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Save the date and plan now to attend PushSummit 2011! Enjoy a rare opportunity to move out of cyberspace and meet
face-to-face for an intensive, one-day conference to learn from seasoned birth
activists, communications, and PR experts and to share our common experience
and wisdom as we prepare for the 2012 legislative sessions nationwide.
PushSummit 2011 will be held in conjunction with the MANA
Region 3 conference, on Saturday, August 6, in Cary, North Carolina near
downtown Raleigh and the Research Triangle. The conference will bring together
midwives from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West
Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and
In addition to the day-long PushSummit, on Saturday evening
there will be a showing of the documentary, “Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass
Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing,” followed by a panel discussion including
conference speakers, the filmmaker, Vicki Elson, and our very own media and
communications guru, Steff Hedenkamp. For those who arrive early, there will be
an ice cream social on Saturday evening.
Hotel Reservations – The conference will be held at the Conference Hotel – Embassy
Suites Research Triangle, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC 27513. Please
go to http://tinyurl.com/6csvhn9 to reserve a room at
the $115 per night conference rate. The room
block is only open until July 15, so book a room now. After July 15,
rooms at the hotel cannot be guaranteed.
The Registration Fee for
PushSummit 2011 will be $150 per person ($80 for students), plus
a suggested $10 donation for the Saturday evening movie and ice cream social.
This includes the full PushSummit including materials, snacks, and beverages
throughout the day, plus a full buffet lunch with an extensive vegetarian menu.
Breakfast is included in the room fee. Dinner is on your own. [Registering for PushSummit 2011 does NOT include registration for the MANA Region 3 Conference.]
Register today for the PushSummit 2011. Although you
can register up until the morning of the conference, we need to give the MANA
Region 3 organizers a lunch count by July 9.
So please check your calendars and make plans to
For questions about the conference, email Pam Maurath at PushSummit@PushForMidwives.org.
Saturday, August 6
8:00am – 8:30am – Registration
8:30am – 10:00am – State of
Get the latest update on state advocacy efforts, both new and continuing.
Hear about the issues in the states that are up for sunset review or facing
challenges to existing statutes, rules, and regulations and about ways they may
apply to your state. Learn everything you need to know about state and federal
Medicaid law and where it has been successfully integrated by states with
existing regulations. This session will also cover the three active federal
bills and a discussion of what the PushNation can do to help, as well as an
overview of the issues and controversies surrounding out-of-hospital birth and
VBAC. This discussion will be facilitated by Katie Prown (WI) and
Susan Jenkins (NM).
10:00am – 10:15am – BREAK
10:15am – 12:00pm – PushUniversity:
The Strategies and Tools That Are Revolutionizing Birth Activism
Thanks to North Carolina’s own Russ Fawcett for giving a name
to our outside-the-box training! The primary focus of the first segment of the
PushUniversity will be messaging – what is working and why, what is not working
and why, and how the PushNation can be the leaders in developing a cohesive
national message that will enhance the positives associated with the CPM and
out-of-hospital maternity care “brands” in the public arena. Learn from
communications and PR professionals about the rationale for and the importance
of maintaining consistency in terminology, the importance of successfully
branding CPMs to legislators, the media, and the general public, and the
how-to’s of mounting an effective branding campaign in your state.
EXCLUSIVE: Our ace
media specialists will close the session with a VOCUS show-and-tell to reveal
how The Big Push uses this state-of-the-art technology to help your state
maintain media relationships, keep in contact with national media sources, and
most important of all, generate positive earned media about midwifery,
out-of-hospital maternity care, and other birth options. Get the inside
story on recent press interviews and a critique of what worked and what could
have been improved. There will be lots of opportunity for questions, stories,
and interactive discussion. Katie Prown (WI) and Steff Hedenkamp (MO) will be the lead
facilitators for this session.
12:00pm – 1:00pm – LUNCH
1:15pm – 3:00pm – PushUniversity:
The Secrets to Becoming A Grassroots Force to Be Reckoned With
It’s no accident that midwifery advocates consistently hear
from their elected officials that their efforts to license and regulate CPMs
was one of the most effective grassroots legislative campaigns they’ve ever
seen. What’s our secret? Come to this session to find out! Some of the nation’s
most experienced midwifery activists and grassroots organizers will share their
secrets of success in harnessing the high-energy momentum of home birth
families and their allies to push back against one of the most powerful special
interests in the country. Pam Maurath will facilitate this
segment of the PushUniversity.
3:00pm – 3:15pm – BREAK
3:15pm – 5:00pm – The Road
Ahead (panel discussion)
Panel discussion on current issues in the public
debate swirling around out-of-hospital birth, VBAC, and other birth options and
how our response will shape what lies ahead. The focus of this panel will be on
integration of care, the expanding role of birth centers, midwifery education
and the ongoing health care dance between federal and state governments. How
can we optimize our position as future leaders of maternity care services? The
panel will be comprised of Big Push Steering Committee members Katie Prown,
Steff Hedenkamp, Susan Jenkins, Pam Maurath (and anyone else from the steering
committee in attendance) plus invited panelists including Russ Fawcett (NC), Ida Darragh (AR), and Debbie