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MAY 24, MAY 25, 2005

Please join us
 Monday, May 24, 9:30 to 4:00
Tuesday,  May 25, 9:30 to 12:30
for our Spring Conference!


We are meeting in a wonderful conference venue -- the Manor House at Leach Botanical Gardens. Leach Gardens is one of Portland's unknown treasures; five acres of lush woodland beside a bubbling stream, yet only minutes away from the center of downtown!

The Manor House is a beautiful 1930s Colonial Revival featuring a ballroom with hardwood floors, knotty pine panelling, high open-beamed ceiling and large doors opening onto the terrace and formal lawn. It's a popular place for weddings, music recitals and business retreats.

This is our first two-day event! The first day (Monday) will be devoted entirely to midwifery subjects. The morning of day two (Tuesday) is centered on homeopathy and herbs in pregnancy, birth, and beyond!  After lunch, you can take our CPR class, or remain in the gardens if you wish, to visit with other midwives and new freinds.

We will provide lunch both days of course! On Monday we will reprise our Salmon Buffet which is still famous from the 2002 conference! And on Tuesday, we'll have a Vegetarian Imperial-Indian Feast!

Leach Botanical Gardens is located near 122nd and SE Foster Rd, just off of I-205, yet feels like an isolated Garden of Eden! It's a restful and intimate setting; a true jewel! But the size of the facility means that enrollment is ABSOLUTELY LIMETTED to forty participants, and the CPR class to twenty, so you must register as soon as possible to reserve your place!

The cost is $50 for Monday, $35 for Tuesday, $80 for both days..

The CPR class Tuesday afternoon is $45 (and it includes your lunch!) The Tuesday schedule is simple: Come to morning class and stay for lunch. Or come to lunch and stay for CPR. Or do both!

We will be applying for appx 10 hours of CEU credits. 

Registration begins today! (see our registration page for details)






Carol Gray: Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy.

 Carol will present a history of the work, define it, describe it, teach participants how to feel their own cranial rhythms, and list clinical applications. Shell teach how to describe it to our clients and how to know when it would be helpful for expectant and new mothers and newborns.

Celeste Kersey: The Effects of Sexual Abuse on Birthing Women

 Celeste will discuss how we can help women who experience birth as retraumatization get back into their bodies and connect with their babies. Birth can be healing!

Gail Hart: Research Updates!

Gail will discuss effective care during pregnancy and birth, and the latest results of studies in nutrition, supplements, methods, and protocols. We'll examine old and new theories, and new evidence verses established routines! 

Pat Edmonds: Keeping Birth Normal!

Pat will discuss the physiology of pregnancy and birth, and the newborn's adjustment to life. How can we help these processes? When should midwives interveen; when should we sit still? (Pat has three decades of midwifery wisdom to share!)

Dana Jesperson: Homeopathics For Birth and Beyond

Are you mystified by homeopathics? Dana has developed a unique color-coded charting system to help simplify the choosing of  corect remedies; with a special emphasis on pregnancy, birth, newborns, and young children.

Herbs and Plant Medicines:

When and how to use them? Common remedies, simples, tinctures. Recipes for home uses; salves, ointments and balms, for the family medicine chest! A "hands on" workshop!




DATE: Monday, May 24, --- Tuesday, May 25, 2004

TIME: Monday 9:30AM to 4:00PM

Tuesday 9:30AM to 12:30PM (homeopathy and herbs)

Tuesday 1:30PM to 4:00PM (CPR)

FEES: Monday $50, includes full day, lunch, and syllabus.

Tuesday $35, includes lunch, syllabus, materials

(Both days $80)

Tuesday afternoon $45 includes lunch, CPR

ADVANCE REGISTRATION: Please register and pre-pay as soon as possible!  We cannot accept more than 40 registrations at this facility! 

AT-THE-DOOR REGISTRATION: We will post here if we have last minute registrations available. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Full payment in advance by mail, or electronic transfer through PayPal. We can accept credit cards if they are processed through Paypal. See "registration page" for details. (Ckeck or money-order preferred.)

STUDENT DISCOUNTS OR SCHOLORSHIPS: We will have a few available. Contact us for details.

HOW TO REGISTER: by phone, email, online, or mail. But please do it as soon as possible! See "conference registration" button on sidebar for more information.

LOCATION: Leach Botanical Gardens, Manor House. 6704 SE 122nd ave, Portland, OR (503-823-9503)

DIRECTIONS: From I-205 freeway go East on the Foster road exit to SE 122nd Avenue. Turn south (right) and continue 1/8 mile down the hill to Johnson Creek. The garden entrance is on the left (for drop off or handicap parking). The parking lot is on the right just across the bridge.

LODGING: We recommend the McMennamin's Edgefield Hotel (where we had our fall conference). The Edgefield is about ten minutes away and has inexpensive rooms. They also have a Hostel Wing where beds are only $20. There are no advance reservations -- and they are only available on a "first come, first serve" basis. But the hotel staff says the hostel rarely fills up on weekday nights, and we can expect there will be space available.

REFUNDS: We understand the uncertainty of midwife schedules and would like to offer a full refund if you have to cancel for a birth. But because of advance expenses, we can only refund half of the fees. We will however, carry your fees over for you -- or someone you designate -- indefinitly as payment for future conferences. (You may also send someone else to take your place)

SALES TABLES: Do you have articles or items for sale? Crafts? Books? Baby items, or birth supplies? We have space for a few tables. (Contact us for details, but there is no extra charge above the attendance fees).

LITERATURE TABLES: YES! Bring your pamphlets, business cards, and brochures!

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