MANA 2015 Schedule

If you missed the conference, you can still enjoy many of the sessions by purchasing a recording!  Click here to see the selection available for purchase on CD or as an MP3 download.

We are excited to share with you the variety of sessions offered at MANA 2015!  

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Check back to see what we’ve added!

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, October 14

Full-Day: Native American Gathering: Day 1

6:00pm – 8:00pm: New Mexico Midwives MANAStats Data Training

Thursday, October 15

See the full list of Pre-Conference Workshops here.

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Opening Ceremonies

Tonita Gonzalez Invocation

MALA MANA Performance

9:00pm – 10:30pm: Exhibits Welcome Reception

Friday, October 16 – Conference Day One

7:00 – 8:00am – Registration

7:15 – 8:15am – Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30am – President’s Welcome: You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Grey, Marinah Farrell

8:30 – 10:00am – Plenary: Perspectives on Risk: MANA DOR’s 2015 Research – Missy Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM

10:00 -11:00am – Break/Exhibits/Posters

11:00am -12:30pm – Breakout Sessions Group A

1. Bipolar Illness and Postpartum Psychosis (Clinical Issues) Tara Tully, CPM, LCSW

2. Medicinal Plants of the Southwest Bioregion (Clinical Issues) Mary Lou Singleton, LM, FNP

3. Homebirth Cesarean: Helping Homebirth Clients and Midwives Prepare, Cope, and Heal from Cesarean Births (General Interest) Courtney Key Jarecki, Author

4. From Midwife to Midwifery Preceptor: Easy Teaching Techniques that Work for Midwives (Educators) Jennifer West, LM, CPM,CST, CH,TBMP,IPE; Anna D. Khamsamran

5. Beyond White Bellies: Reflecting Families of Color in Birth Imagery (Social Justice) Carrie Murphy, Esperanza Dodge

6. What a Little Data Can Do: How Midwives in Washington Are Using Data to Drive Change (Research) Audrey Levine, LM, CPM; Bruce Ackerman, Data Collection Director for the MANA DOR; Valerie Sasson, LM, CPM; Emily Stephens, BA.

12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30 – 2:30pm – Plenary: Umbilical Cord Stories – Navajo Perspective – Ursula Knoki-Wilson, CNM, MSN, MPH

2:30 – 3:15pm – MANA Business Meeting #1       

3:15 – 4:15pm – MANA Open Forum 

4:30 – 6:00pm – Breakout Sessions Group B

1. Human Placentophagy: Modern Values, Primal Needs  (Clinical Issues) Sarah Hunter, CPM, CH, CQIA

2. Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence: What Every Midwife Needs to Know (Clinical Issues) Christine Ann Kent, RN, BSN

3. AME Presents: Forgotten Midwives: A Better Look at the History of Midwifery (General Interest) Neva Gerke, LM, CPM, MSM; Eve German, LM, CPM, MSM

4. Toronto Birth Centre: An Indigenous and Midwife-Led Space (Social Justice) Cheryllee Bourgeois

5. Outcomes for Planned Home VBACs from the MANA Stats 2.0 Cohort: Implications for Practice and Shared Decision-Making (Research) Kim J. Cox, PhD, CNM; Marit L. Bovbjerg, PhD; Melissa Cheyney, CPM, LDM, PhD; Lawrence M. Leeman, MD, MPH.

6. Darling, We are Growing Older: Silver Threads Among the Gold (General Interest) Karen Ehrlich, CPM, LM

6:00 – 6:15pm – Transition time

6:15 – 7:15pm – Plenary: AME presents: Direct Assessment and What it Means to the CPM Credential – Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM, LMHC; Sandra Bitonti Stewart, MEAC Executive Director; Ida Darragh, LM, CPM, NARM Chairperson; Mary Lawlor, CPM, NHCM, LM, MA

7:30 – 9:00pm – Dinner on Own/MANA Board of Directors Hosts Student Dinner

7:30 – 9:30pm – FAM Event: Join Us to Honor and Support the Amazing Work of the Home Birth Summit Collaborative!

