Oceans of Opportunity
Midwifery Cruise

I have been receiving questions about the CEU’s for this conference. We are offering 8 hours of CEU’s which will be accredited by a Texas based midwifery association. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to offer MEAC accredited CEU’s. This is mainly because of a lack of manpower. In the future, if anyone would like to volunteer to take on this project, we would welcome the offer.

Our speakers and topics are as follows:

Brian: The Birth Guy
Forming Your Self-care Peer Circle

Brian is the owner of Baby Vision Ultrasound Company in San Antonio, Texas. He has a very long list of credentials, among them, he is a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant, and author. Not to mention, he will be featured in a Reality Show on TV. It is exciting to watch as he brings amazing excitement to our community about birth. AND THEY ARE LISTENING! He has a special childbirth class for dad’s called Rocking Dads which is aired on Fox and ABC. He has an incredible knack for assessing who the real birth team is and drawing them in as active participants. Moms AND dads love him!
Check him out at www.thebirthguy.com
Youtube channel – Brian BirthGuy

Bill Jack Davis
Secondary Grief, how it effects the healthcare worker!

Bill Jack Davis, LPC-S: Besides being the husband of a midwife and father of a Midwife, Bill Jack has been a Licensed Therapist in private practice for 26 years as therapist and owner of The Bridge Counseling Center. He has taught Psychology, Human Services and Social Science at the College and University Level for 24 years, He has taught an array of courses including Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Women and Theories of Personality. Bill Jack Davis has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with doctoral work in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. This enduring interest in the needs of women and families has led him to explore Postpartum Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it relates to women in pregnancy and family systems. He consults and accepts referrals from healthcare providers to assist in better identifying and developing assessment instruments to understand predict and positively intervene in PDD/PTSD in their practice. He is not new to the Midwifery Conference circuit, Bill Jack has spoken at The Gathering (a conference for both nurse midwives and direct entry midwives), Ocean of Opportunity Cruise for Midwives (an international conference) and other Association of Texas Midwives (ATM), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Midwifery and Houston Organization for Midwifery Education (HOME) Events.

Bill will also be teaching a workshop for Midwife partners entitled, “You might be the partner of a Midwife if…..”. He has taught this before and received rave reviews!

Amanda Smith,
Reducing Stress through Effective Communication

Mandy Smith serves as Vice President, Training & Employee Development for SWBC, a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of insurance, mortgage, and investment services to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. Mandy is an experienced leader focused on providing individuals, teams, and organizations with the learning and development opportunities which enable them to be more efficient, effective, and engaged while contributing to the success of the organization. Smith’s passion for leadership, motivation, communication, and performance development, has led to numerous awards including her being named a 2016 Learning Champion by Enterprise Learning. In addition, SWBC was named to the Top 100 Learning Organizations, placing 5th worldwide.

Mandy brings the ability t0 inspire people to be more productive through a better understanding of communication and behavioral styles. Understanding how to be more effective when communicating with others empowers people to accomplish more and with less conflict and stress. This is so applicable to midwives who work with such a diverse population.

Smith is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and sits on Chief Learning Officer’s Business Intelligence Board.

I can’t wait to see the skills and tools she brings!