An announcement from Squat

For Immediate Release: 

Midwifery and Doula Conference in San Francisco Will Bring Together a Diversity of Voices

Registration is now open for SQUATFest, an innovative urban-accessible conference for birth workers of all varieties, organized by the nonprofit quarterly publication, SQUAT Birth Journal. The event will feature both seasoned elders and emerging voices from within the birthing community and will blend the sacred, the shamanic, and evidence-based aspects of birth work as represented by the publication. The conference has a strong focus on social justice as it relates to the reproductive experiences of pregnancy and birth. SQUATfest will provide an environment where midwives, doulas, and parents of all genders, colors, and walks of life can come together and explore the most pressing issues facing our communities at this time. 

SQUATFest 2013 will take place at The Women’s Building ( in the Mission District of San Francisco, August 2-4, 2013. The conference will include workshops, discussion circles, keynote speakers, live entertainment, and the opportunity for practicing midwives to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Featured presenters include Makeda Kamara, Elizabeth Davis, Gail Hart, Mary Cooper, Whapio Diane Bartlett of the Matrona, Racha Tahani Lawler of The Community Birth Center, and Miriam Perez of 

“SQUATFest is a forward thinking midwifery conference, created on a shoestring, by a tech-savvy group of organizers who recognize the need for a high-quality, easily accessible conference about birth work,” says Jeramie Peacock, SQUAT’s Managing Director. “It is unique in its attempt to bring together both well-known elders and youthful emerging voices to share with one another in an intergenerational setting of mutual respect. The conference and its organizers are committed to prioritizing topics often left on the fringe of the mainstream birthing movement. The affordability of the conference, combined with ample support for scholarships, aims to create a conference community as diverse as the true landscape of birthing people in North America.” 

The event is supported via registration fees and generous donations. Tickets are available on a sliding scale. A range of scholarship options are available and can be applied for easily online.

Conference program, presenter bios,  and registration forms are available online at


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