October Salon Series: Midwifery Paths and Practices

When: Wednesday, October 23rd from 7PM – 9PM

Location: Langton Labs 32 Langton St. SF, CA 94103
Just three blocks from Civic Center BART!
As always, light refreshments will be served.
Cost: Free
$5-$15 suggested donation for BADP, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Accessibility: The space is wheelchair accessible (but the restroom does not have grab bars). Babes in arms are welcome. Please email salon_fund [at] bayareadoulaproject [dot] org or send us a note on facebook if you have any questions about accessibility.

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Midwifery is a career as old as humanity. People have been giving birth since time immemorial, and others have helped them along that passage. Only in the past two centuries has birth been shifted out of the hands of midwives and into the hospitals. In the past few decades, however, midwifery has experienced a resurgence in popularity and prevalence, due to a variety of factors that will be described by our speakers. Particularly in the Bay Area, we have seen a huge swell of interest among folks in becoming a midwife, giving birth with a midwife, and receiving other reproductive health care from midwives. With the Affordable Care Act coming into being, midwives are being recognized as a public health force to be reckoned with. At this Salon Series event, we are focusing on the paths to becoming a midwife, the reality of practice and the multitude of directions a midwifery career can take, and the context in which midwifery is practiced today. Everyone is encouraged to attend, from the folks who are still wondering how to pronounce “midwifery”, to the experienced midwives who would like to build community within the Bay Area.

Kim Q. Dau
 is a certified nurse-midwife in San Francisco. Her interests include the intersection of midwifery, health policy, inequities in women’s health care, and health care outcomes. In the context of unmet need in women’s health care and health care reform, she believes that midwifery care is a unique solution; midwives provide a fundamental contribution to the health care workforce, but are also an untapped resource in the spectrum of women’s health care providers.

She is the Assistant Director of the Nurse-Midwifery education program at UCSF, co-chair of the California Nurse-Midwives Association’s Health Policy Committee and Chair of the Diversification and Inclusion Taskforce for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She currently practices with the Nurse-Midwives of San Francisco General Hospital and with the UCSF Young Women’s Program housed in the Women’s Community Clinic.

Maria Iorillo is a California Licensed Midwife (LM) as well as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She has been in practice since 1986, having attended over 1100 births. She has served on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Midwives and the Midwives Alliance of North America. Maria is the producer and midwife in It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth.

Having given birth at home herself, Maria knows the path that lies ahead. Maria feels honored to attend the birth of a child, always feeling that it is a very special invitation to a private celebration. She suspects that her highest appreciation of spirituality emerges from the repeated witnessing of miracles.

“By allowing the birth process to unfold in its most natural way, we honor traditions that have the power to shape our spiritual and cultural identity. We connect to our authentic selves and know our true power.”

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