3018 West Overland Road
Boise, ID, 83705

(208) 258-9251

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. A Midwifery School, as well as seminars and training retreats are held each year to prepare midwives, doctors, and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary child deaths. 



Idaho Midwifery Council Annual Conference 2016
 Sept 29 and 30  -   Boise, Idaho

Our Theme for the 2016 Conference is
“Birth Models In Midwifery Care”
Special Guest Speaker Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD,
International Speaker and Author, Medical/Cultural Anthropologist,
and Expert on Childbirth and Midwifery.
13 CEU’s available

Click here to make reservation with hotel:  http://goo.gl/GikTVx

Homewood Suites by Hilton,  7957 West Spectrum Way,  Boise, Idaho 83709  -  Phone  208-375-8500
Group Name:  ID Midwifery Council Conference
Group Code:  MDW
Check-in:  28-SEP-2016
Check-out:  01-OCT-2016



                                   Before 7/28                       After 7/28

ICM Member                  $225                                 $275

ICM Student Member  $125                                 $175

Non-member                  $275                                 $325

Fee includes 13 hours of CEUs. Meals and lodging separate.

Pay online at:
click SEND at the top of page
enter   idahomidwives@gmail.com
as the email address

Or send a check:  c/o Mercy Birth Center 3018 W. Overland Rd., Boise, ID 83705. 


Friday Sept. 30

  • 8:00 am  Breakfast Meeting: IMC Business. All members welcome. 
  • 9:00 am  Birth Models: Legislation Supporting Midwives in Idaho ~ Kris Ellis
  • 9:30 am  Birth Models: Reducing Disparity in Birth Outcomes ~ Tasha W. Parker, CNM
  • 10:30 - 10:45 am   Break
  • 10:45 am  Birth Models: CNMs and CPMs Working Together ~Paula Wiens, CPM, CNM, with staff of Treasure Valley Midwives
  • 11:45 am  Fundraiser Raffle for Idaho Midwifery Council
  • 12:30 - 2 pm   Lunch
  • 2:00 pm  Keynote: Home Birth Emergencies: the Trouble with Transport.  ~ Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD
  • 4:00 pm  Birth Models: Home to Hospital Transfers Best Practice Guidelines ~ Panel
  • 5:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:00 - 9:00 pm  Special Public Event: The Challenge of Birthing Naturally in a Modern Culture. Free to the public
    ~ Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD

Thursday Sept. 29

  • 8:00 am  Registration
  • 8:30 am  President’s Welcome: Birthing Models, Moving Forward ~ Stacia Taplin
  • 9:00 am  Keynote: Birth Models That Work: Standing the Test of Time ~ Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD
  • 11:00 - 11:30 am   Break
  • 11:30 am  Birth Models:  Midwifery Education that honors Students, Preceptors and Pregnant Women
    ~Rachel Elling, CPM  moderating panel of students and preceptors from Mercy In Action College of Midwifery
  • 12:30 - 1:45 pm   Lunch
  • 1:45 pm  Keynote: Intuition as Authoritative Knowledge in Midwifery and Birth ~ Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD
  • 3:45 - 4:00 pm  Break
  • 4:00 pm  Birth Models: CCHD Screening as new Best Practice ~Pediatrician TBA
  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm Evening Social and Book Signing with Robbie Davis-Floyd
  • Dinner: (There are many nice restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.)
  • IMC Board Meeting for Officers

Robbie Davis-Floyd
Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction.

An international speaker and researcher, she is author of over 80 articles and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2004); coauthor of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998); and coeditor of eight collections, including Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (1997); Cyborg Babies: From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots (1998); and Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Change (2006).

Birth Models That Work (2009) highlights optimal models of birth care around the world, and will soon be followed by Volume II: Birth Models on the Global Frontier (co-edited with Betty-Anne Daviss, forthcoming 2016).

Robbie speaks frequently at national and international childbirth, obstetrical, and midwifery conferences around the world. She currently serves as Editor for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): 10 Steps to Optimal Maternity Care (www.imbci.org), Board Member of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO), and Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction.