34th National Home Birth Australia Conference

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Homebirth Australia 34th National Conference in Canberra 2020 2nd & 3rd of May Pre-conference Workshops Fri 1st May (Seperate tickets )

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Home Birth Australia 34th National Conference

2nd & 3rd May 2020

with confirmed eminent key note speakers:

Dr Sarah Buckley

Dr Hannah Dahlen

Rhea Dempsey

Bashi Hazard

Dr Rachel Reed

Keynote speakers biographies listed below.

34th Homebirth Australia Conference,(Refreshments , lunch ( All diets catered), Delegate Tote bag for all attendees.)

Discount Conference rate for Rex Hotel Venue includes breakfast!

Workshops available for Friday 1st are additional tickets,

Seperate pre-conference

WORKSHOPS Friday 1st May......

NOTE: Additional tickets for WORKSHOPS required!!!


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*Refreshments will be provided for workshops*

Venue Details:

Rex Hotel Canberra invite you to stay at the Conference venue for an excellent discount conference rate including breakfast!!! , available via below link.


KeyNote speaker.....

1. Hannah Dahlen

Hannah is Professor of midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She is known as a leading midwifery researcher in Australia and has a reputation globally as a midwifery academic focusing on normal physiological birth, place of birth, perineal comfort, human rights in childbirth and birth trauma. Hannah has experience as a privately practicing midwife offering homebirth as an option for women she works with. Hannah is also a political activist and has her finger on the pulse of the politics of childbirth in Australia. Hannah is also co-editor of a soon to be released book called “Birthing outside the system- The Canary in the Coalmine” which looks at why women are choosing to birth outside of the mainstream system and whether there are links to violations of human rights in childbirth.

Presentation Title :

“Homebirth: The Canary in the Coal Mine”

Homebirth is a form of civil disobedience. Women plant their feet firmly in their own homes and reject hospitals as the ONLY safe place to give birth. It is a gentle yet powerful form of resistance that infuriates the patriarchy. When women then choose to step completely outside of the system and avoid contact with mainstream care, and even in some cases health providers, often due to trauma and learned distrust, our response should not be horror and condemnation but sober self-analysis, humility and a willingness to change. Women are not choosing birth outside the system because they are spoilt for choice, far from it. They choose to birth outside the system because what we offer is hurting them and we are simply not listening to their concerns. The world authorities are now taking this issue very seriously, in the face of mounting scientific evidence of harm. In this presentation I will discuss our new book ‘Birthing Outside the System-the Canary in the Coal Mine’ and the urgent need to raise human rights and humanised maternity care to be the most urgent priority of the next decade.

Hannah Dahlen AM | Professor of Midwifery | Associate Dean Research and HDR| Midwifery Discipline Lead School of Nursing and Midwifery , Western Sydney University

KeyNote speaker.....

2. Sarah Buckley

Dr Sarah Buckley is a GP with qualifications in obstetrics and family planning. She is a mother of 4 children, all born at home. Sarah has focused her studies on the hormones of labour and birth, particularly oxytocin, and the effects of interventions on these hormones and hence birth, and is a great champion of physiological birth and the power of a sacred birth-space.

Sarah is well known for her “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering” books published in 2005 and 2009 and for her ground-breaking report “Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing” which continues to be available free online.

Presentation Title

Home is where the heart is- the science and wisdom of home birth

This presentation explores the hormonal physiology of home birth, including the benefits of a familiar environment for labour; neurohormones and the brilliant birthing brain; and hormonal gaps and how to fill them. Based on Sarah’s ground-breaking report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, and her recent research on oxytocin.

KeyNote speaker.....

3. Rhea Dempsey

Rhea is a childbirth educator, birth support and counsellor, whose main passion is to educate and empower women to harness their power and potential in childbirth through being prepared, confident and with a strong circle of support.

Rhea has worked tirelessly over the last 20+ years making birth better, one birth at a time, through supporting and educating women and their partners in birth preparation workshops and pre-natal classes, and through educating midwives and doulas at workshops and seminars around the country.

Rhea is the author of a 2014 book “Birth with Confidence- savvy choices for normal birth” which shows how a woman’s choice of caregivers, support team and birthplace, along with her life experiences and personal attitudes to pain, can affect her birth outcomes. The book goes on to provide knowledge and practical advice to give women the best chance of a normal birth in today’s birth culture.

Presentation Topic

‘Body and Psyche – the dance of birth’

Home birth so beautifully enhances birth physiology and birth psychology – body and psyche. Home birth supports both body and psyche to surrender to the ancient birthing rhythms – to the earth dance and the trance dance.

