Midwifery Today Conference
“Out of Many, One: Unity in Midwifery”
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania • April 23–27, 2014
Photo by Sophia Williams
Read about the theme of this conference in a welcome letter from the Conference Coordinator: [ View or hide the letter ]
Welcome to the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Conference!
We are delighted to invite you to our 2014 Harrisburg conference. The desire to connect with other birthworkers is a driving force for attendees of our conferences. It is the sharing of our passion, our skills and our joy that inspires us to come together. Regardless of the long, exhausting hours we sometimes work, what legislation may be passed or what rules may sometimes affect our practice, we still have the strength and love of our sisters and brothers to hold on to and keep us motivated to overcome any challenges. Hence this year’s theme: “Out of Many, One: Unity in Midwifery”
This theme reminds me of a wonderful flier Jan passed out at the Eugene Summit, The Persecution of Midwives as a Human Rights Issue, prior to the Eugene 2013 conference. On it was an illustration of geese flying in a group. Geese have to fly in groups in order to travel for long distances, as their closeness to each other reduces wind resistance. If one falls, two others will stay with it until it is again ready to fly. These birds know instinctively what to do, and we know as well. When we fly together, we fly better, and we are able to stay aloft. Regardless of where we practice, who we are and the myriad of experiences we’ve had, we are all unified by our calling: to improve the lives of motherbaby and families everywhere.
In the spirit of this calling, we’ve put together an impressive collection of classes taught by dynamic teachers, as well as some after-hours social time to connect with other attendees. Please stretch out your wings and consider joining us at this exciting conference!
Learn from These Inspiring Speakers!
Attend Exciting and Informative Classes Such As These!
Here are some of the topics we plan to present at the conference. Please see the conference program for the complete list of classes.
- Spinning Babies
- Midwifery Skills
- Breech Workshop
- Cultural Aspects of Resuscitation
- Optimal Fetal Positioning
- And many more
Conference Location and Accommodations
Room and Ride Sharing: Need a roommate or ride share for this conference? We have set up a spreadsheet on Google Drive for you to use in order to coordinate with each other. Check it out. (You will need a Google account.)
Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel
4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Attendees’ registration web page: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2014MidwiferyToday
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in the heart of Lancaster Amish Country. You’ll be within walking distance of nearby casual restaurants and shopping and a short drive from downtown Harrisburg, Harrisburg International Airport and Hershey’s Chocolate World. Hotel guests will appreciate the complimentary airport shuttle, free parking, complimentary high speed Internet and wi-fi in your room and all public areas, 24-hour business center with five computers and free Internet access, year-round heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and 24-hour access to the hotel’s fully equipped fitness center.
Hotel Price: Attendees who book by 5:00 pm EST on March 31, 2014, are eligible for discounted guest room rates of $118 for a standard single/double room and $123 for a standard triple/quad room. All rooms are subject to state and local taxes (currently 11%). Discounted rooms may be limited so book early for best results. Reservations made after this time and date are subject to space and rate availability. Group rates will be extended three (3) days prior to and after the meeting dates indicated on this registration form.
Booking: Reservations may be made through the online Stargroups website at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2014MidwiferyToday or by calling the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel at 1-866-837-5181. You must mention that you are participating in the Midwifery Today conference to receive the discounted rate. A credit card will be required to guarantee all reservations.
Hotel cancellation: Guests cancelling 72 hours or less before their arrival date will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s stay. An early departure fee of one night’s stay will be charged in the event a guest checks out prior to the scheduled checkout date. Guests wishing to avoid this fee must advise hotel at or before check-in of any change in the scheduled length of stay.
How to reach Harrisburg
Take the Airport Access Road to 283 West towards Harrisburg. Proceed on 283 North to Swatara Exit (#2). Turn right off ramp, then turn left onto High Point Dr. The hotel is on the left hand side.
From Baltimore and York (South)
From Interstate 83 North to I-283 South. Take the Swatara Exit (#2). Turn left onto Lindle Rd. At the second light turn left onto High Point Dr. The hotel is on the left hand side.
From Interstate 78 West or 81 South, proceed to I-83 South. Continue to 283 South to the Swatara Exit (#2). Turn left onto Lindle Rd. At the second light turn left onto High Point Dr. The hotel is on the left hand side.
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) to Exit #247. Follow 283 North to the Swatara Exit (#2). At top of the ramp, turn right. Then, turn left at the first light. The hotel is on the left hand side.
Harrisburg International Airport—www.flyhia.com
Airport Code: MDT
Airlines include Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways
Station Building (Station Code HAR)
4th and Chestnut Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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