Troutdale, Oregon Retreat 2016

Midwifery Today Conference

McMenamins Edgefield • Troutdale, Oregon

February 29, 2016

“Midwifery Today Mini-Conference/Retreat”

Leap into spring with the Midwifery Today Mini-Conference Retreat on Leap Day at McMenamins Edgefield, an amazing historic retreat center outside of Portland, Oregon. All birth practitioners are invited to come renew, retreat and rejuvenate and eat together with your peers for an amazing time where you can also garner CEUs. Rediscover your joy in midwifery. Everyone is welcome!

Spending a night or two is the best option; you can hang out with all of the teachers as we get ready for this amazing event and do our Tricks of the Trade* in the gorgeous soaking pools at McMenamins (weather permitting, of course—it is Oregon!). See below for information on this marvelous venue.

The Venue: Be sure to check out the McMenamins website for location information! It is difficult to describe in a few words here. Jan remarks, “The walls of this amazing place are a veritable art gallery with paintings from their past as a real poorhouse. Remember when your mom talked about going to the poorhouse? Mine did, and I didn’t know they were real!” Plan to soak in the fantastic hot pools. Bring a swim suit and towel; robes provided for those staying at McMenamins.


Testimonials from this retreat

  • I love being filled by these one-day conferences.
  • I was happy to have hands-on experiences to connect with others.
  • It was outstanding meeting and networking with the great Pacific Northwest midwifery world.
  • Loved Fernando Molina. He truly connected with my personal views and I’m interested in Magical Beginnings.
  • I enjoyed the balance of right brain / left brain offerings.
  • I was happy to see everyone—lovely to see all the ladies here from all walks of life.


Please click linked names to view speaker biographies.

Program and Retreat Schedule

8:50 am – 9:00 am
Jan Tritten and Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos Opening

Jan and Eneyda will open the retreat with a few words.
9:00 am – 10:15 am

Fernando MolinaMagical Beginnings for the Baby

Magical Beginnings is a celebration of pregnancy and birth where moms and dads have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be conscious participants in this miraculous creative process. When parents celebrate the gift of conceiving, schooling in the womb and delivering a child, together with their midwife or other health provider, we all become part of this magical process. From this perspective, pregnancy and birth are what they are meant to be—a joyful and sacred event where mom, baby and dad actively participate in the miracle of creation.

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Marion Toepke McLean
Birth and the Human Future

The way we are born affects our lives and the lives of future generations. Factors include hormones, microbes and the way human traits pass down generations. Research of recent years and decades will be reviewed during this session.
11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Gail HartPrematurity Is Often Preventable

We will discuss how to identify those most at risk, and various treatments tried over the years in the search for an effective treatment. The best treatment is prevention! Let’s look at the research to find what works.
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch provided by Midwifery Today.
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hermine Hayes-KleinLunch talk: Do You Feel Safe in Your Practice?

Midwives often face a choice between doing what is ethical and what is legal. This session will create an opportunity to discuss whether midwives feel safe in their work.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Eneyda Spradlin-RamosThe Art of Massage for Labor and Birth

Learn about massage techniques that relax the pregnant body while helping to open the pelvis and create an easier birth. Eneyda will also show a massage technique that is used to re-start stalled labors.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Carol GrayWhat Would Happen If We Did Less?
This, of course, is the age old midwife’s question. It’s also one of the foundations of Craniosacral Therapy (CST). Carol will talk about how midwifery and CST mesh. She will also provide hands-on experiential learning that can give registrants a direct experience with how a very light, intentional touch can give amazing results.
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Gail HartNew and Old: Techniques for Controlling and Preventing Hemorrhage

We will study the problems that may arise in third stage and how to prevent them or treat them. Postpartum bleeding has many causes, from incomplete separation, to placental retention to uterine atony. Learn about how to deal with these situations with available medications, but also with non-pharmacological and manual methods which are frequently faster and more effective than medications. Gail will also talk about the use of the placenta, cord and membranes for hemorrhage control: this is a revival of a midwife technique which could save many maternal lives worldwide.
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Jan Tritten and Eneyda Spradlin-RamosVisions and Dreams for Birth Change

You are needed as a birth change agent, wherever you are studying, practicing or teaching. Women want to have healthy babies and good experiences. Around the world women are prevented from achieving these goals, causing trauma to them and their babies. Learn what you can do in your community to promote positive birth change. We will discuss how each of us plays a part in changing the birth future for mothers and babies, with a discussion of what other birth practitioners are doing around the world. We encourage you to discover your dream and carry it out. Time for questions, comments and wrap up.
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Jan Tritten and Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos*Tricks of the TradeIn the hot pools, weather permitting! Please note: Available only to attendees staying overnight at McMenamins on Monday.

Share the techniques you’ve perfected in your practice or bring your burning questions to this roundtable of pertinent tips on a wide variety of topics. Previous sessions have included facilitating effective contractions, dealing with prolonged labor, preventing perineal tears, helping the slow-to-start baby and holistic first aid. This is always a much-appreciated session, for its sense of sisterhood as well as its information. “Worth at least two weeks of academic training,” said one participant.

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