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Midwives, are you considering accepting Medi-Cal and want to increase your toolset for serving a more diverse community of clients?
Were you at MANACAM17 and looking for a safe space to exhale and process the experience? Want to gather tools to advance the cultural awareness of your midwifery practice?
Join us for a 4-hour workshop designed to help us better support the diverse families that may seek midwifery service.
We know that the work of increased cultural awareness is deeply rewarding and benefits all families served by midwifery. We also know it can feel challenging, which is why we chose the gracious and supportive Heather Thompson of Elephant Circle to present this workshop.
This training will provide you with:
Two locations. 9am to 1pm.
February 25th - San Diego - Marina Village (register on this page)
February 24th - Bay Area - San Leandro Senior Center (click HERE to register)
Sponsored by CAM.
This workshop is sponsored by The California Association of Midwives Foundation (CAM). As an integral part of CAM's mission, this workshop is not a fundraiser, and we have priced it as competitively as possible while still breaking even on the costs. CAM is committed to providing safe, evidence-based midwifery for all families in California. We envision a future where we can embrace and welcome our differences and unique assets to improve birth for all families. CALM is endorsing this training as a part of CALM's mission to bring tangible benefits to its members and to advance the LM profession through education, quality improvement initiatives and advocating for access to midwives for all California families.
What past participants have had to say:
"Heather's training helped me to understand that we all have blind spots and bias and her loving delivery of information provided a welcome space that allowed me the freedom and safety to truly deepen my cultural sensitivity.
I came away with tools to incorporate into my daily life and have made strides in understanding because of her training."
"Have you ever had a moment where you learned something and then all these other things just clicked into clarity for you? That's how I felt throughout Heather's training.
Within the warm and welcoming space she creates within her heart, Heather enabled me to really see things that had been invisible to me before. I left the training with a deeper understanding of myself as well as others. I also now feel more confident speaking about disparities and inequities.
If you wish you fully engage and serve the various families in your community, I highly recommend attending Heather's training."
About the facilitator:
Heather Thompson, MS, PhD, is a molecular and cellular biologist, clinical researcher, birthworker and queer parent. She has worked on issues related to reproductive health for more than 25 years, advocating for equity, access and autonomy in childbirth. From 2010-2017 she was the Research Director at a freestanding birth center in Colorado, advocating for midwives and community birth through data generation, analysis and dissemination.
Currently she is the Deputy Director of Elephant Circle, a reproductive justice organization where she gets to combine her background in birth justice with science and community organizing. She is passionate about supporting the family unit and helping families navigate their own journey, particularly as it relates to maternity care, birth choices and legal marijuana in Colorado. Heather has been called to engage in racial justice and live from an anti-oppression perspective from the time she was a child, but in recent years she has increased the time she spends creating conversation with white people about whiteness and racism.
Born and raised in Colorado, Heather enjoys being outside around a campfire with her partner, two kids and larger community.
On call? Please go ahead and register:
Your registration helps us plan for the day and secures your spot when CAM workshops fill.
Refund policy: midwives and birth workers who are unable to participate because they are attending a birth are welcome to choose: