MMA Regional Workshop

October 17th, 2014

The Log Lodge 18351 20 Mile Rd Tustin, MI 49688

9:00am – Sign in, greet one another, and enjoy some fruit, granola, and muffins.

9:30 – 10:00am
Xavier Eastway, of Agape Care Essential School, will share a little about plans for a MEAC Accredited Midwifery School coming to Michigan!

10:00am – Noon
Basic Physical Exam for women (NARM skill from Practical Skills Guide for Midwifery/5th Edition)

12:00 – 12:30pm
Lunch – provided*

12:30 – 2:00pm
Basic Physical Exam – continued

2:00 – 4:00pm
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Skills Training & Simulation (with a “Successfully Completed” card after passing the online written portion and skills evaluation)
$30 fee for this added workshop


For those not needing/desiring NRP skills training:
Do you have questions about NARM’s Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP)? We will have 1-2 new CPMs available for a Q & A time! Bring your notebooks and ideas to share with each other!

Basic Physical Exam will be taught by 2 Physician’s Assistants: Tricia McGillis, MPAS PAC and Amanda Nixon, MPAS PAC, of Artesian Springs Medical Center in Marion, MI. They have been comfortably working with midwives for many years and offer their patients a combination of allopathic and holistic care. It is often said that the midwife is the only health care provider that many childbearing women will see, so learning how to assess and recognize irregularities and abnormalities is crucial for the midwife and extremely beneficial for her clients. This skill is a common one required for the skills portion of the NARM exam so spending a few hours getting comfortable with it will be very valuable for the student. Given the importance of this skill, student or midwife will come away from this workshop with confidence in basic physical exam – so plan to attend!

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Skills Training & Simulation will be instructed by Tereasa Nadig, RN
Study from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ and American Heart Association’s Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) 6th Edition:

Then take the online exam/fee is $23.50 – paid to HealthStream:
and print out completed certificate and bring it to this skills day.

Fee: $55/MMA members $65/non-members
$30 extra for Neonatal Resuscitation Program Skills Training & Simulation

A refund, minus $5, will be given if attendance is impossible due to being called to a birth.
Includes a homemade lunch compliments of Faithful Guardians Midwifery Service.
*GF, dairy-free, vegetarian options, and of course, dessert!

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED BY OCTOBER 3rd, 2014. To do so contact Jillian Bennett @ or 989-802-2022.

Birth Emergency Skills Training (BEST) workshop

Saturday, May 3, 2014

915 N Michigan Ave Howell MI 48843

Michigan Midwives Association is hosting a Birth Emergency Skills Training (BEST) workshop on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, 2014 in Howell, MI. Further information will be provided as the time gets closer, but we wanted to give you advance notice so that you could plan to find on-call coverage in order to attend and budget accordingly for the training.

What is BEST? (information from their website)

Birth Emergency Skills Training for Out-of-Hospital Providers® (BEST) is a certification course that prepares out-of-hospital midwives, physicians, nurses, and birth assistants to manage obstetrical emergencies with greater confidence and proficiency.

Midwives who attend births at home and in free-standing birth centers work with low-risk clientele and seldom encounter emergencies. Yet life-threatening pregnancy and delivery complications may arise unexpectedly during an otherwise normal labor. In a crisis, the birth attendant must respond adeptly, but techniques seldom practiced decay over time, and ongoing research brings new recommendations. BEST sharpens skills so that providers may confidently manage obstetrical emergencies.

BEST workshops last two days and provide 12 hours of training. The subject matter is serious, but we make it fun, with stimulating presentations, learning activities, case studies, videos, discussion, and hands on practice.

What will I learn?
The BEST® course includes a systematic approach to:
Recognizing the high risk pregnancy
Pain and bleeding in pregnancy
Complications arising in pregnancy
Managing Complications of Birth
Postpartum Emergencies
Neonatal Emergencies
Unexpected Multiples
Maternal Trauma

This intensive 2 day training is suitable for both students and practicing midwives. 12 contact hours are available through both MEAC and ACNM. The book should be read ahead of time and can be ordered online. The cost for both days is $375.00. A $100 deposit is due by February 10th, with the $275 balance due by March 24th. Breakfast will be provided both days. Lunch will be potluck on Saturday, and Sunday we will order lunch in, so please bring money. Those attending are welcome to spend the night at Kate Mazzara’s house, as she lives close by. There is the possibility that NRP will be offered on the day before or after BEST.

