Friday, September 05, 2008

Chicago Birth Summit

Several months ago (June 25 post "Coming Together"), I thought about what if all of the leaders of the major childbirth, midwifery and doula organizations came together in one location to answer the evidence-less proclamations of medical organizations.

Well, it appears as if it is going to happen. A meeting room has been secured for November 8 in Chicago - the invitations have been sent, after a Save-the Date note was sent out earlier. The Save-The -Date email receive tremendous response and 99% of every organization emailed, responded positively. We will spend the better part of that Saturday examining the state of maternity care in the US, discussing the enormous impact of childbirth practices on the breastfeeding success of American women, as well as create a response team to the above-mentioned proclamations - there will probably be more.

In the coming weeks, I will post which organizations or individuals have RSVP'd so you can see if your certifying organization is going to be in attendance.

For once, we will be speaking in one voice - nurses, midwives, childbirth educators, doulas - will be together, working together.

It will be interesting to see the progress.......


Ruth said...

Hi! I'm a Doula in training who lives near Chicago, I can't wait to hear your report on this. It's great that you are getting the word out!

God bless,


Lisa Saaf said...

I am a childbirth educator in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Can individuals attend the birth summit? It sounded like it was invitation only, are invitations available to people like me? I am affiliated with the HypnoBirthing Institute.