The Schedule


March 24, 2017

Pre-Conference and Opening Ceremony

Friday from 10 am – 5 pm

The Other Side of the Coin : A Workshop on Miscarriage and Loss with Amy Wright Glenn and a short discussion facilitated by Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone

The pre-conference can be attended individually, without also attending the main sessions

More in depth information here

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.

Amy’s trainings are specifically geared for birth/postpartum doulas, bereavement doulas, therapists, midwives, ministers, OBs, and end-of-life care professionals. However, all interested in the topic are more than welcome to join Amy as she compassionately and wisely prepares participants to more confidently and clearly hold space for one of life’s most painful and devastating losses.  The pre-conference is available as a stand alone ticket for those not attending the main conference sessions.

Learn more about the pre-conference 

5:30 pm -7:30pm

Opening Ceremony at the Amitabha Stupa

March 25 and 26, 2017

– Main Conference Presentations –



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

Stephanie will speak to our power and how our personal and professional power, used judiciously and with supreme consciousness, can triumph over fear in order to transform the current landscape of birth and birth a new paradigm.  She is an amazing and powerful speaker, and will be the perfect kick off to our 2017 conference.  Prepare to be inspired!

9:15 am – 10:30 am // Maryn and Margo

Wise Woman Midwifery Model – Working With Clients Who are at the Center of Their Own Decision Making 

10:45 – 12:00 // Marnie McKnight-Favell

Understanding and Healing Birth Trauma Through the Metaphysical Blueprint

Birth Trauma carries a broader impact than the event itself. Find out from a metaphysical, holistic perspective how trauma is held in the body and mind after the event; how birth trauma affects the mother, and how it affects the birth professional.

Understand the deeper and broader reaching effects of birth trauma and address ways to provide comprehensive support to those impacted by a traumatic birth, as well as discuss how to help mitigate the incidence of birth trauma in the modern birth environments.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm // Lunch off site

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm // Dr. Rodrigo Aybar and Dr. Graciela Anhel de Aybar

Water Birth in Panama – a Cultural Perspective

Since 2008, we have been attending home and waters births in Panama. We are pioneers in our country in this aspect.  We will look at our statistical results in around 250 water births, including VBAC , twins, breech, forceps and the different cultural and ethnic characteristics of the women in our population.

We will explain how this approach to the natural birthing process made by two OBGYNs has produced an important and wide women’s social empowerment movement in our society.  We will describe too, how the natural and not medicalized approach to birth is producing change in hospitals and maternity centers in Panama.

3:45 pm – 5:45 pm // Augustine Colebrook

When the Womb Cries: a wholistic view of preventing, diagnosing, treating, and discussing postpartum hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage  is still the biggest cause of maternal mortality worldwide; and yet this is a preventable and treatable risk factor. Midwives hold the balance between safe and sacred, art and science, and the physical and energetic bodies. Postpartum hemorrhage puts us through one of the greatest tests. Come practice skills, discuss treatment methods, and broaden your awareness.

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm //

Home Birth and Moon Cycle Poetry at Java Love Coffee Shop with Arielle Greenberg

Arielle Greenberg will be reading from her newly republished book Home/Birth: A Poemic, co-written with Rachel Zucker. The only work of its kind, Home/Birth is a work of literature, not a how-to guide or scholarly study: it’s collaborative lyric essay and an activist work that combines found text, birth stories, memoir, and a conversation between friends. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein call it “an empowering, honest, generous, painful must-read for mothers-to-be.” Jennifer Block, author of Pushed, says, “Like birth itself, this conversation is not linear or predictable; it is messy and real and powerful, and a gift to be privy to.” Home/Birth has been widely taught at colleges and universities and given to clients by midwives and doulas.

Arielle writes poetry, creative nonfiction and criticism, teaches in the graduate school at Oregon State University-Cascades, and is a homebirth mother who has taught childbirth classes and served on the board of Citizens for Midwifery. The reading will offer plenty of time for questions and discussion.