For more information on BEST, visit

Questions? Contact Christa Bartley at

(hotel webpage:

Saturday September 21st
8:30 – 9 Registration
9 – 9:15 Welcome – Kate Mazzara, CPM, President of MMA

9:15 – 10:15 Michigan Newborn Screening; finding babies with rare but serious disorders that require early treatment – Lois Turbett, MS, RN Newborn Screening Nurse Consultant

10:15 – 11:15 Newborn Hearing Screening. Approximately 150 hearing impaired newborns are identified annually by newborn hearing screening in Michigan – Nan Asher,M.L.S., Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

11:15 -12:00 Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease Using Pulse Oximetry- Keri Urquhart, RN, BSN Critical Congenital Heart Disease Newborn Screening Nurse Educator

12:00 -1:00 Lunch, provided. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can order lunch for you. Or text Wendy Pinter to reserve lunch – 248-425-6782

1:00 – 1:30 General membership meeting

1:30 – 4:30 – A Crash Course in the Expanding World of Prenatal Genetic Testing; An introduction to the role of the genetic counselor in a prenatal setting with an overview of the available prenatal screening and diagnostic options- Lia Zitano, genetic counselor, Spectrum Health

Evening activities: It’s ARTPRIZE time in Grand Rapids. The city is teeming with people on foot. The Art Museum is across the road, and other venues are just a few blocks away. Do a walking tour with a group of friends and enjoy yourselves! Dinner reservations are recommended.

9pm Gather back at the Hotel Conference Room for an honoring of new CPMs in Michigan!

Sunday September 22nd
- 2 class options; 1 for students, 1 for midwives

9 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 12:00 (for Midwives) Complications in the Newborn When to hold them when to fold them; a round table discussion
9:30 – 3:45 (for Students) From head to toe and points in-between- How to do a thorough newborn Exam with Amanda Topping

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, provided. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can order lunch for you. Or text Wendy Pinter to reserve lunch – 248-425-6782

1:00 – 1:30 Yoga with Amanda Topping, CPM and yoga instructor extraordinaire

1:30 – 3:45 The ABC’s of Tongue Issues and Infant Feedings- Alice Christensen,BSN, IBCLC

Conference fee for members is $150 for both days, including lunch. Non member fee is $175 and member student fee is $125.

1 Day pricing: Midwives: $80 including lunch, Students: $65 including lunch

MMA conferences are open to anyone who has interests in the sessions — not just for midwives and students!

- Fall MMA Conference will focus on Newborn Assessment and care with breakout sessions geared for both students and midwives.

- Also, be looking ahead to the spring after; MMA is bringing the BEST workshop to the Greater Lansing Area.

Please join us for the

MMA Spring Conference

Fri-Sat, May 3rd & 4th, 2013

Troy, Michigan

7 MEAC CEUs available!

You can earn 3 CEUs on Friday and 4 CEUs on Saturday.

Presenter: Ida Darragh, CPM

Ida Darragh, CPM, is a member of the board of the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), currently serving as chair of the board and director of testing. She has been a licensed midwife in Arkansas since 1985, and a CPM since 1996. She is also a contributing author of “Into These Hands”.

Presenter: Kelly Hanson

Kelly has studied belly dance & yoga since 2002. She has taught Fusion Tribal Belly Dance and Yoga which includes Kundalini, Yin and Hatha Yoga since 2007. She is also a Reiki practitioner and has been since 2008. Kelly has studied with Mylitta of Mystic Lotus Center and Crystal Dunlap of Unveiled Studio. Continuing Yoga Education with Dawn Priebe of Yoga for the Soul. She is passionate about belly dancing and the belly dance community and looks forward to sharing the dance with others!

More information about the conference will be posted here soon, keep watching!

Conference fees:

Conference fee for both days – includes lunch on Saturday:
* Member: $100 for midwives and other professionals/$80 students
* Non-member: $110 for midwives and other professionals/$90 students

Conference fee for Friday only:
* Member: $40
* Non-member: $45

Conference fee for Saturday only (includes lunch):
* Member: $80
* Non-member: $85

** Non-members can become a member the day of the conference and receive the discounted price above!


Exhibit tables are available and the fee is $40 for non-profit organizations and $80. Please contact Wendy Pinter if you are interested. 248.425.6782


Please RSVP for lunch – Call, text, or email Wendy Pinter to do so. 248.425.6782 /

Hotel Reservations

Click here: Hilton’s web address specifically for the MMA Conference

Tentative schedule:

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

9:00-12:00 Board meeting

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Registration

2:00-5:00 Unraveling the Mysteries of the CPM process with Ida Darragh

Friday Dinner: On your own (though we often all go to the same restaurant together!).

Friday evening: Friends of Michigan Midwives (FoMM) will have a film, silent auction and fundraising-info event. Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:15-11:15 Midwifery Ethics with Ida Darragh

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:00 MMA General Membership Meeting

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:45 Belly Dancing Lesson!

1:45-2:00 break

2:00-4:00 Peer Review: How-To/Purposes and Intent/Dos and Don’ts with Ida Darragh

Please join us for the

MMA Spring Conference

Self-Care and Legally Aware!

Fri-Sat, May 3rd & 4th, 2013

Novi, Michigan

Midwifery in Michigan has seen many crises this past year. Midwives harassed, sued, interrogated, and targeted for elimination by hostile legislation. In some cases, midwives carrying on as they grieve losses.

