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Eeeks - I have a client due on March 7 and another on march 30... I think I might just save my money and plan not to go so I am not stressing about missing a birth.<br>
Costa Rica would be nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I'll be at the full conference in Eugene, I'm working as a room monitor. Come and say hello!<br><br>
I'll also be at the Costa Rica conference in May.<br><br>
I live here in Eugene, so if anyone has questions about places to stay or eat, I'm happy to help out with suggestions.
 

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Well, it looks like I will be missing Friday of the conference...my son will be getting lots of dental work done that day instead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
But, I hope to still be there on Saturday and Sunday!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Unless our clients are birthing their babies those days, I will be there!! I am SO excited!!!
 

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Aw, Lennon, that sucks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> No other time to do the dental work? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Nope. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> That is the only time available until May, and the work needs to be done asap. It's ok. I'm glad it will be taken care of, and I will still be able to attend some of it.
 

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I had hoped to go as well, but it just doesn't seem to be a financial reality this year.<br><br>
I'm not too broken up as I'm going to Casa for 2 months in May!
 

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I still cant decide, if i have to choose one day, which one to pick, and what portions of that day ot sign up for! I have read it over and over, geez, so much good stuff!
 

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Oh! I just had an unexpected chunk of money come my way! Maybe I can go for a day or two after all.<br><br>
Yikes- I just called the hotel and rooms are $129 plus tax at this point. Anyone want to share a room?
 

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I already have a roomie but when I called to make my reservation they told me at the time I arrive I will be given the group rate, but technically they the block of rooms were all full at the time. So officially I am paying full price but at the time of check-in they change it. Maybe the clerk was lying to stop me from sighing down the phone.... but that's what she said. I made my reservation about 1.5 months ago so there must have been quite a rush on the group rate.
 

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I'm always willing to open my home in Salem, but it's still an hour away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh! That's so nice of you to offer! You're presenting at the conference though- I couldn't possibly ask you to host someone (a stranger at that) in addition!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was there today to see Pam speak, and she ROCKED! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I also was so happy to get to meet Sara Wickham, Robbie Davis-Floyd, and Jan Tritten, who are all the most wonderful amazing women. Bummed that Ina May and Michel Odent were nowhere to be seen though.
 

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yep, i had planned to go today, couldnt come up with the cash. So glad you had a good time!!<br>
I am holding out hope though that I can drop in and still find a spot on Sunday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Details! I'm dying that I didn't get to see Pam speak. Will there be tapes available??<br><br>
Tell me more, tell me more!! (cue Grease music <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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It's such a shame that so many of these posts relate to a lack of funds. Our work is a labor of love (pun intended <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) and will not likely be lucrative for most of us.<br><br>
Good luck everyone! Have fun! And my living room floor offer still stands! (...in Portland, though.)<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Details! I'm dying that I didn't get to see Pam speak. Will there be tapes available??<br><br>
Tell me more, tell me more!! (cue Grease music <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She was fantastic! She was a little nervous at first (understandable) but then she got into a groove and she was totally provocative and compelling! She told it like a story, starting with her apprenticeship, then talking about being challenged by unassisted birth philosophy, then rereading authors like Michel Odent with this new perspective, then about how she incorporated these ideas into her own practice and the struggles she's had in doing so. There was a lot of head-nodding in the audience. People loved her! They deluged her afterwards, everybody wanted a piece of her. And let me tell you, she looked so cute. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> It is really a breath of fresh air to see her Betty Page hairdo and fishnet stockings in a sea of hippie midwives. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Not that there's anything wrong with hippie midwives. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> In fact, there were these two amazon hippie women with dreads sitting right in front of me and I just couldn't stop staring at them they were so beautiful and filled with such a light energy. I miss Eugene sometimes...<br><br>
I don't know if they were taping it? I should have asked, I'd like to have a recording too.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> it went well!<br><br>
I'm glad its over...but the anticipation was way worse than the actual!<br><br>
no recording...but I'm working on an article for MT on my talk.
 

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I would like to see these conferences more accessible, with scholarships, reduced prices, more mother/baby friendly. I know it's education and has it's costs, but sometimes that can be prohibitive, and we should be making midwifery more available both to the consumer and the midwives-in-training. I can't attend the classes this year...sadly...because I cannot afford to (thought I could) with a new baby. BUT I'll go Saturday to visit the booths and see my friends.
 

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ME ME ME!!! I live in Salem, (quite close to Pam I'm told.) I can't afford to go this year, but I want to know when you guys meet up. I know I can get my DD taken care of, and DH knows how much these kind of thing mean to me.
 
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