Early Bird Rates, Poster proposals and Scholarship Applications Close August 15th
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Issue #60, August 9, 2017

Skills, Skills, Skills!!!

Practice IVs, learn to suture, review shoulder dystocia, renew your NRP, and check out the offerings on Breech. #MANACAM17 has something for every midwife and student midwife, from hands on skills, to reviewing our approaches to Vit D and Carbohydrates, and so much more. So join us to #collaborate, with midwives, doulas and doctors at MANACAM17. Collaboration will strengthen our communities! 

Thursday - Suturing; NRP; IVs; Shoulder dystocia; Pharmacology; Student Skills Practice Day
Friday - Breech selection; Cycle charting for IUI; Vitamin D deficiency; Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy
Saturday - Screening for congenital heart defects; Newborn Resuscitation issues at home; VBACs; 
Sunday - Best practices charting; Zika; Postpartum Plan; Understanding Millennials (social media skills) 
Monday - Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (all day)

LESS THAN ONE WEEK to Close of Early Bird Registration, Poster Proposals and Scholarship Deadlines

No Extensions

The early bird gets the lowest registration rate! After August 15th the full conference price increases by $100. Get even more discounts by joining MANA or renewing your membership! Don't miss out on all that #MANACAM17 has to offer, and get the best rate possible here

Thanks to the continued support of the Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery, conference scholarships are still open for application. Learn more here

Poster presentation proposals in student and professional categories for the Harris-Braun Outstanding Poster Award for Research are still being accepted. Learn more here.

Risk Assessment for Midwives 

Preconference Workshop lead by Silke Akerson, CPM, LDM 

Risk assessment is an essential tool in midwifery for protecting our clients and ourselves from outcomes ranging from infections, NICU admissions, deaths, and less clinical outcomes like client dissatisfaction, complaints, and lawsuits. Knowing that, like all skills risk assessment takes practice and discernment, in this workshop students will discuss trends in unrecognized or under-recognized risk factors in the midwifery research, review real case studies from diverse midwifery practices and use role play to practice the skills for successful RA. 

Silke Akerson, CPM, LDM is a mother, home birth midwife and herbalist in Portland, Oregon. She has been a midwife for 16 years and loves that she never stops learning from her clients and the births she attends. She has been active in midwifery leadership and advocacy in Oregon and is currently the director of the Oregon Midwifery Council. Silke is passionate about continuing education for midwives as a way of ensuring quality care for all families and encouraging continued growth for ourselves as practitioners.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

Post-conference full-day workshop with Sarita Bennett

The ALSO Provider Course is designed to assist health professionals in developing and maintaining the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage the emergencies which arise in maternity care. The course focuses on teamwork and a standardized understanding of emergencies while also recognizing that each provider must ultimately exercise their own professional judgement in deciding on appropriate action in emergency situations. Topics covered include fetal distress, cord prolapse, breech, shoulder dystocia, and postpartum hemorrhage. The treatment guidelines presented do not necessarily represent the only way to manage these situation but are presented as reasonable methods of management.

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Darynée Blount, LM, CPM  and Ashley Jones

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) is a complex liver disease which typically presents in the third trimester of pregnancy. Symptoms generally manifest as pruritus in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, and can be more accurately confirmed with the presence of abnormal liver function lab results and elevated serum bile acid levels. ICP in itself is generally not harmful for the mother, but poses an increased risk of complications to the fetus in severe cases. This evidence-based session reviews the clinical presentation and diagnosis of ICP and makes recommendations to the holistic preventative support of at-risk clients as well as the holistic treatment of clients with mild ICP in an out-of-hospital setting. Additionally, this session will discuss parameters of the midwifery scope related to ICP and the potential need for collaboration, referral, and transfer of care.

Darynée Blount LM, CPM, is the owner and director of Birth Roots since 2008.  She was born and raised in San Diego and has many family members residing in the city. She has five children of her own, the third of which was born in the water with midwives. She attended Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery for her direct-entry into midwifery and apprenticed with and assisted many of the community midwives for many years before attaining her own license.  She is nationally certified as Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a California Licensed Midwife (LM).

Ashley Jones is a senior student midwife, attending Midwives College of Utah and precepting at  Birth Roots in Chula Vista, CA. She began her journey into midwifery in 2011 as a doula before becoming a birth assistant in Washington in 2012. She started midwifery school in Fall 2014 and is on track to graduate this year. Ashley, a San Diego native, is a military wife and mother of 4.

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Save the dates:


Aug 15: Conference Early Bird Discount Deadline

Aug 15: Poster Application Deadline

Aug 15: Scholarship Applications Due

Oct 12: Hotel Early Bird Rates End

Oct 13: Conference Program Ads Due

Nov 2 - 5: MANA CAM 2017, Long Beach, CA

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