Upcoming Events
Workshops

2016 - 2 Breech & Body Mechanics Workshops
plus Peer Review!

The first two workshops were a huge success, and we have been asked to repeat this course in 2016. CEU's for Oregon can be accredited through the OMC for this event. Additional guest presenters may be added to the program.

Dates/Locations:

    In Spokane Valley area -
        July 17-18, 2016
        Embracing Your Birth
        9003-B East Euclid Ave
        Millwood WA 99212

    In Portland/Vancouver area -
        July 24-25, 2016
        Firm Foundation Christian School
        19919 NE 107th Avenue
        Battle Ground WA 98604


Days:
      Sunday
, 10 AM to 7 PM - Breech Workshop, with lunch provided.
      Monday, 9 AM to noon - Hands-on Body Mechanics Workshop followed by Peer Review after noon!

For more information, maps, and payment link, please read here.

Cost:
      WARM Members $150, non-members $300
      (CEU's add $10 for WARM, $10 for OMC)

Breech Workshop Options
      More registration options HERE.

Topics include:
      •   The why's of breech
      •   Breech imperatives
      •   Politics of breech birth
      •   Consumer awareness for breech births
      •   Mechanics of breech
      •   Breech complications and maneuvers. We will be using pelvic models, and a simulator torso and doing hands on training.
      •   Body Mechanics for Birth - practice using physiotherapy skills to prevent birth injuries for difficult deliveries of all types.

Please click HERE for many more details!




Teleconferences

May 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM Pacific Time
Pregnancy, Posture, Prolapse

Presenter - Christine Kent, founder of Whole Woman, Inc.

Christine holds degrees in both anthropology and nursing. She is a mother of two and grandmother of five. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and business partner, Lanny Goodman and her three chickens, Lulu, Samantha and Wingy.

With education and support, pelvic organ prolapse is very manageable for a lifetime without dangerous surgery.

Pelvic organ prolapse epidemic in the postpartum population, but it impacts the lives of almost all women sooner or later. At Whole Woman, we have had calls from girls as young as sixteen who have never had sex, from women well into their eighties, and from all ages in between who are suffering the symptoms of prolapse.

Prolapse can occur at any time in a woman’s life, and while not life-threatening, the symptoms can range from mildly annoying to completely debilitating. Sadly, because women are largely unaware of this most prevalent condition, they are easy prey for the reconstructive pelvic surgical industry.

There is no surgical cure for prolapse, and operations for prolapse will inevitably make the condition worse. Research clearly indicates that hysterectomy, which is often touted as a “cure”, leaves women five times more likely to experience prolapse. Many other lifelong problems that result from hysterectomy are ignored in gynecologic literature.

By returning to the true female pelvic organ support system, which is unrecognized by gynecology, prolapse is easily stabilized and often reversed. When prolapse occurs after childbirth, there is a simple and natural program to help women regain control of their bodies, their sexuality, and their lives. At Whole Woman, we have many young mothers who have gone on to have multiple, successful vaginal births after a prolapse diagnosis.



March 20, 2015 Call - Chandler Marrs - Hormones Matter

Chandler Marrs MS, MA, PhD spent the last dozen years in women’s health research with a focus on steroid neuroendocrinology and mental health. She has published and presented several articles on her findings. As a graduate student, she founded and directed the UNLV Maternal Health Lab, mentoring dozens of students while directing clinical and Internet-based research. Post graduate, she continued at UNLV as an adjunct faculty member, teaching advanced undergraduate psychopharmacology and health psychology (stress endocrinology). Dr. Marrs received her BA in philosophy from the University of Redlands; MS in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University; and, MA and PhD in Experimental Psychology/ Neuroendocrinology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Reframing Maternal Health

What does it mean to be healthy? This sounds like a simple question, but it is not. Does health mean fitting within certain numerical parameters of weight, BMI, heart rate, blood pressure or blood sugar? Yes and no; while these are important variables to consider, they do not tell us the entire story. In fact, one can be of appropriate weight, have ideal cardiac and glucose control and still be recognizably, or as is more often the case, unrecognizably ill. What we measure as indicators of good health fall remarkably short in telling the story of health and disease, especially for women and most especially for pregnant women. This teleconference will address how to evaluate mechanisms and measurements of maternal health and illness in the 21st Century.

This teleconference was recorded for those who could not attend; call 712-775-7029, ID: 119-077-204, Reference #3. This is a free call, sponsored by WARM.



Chart Forms

After years of revisions, and literally hundreds of hours of analyzing old charts for ways to improve them, Highland Midwife has finally decided that their copyrighted chart forms are ready for publishing! Forms are printed on good quality heavier paper, and are designed to reflect a very high level of maternity care. These have been received by medical professionals with great praise, because they document how well midwives really do care for clients.

To view and purchase chart forms, please visit HERE. WARM members are eligible for a discount - please contact the Secretary or our webmaster for the coupon code.

Peer Reviews

WARM is now officially state-approved for Peer Review!

The next peer reviews are scheduled for the afternoon of July 18, 2016 in Millwood in Spokane Valley area of Washington, immediately following the Breech workshop, and one week later on July 25 after the Breech workshop in the Portland/Vancouver area.

Bring your charts and join us! Student members are welcome, and encouraged to attend and discuss cases that they have managed.



News

With all of the crazy changes currently happening in the state laws, which threaten the future of midwifery and the options available for mothers, WARM welcomes donations for our lobbying efforts.

Parents - you are encouraged to contact us with comments and suggestions for changes in state laws that would help us to provide you with better care. If a midwife has made a huge impact on your life, you are greatly encouraged to please donate any amount you can to our lobbying efforts. Please use the link below - every dollar counts!

Students and midwives who are working toward licensure, WARM wants to help make certain your voices are being heard by the state! Please consider membership and involvement.

Donate for Lobbying:


Recent Events

July 31, 2016

It is with very great sadness that we report the passing of a great midwife, Fran Wilson of Pasco, WA, early this morning. Fran was our first Lifetime Member, and a former Board Member. She served many families in Tri-Cities over the years, and will be sorely missed. We love you, Fran.



April 10-11, 2015
NW Inland Birth Professionals Conference

Here was WARM's table at the conference.



April 25, 2015
Baby Bump NW Expo

Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
WARM was there!


March 20-22
Midwifery Today Conference

WARM's lovely Sharon Hockenbury represented us with a table at the Midwifery Today Conference, and everyone had a great time! Many of our student midwife members were able to attend.

One of our student midwives Hannah McLaughlin had the pleasure of spending some time with the wonderful Dr. Michel Odent.



Get Involved!!!

Interested in serving on one of our comittees? Contact us and tell us why.

To get notices about midwifery changes at the Washington Dept. of Health, the link to subscribe is HERE.

For WA midwifery forms, including Expired License renewal and Midwife-In-Training application, click HERE.

For information about the Washington state Midwifery Advisory Committee (WA MAC), click HERE.

To view the meeting schedule, agenda, and minutes of the WA MAC, click HERE.

To download an application to join the WA MAC, click HERE.

To download an application to join the Oregon state Midwifery Advisory Committee, click HERE.

Important Links:
Washington midwifery laws: RCW 18.50, and WAC 246-834



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