There's a Controversies in Childbirth conference I REALLY want to attend this coming Spring. I mean really, really, really. I've been thinking about it for the last few months--ever since I heard about it. Get this...the conference is (1) in the same city that my two unnecesarean births were performed and (2) it begins right on my VBAC baby's 1st birthday (March 27th). I think that's what most people refer to as providence. Am I right?
We have family around that area who would LOVE to play with grand babies for three days (I'm sure), so now I just have to figure out how to get there (with three young children in tow) and pay the $500+ fee to attend this event (while I'm also taking 9 graduate hours for my 2nd Master's Degree). The longer I wait, the more expensive it gets. Any willing sponsors out there???
Again, the conference is Controversies in Childbirth and it's totally gonna ROCK! Here's an excerpt from the conference website:
The Only Conference Bringing Together: Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Family Physicians, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Midwives, Nurses, Doulas, Educators, Lactation Professionals, Hospital Administrators, Health Insurers, Regulators, Advocates, Legislators and Insurers to address the major contemporary controversies in childbirth.
This Birth Conference is Neutral Territory! No predetermined outcomes or agenda. This birth conference is not produced by any organization beholden to its membership or other group. Many seminars will be debate format or panels with opposing viewpoints. We will examine, debate and discuss: Evidence, Economics, Perception and Politics.
I sincerely believe this would be an excellent experience for processing my two very traumatic births and yet also a way to simultaneously celebrate our recent perfect, beautiful, gentle, all-natural home birth. I've felt an odd calling to this field and would love to stretch my legs a little and rub shoulders with others who are just as enthusiastic about the subject of birth.
Anyone else interested? Wanna split gas and hotel costs? I'm serious.