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Premier Speakers and Sessions

Premier sessions address topics of broad significance and feature nationally-recognized advocates for maternal health. The 58th Annual Meeting will feature opening premier session speaker Beverly Malone and closing premier session speaker Ina May Gaskin - stay tuned for more information on their presentations and additional premier speakers as they are confirmed.

  • Opening General Session: Becca Stevens

    Individual Lives: Global Truths
    Thursday, May 30, 2:00 - 4:00PM

    Becca Stevens is founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction, and life on the streets. Stevens was recently named by the White House as one of 15 “Champions of Change.” She is the author of 8 books and has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN, The Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Southern Living, Christian Century, and Victoria Magazine. More

  • Joint Risk Premier: Midwifing the Midwives

    Midwifing the Midwives: The Emotional Impact of Adverse Outcome Liability
    Friday, May 31, 3:45 - 4:45PM

    Panelists: Mary Kaye Collins, CNM, JD; Bill McCool, CNM, PhD; Patrice Weiss, MD; Rich Waldman, MD

    Moderated by: Mamie Guidera, CNM, MSN

    Medical errors, adverse outcomes, and legal liability are issues that affect midwives and our collaborating physicians as we strive to provide evidence-based, family-centered care. It is vital that we understand the emotional impact that these issues present to our personal and professional lives.

  • Premier Session: Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Innovations in Global and Diversity Initiatives: A Nursing and Midwifery Challenge
    Saturday, June 1, 8:30 - 9:30AM

    Chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing, Dr. Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, is among America's most vocal leaders in the national conversation about the nursing and nurse educator shortage, and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality, culturally competent care to diverse patient populations. More

  • Therese Dondero Lecturer: David Grimes, MD

    Misogyny and Women's Health
    Sunday, June 2, 8:45 – 9:45AM

    David Grimes, MD, is one of a small number of US physicians board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and in preventive medicine. He has taught research methods to over 1600 obstetricians/gynecologists in the United States and to physicians and scientists in Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, and Bangladesh. Dr. Grimes’ research interests have focused on fertility regulation, technology assessment, sexually transmitted diseases, and clinical epidemiology. He has published over 370 peer-reviewed articles, 50 textbook chapters, and 10 books. In 1994, he received the Issue of the Year Award and in 1997 the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In 2006, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2007. More


  • Closing Premier: Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD (Hon.)

    Common Sense, Childbirth, and the Future of Midwifery
    Sunday, June 2, 2:00–3:00pm

    Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD (Hon.), is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition, and her newest book, Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta , was published in 2011. More

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