• How can we support each other?
• Are we calling on each other enough?
• How do we manage fatigue safely?
• Are we up-to-date with informed choice documents that may help prevent misunderstandings with our clients?
• How do we heal and protect ourselves while we care for others?

Join us for a new kind of conference for Michigan. Throughout workshops led by presenters skilled in helping us with these questions, we will enjoy ongoing chair massages, henna, stress-relief and healing, and a Safe Space for Midwives, and a nice dinner out and social gathering on Friday night. We’ll work together on learning and practicing the ways be become sustainable midwives. We’ll get updated on the most relevant legal information that midwives need to know. We’ll have panel sessions on how to facilitate informed choice with your clients.

Other events at this conference include MMA Elections, announcement of the new Board, and honoring of new midwives in the community.
Please plan to join us!

Conference Location:

Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids
310 Pearl St. Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Quick Links on this page:
Conference Schedule
Friday 2PM Workshop: Charting with Carol Carl, RN
Friday 6PM: Dinner together at the Sundance Grill
Friday 8:30PM: Movie night at the hotel
Saturday 9AM Discussion: A Safe Space for Midwives
Saturday 2PM Panel Session: Informed Consent
Conference Registration
Conference Details

Conference Schedule:

Friday Nov 2nd

• 1:30 p.m. Registration/Exhibits open (online registration will be available soon)

• 2:00-5:30 p.m. Charting workshop with Carol Carl, RN.

• 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner together at Sundance Grill

• 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Movie night at the hotel

Saturday Nov 3rd

• 8:30 a.m. Registration (online registration will be available soon)

• 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A Safe Space for Midwives, facilitated discussion led by Sierra Hillebrand, MA, TLLP

• 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MMA business meeting/lunch catered by hotel

• 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Panel Session: Informed Consent

Friday 2PM Charting workshop with Carol Carl, RN

Carol is a Clinical Documentation Specialist at the Henry Ford Health System. She specializes in teaching hospital staff how to avoid errors and weaknesses in charting. Learn how to keep precise and accurate charts that are less susceptible to errors and misinterpretation. Learn how poor charting can make midwives legally vulnerable and how sloppy, vague, ambiguous or inaccurate charts can be used as evidence for lawsuits or can lead to problems with future client care.

Friday 6PM Dinner together at Sundance Grill

Honoring of new midwives along with updates on the legislative front. Jean Doss, our lobbyist may join us. We have a private room in which to gather and celebrate. The restaurant is only three blocks from the hotel with yummy, healthy food. Please plan to join us!.

Friday 8:30PM Movie Night at the Hotel

Freedom For Birth will be shown as well as others. Alternate activity: join our gathering in the hot tub!

Saturday 9AM A Safe Space for Midwives – facilitated discussion

Join Psychotherapist and former Certified Professional Midwife Sierra Hillebrand, MA, TLLP who will facilitate a discussion of the challenges we face in our current state as midwives. How have issues like overwork, busy practices, legal challenges, controversy about homebirth, the anti-midwifery movement and changes in the healthcare arena affected your practices and your lives? Due to the sensitive nature of the group, we will ask midwives who are participating to sign a confidentiality agreement and we ask that the discussion not center on individual client cases. This is not intended to be a peer review. Sierra’s background as both midwife and therapist give her a unique perspective as a facilitator. From Sierra’s website, “Sierra’s clinical work is grounded in a profound respect for the innate wellness and healing capacity of each individual, regardless of the challenges they face.”

Saturday 2PM Panel Discussion: Informed Consent

How do midwives make sure that they are communicating well with their clients about the risks and benefits of their care? How does good informed consent contribute to safer outcomes and greater client satisfaction with care?

Conference Registration:

• Midwife Rate: $30 for Friday, $60 for Saturday, $80 for both days. Lunch is included with Saturday fees.

• Student Rate: $25 for Friday, $55 for Saturday, $70 for both days. Lunch is included with Saturday fees.

• Non-member Rates: add $10 each day (or for a two-day package).

• Membership special: $50 for students, $80 for midwives and other professionals for a membership that extends from October 2012 to December 2013.

Notes regarding Pre-Registration and Lunch:

There is no need to pre-register for this conference (the fee will be the same the day of the sessions) but if you would like to join us for the catered lunch on Saturday, please RSVP with your name and contact info to Wendy Pinter at or call/text at 248-425-6782. Please note that this is very important since we need an accurate headcount for lunch – thank you!

Conference Details:

Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids
310 Pearl St. Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Direct Conference Contact at the Hotel: SARA MATHEKA | Catering Sales Coordinator | Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Sara says: Please advise guests still needing to make a room reservation, to call me directly at 616-451-8731 with a credit card available to make the reservation and I will be more than happy to assist them. The room rate is $119 plus tax.


Method: Call for reservations: 616-451-8731

All rooms are non-smoking.