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Obstetric Nursing Conference, Featuring Ina May Gaskin


Only one more week until Contemporary Forums’ Obstetric Nursing conference is underway in the city of soulful music, New Orleans.  This will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Obstetric Nursing conference where new and seasoned nurses alike have all improved upon ways to care for pregnant women and neonates.

Although there are many highlights of this years’ conference, we are very excited to have Ina May Gaskin as part of our faculty this year.  Ms. Gaskin has an impressive biography as an author, activist and innovator.  She has lectured all over the world and promoted a low-intervention but effective method for dealing with shoulder dystocia. This has resulted in a method called, the Gaskin Maneuver, the first obstetrical procedure to be named for a midwife which has since been adopted by many practitioners. On April 23 at 8:00 a.m. Ms. Gaskin will be presenting “Maneuvers for Successful Labor: Shoulder Dystocia, Positioning in Labor and 2nd Stage”

Ms. Gaskin is also the visionary behind “The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project”, a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, and the underreporting of maternal deaths in the United States. The quilt is made up of individually designed blocks, each one devoted to a woman in the U.S. who has died of pregnancy related causes since 1982. Ms. Gaskin will be displaying several of these quilts at the Obstetric Nursing conference and will be presenting “Maternal Mortality: Not Just a Concern for the Past “on Monday April 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Ms. Gaskin is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center.  The center has handled approximately 3000 births, with remarkably good outcomes, and Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. Her Center is noted for its low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality despite the inclusion of many vaginally delivered breeches, twin and grand multiparas.

We hope you are as excited as we are to have Ina May Gaskin with us at this conference. We are positive you will learn a vast amount from her experience and expertise.






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