Iron and Wine Benefit Concert for Midwives Alliance of North America

July 27, 2009composite photo of Sam Beam and Glenn Hansard

A remarkable craftsman, deeply literate, intimate, musically & lyrically evocative, Iron and Wine, (Austin resident Sam Beam) has become a much loved songwriter and one of the top selling indie artists in the US. A natural storyteller & passionate musician, Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season) performed one of the most stunningly beautiful shows at the Paramount in recent memory last year.

This unique, intimate evening with two extraordinary songwriters, benefiting the Midwives Alliance of North America, whose goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities.


TfM Visitors Day at the State Capitol

February 23, 2009

Several dozen people posing in front of the south door of the Texas state capitol

On February 23, 2009 more than 180 Texans hailing from all across the state attended TfM's Visitors Day at the Capitol. TfM visited over 175 legislator's offices and shared information about midwifery and the importance of midwives' services to consumers in Texas. Since 2003, TfM has organized Visitor's Day at the Capitol every two years when the Texas Congress is in session as a means for the Texas legislature to stay informed and connected to their constituents who value access to midwifery care.


March in Support of Midwifery

October 2003

In conjunction with the MANA conference at the time, TfM organized a rally at the Capitol to draw public attention to the support that midwives have in the community. Notable speakers included midwife and activist Ina Mae Gaskin, Mary Barnett, CNM, Austin State Representative Elliot Naishtat, Gloria Perez Walker from Latina Mami and Susan Hodges, President of Citizens for Midwifery.

Ina Mae Gaskin


Supporters at the Rally


Rep. Elliot Naishtat addresses the crowd.


Childbirth educator and doula Chan McDermott reunites with clients Shelly and Colin Leyden after the birth of Henry Leyden at a local birth center.