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Special Events


Thursday - October 5

Birth Center Directors Network Meeting/Reception

Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Open only to Birth Center Owners, Clinical Directors, and Administrative Directors
Registration required ($40 Members / $60 Non-Members)


First Timers Orientation

Thursday: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
An orientation session for first-time attendees (and anyone else who wants to know how to get more out of the conference)


Frontier Nursing University Reception

Hosted by Frontier Nursing University
Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
All alumni, preceptors, faculty, students and friends of Frontier Nursing University are invited.


Welcome Celebration: Parade of Families & Awards Presentation

Thursday: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we continue our tradition of celebrating the families of our local birth centers and the presentation of the AABC Achievement Awards.


Welcome Reception & Exhibit Hall Opening

Come to the Exhibit Hall to mingle and network at our Welcome Reception, and get your first look at the vendors and poster presentations.


Friday - October 6


Friday: 11:30am - 12:00pm

Mickey Sperlich will be available for a book signing of "Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse" in the Exhibit Hall.  Purchase your copy at the AABC Registration desk.


Legislative Forum 

Friday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The AABC Legislative Committee will be hosting the Legislative Forum.


Birth Center Tour & Dinner

Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Take a tour of the Mat-Su Birth Center, the Center for Birth, and the Geneva Woods Birth Center.  Each stop will also provide the next step in your meal, from hors d'ouvres through dessert.  Dinner and transportation included in ticket cost. Space is limited.
Registration required ($50 AABC Members / $65 Non-members)


Saturday - October 7

AABC Business Meeting of Members

Saturday: 8:00am - 10:15am
All members are invited to attend.  Continental breakfast served.


Book Signing - Linda Cole & Melissa Avery

Saturday: 10:15am - 11:00am

Linda Cole and Melissa Avery will be available for a book signing of their new book "Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes" in the Exhibit Hall.  Purchase your copy at the AABC Registration desk.


Book Signing - Neel Shah

Saturday: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Neel Shah will be available for a book signing of his new book "Understanding Value-based Healthcare" in the Exhibit Hall.  Purchase your copy at the AABC Registration desk.


AABC Foundation Gala to Grow Birth Centers- All Aboard!

Saturday: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
We invite you to join us at the 2017 Gala to Grow Birth Centers, the AABC Foundation's annual fundraising event.
Ticket required ($125 before Birth Institute / $150 on-site)


Sunday - October 8

Meet the Boards Reception

Sunday: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hosted by the boards of the American Association of Birth Centers, the AABC Foundation, and the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.



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