On the road with my book!

Robbie-Davis-Floyd, medical anthropologist (left), endorsed Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives. Robbie kindly took a picture with me at the CIMS Conference in March 2011.

I have been told I am a captivating public speaker, and certainly, I have enjoyed going on the road, presenting at national and international professional meetings and conferences. I have delighted in designing a presentation detailing my work as editor of the Into These Hands, Wisdom from Midwives anthology and sharing the wisdom contained.

I’ve structured my roadshow presentation around the anthology themes outlined in the Afterword of the book. I analyzed the 25 individual memoirs in the context of the anthology as a whole and identified common themes of “what matters” to all of the book’s authors. I did this by listening to what they talked about, how they lived their lives, and how they practiced professionally. I discerned 13 persistent themes, which I promise to dive into in a future post.

Here is a picture from a recent presentation I gave:


Looking back across 2012, 2011, and 2010 and to give you a sense of how busy I’ve been lately and the incredible response to Into These Hands, Wisdom from Midwives, here is the log of my presentations, from most recent to oldest:



  • Midwives Alliance Annual Conference (MANA), Monterey, California, September 27-30


  • Michigan Council of Nurse-Practitioners, March 23-25
  • National Healthy Start Association, Washington, DC, March 11-14


  • Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Region 5 Conference, Mesa, Arizona, February 17-19
  • Unity Wisdom Seekers, Phoenix, Arizona, February 14


  • Joint Conference of the Canadian Midwifery Association, Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), Niagara Falls, Canada, November 9-12


  • Very excited to meet the Diva of Soul, Erykah Badu (right), who went home with my book!

    International Center for Traditional Childbearing (Black Midwives and Healers), Biloxi, Mississippi, October 14-16


  • Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Healthy Start Conference, September 21
  • 2nd International Meeting on Indigenous Women’s Health, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 14-16
I was thrilled to be able to give a copy of Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives to Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree Indian, and celebrated singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and activist (center) in New Mexico in September 2011.










International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Council members assemble in Durban, South Africa in June 2011.
  • International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), 29th Triennial Congress, Durban, South Africa, June 19-23


  • American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) 56th Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, May 24-28
  • Horizon Books, Traverse City, Michigan, May 7
  • Michigan Midwives Association, Lansing, Michigan, May 5-6


  • International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, April 8-10
  • Mama’s Rising, hosted by CHOICE (Center for Humane Options in Childbirth Experiences) and the Midwives Alliance of North America, Columbus, Ohio, April 4
  • Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Board of Directors Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, April 3


  • Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) Mother-Friendly Forum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 11-12


  • American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition, Denver Colorado
Contributing authors Jennie Joseph (front left) and Saraswathi Vedam (front right) joined me in presenting at the MANA Conference in Nashville, TN in October 2010.


  • Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) 28th Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 7th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference, sponsored by International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Los Angeles, California
Presentation at the 7th International Black Midwives & Healers Conference, Los Angeles, California, October 2010. I’m on the left and joined by Contributing Authors Marsha Jackson, Jennie Joseph, Makeda Camara and Diane Holzer (left to right).







  • International Midwifery and Humanized Birth Conference, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico


  • International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), 3rd Americas Regional Conference, Kingston Jamaica, West Indies

By the way, I am available for media interviews, book signings and other opportunities for book promotion and sales for Into These Hands, Wisdom From Midwives. Feel free to contact me: Geradine Simkins, geradines@gmail.com, 231.228.5857.

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