Larry Leeman

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, home of The Birth Trust, invites you to join us for a fun, enlightening, and delicious evening. We will gather at the Seasons Grill, one of Albuquerque’s best for fresh gourmet food. We will honor Prof. Saraswathi Vedam, the visionary behind the Home Birth Summit (HBS) and one of midwifery’s preeminent researchers. We will also be honoring Albuquerque’s own Dr. Larry Leeman, champion of mothers and midwives, and also a member of the HBS. This will be a time to connect with local and national supporters of the midwifery movement, to enjoy fabulous food, and to hear from Saras and Larry about the great work of the HBS collaborative. The proceeds will be equally divided between the HBS collaborative, MANA and FAM. Please come to support these leaders of change and their ground-breaking work. Location: Seasons Rotisserie and Grill. Purchase tickets ($100 each) here.

7:30pm – Local ACNM Chapter “Welcome to Albuquerque” Meet & Greet at the St. Clair Winery

9:30 – 10:30pm – MANA Special Event: An Evening with Sam Killermann Join us for a lively Q&A with comedian and social justice advocate, Sam Killermann, who is also the guy behind It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, a one-man comedy show and blog about snap judgments, identity, and oppression (presented in a totally funny way). Sam participated in last year’s MANA conference, leading two breakout sessions, and was so well-received we thought we’d invite him back to speak with the larger group about gender issues, justice, sexuality, and other topics that might pop up. Each $25 ticket includes a copy of Sam’s book–A Guide to Gender, which is a full exploration of gender from a social justice perspective, with humor and comics sprinkled in. He’ll be doing a book-signing after the talk.

Tickets: $25 on sale on the registration site, and will also be available on-site at the event (buy your ticket today to hold your copy of the book!)

The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook: A Guide to Gender
Sam Killerman

Saturday, October 17 – Conference Day Two

7:00 – 8:00am – Registration

7:15 – 8:15am – Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00am – ICM Meeting

8:15 – 8:45am – Know Your Rights – Indra Lucero, Director of the Birth Bar Association

9:00 – 10:30am – Breakout Sessions Group C

1. Thriving With Homeopathy During Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum (Skills) Angelika Maria Koch, D.N.M. LCH H.N.H.Ir.

2. Now that Marijuana is Legal: Creating an Evidenced Based Conversation About Cannabis Use During the Perinatal Period (Clinical Issues) Heather Thompson, PhD

3. Traditional Medicine: Curanderismo and Childbirth (Global/Skills) Eliseo Torres, Rita Navarrete Perez, Felina Ortiz, CNM, DNP, Tonita Gonzales

4. Birth Story Medicine: How to Excavate and Heal a Birth Story (General Interest) Pam England, MA, CNM

5. US MERA: Update (Educators) Colleen Donovan-Batson, MS, CNM; Vicki Hedley, CPM, CM

6. Risk Management for Adverse Outcomes in the Home Birth setting (Legal) David Pulley

10:30 – 11:30am – Break/Exhibits/Posters  AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING

11:30am – 12:30pm – KEYNOTE: Shining a Light on Midwives and Peri-conception Care: As Upstream as Health Gets – Aviva Romm, MD

Aviva Romm

12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch 

1:30 – 2:30pm – Plenary: New Mexico Birth Justice Coalition: Improving Access to Home and Birth Center Options in NM – Esperanza Dodge, Tannia Esparza, Nandi Andrea M. Hill, Jessica Frechette-Gutfreund

2:30 – 3:00pm – FAM Auction

3:00 – 4:15pm – MANA Business Meeting #2

4:00 – 4:30pm – Posters, Break, Exhibits 

4:30 – 6:00pm – Breakout Sessions Group D

1. Bringing Cultural Diversity to Midwifery (Social Justice) Tamara Joy Littles, RN, BSN, SNM; Nandi Andrea M. Hill, LM, CPM; Felina Ortiz, CNM, DNP; Michelle Pino, CNM, MSN; Nichele R. Salazar, CNM, MSN; Brittany K. Simplicio, CNM, MSN; Hien Tran, SNM, RN

