MANA 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

Descriptions and Pricing

All are listed as "optional item events" within the registration process. Conference registration is not required to participate in a pre-conference workshop, however each has a separate fee, outlined below and on the registration website.



Indigenous Midwifery: Ancestral Knowledge Keepers – $150. (Proceeds go to Native American Midwives Alliance)

When: October 14-15, 8:00-5:00PM

Description: This two-day gathering will provide an opportunity for Native American midwives, indigenous doulas, birth justice workers and community organizers from around the country to meet each other and to learn about Native American midwifery history in the United States and in Canada. This will be the first gathering of it's kind, with a strong emphasis on relationship building, learning our history, sharing Native American women's medicine, discussing our future in midwifery, our role as reproductive justice advocates and as community organizers.

Objectives: Increase collaboration and information sharing between those working in the community and in practice. To provide a culturally safe space to develop mentorship relationships. Learn about how traditional knowledge is being used to approach community health issues. Build trust amongst Native American midwives.

Audience: This gathering is open to Native American midwives, indigenous doulas, indigenous birth justice workers, and indigenous community organizers. All participants are asked to please provide tribal affiliation and/or ancestral heritage upon registration. Participants pending approval.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch provided on day one

Place: Old Town Albuquerque Hotel, Albuquerque, NM


FULL DAY: (Thursday, 8am-6pm with lunch break on own)

1. Birthing Traditions and Ceremony in Mexico and Southwest – $175

Rita Navarrete Perez, Traditional Healer; Tonita Gonzales,  BS/BA Traditional Healer

In this class participants will see demonstrations of traditional practices that are currently used in Southwest communities today. Participants will learn the benefits and positive healing outcomes resulting from traditional medicine. New Mexico is on the forefront in bridging a cultural understanding on healing and the blending of different modalities of healing including allopathic medicine.

2. AME Educator's Day – $200

Speakers include Kim Cox, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Wendy Gordon, LM, CPM, MPH; and Justine Clegg, MS, LM, CPM, LMHC

The Association of Midwifery Educators presents

Midwifery Educators Day 2015: Supporting best practices in midwifery education

  •     Meeting the needs of adult learners: applying adult learning theory to midwifery students
  •     Student assessment: principles, tools and techniques
  •     Ethics and Social Justice in midwifery education

For more details please download this PDF.


HALF DAY AM (8am-12pm)

1. BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers – $90

Jennifer West, LM, CPM, CST, CH, TBMP, IPE

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Provides course completion card for each participant.

2. Miscarriage Management in the Outpatient Setting – $75

Amy Levi PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC; Marnie Raelene, MSM Student; Tara Cardinal, CNM, MSN

Early pregnancy loss, or miscarriage, is experienced in as many as 30% of all pregnancies. In addition to coping with the emotional challenge of early pregnancy loss, many women are also confronted with decision-making about what to do next. Midwives are often the first provider that women encounter after the diagnosis of an early pregnancy loss. The customary treatment for these losses is a dilatation and curettage procedure that occurs in an inpatient hospital setting. There are several alternatives to the customary treatment for early pregnancy loss that can increase patient satisfaction and assist women to resolve the emotional challenges connected with losing a pregnancy, without enduring the stress of a hospital-based procedure. This presentation will acquaint participants with the various management approaches used to resolve early pregnancy loss, and discuss the positive and negative implications of each approach.

The consequences of expectant management, the use of pharmacological agents, and the use of surgical methods to resolve an early pregnancy loss will be presented, with an emphasis on ensuring the best care for each individual patient according to her specific needs. Early pregnancy loss represents both an emotional and physical challenge to women. Ensuring the best care for these patients requires attention to their emotional needs, and providing the most appropriate care to resolve their physical symptoms. An understanding of the various approaches to resolving early pregnancy loss can assist nurses who care for these women to choose the care that will best match their preferences and concerns.

