Midwifery Today Mini-Conference/Retreat
Troutdale, Oregon • November 10, 2017
Program and Registration
Photo by Shea Hardy Baker

Join us at our Mini-Conference Retreat this November 10, 2017 at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale! This promises to be a great day, with lunch included and a special time among your peers.

The registration price for the day is $99 by October 10 and $119 after. Students pay $79 by October 10 and $99 after. (You must provide proof of student status.) The price includes lunch! You need to pre-register by November 5 to be assured of lunch, but walk-ins are always welcome.

Subscription special: Registrants will receive a $10 discount off a one-year Midwifery Today subscription, offer good through the date of the event.

Speakers: Gail Hart, Fernando Molina, Maryl Smith, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, Jan Tritten

Continuing Education: ACNM has approved 5.5 contact hours (.55 CEU credits). 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.

Conference Venue and Overnight Accommodations

McMenamins Edgefield
2126 S.W. Halsey St.
Troutdale Oregon 97060

Tel: +1-503-669-8610
Toll-free elsewhere: 1-800-669-8610
Web: www.mcmenamins.com/Edgefield

The Venue: Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest. The stately main building, with over 100 guestrooms and hostel accommodations, is furnished in turn-of-the-century decor. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms, encouraging tranquility, as surely as do the rocking chairs on the verandas. Complimentary wi-fi is offered around the Black Rabbit Restaurant, the library and in many of the event spaces. Plan to soak in the fantastic hot pools available for overnight hotel guests. Bring a swimsuit and towel; robes provided for those staying at McMenamins.

Accommodations: A small number of guest rooms are being held for the Midwifery Today group for November 9 and 10. When booking, please be sure to specify that you are with the Midwifery Today guest room block. Alternately, you can book online with the booking code 1711MIDWI.

Room rates are $125 for November 9 and $135 for November 10, plus tax, currently 14.25%. Please note that the reserved rooms share conveniently located common bathrooms that are found down the hallway. Reservations must be made by October 18, 2017.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking at McMenamins.

Travel: Only 15 to 20 minutes from Portland International Airport (PDX) or downtown Portland. Directions (PDF).




8:00–9:00 Registration

9:00–10:30 Miraculous BeginningsFernando Molina
ACNM: 1 contact hour / .1 CEU credits.

Miraculous Beginnings is a celebration of pregnancy and birth where moms and their partners have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be conscious participants in this miraculous creative process. When parents, together with their midwife or other health care provider, celebrate the gift of conceiving, schooling in the womb and delivering a child, we all become part of this magical process. From this perspective, pregnancy and birth are what they are meant to be—a joyful and sacred event where mom, baby and partner actively participate in the miracle of creation.


10:30–11:30 Understanding PreeclampsiaGail Hart
ACNM: 1 contact hour / .1 CEU credits.

The puzzle of preeclampsia is finally being solved. Learn the latest theories of how preeclampsia develops, new criteria to detect the condition and how to discern the various hypertensive states of pregnancy. Knowing more about these puzzling conditions can help us identify those at risk, reduce the incidence and improve outcomes.


11:30–1:00 Lunch provided by Midwifery Today

Networking and meeting up with old friends and making new ones!


1:00–2:30 Shoulder Dystocia—Gail Hart
ACNM: 1.5 contact hours / .15 CEU credits.

Do you know that the clues to the impending development of shoulder dystocia can help us prevent its occurrence? Gail will discuss the mechanical and physical causes of shoulder dystocia, the associated risk factors, the symptoms and signs to predict it, how to prevent it and how to remedy it. She will analyze tools and methods used to overcome panic reactions and demonstrate effective treatment.


2:30–3:00 Our Eyes and Non-verbal CommunicationEneyda Spradlin-Ramos

 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.


3:00–5:00 When the Healer Is Healing, TooMaryl Smith
ACNM: 2 contact hours / .2 CEU credits.

This class is uniquely designed for midwives, doulas and other birth practitioners who desire to develop deeper self-awareness of the ways their own life trauma affects their care for others. It is for those who are looking for effective methods that will assist them to guide clients through the healing journey while their own heart is healing. Although the focus will be on sexual abuse, this content can be applied to emotional, physical or spiritual abuse; domestic abuse; neglect; social marginalization; abandonment or even recent birth trauma as a care provider. In short, anyone can benefit from the content.


8:00–9:30 Tricks of the Trade  in the pools (weather permitting)*Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and Jan Tritten facilitate

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; using placenta, membranes and cord for hemorrhage control; 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.

*Please note: Available only to attendees staying overnight at McMenamins on Friday, November 10.


How to Register


Register online: Please fill out this form then click the SUBMIT button to proceed with payment by check, money order or credit card. Your check or money order must be received in office no later than November 6, 2017. Online payment by credit card will be left open through Wednesday, November 8 at noon; the cost is the walk-in price after November 6, 2017.

Register by mail: Please fill out the form below then click the SUBMIT button. You can print the confirmation page and send it with payment to the address listed on the confirmation page. We must receive your registration no later than November 6, 2017.

Register by phone or fax: Please fill out the form below then click the SUBMIT button. You can then call or fax your payment details to the contact numbers on the confirmation page. If you prefer not to submit your registration online, you may call to register at the numbers below. Your registration must be completed by November 6, 2017.

  • Toll free from the U.S. and Canada: 800-743-0974
  • Tel.: +1-541-344-7438
  • Fax: +1-541-344-1422

You may register in person at the conference with cash, check or money order, or with Visa or MasterCard. Please call ahead, if possible, if you plan to register at the conference. Please note: You must pre-register by November 5 to be assured of lunch.

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Midwifery Today magazine is published four times per year. Each issue contains articles, stories and opinions, written by midwives and other birth practitioners from around the world. More information here.

Price for 1-year subscription to Midwifery Today:

United States: $45    Canada: $58    Other International: $65 Special rate when signing up for conference.

Price for 2-year subscription to Midwifery Today:

United States: $105    Canada: $131    Other International: $145

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Refund and Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend the conference after you have registered and sent in your payment, you must call or e-mail the office and let us know on or before the cancellation date. You will be refunded the amount you paid minus 30% for processing. The cancellation date for the conference is November 1, 2017. No refunds after this date. *
Disclaimer: Midwifery Today, Inc., cannot be held responsible for natural disasters, labor strikes, acts of war, or other events that may cause the conference to be rescheduled. Midwifery Today, Inc., reserves the right to postpone the conference to another time, date and, if necessary, location. In the event of a conference postponement, no refunds will be issued. Registrants may transfer their fees toward any other Midwifery Today conference. Midwifery Today, Inc., reserves the right to substitute teachers and/or classes. The views and opinions expressed by teachers are their own and may not represent the views and opinions held by Midwifery Today, Inc., and its staff members.

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