Midwifery Today Eugene Conference

I am really getting excited about our conference coming up in Eugene. These conferences are a time to renew old friendships and make new friends, in addition to learning new ideas and techniques.

We have whole day of educational sessions on a variety of topics, including Massage, Abuse and Trauma, Beginning Midwifery and Developing Midwifery and Doula Skills. There are classes on body work for the pelvis, birth around the world, hemorrhage, aromatherapy and so many technical and artistic subjects. The conference has a lot of great teachers, including Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Gloria Lemay, and almost 25 others. There is so much new information that I'm not sure which classes to go to, despite having attended over 50 of our conferences! I am finding so much new information that I want to share through conferences.

The theme of the conference, "Nurturing a Better Future through Birth," is near and dear to my heart. This is because I think natural birth and breastfeeding are the answers to a whole range of health care issues, both physical and mental, for motherbaby and father, too. The childbirth year lays down the foundation for future health, and we can improve so much just in this area.

This is also a time for brainstorming new projects. Some of the new projects we have already conceptualized include making videos to put on our YouTube Midwifery Today channel, which we will be working on at the conference. They are sure to be great learning experiences for practicing or aspiring practitioners. We are also going to hold an online class for aspiring midwives, and some online clinical classes after the Eugene conference - so this conference is a place for organizing that project. We have huge learning curves to accomplish all of this, so I pray that we can pull all of the technology together. I'll keep you posted via my blog and our Web site about all of this.

Toward Better Birth,
Jan Tritten
Midwifery Today

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