NCMA Winter Meeting and Advanced Suturing Workshop Saturday Jan 26th

Please join us in Elon, NC on January 26th at 11:30 for a potluck lunch and a brief NCMA meeting. Topics covered will include: details and planning for the NCMA Spring Beach Retreat April 5-7, 2019; the NC Walk for Midwives May 5th, 2019; and a few other NC midwifery community issues.

Thank you to the lovely Angela Lugiano for hosting us again this year! Address is:
705 Central Drive
Elon NC 27244

The potluck and meeting will be followed by an advanced suturing workshop at 1pm. Taught by the very experienced Mary Carol Akers, CNM. We will learn complex labial and peri-urethral laceration repairs, deep second degree repairs, special stitches, and other advanced topics related to suturing.

Cost of the workshop is $60 and includes materials, however if you have your own suturing instruments, please bring them.

To register: email mare2raven@gmail.com, payment may be made the day of the event. Please join our facebook event page as well for last minute details or to make carpool arrangements. 

The Autumn Newsletter is out!

We hope you enjoy this quarterly newsletter from your North Carolina Midwifery Sisterhood Headquarters. Please join us for the Fall potluck next weekend, October 6th for a lovely afternoon with Lisa Goldstein, CNM, CPM, Unity, and nourishing food made with love by your sister midwives! See you there!

Access the newsletter here. 

Directions and information for the Fall Meeting October 6th can be accessed here and on our facebook page, here. 

 

 

 

 

NCMA Features Lisa Goldstein, CNM, CPM at our Fall Meeting in Yadkin County on October 6th

September has arrived and with it thoughts of hoodies, apples, evening fires, falling leaves, and pots of soup. We hope you will join us on the western side of the state this fall; after a busy summer attending births and vacations, come cool off and unwind with the sisterhood in the foothills of our beautiful blue ridge mountains.

21231163_10213880479390593_4079126814379117414_n

We are thrilled to be hosting NC midwifery pioneer, herbalist, elder, and wise woman Lisa Goldstein, CNM, CPM at this meeting! Lisa will spin tales and share her wisdom with us. She will also be bringing some goodies to sell! Help us honor her with your presence and support.

We are also offering a Newborn Exam Workshop at this meeting!

Join us for food, community, learning and storytelling. All midwives, students, apprentices, and aspiring midwives are welcome!  Please extend this invitation to your birth community.

As a unifying and inclusive alliance of midwives, NCMA provides a safe, supportive, and nurturing community for midwives of all backgrounds. We honor and rejoice in diversity, autonomy, and the strength of unity.

Our Mission is to support the well-being of one another, help ease the isolation of midwifery practice, and to offer opportunities for togetherness and learning. We seek to be a part of all efforts to unify midwifery in North Carolina.

26904625_1868969496477863_2516914162880384823_n (1)

Amy Medwin has generously offered to host us in her home in East Bend, Yadkin County. She can also accommodate overnight guests so come stay the night!

Please join us for potluck lunch at 12pm on October 6th at

1120 Old Ridge Road

East Bend, NC 27018

Please email mare2raven@gmail.com with questions or ideas for the meeting, see you there!

NCMA Beach Retreat 2018, the movie!

NC Midwives Alliance knows how to do a retreat! We relaxed, laughed, played games, walked the beach, stretched and restored during yoga, studied the pelvic floor with gusto, and renewed our CPR. Please enjoy the video created by Tristan Lashea, in love and gratitude to the many midwives in her life.

The best thing about the retreat beyond the beauty of being with a beautifully diverse group of sister midwives, was that it was simply expected that each woman would follow her own rhythms, resting and engaging as desired. Oh, and the food, THE. FOOD. Meals prepared with love were enjoyed by all.

Thank you to each and every person who attended for an hour or the whole weekend, your energy and presence was important and appreciated.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A very heartfelt thank you to Meredith Christie for arranging such a perfect get-a-way for us. And to Caroline Keeler, PT, of Inside Out Physical Therapy in Wilmington, who taught us all the magically good things that physical therapy has to offer our clients (and ourselves!).

Next year’s retreat is gonna be EPIC!!!

Blessed Be the Midwives!

 

NCMA Beach Mini-Retreat and Spring Meeting April 6-8, 2018!

382199_127206830788432_1569631082_nRetreat Weekend & Meeting Program

Friday April 6th:

Arrive anytime in the afternoon or evening, get settled, and enjoy the beach!

  • Friday Dinner Team will feed you

Saturday April 7th:

  • Saturday Breakfast Team will feed you

9:30 Yoga

12:00 Potluck lunch kicks off the Spring NCMA meeting!

1:00 Guest Speaker Caroline Keeler, PT will present on pelvic floor dysfunction and rehabilitation for pregnant and postpartum mothers

2:30 Meeting and announcements

4:30 End of meeting and beach~relaxation time!

  • Saturday Dinner Team will feed you

Sunday April 8th:

  • Sunday Breakfast Team will feed you

9:00-12:00 CPR for Healthcare Providers will be offered by Jamie Perkins, CPM, EMT, BLS  Instructor! Cost is $65, if you’re interested, please pre-register by texting or emailing Jamie at 919-524-5345, birthjourney@nc.rr.com 

IMG_2884 (1)

If you’re CPR is up to date, feel free to relax, unwind, and soak up the sun on the beach! 

12:00 Lunch: we will finish off any left overs and start packing up to head out!

Check out time is 2pm on Sunday! 

hands

Meredith Christie is hosting the spring meeting and went all out! This oceanview house has 6 bedrooms and sleeps 14. Here is a link to the house.

