NCMA 2nd Annual Spring Beach Retreat April 5-7, 2019!

We are thrilled to announce that the Spring Beach Retreat is happening again this year! Meredith Christie has worked her magic and we will have the same beautiful house again this year, just a few steps away from the ocean!

This year’s theme is rejuvenation. 

The schedule is loose, the free time abundant, and we will have many restorative activities available to help you return to yourself and relax away from the responsibilities of call and family. 

We are so excited to offer:

  • Smoothie/Juice Station – ingredients and recipes to blend your own healthy beverage (donations accepted)
  • Dream Catcher Making – supplies and instructions for building you own dream catcher – walk the beach to find shells, feathers or other addition
  • Vision Board/scrap booking – bring your magazines, all other supplies provided – take some time to reflect and open your heart to accept the abundance the world can offer.

On Saturday April 6th, the day of the NCMA Spring Meeting we will also be offering:

  • YOGA – 9:30-10:30 – Heather Lilly will lead us in a restorative yoga class (donations encouraged)
  • MASSAGE ~ 30 mins with Christy O’Quinn – reserve your session for $30
  • REIKI/TAROT ~ 30 mins with Jolynn  – reserve your session for $45

Time slots will be dependent on the number of reservations made – preferences will be accommodated as best as possible.

Can’t stay the weekend? Come just for the day on Saturday 4/6 for the NCMA meeting which begins with a potluck lunch at 12:00. Please enjoy the special offerings of the day, get some beach and sisterhood time, stay for dinner and evening festivities!


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4B Sandpiper Ave. Wrightsville Beach, NC

Check in is after 12pm on Friday 4/5 and check out is 2pm on Sunday 4/7

All rooms have been reserved! However, if you would like to stay the night Saturday after the meeting and festivities, we will try our best to accomodate you!



Meals will be in the same team format as last year. An email has been sent out to those that have reserved rooms to set up meal sharing for the weekend.

Saturday lunch is potluck.

Pictures from last year’s retreat

Hope to see you there!!


email Belinda or Meredith

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, 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.


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.

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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 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.

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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!

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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, 

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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! 


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


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