by Diana Paul

March 23, 2020, Deborah Allen and I were to meet midwives Jenny Blyth and Fiona Halinan at the airport in Marrakech. We planned to drive to one of Morocco’s hip beach towns – Essaouira. Our mission was to find a venue where birth activists, filmmakers and birthkeepers from around the world could gather in 2021.

We chose Morocco because its centrally located and welcoming to tourists. One of Jenny’s friends owns a resort there and we planned to check it out. All of that changed when coronavirus appeared. Now we don’t know when we’ll be able to reschedule our research trip let alone have the gathering. But there is a silver lining.

The delay gives us more time to plan for the gathering; make more films; engage great speakers, musicians and midwives. If World Birth Hub co-hosts with Midwifery Today, we’ll need general session space for 250-300 people as well as break out space, a theater and tables for vendors and registration. We will also need all the help we can get.

So even though we don’t yet have a venue and aren’t sure when we can get together, please think about joining us. If you’re interested in volunteering, please drop me a line –

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