From June 10th through June 13th women’s health advocates of every variety and from all corners of the country, as well as from across the waters, will gather for a time of nourishment and growth in Winter Park, Colorado.
Janelle Komorrowski’s, DNP, CNM—one of my own favorite educators—is the woman drawing us together this summer. Janelle began her work as a midwife in 1986 after giving birth to her second child at home. She’s worked as a direct-entry midwife in the homebirth setting, and as a certified nurse-midwife with a freestanding birth center and in the hospital. Janelle is a wonderful teacher, presenting a wide range of material on-site and on-line.
A great many interesting subjects will be examined at the 2018 Winter Park Midwifery Conference, including an opportunity to renew your Neonatal Resuscitation Certification; a presentation on pelvic floor therapy and exercise for both prenatal and postnatal women; “The Heart of Midwifery—Grace in Action,” a moving talk by David Monteith, the father of a stillborn child; midwifery hospice care; shared decision making; the benefits of the Webster Technique in pregnancy; reducing maternal mortality; a screening of the ground-breaking film highlighting medical professionals who’ve chosen homebirth, Why Not Home? postdates pregnancy; common complications of pregnancy; congenital heart defects of the newborn; optimal positioning of the newborn for resuscitation and examination; complications of early and late postpartum; how to read, evaluate, and apply the research to practice; birth kit essentials; improving the quality and efficacy of postpartum education and care for expectant families; “Posters and Podium Presentations,” a talk on how to begin presenting; a Roundtable discussion of vaginal breech birth; herb use in midwifery care; true midwifery skills; understanding fetal heart patterns; residual income in the birth profession; and recognizing substance use disorders in the homebirth population.
The conference speakers are Stephanie Pearson, Althea Hrdlicka, Heather Johnson, Anni McLaughlin, Lynnette Chambers, Brittany Downing, David Monteith, Kim Woodard Osterholzer, Betsey Stec, Karen Lewis, Benjamin Komorowski, and of course, Janelle Komorowski.
Did you notice my name there in the roster? Janelle’s invited me to teach a session at the conference, too, and I’ll be hosting the interactive talk on Wednesday morning about true midwifery skills designed to remind us what our calling as midwives entails—who we are, what we’re best at, who we’re serving, and, when we hold true to our calling, how dramatically successful we are at providing excellent care. I’ll also have a table there stacked high with signed copies of my book!
Both “Grace in Action” and the viewing of Why Not Home? will occur on Sunday and are free to the public!
NRP renewal is free for those who register for the whole conference!
Between the chance to broaden my skills and knowledge, the opportunity to connect and share with others of like heart and mind, and the stunning environs of Winter Park itself, I’m excited for June!
Thank you, Janelle, for making this happen!
Kim Woodard Osterholzer, Colorado Springs Homebirth Midwife and Author
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