scenes from a conference, part 3

More photos from the 7th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference in Long Beach, California, which I attended last weekend with Mothering publisher and editor Peggy O’Mara (see her latest reflections on the conference here).

view from the hotel

The view from my sixth-floor room at the conference (it was held at the Long Beach Hilton). It felt very NOT Santa Fe. . .

9 applause

An appreciative audience applauds Saturday’s “Brazen Women” panel of presidents of health organizations.  That’s Peggy (Mothering editor and publisher Peggy O’Mara) in the bottom left of the frame.

10 linda-ross

Loretta Ross, president of SisterSong, responds to a question from the audience, as Jocelyn V. Sargent, program officer of the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, and Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, president of Birthing Project, USA, listen. At the far right is Shafia Monroe, president of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC).

11 panel-audience

Another shot of the audience during the presidents’ panel discussion.

7 panel

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, president of Birthing Project, USA (left), smiles during a moment of levity.

12 social-networking

Michelle-Nicholle Calaresco,  the first multi-cultural director of the Doulas of North America (DONA), talks about the powerful potential of social networking


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