I love positive updates. Anyway, those of you who might read my blog/thoughts will remember that I was pretty scathing in my denunciation of a certain “Mr. Smith” who seemed to discount any likelihood that ICAN could bring something of value to a meeting devoted to controversies in maternity care. An admirable trait of Mr. Smith’s is that he isn’t afraid of controversy and he isn’t afraid to open up dialog that could be heated. And really, isn’t that the most important thing? Anyone with any sense knows that there will always be disagreement on some things, and differences of opinion on how any given crisis should be met and challenged and what the priorities for change should be. But through some very honest communication with Pam Udy, we’ve found that indeed, we do have something to offer each other and that our common ground is something we can definitely work in. I like that. A lot. And have to say, it does say something about Mr. Smith, that he was willing to reach out as he did.
So thank you Mr. Smith. Looking forward to the next conference!
(And if you know who Mr. Smith is, then you know and if you don’t, you don’t need to. Sorry :-)