 

The price breakdown is $125 a night for a bedroom. A few of the bedrooms have more than 1 bed so bring your tribe and split the cost! The bedrooms are listed below and are first come, first serve, so make your claim asap! We will email you an invoice for 1 or 2 nights depending on your preferences. Check in is Friday afternoon and final check out is Sunday by 2pm.

** As of March 16th, We have ONE room that’s still available for both nights:

  • #6 , a bunkbed room upstairs, with plenty of floor space for pallets

Meals will be split up and provided by a “team” for those of us staying overnight, I’ll email out a sign up sheet as we get closer to the date and you will sign up for 1-2 meals and state what you will prepare. Lunch for the meeting on Saturday will be potluck, so that’s covered.

Want to come but can’t afford a bedroom? Olivia Marshburn lives nearby and she can sleep 4 at her place, so that shouldn’t hold you back!

Folks are also welcome to come down just for the day on Saturday and enjoy some ocean time around the meeting. The Meeting will begin with a potluck lunch at 12:00 on Saturday 4/7. *Yoga will be offered at 9:30am** Please see the program for the weekend above. 

The address is:

4 Sandpiper St. #B

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

PARKING INFO: 

For the day visitors: you may drop off things at the house and then:  find metered street or parking lot spaces for $2.50 per hour nearby OR park at Wrightsville Beach Park (Click on map here) for FREE and we can coordinate a ride back to the house for you, or  please feel free to enjoy the 1.5 mile walk.

Wrightsville Beach Park, 3 Bob Sawyer Dr, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

For the overnighters: please come to house and unload etc.  (I think we will have room to squeeze in about 6 cars total).  We may need to do some car relocating day-night depending on how many cars we have.  Overnight street parking on N Lumina near the house is free and should be available.  The meters are enforced from 9am-7pm.

Email to register and/or join the facebook event page

 

The Winter Meeting was all the things

And so much unity! We shared, cried, and celebrated one another at this year’s winter meeting in the beautiful home of Elizabeth Daming. Thank you so much for hosting us and providing such a delicious spread and good, hot coffee!

We enjoyed a very informative presentation by Jason from NC Hearing Link on screening for community birth families. He filled us in on the different ways the Dept of Public Health can help us if families desire screening and we dont have a screening machine and/or if we get a refer and need further testing. Jason has promised to send me a digital packet of the paper copies he gave out at the meeting and I will send those out to the membership as soon as they become available.

This meeting was a wonderful start to a new year for us as a sisterhood of midwives from many different backgrounds and practice environments. We are so proud of our diverse membership and all that we do daily to serve mothers and babies and one another. Many of us were brought to tears at the wisdom, beauty, and strength demonstrated by the midwives that attended the meeting today, and that, my dear sisters, is the reason why NC Midwives Alliance is still here today- we need one another, we are indeed stronger together! Thank you to everyone who attended, it wouldn’t have been the same without each and everyone of you. We created a space where vulnerability was held safe and sacred, and trust came naturally. I am truly humbled by this and all of you.

Several folks mentioned that they didn’t receive the Winter Newsletter. I assure you, if you are a member, and we are 80 members strong, you were sent the newsletter to the email you provided. Please check your spam and junk folders as many have reported they found it there. We are definitely not spam 😉 We try to send out the newsletter 2-4 weeks before the next meeting so look for the spring newsletter in March. The newsletters are all available on the website as well and announcements/links are posted on facebook when a new one goes out.

Thank you for the feedback and contributions we have already received and please send in your tricks of the trade! We can benefit from one another’s wisdom. Laughs, birth stories, pictures, news, etc are also always welcome and appreciated!

Please see the flyer below to save the date for our Spring NCMA meeting and mini-retreat weekend in Wrightsville Beach, April 6-8th! This is one weekend you don’t want to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for more info to come very soon!

Flyer91d95bb3-fe61-4ae1-a786-a55a75513cc1.c10

NCMA Winter Newsletter and Upcoming Meeting January 13th

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! NC Midwives Alliance is celebrating the new year with a NEW LOOK for our quarterly newsletter! We hope you will not only enjoy the new, easier to read version but also make some contributions to the newsletter this year. We have a new column, “Midwifery Tricks of the Trade” and are eager for the shared wisdom of the birth workers of NC, send us your favorite tips, tricks, techniques, and wisdom! Our popular “Musings of a Student Midwife” column is back for another year, thank you Rose!

We hope 2018 will be the year that NCMA members contribute in mass to the newsletter, send in your ideas, poetry, pictures, birth stories, heart aches, challenges, and any and every thing in between, let us be your safe space!

Also in the Winter newsletter is meeting information for our Winter Meeting January 13th in Youngsville, please join the event page on facebook as well by clicking here.  Many continuing education events are also listed in the newsletter, complete with links to make registration and gathering information easier.

We look forward to our Spring meeting on the coast, hosted by Meredith Christie, more info to come!

May the new year bless each of you with butter births and uninterrupted post-birth sleep!

In Sisterhood, NC Midwives Alliance

Access the Winter 2018 Newsletter here or in your Inbox if you are a member (please check your spam folders)

Fall 2017 NCMA Quarterly Newsletter

Whew! It has been a busy conference and meeting season for many of us across the state! There has been much to learn and share, not to mention plenty of sisterhood, networking, and connection to fill our cups!

There are quite a few more workshops and trainings coming up in the next few weeks, please check out the latest newsletter for all the details.

Read the newsletter here.

We are so blessed to have this space of unity, where we may be nurtured and restored. In this season of thanks-giving, please know that the North Carolina Midwives Alliance is grateful to serve YOU. Please send any information for future workshops, CEU events, poetry, blogs, thoughts, and/or pictures to mare2raven@gmail.com so that we can include them in future newsletters. NCMA is more than happy to promote your events and help bring sister midwives together.