Midwifery Today Mini-Conferences
East Coast USA 2017
May 16: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
May 20: Boston, Massachusetts
May 22: New York City

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It is so often hard to get away to come to a conference so we decided to come to you. Join us in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Boston area or New York City. We have started this format with conferences so more people could join us for insight, inspiration, knowledge, networking and fun. And of course CEUs are offered: ACNM has approved 4.5 hours of CEUs. If you are a CPM, please be advised that ACNM CEUs are accepted by NARM. The CEU fee is included in the price of the event. (Details below)

There is something really special when we birth practitioners get together. Our mini-conference retreat is for anyone interested in birth: midwives, doulas, student and aspiring midwives, childbirth educators, nurses and doctors. Our program is the same in all three places. We have a great program prepared for you with excellent clinical information as well as heart-filling inspiration. Join us if you can!

The prices for Midwifery Today subscribers are $99 by March 15, $109 by May 8 (in-office deadline) and $119 at the conference. The prices for non-subscribers are $109 by March 15, $119 by May 8 (in-office deadline) and $129 at the conference.

Questions? Write to conference@midwiferytoday.com. Check out our Facebook group.

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8:00 am – 8:50 am  
8:50 am – 9:00 am
Jan and Eneyda
Jan and Eneyda will open the retreat with a few encouraging words.
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Jan and Eneyda
Visions and Dreams for Birth Change
You are needed as a birth change agent, wherever you are studying, practicing or teaching. Women want to have healthy babies and good birth experiences. Around the world women are prevented from achieving these goals, causing trauma to them and their babies. Learn what you can do in your community to promote positive birth change. We will discuss how each of us plays a part in changing the birth future for mothers and babies, with a discussion of what other birth practitioners are doing around the world. We encourage you to discover your dream and carry it out.
10:00 am – 11:30 am
New and Old: Techniques for Controlling and Preventing Hemorrhage (CEUs 1.5 hours)
We will study the problems that may arise in third stage and how to prevent them or treat them. Postpartum bleeding has many causes, from incomplete separation, to placental retention to uterine atony. Learn about how to deal with these situations with available medications, but also with non-pharmacological and manual methods which are frequently faster and more effective than medications. Gail will also talk about the use of the placenta, cord and membranes for hemorrhage control: this is a revival of a midwife technique which could save many maternal lives worldwide.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm  
Jan and Eneyda
Tricks of the Trade—Sharing
Share the techniques you’ve perfected in your practice or bring your questions to this roundtable of tips on a wide variety of topics. Previous sessions have included facilitating effective contractions, dealing with prolonged labor, preventing perineal tears, helping the slow-to-start baby and holistic first aid. This is always a much-appreciated session, for its sense of sisterhood and inspiring information.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch on your own
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Scientific Basis for Traditional Techniques (CEUs 1.5 hours)
Many of our traditional “folk cures” are more than superstition: There actually is science to support them. Come find out why our ancestors believed that certain herbs or particular techniques were effective.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Resolving Shoulder Dystocia (CEUs 1.5 hours)
Gail will explain and discuss the mechanical, physical and emotional causes of shoulder dystocia. She will describe symptoms and signs used to predict it. She will analyze tools and methods used to overcome panic reactions, demonstrate effective treatments, and look in-depth at maneuvers to predict and correct it. Learn about all aspects of shoulder dystocia, including causes, incidence rates, prevention and solutions. She will discuss how to quickly deal with this type of dystocia when it occurs and how to enlist the help of the mother to deliver her child in an atmosphere of calmness and strength. This class goes beyond traditional teaching of shoulder dystocia.
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Our Eyes and Non-verbal Communication
What do the eyes say? Why do newborns and their mamas seek each other’s eyes in that profound gaze of the early hours of life? Research evidence on communicating through eye contact throughout life will be shared.

Conference Venues

May 16, 2017: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The Sands Ocean Club
9550 Shore Dr.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Please note: There is no room rate discount.
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May 20, 2017: Braintree, Massachusetts (Boston area)

Thayer Library
798 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184
Braintree, Massachusetts

It is walking distance from the Braintree T station
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May 22, 2017: New York City

Seafarers International House
123 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003
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To register, please see our online form.


Read what others have experienced at Midwifery Today Conferences:

I love being filled by these one-day conferences.

I was happy to have hands-on experiences to connect with others.

It was outstanding meeting and networking with the great Pacific Northwest midwifery world.

I enjoyed the balance of right brain / left brain offerings.

I was happy to see everyone—lovely to see all the ladies here from all walks of life.

– Attendees at the Sebastopol, California 2016 Mini-Conference

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  • Children at the Conference: Mothers may sit with babes in arms in the classrooms. However, out of respect for others, and because we are recording some of the classes, if a baby makes any noise, we must ask mother and baby to leave the room. Attendees must make their own arrangements for childcare.