September 3-10, 2023
Departing from Cape Liberty, NJ

Royal Carribean Oasis of the Seas

We’ve missed you, so come join us for a week of sun, sand, and skin-to-skin with the opportunity to earn up to 24 contact hours! All the while, you’ll get to enjoy the luxury of sailing aboard the Oasis of the Seas, and all the many amenities it has to offer, including world class food, entertainment, activities, and beyond!

Conference Tracks

Track 1: Ethical Lactation Practices: Research Updates | Presented by Karin Cadwell, Anna Blair, and Ravae Sinclair
(6 Contact Hours for RNs and CLCs, 6 E CERPs for IBCLCs)
Current standards of care are always based on today’s knowledge, but as we learn we have an ethical responsibility to adapt our thinking and practices to provide the best care possible for all mothers and all babies.

Track 2: Skin-to-Skin Contact: Practical Advice to Build your Clinical Skills | Presented by Kajsa Brimdyr and Kristin Svensson
(6 Contact Hours for RNs and CLCs, 6 L CERPs for IBCLCs)
Every mother and baby deserves the opportunity for skin-to-skin contact after birth. When challenges arise, how can we adapt our care to make this possible so that they don’t miss out on the physiological and emotional benefits?

Track 3: Communication: Re-Humanizing The Experience | Presented by Kristin Stewart and Jay Stewart
(6 Contact Hours for RNs and CLCs, 6 L CERPs for IBCLCs)
Enhance your counseling skills with an enlightening set of sessions on communication. By attending both sessions of Communication: Re-Humanizing The Experience, participants will satisfy the requirement of 5 communication hours, as required by the IBLCE.

Track 4: Setting Up a Doula Practice Presented by Ravae Sinclair
(3 Contact Hours for RNs and CLCs.)
Do you have questions about becoming a doula and managing your own practice? How do you balance the aspects of running a business with providing supportive care for families? Join us and bring your questions.

Track 5: Latch 1, 2, 3: Handy Tips and Helpful Hints | Presented by Karin Cadwell and Anna Blair
(3 Contact Hours for RNs and CLCs, 3 L CERPs for IBCLCs)
Dr. Cadwell and Dr. Blair share the best tools in their troubleshooting toolbox and answer all of your questions about latch.

Register for one or more tracks! It is possible to attend all five tracks for a total of 24 contact hours.

Call Terry Brown at 800-596-5529 x36407, or email tbrown@wth.com, to book your cabin. To register with the conference group and receive the discounted conference rates, mention that you’d like to take a cruise with Karin Cadwell!

Ports of Call & Daily Schedule

September 3
Cape Liberty, NJ
Departs at 4pm
September 4
Day at Sea
9am-noonTrack 1 – Ethical Lactation Practices: Research Updates, Part 1
1pm-4pmTrack 2 – Skin-to-Skin Contact: Practical Advice to Build your Clinical Skills, Part 1
September 5
Orlando, FL (Port Canaveral)
9am-noonTrack 3 – Communication: Re-Humanizing The Experience, Part 1
afternoon off
September 6
CocoCay, Bahamas
day off
September 7
Nassau, Bahamas
morning and afternoon off
7pm-10pmTrack 3 – Communication: Re-Humanizing The Experience, Part 2
September 8
Day at Sea
9am-noonTrack 1 – Ethical Lactation Practices: Research Updates, Part 2
1pm-4pmTrack 4 – Setting Up a Doula Practice
September 9
Day at Sea
9am-noonTrack 5 – Latch 1, 2, 3: Handy Tips and Helpful Hints
1pm-4pmTrack 2 – Skin-to-Skin Contact: Practical Advice to Build your Clinical Skills, Part 2
September 10
Cape Liberty, NJ
Arrives at 6am

Conference Pricing

Discounted Pricing when Booking your Cabin
with the Healthy Children Project Group
Tracks 1, 2 & 3 – $150/track
Tracks 4 & 5   –   $75/track

Standard Pricing

Tracks 1, 2 & 3 – $210/track
Tracks 4 & 5   –   $105/track

Conference Registration

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We will verify your booking with Terry.


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Cruise pricing and booking is separate. The cruise is with Royal Caribbean, departing 9/3/23 from Cape Liberty, NJ, on the Oasis of the Seas. We will not be able to verify that you have booked the correct cruise; this will be your responsibility.

Conference Speakers

Anna Blair, PhD, IBCLC, CLC
Anna Blair is the Director of Academic Programs at Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding, where she is also on the faculty and a researcher. Dr. Blair spent nearly two decades in academia in addition to her work in clinical practice. As a lactation care provider, Dr. Blair works in a community-based lactation center answering a breastfeeding warmline for three counties and offering face-to-face visits. Her research on sore nipples and positioning/latch solidified the premise that the two are intricately related. She is the author of many research articles and publications, including Maternal Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and 100 Questions & Answers about Breastfeeding.

Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC
Dr. Kajsa Brimdyr is an experienced ethnographer, researcher and international expert in the implementation of continuous, uninterrupted skin to skin in the first hour after birth. She is author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and the award-winning director of The Magical Hour: Holding Your Baby Skin to Skin the First Hour After Birth, produced with Ann-Marie Widström and Kristin Svensson, and together the three also created and produced the groundbreaking DVD Skin to Skin in the First Hour After Birth: Practical Advice for Staff after Vaginal and Cesarean Birth.

Karin Cadwell, PhD, FAAN, RN, ANLC, IBCLC
Karin Cadwell is an internationally recognized leader in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation. She is a delegate to the US Breastfeeding Committee and convener of the US UNICEF/WHO implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Baby Friendly USA. She is the lead faculty at Healthy Children Project, Inc., a lactation consultant at the Center for Breastfeeding and the author of numerous books and articles.

Ravae Sinclair, JD, AdvCD(DONA), LCCE, CLC
Ravae Sinclair is a certified birth doula, certified Lamaze childbirth educator, lactation counselor and postpartum doula in the south of Florida (U.S.) area. Since she began her career in 2002, Ravae has supported over 550 families through a wide variety of birth experiences. As a business owner, Ravae intentionally serves multicultural and international families. Ravae has worked as a doula in a variety of settings, including on the staff at Columbia Center Birth Place and Sibley Memorial Hospital. She has served on the board of directors for DONA International as President. Her past service includes Intercultural Director, and Chairperson of the Ethics and the Nominations Committees. She has also served as a committee member on the Advocacy, Publications and Conference committees while working on Ad Hoc Committees to address policy and Bylaw changes when needed.

Jay Stewart, MA
Jay Stewart (he/him) holds a Master’s Degree in Communication/Theatre from Wake Forest University, where he was first introduced to the importance of physical theatre and non-verbal communication. Jay has been a jack of all trades throughout his career–Actor/Circus Clown/Three Stooges Impersonator!/Director/Writer/Comedy Instructor/Creative Consultant/Voice Over Artist, and more. Jay has written, produced and performed for some of the biggest entertainment companies in the world including Kinoshita Circus, Japan; MGM Grand Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas; AEMI Festivals, Shanghai/Beijing, China; Walt Disney World Amusement Park, Orlando; and Feld Entertainment, producers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus- The Greatest Show on Earth! Jay’s development as a performer led him to his current position as the Supervisor of The Laughter League, the team of Variety Artists and Entertainers at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), bringing “humor therapy” and engaging visitation to the bedside of patients, their families and the staff at the #1 Pediatric Facility in the USA. Jay is also proud to have had the opportunity to address Grand Rounds at BCH, presenting on the importance of humor and authentic engagement in the medical setting. Currently, Jay is engaged with Laughter League colleagues in the creation of the North American Federation of Healthcare Clowning Organizations (NAFHCO), the first organization of its kind in the USA, Canada and Mexico. NAFHCO strives to establish industry standards and best practices for Healthcare Clown programs, and, through education and outreach, to promote Healthcare Clowning as an acknowledged part of the ‘Circle of Care’ for medical facilities everywhere.

Kristin Stewart, BS, CLC
Kristin has been teaching the art of communication for over 20 years with an expertise in non-verbal communication.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University in Political Science and has had a long and varied career involving travel, performance, and teaching. Kristin has been working with Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding for eight years and is fascinated by the unspoken communication in the breastfeeding dyad. Recent projects include the research of popular culture surrounding birth and breastfeeding and its impact on adolescent women and discourse analysis of breastfeeding in popular culture for the past two decades.

Kristin Svensson, RN, PhD

Kristin is a university midwife, PhD specializing in breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact in the first hour after birth. With over 40 years of experience in breastfeeding support. Kristin is employed as a lecturer at universities, women’s clinics, and in primary care in Sweden. Kristin received her doctorate in 2011 at Karolinska Institute with the thesis “Practices that Facilitate or Hinder Breastfeeding” http://publications.ki.se/xmlui/handle/10616/40513 and the focus of her research is determining which practices support or hinder breastfeeding. Learning about breastfeeding in different cultures has always been of interest to Kristin, who has studied breastfeeding in both Africa and Asia. Kristin is also breastfeeding support mother in Amningshjälpen, and is a representative in AMNIS, the National Breastfeeding Network in Sweden. One of the initiators of AMSAK, Breastfeeding Experts in Stockholm County Council, Kristin was chairman and developed the Care program on breast complications during breastfeeding  – and is also one of the representatives in the National Breastfeeding Committee www.livsmedelsverket.se. Kristin collaborates with the American organization Healthy Children Project, www.healthychildren.com, where she, together with Ann-Marie Widström, was invited to implement safe uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact between mother and child in the first hour after birth in several hospitals in Egypt and in the United States. In 2019, Kristin was awarded the Solsticke prize together with Ann-Marie Widström for the effort to reintroduce breastfeeding to stimulate attachment and breastmilk as the newborn baby’s most important food.

Kristin has also recently completed a successful research project in Uganda with skin-to-skin contact in the first hour after birth. Currently, Kristin is a senior midwife for Karolinska Institute and Hospital.