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MAWS 2013 Spring Conference
Friday May 10, 2013
Thank you to everyone who helped make this conference as amazing as it was!

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Andrew KotaskaAs keynote speaker, we welcome Andrew Kotaska, an obstetrician from Yellowknife, Northwest Territory. A brilliant speaker, Dr. Kotaska received his MD from U.B.C. in 1992 and worked as a GP-surgeon in northern British Columbia before returning to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. He is now a generalist obstetrician & gynecologist and currently the Clinical Director of Obstetrics at Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife where he lives with his wife and two young boys. His current research interests are breech birth, the effect of obstetrical analgesia on labour, and the overestimation of risk in modern obstetrics.

We are also happy to feature Penny Simkin and nationally-known CNM, author, and epidemiologist Judith Rooks, as well as local midwives, Teresa Evans, ND/LM, and Anne Hirsch, LM, CPM and doulas/educators, Sharon Muza and Carrie Kenner.

Informed Consent: When Autonomy and Beneficence Collide - Keynote from Andrew Kotaska

Decision Fatigue in this Time of Informed Choice and Complex Maternity Care - Penny Simkin

Culturally Sensitive Care for the LGBTQ Community - A panel discussion facilitated by Teresa Evans, ND, LM

Nitrous Oxide Labor Analgesia: Inexpensive, Simple, Safe, Helpful & Congruent with Midwifery & Physiologic Birth - Judith Rooks, CNM

Breech Birth: Demystifying the Art - Andrew Kotaska
(Andrew's workshop includes a one-hour overview that all participants will hear plus a more in-depth 2.5 hours open to a limited number of midwives and physicians - PART 2 OF BREECH WORKSHOP IS FULL)

Some Tools of the Trade - The Latest Rebozo Techniques presented by Sharon Muza and Carrie Kenner, certified doulas and childbirth educators and An Introduction to Maya Abdominal Massage with Anne Hirsch, LM, CPM
(This session will run concurrently during the second part of the Breech session)

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All-region peer review on Saturday 5/11 at Center For Birth. Contact Melissa Hughes to RSVP

Need NRP? Marge Mansfield and Terrie Lockridge will be offering NRP on Thursday night, May 9th, before the Friday conference at Center For Birth. Please contact Marge ASAP with your interest!

8 MEAC CEUs are being applied for.