It is nearly May so conference season is starting, have you made the commitment to attend one or more? I often hear from midwives that they would like to attend conferences, but they cost too much in terms of time and money. I agree, they can be expensive. But I see the time and money as an investment in my midwifery practice.
That may seem a bit strange for readers who know I am not now, and probably will never be, in a clinical midwifery practice. If I were, conferences would be a natural place for continuing education. My midwifery practice is public health, so for me conferences are about making the connections I need to do my work. At conferences I:
- I get to hear directly from midwives about the issues they and their patients are facing every day
- I make connections with midwives who want to be involved in research, or need the help of a researcher to maintain their practice
- I meet other midwife researchers and other midwives involved in population health (It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!)
My schedule is a little different this year because I need to prioritize conferences where I’ll present my research. If you want to meet me, I’ll be at:
- Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurses Annual Convention, June 12-14 in Gaylord Texas, USA
- Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, June 26-28, Boston Massachusetts, USA
- Normal Birth Conference, October 10-12, Sydney, Australia
Which conferences are you attending this year?