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    Licensed Instructors 


    Evidence-Based Nursing:
    Labor Support Skills Workshop

    The following instructors are licensed to facilitate Lamaze Evidence-Based Nursing: Labor Support Skills Workshop. These instructors are all members of Lamaze International who support the mission, vision and Lamaze fundamentals for pregnancy, birth and parenting - they all have extensive backgrounds in labor and delivery, evidence-based practice, they are all Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and many of them are also Registered Nurses.

    Sunny Carlisle, LCCE, CD (DONA)
    Sunny Carlisle has been a birth doula since 2004 and an LCCE Educator since 2005. She facilitates Evidence-Based Nursing Workshops for the Mount Carmel Health System and has a MA in Child and Family Development with a concentration on Child Development and Infant Feeding from the University of Akron.

    Kathryn Konrad, MS, RNC-OB, LCCE, FACCE
    Kathryn Konrad is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Oklahoma, where she provides the Evidence-Based Nursing Workshop to nurses and nursing students. She contributed to recent updates of the Evidence-Based Nursing Workshop curriculum and has been a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator since 2006.

    Sharon Parker, RN, BSN, LCCE
    Sharon works within the OB/GYN Quality Improvement department at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia to co-develop perinatal quality improvement initiatives and provide professional education for affiliate and regional providers. Sharon's background includes work as an obstetrical nurse, childbirth educator, doula, as well as travel abroad to promote global women's health endeavors.

    Michele Ondeck, RN, MEd, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE
    Michele Ondeck is the current Past-President of Lamaze International. She is a nurse with a BS in Sociology and an MEd in Health Education, and has been an experienced childbirth educator for more than thirty years. She is an LCCE, IBCLC, and a trainer for the Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program in Pittsburgh, PA. Michele teaches the Evidence-Based Nursing: Labor Support Skills Workshop, and is involved in volunteer activities, travelling and spending time with 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

     Partner Institutions

    Lamaze International is proud to partner with several institutions around the country to offer quality continuing education that offer knowledge and skills essential to the success of today's maternal-child health professionals.

    West Virginia Perinatal Partnership  
    The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership has begun a “First Baby Initiative” to reduce first-time cesarean sections and give nurses the tools they need to help laboring women work through labor well into the active phase before turning to epidurals and other unecessary interventions This initiative, funded by the West Virginia Chapter of the the March of Dimes, aims to educate 24 nurses in each of 8 sites throughout West Virginia with the Evidence-Based Nursing Workshop curriculum, enabling those nurses to teach others and work together to decrease infant and maternal morbidity and mortality rates. 

    Mercy Hospital – St. Louis, Missouri
    In 2012, Mercy Hospital provided the Evidence-Based Nursing Workshop for over 140 Labor and Birth nurses. Mercy Hospital has a strong commitment to labor support and in January 2013, they opened a new 31-bed Labor and Birth unit complete with showers, tubs, birth balls and telemetry for fetal monitoring. Mercy looks forward to opening the area’s first midwifery practice and hospital-based Birthing Center in the fall of 2013. To coordinate with Mercy Hospital to bring the EBN Workshop to your facility, please e-mail Gloria Newman, who coordinates the EBN Workshop Program at Mercy Hospital.

    Carolinas Health Care System
    Carolinas HealthCare System desires to provide excellent care to all maternity patients by achieving national standards issued by the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. By investing in the Evidence-Based Nursing Workshops, nurse managers were able to assist their nursing staff in reducing their cesarean section rate for first time mothers. One large hospital in the system that delivers 6500 babies per year reduced their primary cesarean rate by 2.4% with the workshop as their only intervention. The group of hospitals that have required the workshop to all of their staff have as a group had 1.9% decrease in their primary cesarean rate.