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Activities and Events

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If you wish to participate in any of these optional events that are listed below, simply select the ticket for that event when you complete your Annual Meeting registration.


Blankets for Babies

Back by popular demand, this year we're collecting knit caps for newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville. The hospital, affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is nationally recognized for exceptional pediatric care and has an NICU capacity of 78. Caps will be collected on-site at the Annual Meeting and donated en mass.

New this year, ACNM will also be collecting items to be donated to Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets. Thistle Farms is the social enterprise run by the women of Magdalene, who make all of the company's products by and and directly benefit from their sales. The following items were requested by Magdalene residents for their own use or for use in the manufacturing of Thistle Farms products:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Soap or body wash
  • Antiperspirant
  • Used 100% cotton white, off-white, or red t-shirts (can have designs on them)
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Seam rippers
  • Quilting needles


Midwifery Business Network Reception
May 29: 7 pm-9 pm

Rub elbows with movers and shakers who know the ins and outs of the business aspects of midwifery practice. Make contacts, share information, problem solve, and see what's in store for Midwifery Works! 2013, ACNM's fresh new take on the annual Midwifery Business Network fall conference.

Grand Opening Reception
May 30: 4 pm-6:30 pm
Exhibit Hall

Don't miss the opportunity to speak with the 2013 exhibitors and your fellow attendees! Beverages, including beer and wine, and plenty of food will be available.

Division of Global Health Reception - SOLD OUT!
May 30: 7 pm-9 pm
Tickets $25

Learn about exciting new education and training programs, and network with midwives who work abroad.

Midwives of Color Reception
May 30: 8 pm-10:30 pm
Tickets $45, Student Tickets $15

Join your colleagues and friends for a festive evening of fun, food, dancing, and networking. Share experiences, interests, issues, and even a few surprises! All midwives and students are welcome. This event includes a live auction with proceeds going toward the Midwives of Color Watson Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship.

Margaritaville Mixer
May 30: 9pm - 11pm

First timers, students, and anyone who wants a chance to connect and network can attend a special event at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Show your Annual Meeting badge for special drink prices!

Heart of Midwifery
May 30: 9 pm-11 pm

The Heart of Midwifery celebrates the midwifery educators who share their skills, wisdom, and time with emerging midwives. This session includes stories from beloved educators, a blessing of the hands, and a time for students to share their stories. Attended by students and more experienced midwives alike, this evening is full of laughter, wisdom, songs, and inspiration for all.

Opening Business Meeting
May 31: 9:30 am-11:30 am

Submit a motion before May 31. Arrive on time to see the opening act: The Clancey Brothers!


A.C.N.M. Foundation Fundraiser
May 31: 8 pm-10 pm
Tickets $50, Student Tickets $30

Join the A.C.N.M. Foundation at the historic Nashville City Club for a unique culinary and musical tour of Tennessee! Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats, and cash bar selections at the City Club, located on the 20th floor of the ServiceSource Building (201 4th Ave North) in downtown Nashville, and within 2 blocks of all conference hotels. Awarded the 2011 Taste of Music City Award for the “best view of the city,” the Nashville City Club offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the city. Bring your favorite pair of boots and join us for some traditional boot scooting! Experience the best live entertainment with local musicians who have roots in all the popular juke joints of the area. 

Midwives-PAC Rally
June 1: 4 pm-6 pm

The Midwives-PAC (Political Action Committee) plays an important role in advancing ACNM's legislative agenda through campaign contributions to federal legislators. Come learn how to get involved - and get ready for some fun, because this zero overhead event will showcase a silent and live auction as well as a mystery wine pull.

Midwifery Awards Dinner and Celebration Party
June 1: 7 pm-12 MIDNIGHT
Guest Tickets $35

Come be inspired by the stars of our profession, then hit the dance floor with them! $10 reserves your seat and a plated dinner at the semi-formal awards ceremony - space is not guaranteed without a reservation. Then the doors open to everyone for the free midwifery celebration after-party at 9! These events are always huge favorites with Annual Meeting attendees - everyone who's anyone will be there, so don't miss your chance to cut loose! Let us know whether you plan to attend when you register for the meeting. 

Seating information:

The awards ceremony is a plated dinner; all attendees must be seated by 7 pm or their seat will be given to another guest.

Select your seat or table for the awards ceremony by bringing your exchange ticket, which you will receive when you check in at registration, to the onsite exchange counter any time during Tuesday through Thursday registration hours. Please note that in order to reserve multiple seats together, all tickets must be presented to the exchange desk at the same time.

This year's Midwifery Celebration Party will feature live music from The Nashtones.



Closing Business Meeting
June 2: 10:15 am-12:15 pm

Submit a motion before May 31.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives Screening
June 2: 8 pm-9:30 pm

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, as nearly 1/3 of all US babies are born via C-section, they labor on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth.

Birth Story premiered in Los Angeles at the 2012 LA Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

The Farm Tour - SOLD OUT
Monday, June 3, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
$35 includes tour, transportation, boxed lunch

Visit the place that sparked midwifery’s modern revolution: the farm in Summertown, Tennessee where closing premier speaker Ina May Gaskin and her group of traditional midwives from San Francisco built a permanent community grounded in their vision of cooperative living. Since The Farm’s founding in 1971, Ina May and The Farm Midwifery Center have become icons of the movement toward natural birth in the United States.

Tour attendees will depart from the Renaissance Hotel on the morning of June 3 and will be treated to a guided bus tour of The Farm including stops at points of particular interest. Attendees will have time to walk around the center of the community at the Head of the Roads and see the midwives’ birthing house and clinic firsthand before concluding the tour at The Store. Gift items including tie dye t-shirts, onesies, aprons, and half-price books will be available at The Store and at the Welcome Center at the beginning of the tour. If time allows, an additional drive to the Solar School may be taken.


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