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2013 Conference

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Thursday, September 19: Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference workshops will be held at Rosemary Court, located in downtown Sarasota 810 Central Ave, just a few miles from the Lido Beach Resort.

To register for pre-conference workshops, visit the Registration page


8:30am-1:30pm Peer Review; Midwives only, student midwives welcome with their preceptors approval; lunch included.


8:15a-12:15p OR 12:30pm-4:30pm Neonatal Resuscitation; attendees must complete the online course prior to attending this clinical skills workshop. Instructions will be emailed to you on how to complete the online program.


1:30pm-4:30pm Satvatove Communcation Workshop; walk away with insight and skills you can apply with your spouse, colleagues, and clients.


7:30pm-?? Bring your family and join your fellow midwives poolside at the Lido Beach Resort. Enjoy the beachside pool, watch the sunset, and enjoy a cocktain from the poolside bar.


Friday September 20: Full Day Conference 7:30-5:15pm

Professional Workshops

Breakfast & Check in starts at 7:30 followed by a full day of workshops; Medical Errors, HIV Update, Laws & Rules, Domestic Violence, Clinical Updates, Electronic Health Records, Liability Insurance Issues, Emergency Transfer, & more! Breakfast & Lunch are included with registration.

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Friday 6:30pm: Off-Call Ball

FUNdraiser Benefiting the Midwives Association of Florida

Amazing Food, Comedy, Music, Cash Bar & LIVE Auction!


Enjoy incredible food by the Polo Grill while you're entertained by the Midwives Association of Florida's very own comedic midwife and President, Miriam Pearson.  Sarasota's Lazy Fairy Improv troupe will carry us through dessert into a night of dancing to the tunes of musical guests Passerine! And oh, yes.. you better believe we're holding a LIVE Auction with items so great you surely won't want to be outbid!!


Join us for a Midwives Night Off Call, it's sure to be a ball!!  Open to the community! Cash bar is available.


Seating is limited, order your tickets to reserve your seat! Advance tickets $40/$50 at the door


Sponsored by WSLR 96.5, Sarasota's own community radio and Southern Cross Insurance Solutions


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Saturday September 21: Full Day Conference 7:30a-6:45pm

Professional & Parent Workshops

Breakfast & Check-in starts at 7:30am followed by a great day of workshops for midwives and parents alike! Click here for all the details!

***SPECIAL PRICING*** Become a MAF Member and attend Saturday for only $65, includes breakfast & lunch.

















Additional workshops include: Postpartum Depression, Babywearing, Doula Support, Complications in Childbirth, Cardiac Defects in the Newborn, Natural Medicine, Birth Advocacy as a Community, and more! click here for more details



Panel Discussion: “It Takes a Village”

September 21 9:30-10:45am


Moderator:         Kelly Kirschner, Dean of Special Programs at Eckerd College, Former Mayor of Sarasota

Panelists:             Jennifer Highland, Executive Director, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.

Charlie Rae Young, Graduate Midwife and Founder of The Barefoot Bus Project

Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, Owner of Commonsense Childbirth and Founder of The JJ Way (by Skype)

Kyle Garner, MD, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sarasota Memorial Hospital


A panel of community activists and providers will discuss maternity care, innovative models that work, and the part midwives play in the “village” of women’s caregivers serving the local community, how midwifery can break down barriers to care, and how these models can be replicated in other areas around the state.  


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