I just heard about this conference recently, and I’m very curious. It’s called the Controversies in Childbirth Conference: A National Forum for Discussing and Debating Differing Viewpoints on Today’s Childbirth Practice. It’s being held in Dallas/Ft. Worth TX on March 27-29, 2009. From the conference website:
The Only Conference Bringing Together: Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Family Physicians, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Midwives, Nurses, Doulas, Educators, Lactation Professionals, Hospital Administrators, Health Insurers, Regulators, Advocates, Legislators and Insurers to address the major contemporary controversies in childbirth.
This Birth Conference is Neutral Territory! No predetermined outcomes or agenda. This birth conference is not produced by any organization beholden to its membership or other group. Many seminars will be debate format or panels with opposing viewpoints. We will examine, debate and discuss: Evidence, Economics, Perception and Politics.
- Is the current U.S. maternity care system sustainable?
- Are medical interventions good or bad?
- Do birth advocates hurt their own cause?
- Will reducing c-sections overload the system?
- Can normal birth be profitable?
- How can nurses advocate for their educated patient against the physician?
- Is there value in labor pain?- The Epidural Debate.
Can a conference that tries to bring together OBs, midwives, doulas every truly be neutral territory? I’m also a tad suspicious as it seems to be hosted by a company, not a non-profit organization. Perhaps this is a money making venture rather than a true effort to create dialogue? (This might be my non-profit biases coming through). Also there does not appear to be a host committee or sponsoring organizations that are not advertisers or other companies.
The sponsoring company is called “The Business of Birth” and their slogan is “Making the Business of Birth profitable for you!” Now I don’t know about all of you, but that is not exactly my goal. I believe its the business aspects of birth that have created the mess we are in right now, where c-sections rates are skyrocketing and midwives can’t practice because of malpractice costs.
Anyone know anything about this conference? I’m very curious to know more.