This year’s ACNM meeting and exhibition was one of the most well-attended conferences to date. The “Midwives: Reaching New Heights” meeting held in Chicago was jam-packed with educational sessions, premier speakers, networking events and fun which included the ACNM Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. But it wasn’t necessarily the events, sessions, or speakers that was so delightful. Being with over 2000 midwives in one location brought an energy and empowerment that can be difficult to evoke when walking the labor floors alone at 2am, waiting patiently on the next birth. Midwives bring a quality of being that is difficult to describe and is an honor to witness and share. Maybe it’s our passion and persistent drive to bring quality care to our patients and their families, our distinctive personalities, loud voices and humor, or something about the precious nature of birth that stays with us. The gathering of so many powerful and inspiring midwives was rejuvenating and energizing.
The Georgia Affiliate was well represented at the conference- both in members attending and in research talks and presentations. Dr Alexis Dunn spoke regarding her research in a round table discussion. Midwives (and soon to be PhD-prepared midwives!) Kate Woeber and Jessica Ellis participated in the poster sessions. The student midwives also represented Georgia well. The Marketplace table organized and hosted by the students was well-attended and sold over $1600 in Georgia goods for the Affiliate PAC fund.
The Affiliate Board members participated in planning meetings as we prepare to host midwives at the 2018 conference in Savannah. There is much to be done and what seems like a daunting task is being met with excitement and strong ideas by the Board. Be on the lookout for opportunities to serve and let your voice be heard – we will need support from our Affiliate to produce the best ACNM conference yet! Savannah better be ready because WE ARE BRINGING IT!
What were your thoughts about this year’s conference? What would you like to see more of at next year’s conference?