11th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference 2016


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The 11th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference was hosted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University and the Australian College of Midwives.

WelcomeProfessor Hannah Dahlen

Welcome from the Chair, Professor Hannah Dahlen

As Chairperson for the 11th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference (NLBC) I was thrilled to welcome you to Sydney in 2016 to participate in one of the best conferences in the world. This conference was hosted by Western Sydney University in association with the Australian College of Midwives, who we are proud to have partner with.

The NLBC conference was founded by Professor Soo Downe from UCLAN and it has grown in reputation over the past 11 years. Every second year it leaves its lovely home in Grange-over-Sands in the English Lake District and goes to another country. The conference has now been held in Canada, China, Brazil, and in 2016 we will host it in Sydney. I have been going to the International Normal Labour and Birth Conference since 2010 and have persistently advocated for Australia to be a host, as I know how many wonderful researchers and passionate midwives, doctors and consumers we have working for normal birth in this country.

There was a wonderful array of speakers (midwives, obstetricians, lawyers and consumers) including: Eugene Declercq, Caroline Homer, Maralyn Foureur, Sally Tracy, Alec Welsh, Andrew Bisits, Sue Kildea, Sheena Byrom, Bashi Hazard, Dr Sarah BuckleyKerstin Uvnäs Moberg, Leona McGrath and many more. The conference was held at the Waterview located in Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park and is  the eleventh international conference in a series that is designed to disseminate research, theory, art, drama, policy and practice relating to physiological childbirth. The conference addressed social, cultural, physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of labour and birth. It also examine new developments in the current evidence based on the nature of and cultures around birth, and on associated processes and outcomes of labour and birth. 

Don't miss this amazing event. I look forward to seeing you there.

Professor Hannah Dahlen

Welcome from the Australian College of Midwives President, Caroline HomerImage Caroline Homer

As President of the Australian College of Midwives, I was delighted to welcome you to the 11th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference. For the first time this important conference was held in Australia and hosted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney and the Australian College of Midwives.

I was fortunate to attend the first Normal Labour and Birth Conference which was held in the beautiful Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, England. It was an amazing conference – I had not experienced the level of thoughtful discussion and debate about the importance of normal labour and birth at a conference previously. As a star-struck Aussie midwife, it was also like being at the Oscars of the Midwifery World as many of the amazing midwives that I had only ever read were there and sharing their wisdom, research and stories. It was also a lot of fun and I have fond memories of sitting on the lawn of the lovely venue having a wonderful time in the sun (yes – there was sun!) and a fabulous conference dinner as only midwives can put on. The midwives took over the small town of Grange-over-Sands and probably reduced the average age of the village by a decade or two. I have attended many conferences but this was certainly one I remember well.

I have watched this fabulous event mature and develop over time and it is now the premier international conference about labour and birth and a must for all who work alongside women giving birth. I am therefore, absolutely thrilled that the 11th Conference was held 'down-under' in beautiful Sydney at a gorgeous time of the year – our spring and we are really pleased to be in partnership with the team at Western Sydney University. 

Mother and baby 2016 11th NLBC

Date

10 - 13 October 2016

Location

The conference was held at the Waterview located in Bicentennial Park, Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Event Information

This was the eleventh international conference in a series that is designed to disseminate research, theory, art, drama, policy and practice relating to physiological childbirth. The conference will address social, cultural, physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of labour and birth. It will examine new developments in the current evidence based on the nature of and cultures around birth, and on associated processes and outcomes of labour and birth. Papers will cover primary and secondary research, methodological debates, and new philosophies and constructs in this area.    

The aim of this conference is to:

  1. To disseminate ongoing and complete research
  2. To provide the opportunity for collaboration and debate
  3. To discuss an agenda for the future in the area of normal labour and birth

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For conference enquiries please contact: Debbie Taylor.

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