MAWS 2014 Spring Conference: Taking Better Care—Of All Birthing Families and Ourselves

Friday & Saturday, May 9 & 10, 2014

This conference is a must for everyone who works with childbearing women—featuring these exciting speakers!

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Dr. Maxine HayesDr. Maxine Hayes, Keynote Speaker. Recently retired after 16 years as WA State Health Officer advising the Governor and Dept. of Health, Dr. Hayes worked closely with the medical community, local health departments, tribal leaders, and community groups to give the public the latest scientific information on how to become and stay healthy, to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and improve the health of all Washington State residents. She will inspire us with her talk,"Re-affirming the Mission of Perinatal Service Providers in the Era of Reform".


Kiddada Green, Black Mothers Breastfeeding AssociationKiddada Green joins us from Detroit and is the founding executive director of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) and co-founder of Black Breastfeeding Week. She is committed to supporting families and training public health workers on cultural competence in breastfeeding support. As a member of the expert panel, she put forth recommendations for the The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. Her Friday evening session, "Community Breastfeeding," will illustrate ways to support, protect and promote breastfeeding within the African American community. And her Saturday morning session will offer historical context and offer strategies for "Eliminating Breastfeeding Disparities for African Americans."

Leslie ButterfieldIn the session, "Heartfull: Lessons on Love and Trauma," Dr. Leslie Butterfield, perinatal psychologist, will be discussing the ways in which those of us who work with birthing women can understand and move beyond the pain of traumatic birth experiences. Leslie will draw upon both recent scientific research and the experience of her clients. She will be joined by Beth Coyote LM, who will draw upon her recent interviews of providers experiencing traumatic births and her years as a midwife.

Additional Sessions:

Friday night in addition to Kiddada Green's talk:

Neva Gerke and Eve German Washington's Forgotten Midwives: Untold history of birth workers of the past (Neva Gerke and Eve German)

Friday night includes a light supper buffet with time to mingle before the workshops.



Saturday in addition to Maxine Hayes , Kiddada Green and Leslie Butterfield/Beth Coyote:

Benita Horn


Racial Equity - Experiential Exploration - Benita Horn - Benita is the principal consultant of Benita R. Horn & Associates, a firm providing organizational assessment, planning, implementation, curriculum development, coaching, facilitation and training for capacity building, cultural competence and social justice initiatives. She will lead us in a racial equity exercise.


Patrice Hapke and Susan MooreBenefits of Acupuncture in Pregnancy: Anecdotal Clinical Experience and Research Based Evidence - Patrice Hapke LAc and Susan Moore LAc - Patrice Hapke and Susan Moore of the Maternity Acupuncture Association and will present a discussion of acupuncture in pregnancy including breech presentation, optimal fetal positioning, labor preparation and for a variety of other conditions in the pregnancy and postpartum periods.


Elias Kass ND LM CPM

Vaccines in Pregnancy - Elias Kass ND LM CPM - Elias Kass who practices family medicine and midwifery with One Sky Family Medicine in Seattle will discuss general concepts around vaccinations during pregnancy, as well as risks and benefits of pertussis and influenza vaccination during pregnancy.

Lovely breakfast and lunch included with registration--come early!


Click here for more details and to register. (Click the arrows at the bottom of the registration page for fees.Registration is available at the door, but only a limited number of lunch entrees are available without pre-registration.)

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All-region peer review on Thursday May 8. Contact Christine Tindal to RSVP

2.5 MEAC CEUs are being applied for for Friday night. 7.25 MEAC CEUs are being applied for for Saturday.