General Sessions

Keynote Address: Birth Centers Crossing Borders
Using examples from Arizona’s community regarding borders, Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM will discuss the borders that exist in birth work and how birth centers can actively address many of the health disparities related to access to midwives and community health.

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Recognizing Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Maternity Care
Sociologist Dr. Louise Roth will discuss the racial and socioeconomic disparities among all women regarding cesarean delivery rates in the United States and how this is a significant social problem due to the relationship between cesarean rates and maternal deaths and the high cost of American health care.

Building Bridges from Birth Center to Hospital: Transfer and Collaboration
Dr. Larry Leeman will discuss the process of transfer from birth center to hospital presents challenges for the transferring woman and providers at both sites. The Model Practice Guidelines for Transfer from Home or Birth Center to Hospital will be presented. A model of collaboration between a birth center and a University Hospital based Family Medicine Maternal and Child health service will be presented.  Case studies will be offered from both a CPM and CNM center.

Midwifery Advances in Federal Policy
Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, APRN, FACNM  and Mary Lawlor, MA, CPM, LM, NHCM will provide up-to-date information about legislative work on the federal and state policy level to address the need for collaboration in maternal child health care conversations related to changes brought forth by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Global Standards, and efforts to address accreditation of birth centers in the U.S.

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