Moms-to-be, natural birth practitioners, doulas, midwives, OB/GYNs, chiropractors and authors are joining together for the Trust Birth Conference, March 12-14, 2010, in Redondo Beach.
This is a special opportunity for pregnant women, mothers, and those interested in natural birth methods, as conferences of this nature are typically restricted only to industry health professionals.
Keynote speaker Dr. Sarah Buckley is a family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning; a writer and lecturer on pregnancy, birth and parenting; and currently full-time mother to her four children, all born at home. Sarah’s book, Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering: A Doctors Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices is published in the US and worldwide by Celestial Arts. Sarah brings a unique and powerful blend of solid scientific, anthropological and psychological perspectives, along with a deep trust in the natural processes.
Each day of the conference offers numerous seminars facilitated by some of the world’s leading natural birth advocates:
- Heather Cushman-Dowdee is the creator of the webcomics Hathor the Cowgoddess and Mama is… Over the past 7 years she has created 500+ comics about attachment parenting, she has published 4 books, and has had her work reproduced in countless books and periodicals.
- Pamela Hines-Powell, CPM, is a homebirth midwife in Salem, Oregon. Her evolution towards gentle, unhindered birth has been a winding path of unlearning and re-learning, resulting in continued personal empowerment. Learn more at her blog.
- Gloria Lemay is an author, teacher and birth attendant. She has worked in the childbirth field for the past 30 years. For 17 years she practiced as a midwife. She also co-wrote the first Genital Integrity legislation to pass into law. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. and travels all over N. America and to Australia in her role as a teacher and speaker.
- Jody McLaughlin grew up on a farm in central North Dakota where she learned most of what she knows about healthful pregnancy, spontaneous birth and successful lactation. Jody has published The Compleat Mother Magazine of Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding since 1989.
- Debby Takikawa is the producer and director of What Babies Want, an award winning documentary film about babies. A chiropractor by formal training, Debby Takikawa founded the nonprofit organization, Beginnings, Inc. in 2001 as a way of supporting a nonprofit clinic and teaching facility. She is also co-author with Carrie Contey PhD, of the What Babies Want parenting book series, the first of which has been recently published: CALMS, A Guide to Soothing Your Baby.
- Carla Hartley is the founder and director of both Ancient Art Midwifery Institute and The Trust Birth Initiative. She has written extensively about midwifery and birth for thirty years and is the author of Helping Hands, The Apprentice Workbook.
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