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PushSummit 2011 - North Carolina
Sat, August 06, 2011 at 8:00AM (Eastern)
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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 Arkansas.  

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 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 attend!  

For questions about the conference, email Pam Maurath at

PushSummit 2011
Saturday, August 6

8:00am – 8:30am – Registration

8:30am – 10:00am – State of the PushNation

NEW:  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 Pease (SD). 

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Emma Bertolaet
Karen Brock
Victoria Brown
Connie Canada
Adrianne Chillemi
Ida Darragh
Sarah Davis
Megan Day Suhr
Hannah Ellis
Adrienne Elworth
Russell Fawcett
Kim Fleming
Jeremy Galvan
Tara Gaston
Tracey Johnstone
Carrie Mullens
Martha Nieset
Debbie Pease
Brynne Potter
Melissa Ryba
Mandi Sanders
Carol Velasquez