The birthing body and birth physiology are increasingly well mapped and understood. In this presentation I’ll be exploring the psyche and taking you on a tour through the conscious and unconscious processes aroused during birth.

KeyNote speaker.....

4. Rachel Reed

Dr Rachel Reed is a midwife, senior lecturer in midwifery and Discipline Lead of Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Rachel is the author of a favourite midwifery blogspot “Midwife Thinking” and has provided well researched academic discussions on many relevant topics over the years, showing her commitment to the promotion of physiological birth and of woman’s rights in childbirth. Rachel has also authored “Why Induction matters”, a book aimed at helping women and midwives understand and make women centred decisions about induction of labour.

Rachel has worked as an independent midwife offering midwifery care to women planning homebirths. She is currently a member of the Homebirth Australia committee.

Presentation Topic:

Childbirth and Danger / risk in relation to birth – history of, ways of looking and assessing at risk/danger re. birth.

Childbirth has always been unpredictable and potentially dangerous, and in response, humans have sought ways to create a sense of control. This presentation will discuss the evolution of danger and risk in birth culture and maternity care. It will use a framework of rites of passage to explore modern approaches to assessing and minimising risk and how they impact on women and birth workers.

KeyNote speaker....

5. Bashi Kumar-Hazard

Bashi is an Australian lawyer and the principle of a law firm established to support and assist women and children. She is the legal director of the ANZ branch of the Human Rights in Childbirth International Lawyers Network.

Bashi has a background in competition and consumer law and litigation, however her focus expanded after the birth of her first child, when she became aware of the widespread impact of the current medical models of care on the emotional health and wellbeing of mothers. This awareness lead to her developing worldwide networks working to inform and improve fundamental ethical principles and human rights law, so that there can be a legal discourse around the human rights of women in pregnancy and childbirth.

Bashi is also co-editor, with Hannah Dahlen and Virginia Schmied, of the soon to be released book “Canary in the Coalmine”.

Conference speakers presentations.........

"The Choices Conundrum"

with Jenny Blyth & Claire Eccleston

Jenny Blyth is an independent birth educator & bodyworker who has supported women and their families through natural birth at home for over 35 years. Her work focuses on self-help skills and self-responsibility to realize potential in birth and reduce trauma for both mother and baby. Jenny has been teaching body-oriented Birthwork workshops for over 15 years.

Claire is a mother of three beautiful children, midwife, pregnancy yoga teacher, Biodynamic cranio sacral practitioner, and midwifery educator. She is passionate about providing loving support for birthing families that acknowledges all realms of the birthing journey. Claire promotes common sense, hands on skills, and practice for midwives and birth support people that hope to ensure that birth remains in the hands of the birthing family.


In Australia, there are myriad choices that can be made around where and with whom we birth. The way those choices are presented impacts the decision-making process for parents and also influences the politics of homebirth. How do we continue to support free choice and self-responsibility in an age of growing constraints in care-providing practice and attitude towards homebirth?


"Language to make or break a woman."

with Tracey Anderson Askew .

Mother of four sons who has given birth at home. Tracey is a teacher, hypnotherapist and childbirth and parenting educator and has been an active advocate of midwifery and women centred care


Our minds and bodies respond to the words and images we create, or others create for us. Language is very powerful, to make or break a woman during birth. The language we use can create confidence or shatter confidence in a new mother. During these intense periods, women are very vulnerable to suggestion – and people can be very careless of the words they use, without understanding the impact.

Tracey’s talk will unlock the rules of the mind, particularly the subconscious where the programming begins. Thoughts and feelings are the language of the subconscious, and 95% of our thoughts and feelings are pre-conditioned responses, based on previous experiences. So how do we talk to women? She will give you an experience of what women feel when they hear certain words. She will show how words can influence her response to labour and make it easier in her mind, and then in her body.

Tracey will also highlight the most common fears, and how we can reframe common concerns in a way that enable women to feel like they can move into the mystery of birth and parenting. A change of language can become a change of experience. A talk worth listening to, as it affects us all.


"Lotus Birth"

with Rachana Shivam- Evans

Involved with Homebirth for the past 40+ years. Rachana is an educator and doula. Rachana is passionate about the power of the imprinting process and seeks to provide the optimum situation for conception, gestation and birth.


Lotus Birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord and placenta intact to enable it to come away at the navel naturally after birth. The giving and receiving process that occurs between the baby and its placenta in utero continues energetically after birth. The placenta feeds vital energies to the child and draws away toxic vibrations. There are additional benefits from Lotus Birth in that it creates a particular environment for the newborn and the mother that enhances the post birth time and the establishment of the new relationship.