3. Introduction to Laboratory Tests for Midwives and Basic Venipuncture – This session has been cancelled.

Jude Melton

Phlebotomy for midwives is a course designed to introduce the midwife to lab testing and phlebotomy during the prenatal and postnatal period. The topics to be covered are as follows:

Routine laboratory testing during the prenatal period including:

  • OB Panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Urine dip
  • CBC
  • GBS
  • GTT or 2 hr pp
  • Red cell ab screen

Newborn testing to include:

  • Heel stick of a newborn
  • Obtaining a blood sample for jaundice testing
  • Understanding and interpreting the results
  • When to consult
  • Finding a lab and setting up an account
  • Venipuncture
  • Difficult sticks
  • Tube order
  • Preparation of laboratory specimens for pickup

*Supplies will be available for practice of venipuncture and newborn heel sticks.

4. Student Skills Workshop – FREE, advance registration is required

The Student Skills Workshop is a free half-day pre-conference workshop for student midwives. Students will have the opportunity to have hands-on clinical training with local midwives. The workshop theme is "Skills for the Immediate Postpartum". It will cover topics such as:

  • Facilitating delivery of the placenta including appropriate timing of clamping and cutting the cord
  • Examination and assessment of the placenta
  • Immediate care of mother and newborn and much more.

This workshop is perfect for both beginning and advanced students and a great way to start your MANA2015 Conference experience.

5. Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum – $75

Demetria Clark, Director Birth Arts International and Heart of Herbs Herbal School

Introduction to Aromatherapy

  • Essential oils for pregnancy issues, like morning sickness, exhaustion, insomnia, hyperemesis gravidarum, ligament pain, varicose veins, sore muscles and many more issues common in pregnancy.
  • Essential oils for birth and labor, pain management, massage, transition, the final push, etc.
  • Essential oils for postpartum issues like "the blues", exhaustion, anxiety, body care, infant care, breastfeeding and the common issues that occur in the first six weeks postpartum.
  • Discover what learning tools and options for connections and learning that are available to the students.

6. Birth Your Online Presence: A Hands-On Workshop Demystifying Internet & Social Media Marketing – This session has been cancelled.

Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC

Reaching mothers today means interacting with them online. Bring your laptop! Jeanette McCulloch, an experienced social media expert with birth business know-how, will be your digital doula for this interactive session. Together, we will demystify the process of using the internet for marketing your birth business. You'll leave confident that you can reach your audience online, even if you are new to social media tools like Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter.

In this hands-on, interactive session, you will:

  • Develop an online marketing plan tailored to your practice, including tools to decide which platforms are right for you
  • Establish routines to help manage your time and resources
  • Create strategies for managing common concerns, such as handling conflict, copyright issues and privacy concerns
  • Tap into resources for developing and expanding your web presence


Lunch break on own (12pm-2pm)


HALF DAY PM (2pm-6pm)

1. Surprise Breech: What To Do, What Not To Do – $150

Jennifer West, LM, CPM, CST, CH, TBMP, IPE; Mary Cooper, IKS

Criteria for successful surprise breech birth per information gained at the International Breech Conference

  • What's normal, what is not
  • What to do about 'not normal'
  • How to release trapped arms
  • Frank's Nudge
  • Timing for all phases of breech birth
  • Apgars and cord management

2. IV Therapy for Midwifery Practice – $75 + $25 supply fee

Jaymi McKay, RN, NP, Direct Entry Midwife

IV therapy for Midwifery practice covers the basics of:

  • How and why IVs might be used
  • Physiology of fluids within the body
  • Fluid and electrolyte imbalances
  • Types of IV fluids
  • Anatomy of veins and arteries
  • Considerations for utilizing IVs
  • Fluid volume replacement
  • Initiation, maintenance, troubleshooting and discontinuation of IVs

3. Midwifery Documentation Workshop for Student and Beginning Midwives – $75

Donna Michelle Lafferty, BSN, RN, CPM-TN

This session will give the beginning midwife or student midwife the opportunity to learn and/or fine tune their midwifery documentation skills. The workshop was originally developed for CPM students who had little or no background in professional documentation and remains a fundamentally basic course of study. A variety of activities including powerpoint presentations, role play, written work, and discussion assist the adult learner to effectively learn the material. Topics covered include why documentation is important, professional language, effects of poor documentation, and appropriate narrative construction.

