Featured Speakers

Pre-conference/Keynotes/Workshops

Pricing for the conference ranges from $215 to $525, click on the “Get Tickets” link at the top for more information. 

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Dr. Michel Odent, MD

Dr. Michel Odent, MD

Surgeon/Obstetrician
Nancy Wainer, CPM

Nancy Wainer, CPM

VBAC Pioneer
Dr. Brad Bootstaylor, MD

Dr. Brad Bootstaylor, MD

Perinatologist
Dr. Amber Price, DNP, CNM

Dr. Amber Price, DNP, CNM

COO of Womens Hospital & Midwife

Dr. Mary Renfrew

Dr. Mary Renfrew

Lactation Research Pioneer
Dr. Nils Bergman

Dr. Nils Bergman

Founder of Kangaroo Mother Care
Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Medical Doctor/Psychologist
Dr. Jane Houston

Dr. Jane Houston

Clinical Director

One on One Access to Birth Leaders

Celebrating 25 years of drawing the world's birth leaders together to learn and do at BirthWorks.

At our last conference one woman commented, “And there I was, standing in the elevator next to Michel Odent!” And another woman stated, “Ina May Gaskin gave me a big hug and in that moment I felt one with a woman who is impacting birth around the world.” Imagine yourself in close proximity with other world famous speakers who are making a positive impact in birth. They are touching the lives of birthing families everywhere. You will find them at BirthWorks conferences. Come and experience this yourself and leave with memories for a lifetime.


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BirthWorks conferences are built on a foundation of human values and are infused with the positive energy of intimacy, trust and faith, and love which enhances any learning experience including birth itself. Birth is sacred; birth is love. Birth is instinctive; our truth is that all women are born with the knowledge about how to give birth. When truth and right action are in synchrony with each other, peace can flow from the heart. In BirthWorks, we help women to have more confidence and less fear in birth by integrating the mind, body, and spirit.

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Conference Schedule

We anticipate many sessions to have CEUs from ACNM and MEAC. Speakers, Times, Topics are subject to change.
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  • A Pre-conference All Day Workshop with Dr. Nils Bergman

    May 2, 2018 all day workshop at Lakeside Inn; foundations in skin to skin contact.

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    Mother Baby Kangaroo Care Fundamentals
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  • We will be going on a sunset cruise around the lake. Cost is $18. http://www.doracanaltour.com/onehour.php
    Night Time Activities
    Where
    Lakeside Inn Dock

  • Conference Day 1

    Friday, May 3rd at Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora FL

  • During this lively presentation, attendees will learn evidence-based use of birth and peanut balls in labor and delivery. Come learn guidelines for safe use, how to manipulate the maternal body for optimal fetal positioning, comfort measures for your clients using the balls, and learn appropriate movements that increase pelvic diameters.
    Breakout Workshops

  • As attendees of the Birthworks 2019 conference, these complimentary morning Yoga classes are offered to kick start your day with a pranayama breath practice, balance, and opening before the workshops begin. Created with everyone in mind, whether you are new to yoga or experienced, this is for you! If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you, however you instructor Leila will also have mats and props to accommodate all. 7:00 AM each morning near the pool deck.
    Yoga Session
    Where
    Near the Pool Deck

  • Listen to Nancy Wainer, who coined the phrase VBAC enlighten us on the language of birth
    General Session
    Where
    Beauclaire

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    Breakout Workshops

  • (1.0 ACNM Contact Hour, .1 MEAC CEU pending) Families come to you with their birth stories, opening their hearts and sharing concerns about their families. Often they personally feel they had a traumatic birth but don’t feel it was ‘bad enough’ to merit getting professional help. Their birth experience, uncertainty and all, sets the stage for a tricky transition into parenthood full of continual questions… am I doing it right, am I a good enough parent, are we bonding well? The good news? You are in the perfect position to help an anxious mom make the transition into an amazing parent! Did you know there are simple tools that can help them move past the pain and into stress-relief? How do you support these moms to the best of your ability without taking time away from what you are already doing and without providing therapy? The RISE UP method helps you help families in only minutes during the course of your normal interaction with them. It is simple yet meaningful, a gift that will help ensure that you are serving parents at your highest level, building connections that will create happier families and a better world!
    Breakout Workshops

  • (.1 MEAC pending) We all know breath is important in childbirth. In this interactive presentation, Elizabeth will walk you through fully understanding and demonstrating diaphragmatic breathing and the effect is has on the body and in birth. This concept serves well not only for personal use, but to forward the technique to others with natural ease, and expand knowledge on the inner tools our bodies provide for us in life and specifically in the birth process. Attendees will acquire more knowledge to provide mothers and families for birth in any style and every setting.
    Breakout Workshops

  • Lunch onsite included with the conference. Get to know one another!
    Lunch & Exhibits

  • 1.0 CEU from ACNM, MEAC is pending. Dr. Mary Renfew will be speaking remotely and Dr. Amber Price will facilitate.
    General Session

  • Listen to insight and ask questions of Dr. Michel Odent, Dr. Brad Bootstaylor, Dr. Amber Price & Dr. Mary Renfrew (Moderated by Birthworks Founder, Cathy Daub)
    General Session

  • CEU's with ACNM pending
    Breakout Workshops

  • (1.0 ACNM Contact Hour, .1 MEAC CEU pending) Have you ever wanting a better understanding on how Chinese Medicine can be used for labor support? Dr. Keith is here to talk all things “Whole Systems Medicine” focusing on how it can be integrated into prenatal and postnatal care, discussing when it’s appropriate for labor support, how to confidently find a qualified acupuncturist/Chinese Medicine professional, and acupressure techniques that can be done during labor.
    Breakout Workshops