‘Looking at midwifery through the lens of being a motorcyclist’.

with Dr Ali Teate

For many years Ali Teate has worked with women in their homes both with the public health system and in private practice.Her passion is ensuring women become strong and confident mothers. She sees her midwifery role as walking alongside women and supporting them in their decision making.She is a strong advocate for woman centred care. Currently Ali works in private practice and has voluntary role at University of Canberra and is the chair person for the ACT Branch of ACM.


Being a midwife and riding a motorcycle has many parallels when we talk about the issues of passion, safety and risk. Ali will walk you through her experiences of both and raise some important issues of why being a passionate daring midwife matters.


"The Sacred window...the 4th Trimester"

Shelley McClure ,Pollination Mamas Holistic Mothercare

Postpartum Doula, Vaginal Steam Facilitator, Home Herbalist and Feminine Ecologist dedicated to helping Women and Communities flourish, especially during times of intense transition such as the onset of menarche, pregnancy-postpartum & menopause.


"The importance of postpartum care revitalisation. Traditionally in almost all cultures, postpartum care for a new mother was carried out with great importance, even being given the name "The Sacred Window" or similar. Today many mothers are suffering greatly in the transition to motherhood. Supportive and nurturing care in the fourth trimester may provide one important part of the picture in optimising maternal health in the weeks and months after birth. All cultures while varied in practices, had similarities known as the 5 pillars of traditional postpartum care. We can now overlay these with our modern understanding of neuroscience, physiology and nutrition to create a wholistic picture of why these simple core pillars are so essential and beneficial.


"Raspberry Leaf in pregnancy"

Rebekah Bowman

Rebekah is a Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Canberra and a Director of the Australian College of Midwives. She has worked as a continuity midwife, attended homebirths, and was part of a team that lobbied for and then developed the ACT Public Homebirth Trial. She is currently doing a PhD on Raspberry Leaf.


Midwives and women have been using raspberry leaf to help birth since the 6th Century in Europe. Its use is still prevalent all over the world. The potential mechanism of action however is unclear. While there is a long history of raspberry leaf use in pregnancy there is little research contributing to the evidence base especially in relation to its efficacy or potential harmful effects. It is commonplace for women to seek guidance from midwives regarding the use of herbs during pregnancy and it is incumbent on midwives to assist women to make well informed decisions. This presentation will explore what we do and don’t know about Raspberry Leaf, and what we need to do to find out more.


"The trouble with consent in maternity services: and how to fix it." with Catherine Bell

The Birth Cartographer, bellabirth.org, Author of The Birth Map, Doula Representative of the Year 2019ACT President of Maternity Choices Australia, Board member of Safe Motherhood For All. Student at University of Canberra (PhD: working title Rethinking Birth Plans - Facilitating Informed Decision Making)


Our insurance driven, medicalised maternity system is giving lip service to women’s rights in the form of ‘informed consent’. The trouble with this is that women are rarely informed and the premise of consent is to comply. Often, consent is about freeing someone of liability and asking for consent assumes, and implies, that the expectation is to say yes. For many women this occurs within a power imbalance which means they are unable to not consent. Some women experience trauma that is dismissed because ‘they have a healthy baby’. It is up to women to reclaim, and demand, their visibility. But How?Instead of ‘informed consent’, we give women the tools they need to focus on Decision Making. This very simple shift rebalances the power and has the potential to significantly reduce the need for intervention. This decreases the risks of birth trauma and post natal depression associated with 'failed birth plans'.


Prenatal Yoga –A mind, body, spirit approach to birth

with Julia Willoughby

Julia is a Childbirth Educator (Birth International) and a pre and post natal yoga teacher with 20 years experience. She trains prenatal yoga teachers with the International Yoga Teacher’s Association and previously specialised in pre and post natal massage, training therapists at Nature Care College for 15 years. She is passionate about empowering women and helping them develop confidence and trust in their ability to birth their babies. She had an exhilarating birth of her second child at home.


This talk will explore the many benefits that yoga can bring to pregnant women to prepare them for homebirth - physical strength and stamina for an Active Birth, developing inner resources such as mindfulness, using the breath, visualisation and empowering self talk , connecting to and trusting their bodies and developing confidence in their ability to manage the intensity of labour by learning birthing skills.


"Exploring possibilities: The Value of Birth for women and babies and as a launching pad into their new family lives." with Debby Gould

Debby Gould is a childbirth educator, birth worker and mother of two young children. She is also co-author of new book, “How to Heal a Bad Birth : making sense, making peace and moving on.”


