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International Childbirth Education Association

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
November 9 - 14, 2013

This conference has already sailed, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the boat! Click here to see our complete schedule of upcoming programs.

Royal Caribbean's Fabulous Liberty of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas

Cancellation Policy for Course
30-days-None; 7-29 days-50%; 7 days or less-100%

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Target Audience
Childbirth Educators, Labor and Delivery Nurses
Program Purpose / Objectives
Friday November 8, 2013 (Hampton Inn, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
3:00PM - 5:00PM - ICEA Board Meeting - Hampton Inn
Saturday November 9, 2013
12:00PM - ALL ABOARD CRUISE SHIP "LIBERTY OF THE SEAS"!
12:15PM - 1:30PM - Registration/Meet & Greet
1:30PM - 1:45PM - Opening Remarks - Nancy Lantz, ICEA President
1:45PM - 3:00PM - 1st General Session - "My Dream is a Reality and Reality Bites" - Micky Jones
3:00PM - 3:30PM - CORD:USE Presentation - Dr. Guindi
3:30PM - 4:30PM - Required Muster Drill
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" -Cynthia Gabriel
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" - Cynthia Gabriel
7:15PM - 8:15PM - Complimentary Cocktail Reception To Honor Penny Simkin's 45th Anniversary as a Childbirth Educator /The Sphynx, Deck 5, Forward***
6:00PM / 8:30PM – Dinner
Monday November 11, 2013 (Port: Belize City, Belize)
8:00AM - 10:00AM - Educational Movies - Location TBA
6:00PM / 8:30PM - Dinner
Tuesday November 12, 2013 (Port: Cozumel, Mexico)
8:00AM - 10:00AM - Educational Movies - Location TBA
6:00PM / 8:30PM - Dinner
8:30PM - 10:30PM - President's Pajama Party - President's Cabin
Wednesday November 13, 2013 (AT SEA)<./dt>
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-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 - 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)
Begins at 6:30AM
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
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Faculty
Cynthia Gabriel, PhD

Cynthia Gabriel is a medical anthropologist, mother of three, and a doula who has attended over 100 births in three countries. With a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Post-Doctorate Fellowship from the University of Michigan, Gabriel conducts research on two projects. The first focuses on hospital birth in Russia and the second on stress during pregnancy among African American women. She teaches anthropology at Eastern Michigan University. She served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Center for the Childbearing Year, and runs women's and parents' support groups. Gabriel is also the co-founder of Growing Together, a Life Learning Center that offers psychotherapy and life coaching services in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she resides. Gabriel also mentors new doulas across the country.

Micky Jones, BS, CLD, CD(DONA), HCHI, IBCLC, DFB

Micky Jones, BS, CLD, CD(DONA), HCHI, IBCLC, DFB Micky's career began when she graduated with honors from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Consumer and Family Sciences, with emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies. She is a Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor, Certified Labor Doula with DONA and CAPPA, Certified Hypno-Doula, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Dancing For Birth Certified Instructor, and DONA Approved Birth Doula Trainer.

She loves to speak at conferences and train other professionals. She still works as an independent contractor with 9 Months & Beyond, LLC, teaching Childbirth Hypnosis classes, supporting women as a doula, and helping moms nurture their babies at the breast.

As part of her personal self-care plan, Micky explores play and creativity as a committed Zumba enthusiast, hula-hoop diva, and occasional baker. She lives south of Nashville with her husband, KC, and their three children.

Penny Simkin, PT

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 12,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women or couples through childbirth as a doula. She is the author of many books on birth for both parents and professionals, including The Labor Progress Handbook, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions. Her latest products for birth educators and doulas are The Road Map of Labor. and two birth videos, The 3Rs: Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual and Comfort Measures for Childbirth, newly redone.

Currently, she serves on several boards of consultants and editorial boards, including the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care; the International Childbirth Education Association; and the Seattle Midwifery School.

Through independent study and her work as a birth counselor, she has developed a counseling approach for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse. This work is described in the book, When Survivors Give Birth, which she co?authored with Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW.

Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and labor support, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children and eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 to 22 years.

Elizabeth Smith, ICCE, IBCLC

Elizabeth Smith holds a master's degree in public health with an emphasis in maternal child health. She began working at the University Hospital in 2000 as an educator and quickly moved into the management position for the dept of perinatal education. In 2003 she was asked to be on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Steering Committee where she worked with a team to get University Hospital designated as the first Baby Friendly Hospital in Utah. She was asked to take the lead for Baby Friendly when the previous coordinator took a job change and has worked to maintain that designation.

Elizabeth is a certified childbirth educator and a board certified lactation consultant. In addition to her duties at the hospital she sits on numerous committees including the March of Dimes Advisory Board, Perinatal Bereavement Committee, Perinatal Professionals Consortium, Utah Milk Bank Task Force and the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition.

On a personal note, she has been married for almost 23 years and has three children ages 20, 17 and 8. In her free time she enjoys gardening, swimming, cross country skiing and reading.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
DATE
PORT OF CALL
ARRIVE
DEPART
Sat Nov 09
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
-
4:30pm
Sun Nov 10
At Sea Cruising
-
-
Mon Nov 11
Belize City, Belize
9:00am
6:00pm
Tue Nov 12
Cozumel, Mexico
8:00am
6:30pm
Wed Nov 13
At Sea Cruising
-
-
Thu Nov 14
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
7:00am
-

Ports of Call
Belize City, Belize - From the thriving, pulsating Caribbean capital of Belize, paradise calls. The longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere (175 miles long and second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef) is dotted with cayes teeming with a dazzling array of colorful fish and tropical plants. Inland, find dense virgin jungles, tumbling jade-green rivers and verdant valleys. An eco-tourist's paradise.
Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Liberty of the Seas

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Cruise Pricing

Prices below are for the full cruise including meals and evening entertainment

ICEA Members
Interior Stateroom M
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Interior Stateroom K
Ocean View Stateroom H
Ocean View Stateroom G
Verandah Stateroom
Non-Members
Interior Stateroom M
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Interior Stateroom K
OceanView Stateroom H
OceanView Stateroom G
Verandah Stateroom
Book prior to July 3, 2013 for best rates and stateroom selection. Rates include cruise fare (including ship board meals and some beverages), on-board gratuities, taxes and fees, and conference registration fees. Air fare is additional. A $250 deposit is due per person at the time of booking. Final payment for the cruise/conference must be made by August 22, 2013.
Cancellation Policies vary by cruise line and sailing date. Please check with our staff for your specific conference..
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Although subject to change at any time, the listed prices are generally available up to about 90 days before sailing; at that time they convert to typically higher, market rates. Rates offered directly by the cruise line and quoted by our agents are also subject to change at any time, can be withdrawn at any time and are capacity controlled.
CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY WILL APPLY: Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance to cover the unexpected.
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Cruiselines may implement a fuel surcharge depending on the price of crude oil.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

TravelSafe.comPlease visit TravelSafe.com for travel insurance information.

Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel insurance is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that "something might come up" that might force you to cancel, travel insurance is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we've seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

If travel insurance is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above; this link allows you to price out the insurance plan you prefer. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer.

What Our Travel Insurance Can Cover:

  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption
  • Baggage/Personal Effects Loss & Dealy
  • Missed Connection
  • Medical Expense/Emergency Evacuation
  • Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation
  • Accidental Death
  • On-Call 24 Hour Assistance Services
  • Some plans even include cancel for any reason