Indie Birth
Midwifery Conference

Sedona, AZ
March 24-27, 2017
Held at the Sedona Creative Life Center

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The Indie Birth Midwifery Conference is on its second year, and we are excited to be bringing you another round of fresh topics and perspectives, as well as an opportunity to connect deeply with birth keepers from around the world.  The 2016 conference changed people's lives and strengthed traditional/postmodern/wise woman midwifery in the US and Canada and we have no doubt this year will be just as powerful.  Join us!

Conference Schedule

This year's conference will take place from March 24-27th in beautiful Sedona, AZ. The main sessions will be held at the Sedona Creative Life Center on the 25th and 26th.  

March 24, 2017 Pre-Conference Friday from 10am – 5pm

This years pre-conference will be on March 24th in the intimate "Indie Birth Headquarters" space in Sedona.  People may attend even if they haven't registerd for the main conference sessions.

The Other Side of the Coin : A Workshop on Miscarriage and Loss with Amy Wright Glenn, Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone

**Amy’s pre-conference session is from 10am – 3pm and there will be time for a short brown bag lunch **Maryn and Margo will be facilitating from 3:30pm – 5

As midwives, we often have large gaps in our knowledge and training around the topics of miscarriage, stillbirth, loss and grief. Many midwives are unsure how to handle a woman that is miscarrying or experiencing a stillbirth, both physically, and emotionally. Our goal is to provide a foundation of knowledge so that you can leave this workshop feeling more confident about what you can offer moms experiencing loss. This workshop will feature the amazing Amy Wright Glenn, a bereavement doula and hospital chaplain. Amy has extensive experience supporting women through loss and teaches through her Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death. We are honored to share this intimate topic with you this year. – Maryn and Margo

Main Sessions - March 25th and 26th, 2017


8:30 am – 9 am // Stephanie Dawn
Keynote and Opening Session : The Conscious Midwife ~ Your Sacred Power to Love Into Being a New Birth Paradigm

9:15 am –10:00 am // Maryn and Margo
Wise Woman Midwifery Model – Working With Clients Who are at the Center of Their Own Decision Making

10:15 – 11:45 // Marnie McKnight-Favell
Understanding and Healing Birth Trauma Through the Metaphysical Blueprint

11:45 – 1 pm // Lunch off site or brown bag it!

1 pm – 3 pm // Dr. Rodrigo Aybar and Dr. Graciela Anhel de Aybar
Water Birth in Panama – a Cultural Perspective

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm // Augustine Colebrook
When the Womb Cries: a wholistic view of preventing, diagnosing, treating, and discussing postpartum hemorrhage

7 pm – 10 pm // Home Birth and Moon Cycle Poetry at Java Love Coffee Shop with Arielle Greenberg


8am Yoga and Meditation for Birth Workers (discussion and practice) with Mara Panacci of

9 am – 10:30 am // Katherine Stewart
Ancient Asian Secrets: Fertility, and Prevention of Miscarriages/Pre-term Labor

10:45 am – 12:00 pm // Rowan Bailey
Why It Was Worth Persecution and Why I Would Do It Again

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm // Lunch off site or brown bag!

1:15 – 1:35 // Sneak peek of the documentary film OF WOMAN BORN with discussion by director Scott Kirschenbaum and producer Gracey Nagle

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm // Dr. Rodrigo Aybar and Dr. Graciela Anhel de Aybar
Case Studies from the Clinic: Real World Observations, Insight and Lessons Learned in Birth

3:45 – 4:45 pm // Yolande Clark
Building Wild Birth Communities 

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm // Stephanie Dawn
Your Sacred Birth Business ~ Tips, Tools and Strategies for Midwives and Birthpreneurs to Thrive

6:00 - 6:30 pm // Closing 

March 27, 2017 Post-Conference Monday from 9am – 3pm

Bringing Birth Teachings, Education and Inspiration to Our Communities with Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone

What’s the point of living and breathing our passion for birth if we aren’t able to reach real people in our own communities? The change that we all WANT and NEED to see will come from the women and families, but our role as educator and community leader is paramount to the success of our teachings. 

Maryn and Margo have been experimenting for years with creating local free workshops and even paid classes to attempt to bring awareness to their community. This workshop will be fun, insightful and bold; chock-full of resources, topics, exercises, and even meditations that you might choose to bring back to your own community. We promise you will leave this workshop inspired and energized to go out into the world and create change, faster!


This Year's Speakers Include :



**Indie Birth Association is a Private Membership Association and all conference registrants will be asked to join IBA upon arriving at conference site. Membership is included in conference fee.**