*Please note that as this is a workshop for students, CEUs will not be applied for.

4. Resilient Leadership: The Power of Leaders to Produce Social Change – $75

Geradine Simkins, CNM, MSN

Leadership is a complex and multidimensional function necessary for the success of a program, business, organization, or profession. While a manager's task is to insure that things operate effectively, a leader must possess the shameless audacity to disrupt the status quo, push forward, and advance farther. Good managers insure stability; good leaders inspire change.

This is an unique time in U.S. history and leaders face unprecedented challenges. We are on the cusp of a new generation of midwives taking the helm of the midwifery profession. Have they been equipped with the leadership competencies necessary to steer their businesses and organizations through the rough waters of the U.S maternity care system? This professional development workshop is open to all midwives, students and MCH partners. It will be an intergenerational conversation among Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.

Participants can expect to mentor and/or learn:

  • How to hone or acquire basic leadership competencies and skills.
  • Competencies of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how they distinguish an outstanding leader from an average or ineffectual leader.
  • Why mastering the principle of resilience as the adaptive capacity to continually cope with change is so important.
  • How to avoid power stress and burnout and balance the cycles of sacrifice and renewal.
  • Ways to work effectively and comfortably across generations using best practices such as modeling, encouraging, inspiring, engaging, and team-building.

This interactive workshop will probe ways in which an exemplary leader manages oneself, cooperates with others, and sustains the efficacy of her/his leadership. Key concepts include: values, relationships, connections, participation, cooperation, communication, inclusivity, creativity, change, chaos, stability, inspiration, renewal, and transformation.

5. Perineal Laceration Repair – $150, plus $50 kit fee (to be collected by the instructor on-site)

Lawrence Leeman, MD MPH

This workshop will include a detailed review of perineal anatomy, evidence based repair including use of video images and hands on practice using a beef tongue model. Research regarding the effect of childbirth and perineal laceration on postpartum pelvic floor function including pain, urinary and anal incontinence and sexual function will be included. The identification of perineal anatomy and the importance of identifying anal sphincter lacerations will be emphasized. The primary focus will be on repair of second degree and vulvar lacerations. Identification and repair of anal sphincter and cervical lacerations will be presented for midwives practicing in settings where these laceration result in referral and for settings where these repairs may be performed by midwives. Suturing technique and instruments will be presented, however the workshop assumes a basic knowledge of knot tying. The lead instructor has taught similar workshops at ACOG, AAFP and ACNM. The hands on workshop will include a low ratio of students to instructors to allow for individualized assistance with teaching.

6. Ayurveda for Midwives – This session has been cancelled.

Sunny Rose Healey BA, CAP

Ayurveda teaches that the first 42 days post partum impact a woman's health for the rest of her life. Similarly, a baby's lifetime health is affected by the lifestyle of the mother (and father) from pre-conception up to the time of birth. Participants will learn simple Ayurvedic foundation, as well as Ayurvedic tools such as pulse assessment, simple herbal preparations and lifestyle supports in order to support clients from pregnancy through post partum using this ancient healing science.

7. Anti-Shock Garment: A revolutionary tool to treat hemorrhage following Childbirth – This session has been cancelled.

Vicki Penwell, LM, CPM, Masters in Midwifery, Masters in Intercultural Studies; Rose Penwell, CPM, LM

This session will familiarize the learner with the Non-Inflatable Anti-Shock Garment, a tool to save lives in childbirth that is approved by the FDA for use in America, and is on the World Health Organization's list of recommendations for treating Post Partum Hemorrhage.

Learners in this class will be able to describe the clinical indications for use, the proper procedures for putting on and removing the Anti-Shock Garment, and proper washing instructions. They will get hands-on practice in the use of the Anti-Shock Garment, and learn how to purchase one if they wish.

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