We were absolutely delighted with the huge turnout at our 30th anniversary conference on April 29th 2012. Our keynote speaker Ina May Gaskin was as inspiring and motivational as always. We had a wonderful array of panel speakers, birth stories from mothers and fathers and wonderful engagement from all participants (Mums, dads, grannies, midwives, midwifery students, doulas, health professionals, educators not to mind all the wonderful children)
A sincere and heartfelt "Thank You" to everyone who made this day happen.
Ina May Gaskin
Ina May Gaskin's life work in changing the course of midwifery and birth was honoured last year by the Swedish Parliament when she was awarded a Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize). Ina May Gaskin has been a consistent voice over the last 40 years in calling for the de-mineralisation of birth in the USA. In 1971 Gaskin, with her husband Stephen founded a commune called The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee. There, she and the midwives of the Farm created The Farm Midwifery Center, one of the first out-of-hospital birth centers in the United States. In the last forty years, the Farm Midwifery Centre has handled approximately 3000 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ina May herself has attended more than 1200 births.
Ina May's acceptance speech of her alternative Nobel prize.
The conference also included many interesting stalls:
- Kumbi Kids
- Juno Magazine
- Conscious Childbirth Preparation
- Bjoremark Breast Pads
- Birth Healing, Counselling & Preparation
- Neighbourhood Midwives
- Krysia Lynch - Homeopathy Know How - 087 7543751
- Cathy Corcoran - Complete Wellness Therapies - 086 3795264
- The Art of Intimacy & scar tissue healing
- Home Education Network
- Baby Wearing Ireland
- Doula Association
- La Leche League
- Aims Ireland
- Friends of Breastfeeding
- Pinter and Martin Book Publishers
- Kildare Steiner School
- MLU, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda - 041 9837601