BirthKeeper Summit April 30-May 3, 2015 Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA

BirthKeeper Summit April 30-May 3, 2015 Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA

BirthKeeper Summit Themes version June 2014

What would our world be like if we put our first consideration on the immutable relationship that we have all been born into -MotherBaby MotherEarth ? We would have healthy, caring humans and a healed earth home. We would act in solidarity with all who are endeavoring to change the systems of destruction in our culture, becoming BirthKeepers and Beloved Ancestors.


1-MotherBaby MotherEarth- Unnatural interventions in the birthing process is compromising the capability of a woman to birth and imperiling the future health of our babies, just as the adulteration of nature is absorbed into our bodies and being passed on to future generations.
2-Primal Continuum – Of primary consideration is human development from preconception through adolescence.
3-Grassroots Social Movement – Acting in solidarity with all who are endeavoring to change the systems of harm in our culture. We do not consent to life-destructive systems.
4- Educate – Teach all aspects of what is happening now. Get conscious and clear. Become agents of social change.
5-Heal/repair – Prevention and repair are on the same spectrum of healing. A just community enables grieving, forgiving and restoring as a natural part of healing.
6- Focus on vulnerable populations who are on the frontline of the largest impact.
7- Honor the legacy of the birth activists upon whose shoulders the current movement stands.

Program outline, version June 2014

Thursday, April 30, 2015
9 am-5 pm Optional all day workshops for day price. Virtual conference tickets available. Dr Michel Odent will offer a workshop for interested ACOG attendees.
2 pm-5 pm. Registration for Summit- Virtual conference tickets available.
5 pm-7 pm. Dinner Brown Bag or local restaurants.
7 pm – 10 pm. Creating community ritual lead by our Indigenous Sisters, introduction of Summit themes, viewing of new films,honoring of Birth work legacy, music and celebration.

Friday, May 1, 2015
9 am – 12 pm. Opening ritual and collective gathering–panels, speakers on What is a BirthKeeper? Introduction of main principles of social movement of BirthKeepers. Full group interactions.
12 pm- 2 pm. Lunch-brown bag or local restaurants.Encouraging mingling and discussions.Exhibits open through evening.
2 pm – 5 pm. Tedx-like live presentations , based on BirthKeeper principles and ideas, breakout small group discussions with speakers.
5 pm-7 pm. Dinner Brown Bag or local restaurants.
7 pm-9 pm. Collective gathering of all attendees- ritual, music, keynote speakers including Michel Odent and Robin Lim .

Saturday, May 2, 2015
One day attendance available.
8:30 am -11:30 pm. Indigenous Sisters opening ritual . Recap- Where we are now in defining a social movement of BirthKeepers? Speakers, panels, full group interactions.
11:30 pm-1:30pm. Lunch. Exhibits open through evening. Rooms will be reserved for specific groups use- regional groups, industry groups, social movement groups etc.
1:30 pm-4:30 pm. Tedx-like live presentations, breakout small group discussions with speakers.
4:30 pm-7:30 pm. Rooms reserved for specific group use.
4:30 pm-7:30 pm. Dinner Brown Bag or local restaurants
7:30 pm-9:30 pm. Community dance, music, films.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
9 am – 12 pm. Unifying collective gathering to empower for action. Hear plans on future social movement activities. Indigenous Sisters closure and ritual.
1 pm – 4 pm Action at ACOG Conference. Optional postconference workshops.

Steering Committee Working Group:
Deb Puterbaugh- Institute of Feminine Art and Science
L. Samsarah Morgan- Nia Center & Bay Area Birth Keeper Doulas
Laura Perez- Espiritu Midwifery
Debi Tracy- Mama HypnoYoga
Dave Paxson- NoCirc, Intact America
Suzanne Arms- Birthing the Future
Molly Arthur- EcoBirth-Women for Earth and Birth
Diana Paul-LoveDelivers
Anna Van Wagner-Birth Activist Collective


Agosto 2014


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