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By The Skanner News
Published: 22 February 2006

The international midwiferymovement takes center stage March 4 with a fund-raising dinner to benefit a delegation of midwives preparing to journey to Sierra Leone.

The dinner will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2823 N. Portland Blvd.
The West African reception and dinner — hosted by thePortland-based International Center for Traditional Childbearing, which is sending the delegation to Africa in June — will feature speakers, exotic hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and dancing.

Dr. Georgina Abisordun Johnson,organizerof Women for Women of Sierra Leone, will discuss the health needs of her country and the positive impact that the upcoming midwife training delegation will make.

Special guest Judith Rooks, C.N.M. and author of Midwifery and Childbirth in America, who has worked in over eight African countries, will share her experiences. Mabel Dzata, C.N.M., who is from Ghana and is chair of the center's board, will be the Diva of Ceremonies.

All proceeds will be used to support the upcoming mission to Sierra Leone and to create kits for the local village midwives.

Tickets are $50 each and can be ordered by calling 503-460-9324 or e-mailing [email protected]. For more information,visit www.blackmidwives.org.

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