2. When You Gotta Go: Hospital Transfers: What’s Best Practice and What’s the Next Best Thing (Clinical Issues) Audrey Levine, LM, CPM; Jill Breen, CPM; Diane Holzer, PA-C, LM; Lawrence Leeman, MD

3. Introduction to Well Woman Care (Clinical Issues) Hilary Schlinger, CNM, MS

4. Gestational Diabetes Screening: Missing the Point? (Clinical Issues) Sora Colvin, CPM

5. Circumcision Myths and Facts: What Every Midwife Needs to Know to Keep Baby Boys Healthy and Whole (General Interest) Adrienne Cormack, MD

6. Outcomes among Higher-Risk Women Receiving Care from Home and Birth Center Midwives: Evidence from MANA Stats and AABC’s Perinatal Data Registry (Research) Marit Bovbjerg, PhD, MS and Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM

6:00 – 6:15pm – Transition time

6:15 – 7:30pm – Awards Ceremony hosted by MANA President Marinah Farrell

7:45 – 8:45pm – President’s Reception – By Invitation

7:30 – 9:00pm – Dinner on own 

9:00 – 11:30pm – MANA DANCE! 

Sunday, October 18 – Conference Day Three

7:30 – 8:00am – Registration

7:15 – 8:15am – Breakfast 

8:00 – 9:00am – Birth Bar Breakfast Q&A – Indra Lucero – Midwifery in the Law: Understanding Your Rights Through Two Case Studies

9:00 – 10:30am – Breakout Sessions Group E

1. Supporting Plus Size Birth (Clinical Issues) Jen McLellan, CBE

2. Worried Waters: Learning about Legionaires (Clinical Issues) Colleen Donovan-Batson, CNM, MS

3. Lyme Disease 101: What Every Midwife Should Know about Tick-Borne Infections (Clinical Issues) Hilary Schlinger, CNM, MS

4. So BABY, Am I Hearing You Right? The Art and Science of Fetal Auscultation: More than a Pulse Check (Skills) Wreatha Carner, DNP, MN, CNM

5. Fostering the Future of Latina Midwifery Care (Global) Vanessa Caldari, Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LM; Holly Horan; Rita J. Aparicio

6. Hands on Workshop: Managing Obstetrical Emergencies (PPH,shoulder dystocia and unexpected breech) (Skills) Laura Migliaccio, CNM, MSN; Larry Leeman, MD; Rebecca Leeman, CNM; Jaymi McKay, FNP, LM; Claire Bettler, CNM

10:30 – 11:30am – Break/Exhibits – Raffle Winners Announced!

11:30am – 12:30pm – Plenary: A Bun in the Oven – Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD

12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch; Bridge Club Luncheon

1:30 – 1:45pm – FAM Appeal

1:45 – 2:45pm – Plenary: Medicaid Payment For Homebirth: A Closer Look at the New Mexico Birthing Options Program – Cassaundra Jah, LM, CPM, IBCLC

2:45 – 3:45pm – Plenary: Change Makers Unite: How to Build Lasting, Effective Partnerships Between Midwives and Consumers – Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC & Nasima Pfaffl, MA

3:45 – 4:30pm – Closing Ceremonies  Tonita Gonzalez

Birth Center Tour After Conference Closes

The American Association of Birth Center (AABC) invites you to tour a local accredited birth center here in Albuquerque. Come to the AABC booth in the exhibit hall and sign up for the tour that will leave the conference hotel after Closing Ceremonies (approx 4:45pm) on Sunday afternoon (October 18) to arrive at Dar a Luz Birth Center by 5:00pm. Enjoy some wine and cheese while you learn about this non-profit birth center that serves women in every phase of their life. Spaces are limited to the first 44 people that sign up. The tour will last 1 hour.

Urban Foraging Herb Walk

Join Mary Lou Singleton after the Closing Ceremony for this unique walk through Albuquerque.  More details to come.

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