Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Controversies in Childbirth Conference

Tampa, Florida February 19-21, 2010

A just-announced seminar at the Controversies in Childbirth Conference February 19-21, 2010, in Tampa, Florida, may change labor and delivery in the United States.

Most freestanding maternity facilities meet the present criteria for "birth centers"-no drugs, few interventions, no on-site surgery? Can another type of non-hospital facility be viable? So many women want epidurals! Can obstetricians and midwives create and co-manage freestanding community-based maternity facilities that allow epidurals and other forms of obstetric anesthesia, as well as emergency cesarean sections? The discussion will cover:

• What is safe and what is not
• Restrictions of current laws
• Who should own this kind of maternity facility?
• Who should deliver there?
• Profitability
• Current examples of such facilities in other countries
• Malpractice issues & availability of malpractice insurance
• Inclusion in healthcare reform
• Potential effects on midwives, doulas, hospitals, childbirth educators, and homebirth
• Potential effects on cesarean rate


This conference is neutral territory, which means there is no agenda to promote any particular viewpoint. Many sessions are debate format so you are exposed to all sides of an issue.

We have also added other new and exciting seminars, including:
• Using Health Freedom Acts to Give Pregnant Patients What They Want
• Why Are Hospital Staff Confused by the Role of the Doula?
• Botched Home Birth or Appropriate Transport?
• Why Obstetricians Hate Birth Plans
• Childbirth Practices: Lessons From Two UK Hospitals
• The VBAC Issue from the Obstetrician's Point of View
• Is Natural Birth Antithetical to the Practice of Nursing?
• Can Chiropractors Safely Turn Breeches, Or Are They Endangering Babies?
• Lessons Learned from a Failed Attempt to Open a Freestanding Birth Center

Plus many more! CMEs and CEUs are being applied for.

A full list of seminars and speakers is available on the conference website:

If you are an: Obstetrician, Pediatrician, Family Physician, CNM, CPM, Licensed Midwife, Nurse, Manager, Hospital Administrator, HMO, Regulator, Doula, Educator, Lactation Consultant, Public Health Professional or Advocate you are urged to attend this amazing conference.

You can register on the website or by calling our registration line at: 512-709-4022

If you have questions, please call our registration line, or email:

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