Monday, November 10, 2008

Fourth Breastfeeding and Feminism Meeting -- Save the Date

Thursday and Friday, March 26 - 27, 2009

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Reduced-rate accommodations are available at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown
Hosted by:
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Center For Women's Health and Wellness,
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Breastfeeding Institute

Please email for more information.
Applying for Continuing education credits
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From Birthplace To Workplace will build on the following principles addressed at previous symposia:
· Breastfeeding is public health imperative and an important aspect of reproductive health, as well as a reproductive right and a social and biological process;
· Women must have the right of self-determination to breastfeed freely and without constraint;
· It is important to re-orient the paradigm in which breastfeeding is viewed as a “lifestyle choice” to a paradigm in which it is a “human right” and a “social justice issue” so as to ensure the social, economic and political conditions necessary to promote success; and
· Women’s decisions to breastfeed should not result in the loss of their economic security or any rights or privileges to which they are otherwise entitled.

The 2009 symposium brings a feminist lens to ensuring the social, economic and political conditions necessary to secure breastfeeding for all women from the birthplace to the workplace. Working together in a transdisciplinary manner, with social scientists, health workers, lactation and feminist advocates, employers, and policy makers, we will create a policy agenda for action.

Speakers to include:
· Sarah Amin, Co-director, WABA; Gender and Maternity Protection Action Kit
· Cathy Carothers, co-director of EVERY MOTHER, INC; The Business Case for Breastfeeding
· Deborah Cassidy, Human Development and Family Studies, UNCG; Child care accessibility and quality
· Miriam Labbok, Professor, UNC-CH; Evolutionary, biological and economic perspectives on mothering and maternity leave
· Jake Marcus, Public Interest Lawyer; Breastfeeding, Reproduction and the Law
· Beth Olson, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University; Work culture and breastfeeding
· Ana Parilla, University of Puerto Rico; Medicalization of Birth as Violence against Women
· Marian Ruderman, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro; Emerging research on work-family balance
· Christina Smillie, creator of the “Mother-Baby Dance” materials
· Paige Hall Smith, Director, Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, UNCG; Women’s experiences with breastfeeding and work
· Emily Taylor, Carolina Breastfeeding Institute; Achieving Exclusive Breastfeeding
· Mary Rose Tully, Director, Lactation Services, UNC Hospital; 42 days of intimacy
· Alison Stuebe, Director MTM, UNC Healthcare; Transitioning home
· Penny Van Esterik, York University, Toronto (KEYNOTE); Global, feminist and anthropological perspectives on motherhood

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