Upcoming Events

A full list of all upcoming events of interest to our members.

Midwifery, a Path Forward

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 9:00am

Midwifery has deep roots in the past, but like any profession it must evolve with the times. This session will explore the realities of pre-industrial revolution midwifery and compare and contrast them to our modern realities.

Maternal Dental Health: A Holistic approach to Dental Care during Pregnancy

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 10:15am

This course will provide an overview for health practitioners on the subject of maternal dental care with a more natural approach. The course will outline the basics of what pregnant mothers should be doing for prevention of dental problems, what products to use and avoid, and oral health issues typically seen during pregnancy.

Navigating intergenerational apprenticeships

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 12:00pm

Generational differences are bound to come into play in apprenticeships. In this workshop we will talk about the differences between generations and their expectations as well as how preceptors can navigate the possible conflicts inherent in those differences with the goal of training fully competent entry level midwives while not burning ourselves out as preceptors.

Oxytocin and the transformation of birth

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 1:15pm

Oxytocin is a major hormone of labour and birth. As well as facilitating the rhythmic contractions of labour in all mammals, oxytocin also acts within the maternal brain at this time, with calming, connecting and pain relieving effects. Oxytocin activates maternal behaviour in all mammals including by activating brain reward and pleasure centres through the oxytocin peaks of labour and birth. The oxytocin system in labour and birth can be disrupted by obstetric interventions. This presentation draws

Thyroid in Pregnancy

Monday, November 8, 2021 - 2:30pm

Our thyroid is one of our master glands when it comes to hormone production and proliferation. The demands of pregnancy cause some changes which are normal. We will briefly cover the basics then go into thyroid dysfunction: recognizing signs, ordering and interpreting lab results, effects on pregnancy and baby. Then we will cover how to support with herbs and nutrition and when to refer for further treatment/co-care.

The Critical Importance Of 'Seeding And Feeding' A Baby's Microbiome For Lifelong Health

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 9:00am

MICROBIRTH filmmaker and author Toni Harman explains the microscopic events happening during physiological birth and breastfeeding. When a baby is born, the infant acquires bacteria from the mother’s birth canal, from contact with the mother’s fecal matter, from skin-to-skin contact, from other environmental exposures and from breast milk. The special sugars in human breast milk then feed the bacteria that have come from the mother to quickly colonise the baby’s gut, thus ensuring the optimal training of the infant immune system.

Incorporating the Human-Animal Bond into Midwifery and How Not to Get Bitten

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 10:15am

Homebirths involve every family member the birthing person would like to have present. Pets are considered a member of the family and midwives need to know how to safely work with and around them. This presentation discusses how to use the relationship between the family and the pet during labor, recognize when the pet is becoming stressed by the events of labor, and develop strategies to reduce the risk of being bitten.

Effects of Duration, Quality and Position of Maternal Sleep

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 12:00pm

This presentation will cover the importance of sleep in pregnancy, average sleep in each trimester and the effects of lower quality and duration of sleep as well as sleep position. Lower sleep quality and shorter duration of sleep has been linked with preterm birth, prenatal and postpartum depression, while supine sleep position in third trimester has been linked with stillbirth. We will explore what the research says about causality and pathways as well as how we can educate our clients to modify sleep behavior and potentially limit their risk of these outcomes.

Bringing the Midwifery Model of Care to Everything You Do: How to infuse your practice with compassion and excellence when using pharmacologic therapies

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 1:15pm

Midwives frequently consider pharmacologic therapy as separate, or least very different, from the other aspects of care we provide, but in this session you will learn practical ways to bring the midwifery model of care to your use of pharmaceuticals in your practice. Including: How to deeply embed informed consent practices into your interactions with clients. Techniques for providing care that is is gentle, holistic, and culturally appropriate. How to get more information when you need it. How to avoid making potentially deadly medication errors.