This presentation will explore the possibility of initiating changes in conversations and paradigms of health care to get all well-intentioned stakeholders to share common language and goals. It will also explore possible new ways of looking at birth and conscious and constructive approaches to care, with an aim to improve birth experiences, reduce trauma and possibly lead to a change in culture and the political climate to reduce the ignorance of, and access to, homebirth as a mainstream option.


"Chinese Medicine for Homebirth - the importance of birth preparation and postpartum care" with Rebecca Mar Young & Naomi Abeshouse

Rebecca and Naomi are directors of Red Tent Health Centre in Sydney and Acubirth, Education for Midwives. They're acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists who focus on treating women, especially during pregnancy, postnataly and to improve their fertility.


The homebirth midwife is uniquely placed to be able to offer the birthing mother gifts from Chinese Medicine and other complimentary medicines, as she is able to avoid the purely evidence-based/policy/protocol restrictions of hospital-based care. Integrating the midwife’s clinical knowledge and skill with the common sense wisdom of the classical Chinese dietary, lifestyle, acupressure and self-care practices, gives the mother an holistic approach to her birth and post-partum care. This combination is much sought after by mums and offers her the greatest potential for a smooth healthy birth and balanced recovery.


“Spoof on Hospital Vs Home births” with Prof. Deb Davis

Professor Deborah Davis (BN, MNS, PhD) is Clinical Chair and Professor of Midwifery; a joint appointment with ACT Government, Health Directorate and the Faculty of Health in the University of Canberra. Professor Davis is a midwife with an extensive career in clinical practice (midwifery led, continuity models of care), midwifery education and research. She is also active in the profession serving four years on the Board of Directors for the Australian College of Midwives, two of those as Vice President. Professor Davis is committed to improving maternity services for childbearing women through midwifery education, research and service development. She has contributed chapters to preeminent midwifery text books, co-developed the world’s first midwifery MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on evidence based practice, published extensively in scholarly journals and plays a leadership role in service development in the ACT. Professor Davis’ research interests focus on midwifery led care and the promotion of wellness in pregnancy. She has a particular interest in place of birth and the way that place impacts not only on the experiences and outcomes for childbearing women but also the practice of the midwife.


In this spoof, Professor Davis highlights the way that the medicalisation of phenomena such as childbirth, works at both a discursive and a physiological level to construct childbearing women, their physiological responses to labour and experiences of childbirth.


"The politics of policy’ and discusses why policies exist, what’s wrong with them and how to get around them’ by

Dr Melanie Jackson

Private Midwife, Transformative birth work warrior and Midwifery academic .Her passion for midwifery led her to complete her PhD, called "birth outside the system", in 2015, and she has held positions in midwifery research, midwifery lecturing and National Policy development at the Australian College of Midwives along side her work as a midwife. Melanie has a degree in Naturopathy and incorporates alternative therapies and nutritional guidance into her midwifery care.


‘Hospital policy puts unrealistic boundaries around birth and are often not evidence based, yet they persist in being the authoritative documents by which care providers make decisions. At some stage in pregnancy or labour many women, even those planning a homebirth, are placed at the mercy of hospital policy. Dr Melanie Jackson presents ‘the politics of policy’ and discusses why policies exist, what’s wrong with them and how to get around them’


“Cause for celebration? Will new Qld Human Rights Act improve maternity services and women’s access to homebirth in 2020?”

with Teresa Walsh

Being “with woman” as a midwife has been my privilege and honour for many years, as well as being amazing and incredibly rewarding for me personally. My Midwifery journey started in Ipswich as a student midwife, and my career eventually brought me back here to start one of the first private midwifery practices in Australia when midwives attained Medicare provider numbers in 2010. Midwifery has been the cornerstone of many different roles through my career – community midwife, private and public hospital, university research, professional officer, wife, mother of 3, etc ! I believe that women are amazing, and should be well-informed and respected in their childbirth choices. Every birth is an important transformative event for a family.


Qld has no publicly funded homebirth services. Women have 2 choices – private midwife with no access to Medicare rebate, or no health professional in attendance. New Queensland Human Rights Act into law 1/1/2020 states 23 rights of citizens to be supported by law including Right to Privacy and Reputation, and Right to Health Services. A discussion of current difficulties encountered by Queensland women, and suggests strategies to drive improvements under the new legislation.


" Not a Survivor but a Thriver, transformation with pregnancy and birth after sexual abuse/trauma" with Alya Kranz

Ayla went from advocating in environmental and health science to having her own beautiful homebirth experience five years ago, transforming the pathway of her advocacy into rites of passage for women and families. She is currently in service to the work of Jane Hardwicke Collings and the School of Shamanic Womancraft while being an awesome loving single mamma of two, dedicated to the work of women’s mysteries and reclaiming feminine wisdom.