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
Asian Medicine has long been successful with not only helping women get pregnant but helping to carry the baby to full term. Modalities such as Acupressure, Nutrition, Moxibustion and Herbal Formulas will be discussed. Acupressure and Moxibustion will be demonstrated and everyone will get a chance to practice these techniques on each other.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm // Rowan Bailey

Why It Was Worth Persecution and Why I Would Do It Again

Rowan will talk about why, for her, the journey of being persecuted as a midwife was not only worth it, she is grateful for it.  This is a huge topic in the new paradigm midwifery world and we hope you will join us to hear Rowan’s story and refreshing perspective.

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm // Lunch off site

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

OF WOMAN BORN is a one-woman, multi-sensory documentary about civilization’s oldest ritual: giving birth. Producer Gracey Nagle, whose second home birth inspired this film, and midwife Emily Graham, the film’s subject, will lead a discussion on the intentions informing this project. They will be joined by director Scott Kirschenbaum, who will share an exclusive sneak peek of the film.

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

Our academic medical education has been not enough to understand and successfully manage some significant and frequent events which appear during the birthing process.  We will discuss some clinical cases we have had in home and water births and how we can best manage them in the out of hospital setting.

3:45 – 4:45 pm // Yolande Clark

Building Wild Birth Communities

The paradigm *is* shifting!  More and more women are choosing birth outside of the medical context, and there is a growing market for alternative birth support. This workshop will focus on how to create grassroots wild-birth communities where we live as well as online, the distinctions between power, empowerment and authority, and practical strategies for making your business work financially.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm // Stephanie Dawn

Your Sacred Birth Business ~ Tips, Tools and Strategies for Midwives and Birthpreneurs to Thrive

In this workshop, Stephanie will be covering all of these topics so that you can be supported as you change the world!

• Wealth Consciousness ~ Value, Worth and Money
• When to Give and When to Receive: How to Monetize What You Give Away for Free
• Packages, Pricing and Fees
• Your Meet and Greets ~ What’s Not Working and Tips to Get it Right
• The Importance of Strategic Alliances
• Visibility, Marketing and Branding

6:15 pm – 6:30 p.m. // Closing


March 27, 2017


Monday from 9am – 3pm

Bringing Birth Teachings, Education and Inspiration to Our Communities
with Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone – more in depth information here

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!


Meet Our Speakers


Maryn Green

Maryn Green founded the Indie Birth Association in 2007.  She began her journey in birth with her first child’s planned hospital birth is 2002. Disillusioned, she hired a midwife and had a homebirth with her second child, a son, and the rest is history. She believes that birth is inherently safe, and that most women and babies are more than capable and willing to be born without a lot of fiddling from someone else. She supports women that want unassisted births and women that would like an attendant. She believes that women know how to birth and that babies know how to be born. When Maryn isn’t working on birth related teachings, blog posts or webinars (which is rare), you can find her hiking or drinking coffee.  Maryn lives in Sedona with her husband of 16 years, 7 kids and many animals.


Margo Blackstone

Margo Blackstone joined the Indie Birth team as an apprentice in 2011.  Her academic background is in Women’s and Gender Studies so she brings a political and sociological interest to her midwifery work. Margo has particular interest in the areas of study that she has had the most personal experience with, including miscarriage support, hypertensive issues in pregnancy, and prolonged labor. Against seemingly all odds, she birthed an amazing little girl at home in 2014, and still hasn’t come down from the oxytocin high.


Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Amy is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula. Amy is particularly interested in the spiritual and/or religious dimensions of doula work, the emerging end-of-life doula movement, and the intersections found between her formal training as a birth worker and her studies in end-of-life care.

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Stephanie Dawn

Stephanie Dawn is a Sacred Living and Business Mentor to the visionaries transforming the dominant paradigm from fear to love, whether birthing a baby or a business. She created Sacred Birth Work for parents, founded the Sacred Birth Mentor Program for birth professionals, and is the author of the soon to be released Your Sacred Birth, A Visionary Guide to a New Birth Paradigm. Stephanie coaches clients via her private practice, her online courses, her in- person workshops and retreats. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their two boys and their Ball python Crystal.


