Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Ashley Benem, LMP, presenting “Death Midwifery: A Continuum of Care.”
What is a Death Midwife? Once in the background as a spiritual or economic alternative, this modality of practice is now mainstream. This presentation will cover the profession, scope of practice, training options, and skills of for tending to the dying and the dead. We will address the ways Death Midwifes act as ally, advocate, and companion for the client and their family. We will specifically address the need to integrate Death Midwifery into the current medical model including as support for care teams like hospice, skilled nursing facilities and hospital teams.
Presented by Ashley Benem, Death Midwife, Minister, LMP, the owner of A Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service in Bellingham Washington, and the creator of the Art of Death Exhibition and Conference. Ashley has served on several committees and action groups to support change in Palliative and End of Life Care practice, is one of the organizers for her local Death Café, and offers training in Death Midwifery Care. She worked on an ambulance for nearly 15 years before becoming a massage therapist specializing in pregnancy massage and as a Birth Doula focused on empowering the birth experience for families.