  • (No CEUs from ACNM, .1 MEAC pending) The birth space should be a sacred space full of peace, but what can a doula do when conflict occurs? In this very applicable presentation, Kathy addresses doulas and anyone educating doulas on the various dynamics between doulas and health care workers. In this lecture, attendees will learn how to enable a peaceful and positive birth before walking in the labor and delivery door, how to identify cues from health care workers that could lead to acrimonious exchanges and birth drama, qualify which actions require intervention, and examine when to escalate the situation to health care supervisors.
    Breakout Workshops

  • We will be celebrating 25 years of BirthWorks making an impact on the world with trivia and prizes!
    Night Time Activities

  • Conference Day 2

    Saturday, May 4th at Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora FL

  • As attendees of the Birthworks 2019 conference, these complimentary morning Yoga classes are offered to kick start your day with a pranayama breath practice, balance, and opening before the workshops begin. Created with everyone in mind, whether you are new to yoga or experienced, this is for you! If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you, however you instructor Leila will also have mats and props to accommodate all. 7:00 AM each morning near the pool deck.
    Yoga Session
    Where
    Near the Pool Deck

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    General Session
    The Evolution of Evolutionary Thinking
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    Beauclaire

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    General Session
    High Risk Pregnancy
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    Beauclaire

  • (1.0 ACNM Contact Hour, .1 MEAC CEU pending) The stress caused by the on-call lifestyle and its physical effects as well as the psychological effects of the co-experience of trauma by so many in the caring professions is reason for the high rate of burnout in Midwifery. The first step in solving the problem is to understand that we do indeed have one. Self-Care is quite the buzzword these days, but it’s meaning has become twisted. No amount of bubble baths, pedicures or bubble baths are going to fix the issues mentioned above. The true meaning of self care involves taking responsibility for yourself, your actions and your choices and sometimes requires difficult work. You cannot practice Self-Care if you do not know who your SELF is. Before self-care, must come self-awareness. There are as many ways to practice birth work sustainably as there are birth workers. This breakout session will aim to help each person leave with their own personal “how.”
    Breakout Workshops

  • (1.0 ACNM Contact Hour, .1 MEAC CEU pending) What IS Change Leadership? Amber will go over principals of change leadership specifically in Healthcare such as how to identify a problem and develop a vision. She will then walk attendees through how the vision develops into leading people, developing and leading processes, and measuring change that takes place.
    Breakout Workshops

  • Having a baby is one of the most under estimated emotional experiences- and is many times ill prepared for in regards to mental and emotional health. The journey of parenthood- from conception to birth can be accompanied by our deepest fears and greatest hopes simultaneously, which many times do not get addresses until postpartum. During this lecture, Simara will address the role a psychotherapist can play in preparing families for D day (Delivery day) that empowers, educates, and supports new and growing families.
    Breakout Workshops

  • Dr. Amber Price, Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madron, Dr. Michel Odent and Nancy Wainer will each be at a specific local restaurant where you can sit and eat lunch with them. All meals to be purchased individually and reservations are limited.
    Lunch & Exhibits

  • (1.0 ACNM Contact Hour, .1 MEAC CEU pending) Many women are told they need cesareans when their babies are in breech positions but vaginal breech birth is often safer for the mother and baby than a cesarean. Topics to be addressed include vaginal breech, the basics, changing the mindset of the patient and providers, vaginal breech, the “tools” to refocus the conversation on a positive experience and outcomes and breech by cesarean, family centered?
    Breakout Workshops

  • (1.0 ACNM Contact Hour, .1 MEAC CEU pending) We all know that nutrition is important, especially in pregnancy. Sometimes it's difficult to know where to begin ourselves or how to guide an overwhelmed expectant mama. Dr. Julie -aka- "Dr. Mom" is here to break down better nutrition choices, supplements, meal planning, and detoxing in such a simple way that anyone, especially pregnant moms, can begin as soon as Monday! She will also discuss more serious nutritional topics such as how to reverse gestational diabetes. This essential workshop is for everyone!
    Breakout Workshops

  • (No CEUs for ACNM. MEAC is pending) More and more women are becoming educated on the safety of VBACs and are looking for practitioners who have the skills to safely assist one. Pioneer and midwife Nancy will identify when women are candidates for a cesarean or for a VBAC, as well as when to move on from a planned VBAC to a surgical delivery. Other imperative topics will be covered such as how to choose the right practitioner if planning a VBAC, how proper positioning of baby matters, and how nutrition can play a role in healing from a previous birth and contribute to a stronger uterus.
    Breakout Workshops

  • A one-woman show and educational program, FORCE OF NATURE brings 13 women's stories and perspectives about childbirth to the stage. Cost at the door is $35 but free to all 3 day conference attendees and students. Free to Comprehensive Package attendees & sponsors as well.
    Night Time Activities

  • Conference Day 3

    Sunday, May 5th at Lakeside Inn, Mt. Dora FL

  • As attendees of the Birthworks 2019 conference, these complimentary morning Yoga classes are offered to kick start your day with a pranayama breath practice, balance, and opening before the workshops begin. Created with everyone in mind, whether you are new to yoga or experienced, this is for you! If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you, however you instructor Leila will also have mats and props to accommodate all. 7:00 AM each morning near the pool deck.
    Yoga Session
    Where
    Near the Pool Deck

  • 1.5 CEUs from ACNM. MEAC is pending
    General Session
    Where
    Beauclaire

  • May 6-8 Childbirth Educator Workshop


  • Sign up here: https://birthworks.org/event/childbirth-educator-workshop/
    General Session
    Where
    Sign up here: https://birthworks.org/event/childbirth-educator-workshop/