Date(s) - September 29, 2017 - September 30, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lone Tree Library
Friday, September 29
8:30 am: Registration
9-10:30 am: What is Equity?
Indra Lusero, JD, MA
Indra Lusero has been working on access and equity issues for as long as they can remember. When they were sixteen, they participated in their first Undoing Racism training through the Leadership Institute of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Soon after, they were trained through the National Coalition Building Institute’s Train the Trainers program. They served on the Student Diversity Committee and the University Diversity Committee in college, and created innovative forums, including writing and producing one-acts and plays that addressed access and equity. Indra toured a one-person show about race, gender, sexuality, family, community and identity in their twenties. Indra brings their own experience as a skin-color-privileged, queer, genderqueer, Latin@ from the US Southwest to their access and equity work. They have been involved in tackling access and equity issues in every organization they have worked for, and have complimented that work with extensive reading and coursework at every level of their education. While pregnant, Indra read Our Word is Our Weapon: Selected Writings by Zapatista writer, philosopher, and political theorist, Subcomandante Marcos. Indra was struck by the applications of the theories to midwifery. They, like the Zapatistas, are “fighting for a world where all worlds fit.” Indra has been impassioned about the access and equity work that is essential to and utterly bound up with midwifery ever since. Indra participated in the 21st Century Fellows Program for leadership development of LGBT people of color, and more recently, Indra was in the first cohort of the Speaking Race to Power fellowship through CoreAlign. Indra brings all of this expertise to their work at Elephant Circle, a community organizing, training, research, outreach, and legal services organization they founded. In addition, Indra currently facilitates the Equity Task Force of US MERA, and is spearheading the building of the new Division of Access and Equity at MANA.
11 am-12:30 pm: Whiteness and Racism in Midwifery and Birth in the U.S.
Heather Thompson is an applied molecular biologist, clinical researcher, birthworker and queer parent. She is the Deputy Director of Elephant Circle, a reproductive justice organization that works on issues involving love, sex, family and community. From 2010-2017, Heather served as the Research Director at Mountain Midwifery Center advocating for midwives and community birth through data generation, analysis and dissemination. She is passionate about supporting the family unit and helping families navigate their own journey, particularly as it relates to maternity care, birth choices and legal marijuana in Colorado. Heather has been called to engage in racial justice and live from an anti-oppression perspective from the time she was a child, but in recent years she has increased the time she spends creating conversation with white people about whiteness and racism. Born and raised in Colorado, Heather enjoys being outside around a campfire with her partner, two kids and larger community.
12:30-2 pm: Lunch on your own
2-3 pm: Working with the Latina Community
(More info to follow.)
3:30-5 pm: Microaggression–The Effect of Common Interactions on the Health and Wellness of Black Moms
Rebecca is a postpartum doula and Denver native. She studied Vocal Music and Cultural Anthropology at Hendrix College in Arkansas. She spent some time in Australia where she studied the preservation of Australian Aboriginal culture through music and art. After college, she joined Americorps National Civilian Corps which ignited her love of national service and fueled her passion for enriching the lives of others. She has dedicated her life to serving others and encouraging people to follow their hearts.
5-6 pm: CMA General Meeting (Members Only)
Saturday, September 30
8:30 am: Registration
9-10:30 am: Gender Inclusion in the Birth World
Mac Brydum is a birth and postpartum doula, lactation educator, cultural competency trainer, and social worker. He earned an MSW from University of Denver, and is passionate about social justice in all areas of his work and personal life. Mac’s doula work is centered on supporting diverse families as they welcome a new baby, and he specializes in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families during the childbearing year. In addition to his solo doula practice (That Doula Guy), Mac is also a member of the Braving Doula Collective.
11 am-12:30 pm: Precious Loss
We have a problem in the US. Black mothers are dying at three times the rate as white mothers, and black babies are more than twice as likely to die as white babies. What is causing this disparity? Demetra Seriki will examine this critical issue in her session, Precious Loss.
12:30-2 pm: Lunch on your own
2-3 pm: Supporting Plus Size Birth
Jen McLellan is a published author and childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower healthy decision making during pregnancy. Within her blog, Plus Mommy, she helps women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs along with the adventures of motherhood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. She co-authored the Amazon bestseller, The Peachie Moms Guide to Body Love for Moms and authored My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide. Jen is also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 7 year old.
3:30-5 pm: Moving Theory in to Action: Strategies for Change
Dr. Courtney Everson holds a PhD in Applied Medical Anthropology with a long track record of community outreach, research, and leadership in education, non-profit, and health equity. Dr. Everson is currently appointed as Academic Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Studies at the Midwives College of Utah, where she also serves as the Chair of the Equity & Social Justice Steering Committee. Dr. Everson holds several leadership positions nationally in the midwifery field, including as the Director of Research Education for the Midwives Alliance Division of Research, the Vice President of the Association of Midwifery Educators, and on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. As a Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Everson’s specializations include: perinatal health inequities; adolescent pregnancy and parenting; psychosocial stress and social support; evidence-informed practice; interprofessional collaboration; and mixed methodologies. Dr. Everson is an avid, invited professional speaker, and engages consistent community outreach work and activism, including as an anti-racism and anti-oppression trainer working in cross-racial teams. Courtney is also a perinatal health educator, birth doula, and postpartum doula, primarily serving at-risk families and youth.
Registration is open to all!
MEAC CEUs (contingent upon approval) will be available for $15.
A limited number of scholarships are available for individuals who self-identify as as LGBTQ and/or as a person of color. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please contact Geneva Montano. These funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to individuals with financial need. As well, if you are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund, please contact Geneva Montano.
Early-Bird registration is available online until Monday, September 25th at 11:59 pm (scroll down to register online).
Two-Day/ Member: $125
Two-Day/ Non-Member: $150
One-Day/ Member: $75
One-Day/ Non-Member: $100
After that, registration is available at the door (as space allows) at the following rates:
Two-Day/ Member: $160
Two-Day/ Non-Member: $185
One-Day/ Member: $95
One-Day/ Non-Member: $120
Please note: unlike past events where we have had a plethora of space, space at this venue is limited and we will be capping registration to 60 attendees, so please plan ahead and register online. Unclaimed spots will be made available for additional CMA sponsored scholarship candidates, so walk-in registrations will only be available if those are not all claimed on the first day of the conference.
Food will not be provided at this conference due to the limitations of the facility. There are a number of nearby restaurants, and time will be allotted for lunch on your own.
Please consider joining the CMA and becoming a member. Not only does your membership grant you a significant discount, it helps support our mission of furthering the profession of direct-entry midwifery in Colorado. You can join online here http://coloradomidwives.org/join-the-cma/ in order to take advantage of the steep member discounts.
A special thank-you to our sponsors:
Refunds for Conferences
Full refunds (minus a $25 deposit) can be given if requested up to 48 hours before the conference date. Partial refunds (up to 75%) requested within two days of the conference may be granted at the discretion of the CMA Board of Directors. No refunds will be given for payments received during the conference.
A $20 fee will be charged for any returned check.
Babies and Children at Conferences
Nursing babes in arms may come with mothers to our conferences. We ask that mothers be respectful of the need for others to hear what is being said and go to another room if baby is making noise. Most conferences are not suitable for young children.