Yolande Clark

Yolande Clark is a writer, a visual artist, a feminist activist, and an independent birthkeeper.   Her first baby was born at home in 2000, and since then, she has been immersed in the power, magic, and normalcy of spontaneous, sovereign birth. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with her husband and four (soon five!) young children, and she works with smart, independent women (locally and globally) who are sick of feeling disempowered by the myth that childbirth is a medical event from which we need to be delivered. She also coaches fellow birth-workers who are looking to hone strategies and systems for making a living in the independent birth world, and writes about pregnancy, freebirth, mothering, feminism, nourishment, outrageousness and dissent.


Augustine Colebrook

Augustine’s focus is finely attuned to the process of letting go and opening to the unknown in labor and in life. Augustine is  a trusted, skilled, midwife.  She is also an artist and loves working with her hands, particularly sculpting in snow, ice, clay, wax and metal.  Augustine is an accomplished management executive with a strong social-entrepreneurial heart and in addition to founding three modern community-centered birth centers in Oregon.


Dr. Graciela Anhel de Aybar

Dr. Graciela Anhel de Aybar is an obstetrician-gynecologist with extensive experience in warm and humane care during pregnancy and childbirth. She is one of the few in Panama who attends home births including births in water. She works a professional first-class team, including pediatricians-neonatologists, Doulas, and other support staff to accompany the expectant mother throughout the process of pregnancy, childbirth care, post-partum and encouraging breastfeeding.


Dr. Rodrigo Aybar

Dr. Rodrigo Aybar is an obstetrician-gynecologist with extensive experience in warm and humane care during pregnancy and childbirth. He is one of the few in Panama who attends home births including births in water. He works a professional first-class team, including pediatricians-neonatologists, Doulas, and other support staff to accompany the expectant mother throughout the process of pregnancy, childbirth care, post-partum and encouraging breastfeeding.


Katharine Stewart

Katharine graduated from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture in 1990. She was voted “Best Acupuncturist,” by the “Santa Barbara Independent”  reader’s poll. She loves working with pregnant moms (and Dads!) to help in all stages of parenthood from conception to pregnancy, to birth and into healthcare for the whole family. One of her passions is teaching people the many ways Traditional Chinese Medicine can be utilized at home for better health.


Marnie McKnight-Favell

Marnie McKnight-Favell is a healer and priestess, supporting women through transformative energy healing as well as homeopathic support. Her work helps mothers who have experienced birth trauma to safely, gently, and deeply process and integrate their birth, guiding them in illumination and peace, deeper trust in themselves, and freedom to move forward in their mothering journey and for subsequent pregnancies. A healer her entire life, Marnie has been cultivating her gift since early adulthood. Having experienced her own personal healing transformation in her early twenties, through her own illness and profound spiritual awakening that reframed her awareness of personal, global, and cosmic existence.


Arielle Greenberg

Arielle Greenberg is the author of several books of poetry and literary nonfiction, including Home/Birth: A Poemic, co-written with Rachel Zucker, and a finalist for the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction. The story of her stillbirth was featured on the podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and she has spoken about birth politics at Smith College, New York University, the University of Maine-Farmington, the Association for Research on Mothering conference and other venues. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at Oregon State University-Cascades and in Maine, where she lives.


Mara Panacci

Mara is a writer, birth worker, yoga teacher and mother. When she’s not facilitating retreats, trainings and workshops all over the world, she’s at home cooking, crafting, foraging and unschooling her two daughters. Together with her husband, she runs a small homestead on Canada’s east coast for half the year, and jet sets to wherever work and whim allow for the other six months. Although she’s been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching for 12, Mara became deeply interested in natural and ecstatic birth after her first pregnancy and miscarriage. She went on to have a transformational experience with the home birth of her daughter, Szerafina, followed by two more miscarriages and the stillbirth of her second daughter, Sage. The healing and gorgeous home waterbirth of her rainbow baby Selah was a profound awakening, one surrounded by community and love. Yoga was a tremendously beneficial force in her healthy and autonomous pregnancies, as well as peaceful births and continues to be a touchstone in her life. Mara is well attuned to the natural miracles of both birth and death, how darkness proceeds light and how faith triumphs over fear, every time. She is an advocate of autonomous and free birth, of the innate wisdom of wimyn and of our birth right to create and bring forth life in conscious joyfulness. She believes that teaching wimyn to embrace the sacred feminine through yoga, nourishment, ritual and community will bring about the ultimate peace that the world is craving.




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**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.**