Birth and the Human Future July 22nd 2016

Our July 22 2016 conference was interesting and inspiring. Thanks to all those who worked hard to make it happen.

Our Birth and The Human Future Conference on July 22nd 2016 ended with a brainstorm focused on “The Way Forward.” Our diverse attendees shared many ideas for building a more just and peaceful society. Watch this space for a summary!


Attendees at the July 22, 2026 Birth and the Human Future conference in Eugene

Attendees at the July 22, 2026 Birth and the Human Future conference in Eugene

Birth and the Human Future Conference (July 22nd 2016) Schedule

8-9 AM Registration, coffee, socializing

9-9:30 AM Greetings and overview of epigenetics and the limbic system and their role in the pregnancy, birth, and our changing society. Marion Toepke McLean

9:30-10:00 AM What do the eyes say? Non-verbal communication between mom, baby, family members, and with their generation. Human contact and a person’s approach, whether it be through fear or compassion, is influenced by birth. Why do newborns and their mamas seek each others eyes in that profound gaze of the early hours of life? Research evidence on communicating through eye contact throughout the life will be shared. Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos

10:00-10:30 AM Maternal mortality in the US as affected by ethnic and racial groupings, with a review of an 2010 analysis from American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Marion Toepke McLean

10:30-10:45 AM Break

10:45-11:15 AM –Native American Infant Mortality — What, Why, and How can I Help ?Causes US Infant Mortality Rates including perinatal & postnatal mortality rates, specifically with the difference in Native American (American Indian/Alaska Native) risk factors, health disparity, programs in process and what can midwives and health providers do to change outcomes? Daphne Singingtree

11:15AM-12:30 PM Everyone will participate in a “brain storm” about reducing maternal and newborn mortality. What have you experienced that affects your views? What are your possible solutions. There are no wrong answers here! All ideas will be written down and a summary will be shared here on the Birth and the Human Future website.

12:30-1:30 PM We will be served lunch. All conference attendees are invited. The cost of lunch is included in the registration.

1:30-2:00 PM Preventing maternal and newborn mortality, treating the causes, studying the problem areas. Focus on US with information from around the world.
Marion Toepke McLean

2:00 -2:45 PM The limbic system in childbirth. Limbic resonance as an aspect of human non-verbal communication will be described. This is a major method of interpersonal communication, that we use all the time. Become conscious of the resonance among humans and learn to use it for greater understanding. The speaker will integrate limbic resonance into stories of her work as a hospital nurse and during her years as a home-birth midwife. Jill Cohen

2:45-3:00 PM Break

3:00-3:45 PM Alternative methods of hemorrhage treatment and prevention. Learn from the speakers own research and from the many births she has attended over the years. Bring your questions. Gail Hart

3:45-4:15 PM The Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition. This is an active model that works to make childbearing safer and healthier for Native American women. Presented by the organizer of the project, a mom, doula, and childbirth activist. Roberta Ortiz

4:15-5:00 PM The Way Forward. All participants will discuss our goals and plans to brighten the human future by making childbirth safer and gentler. A report on our ideas will be made available here on the website.