignty

July

  • Steps Toward Achieving Birth Equity & Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality Among Black Women
  • Six Ways to Help Your VBAC Clients Avoid the Bait & Switch
  • Safety Action Series: Implementing the Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Bundle

August

  • Reproductive Justice and Black Women’s Maternal Health

October

  • Improving Discharge Education About Potential #POSTBIRTH Complications
  • DONA International Trainers Retreat: Presenter – “The Game of Life”
  • Lamaze International Advocacy Summit Learning Lab: Presenter – Increasing Self-Advocacy Skills for Your Students.
  • Lamaze International 2017 Advocacy Summit – Advancing Safe and Healthy Birth

November

  • CMQCC – Latent Labor Management Webinar

December

  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Renewal