The link between pregnancy and birth and women's sexuality has the potential to enable some of the most healing, transformative and empowering moments in a women's life and body, however, for many this potential is unrecognised and so unfortunately that healing is unattainable within the current maternity care options.

Drawing on the powerful medicine of storytelling, Ayla will guide you through her and other women's journeys that have experienced sexual abuse/trauma and how this played out in their pregnancy and birth outcomes. From deep driven shame to victory, not a survivor but a thriver, we will explore the process of stepping into embodied sovereignty. When given support and safety, women have the possibility to recognise the triggers associated with sexual abuse/trauma in the childbearing years. 'With woman' care plays a vital role by maintaining safety, respect and confidentiality for this healing to happen.

Book your Incredible Pre conference WORKSHOPS on Friday 1st of May


*Refreshments will be provided for workshops*

Workshop 1 : 8-11: Dr Sarah Buckley Undisturbed Birth: Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing

How do the hormone systems of physiological birth promote safety, ease and pleasure for mothers and babies? What are the hormonal impacts of interventions including synthetic oxytocin, epidurals and caesareans? How can we address these ‘hormonal gaps’ and promote the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies in any situation?

Explore all of these and more with Dr Sarah Buckley in this half-day workshop. Sarah draws from her report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, as well as her recent PhD research and publications on oxytocin.

Attendance certificates will be available. Allocated 3 CPD points with the Australian College of Midwives.

“Professional, well presented and thought provoking. Based on evidence and research”

($85, or attend both workshops for $100)

Workshop 2 :12-2: Dr Sarah Buckley : Oxytocin: Hormone of love and labour

Join Dr Sarah Buckley for an exploration of the oxytocin system in labour and birth. Discover how the release of oxytocin from the labouring woman’s brain contributes to optimal lifelong wellbeing for mother and baby, as well as birthing euphoria. How might exposure to synthetic oxytocin impact the oxytocin system of mother and baby in birth and in the longer term? Could there be benefits as well as possible risks? What about caesareans and epidurals? Dr Buckley draws from her report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, and her recent PhD research and publications on oxytocin. Following this workshop, you will have an opportunity to ask Sarah questions on any of her topics over the next 30 mins (optional). certificates will be available. Allocated 1.5 CPD points with the Australian College of Midwives

“Sarah is a great presenter, able to communicate her knowledge effectively”

($60 or attend both workshops for $100)

Workshop 3 : 8-11: An Introduction to Spinning Babies with Jenny Blyth & Claire Eccleston

An Introduction to Spinning BabiesWith Spinning Babies Approved trainers Jenny Blyth & Claire Eccleston

The Spinning Babies® Approach uses ‘physiology before force’ to optimise comfort and ease in pregnancy and birth. It is rapidly gaining momentum and global recognition as highly effective in all birth settings.

Do you know why babies presenting on the mother’s right hand side more often position posterior with less than optimal flexion?

This session will give you an overview of the Spinning Babies paradigm and an understanding of how soft tissue imbalance may influence a baby’s positioning. You will get to experience and learn some of the Spinning Babies techniques that may create balance and facilitate better rotation and descent of a baby through the pelvis.

This Introductory Spinning Babies session is not the equivalent of a full Spinning Babies® Workshop.


Workshop 4 : 12- 3: Your Heart is in your Hands - touch & communication skills for birthwork with Claire Eccleston & Jenny Blyth

Among proponents of undisturbed physiological birth, any touch by care providers is often seen in a negative light, especially in clinical context. But is this a good reason not to touch, or provide impersonal minimal touch?

Touching with heart and awareness is unquestionably appropriate and provides invaluable moments of connection and opportunities to empower all of us with body knowledge.

Whether you are offering clinical care and assessments, bodywork, or touch guidance and support, come to this workshop with an open heart and build your tender touch awareness and skills through some simple and fun exercises.


Workshop 5 : 8-11: Vaginal Breech Birth Workshop with Senior Midwife Laura Latina (current ALSO trainer)

Introduction: I have assisted to many vaginal breech births (VBB) in humanitarian settings (about 50). When I was in London, I was also part of the breech birth network providing training for students and assisted to VBB at home and birth centres mainly. The objective of this session is to transfer my competences and share my experiences with other midwives and professionals. It is essential to offer choices to women when it comes to breech births.Many guidelines and recommendations on VBB are currently changing. However, it is still difficult to offer a VBB as there are few experienced professionals and the management is offered out of fear rather than based on evidence.It is really important that midwives/professionals know that CS is not the only choice to offer nor ‘hands off’ is not the only management style you should know about VBB. There are so many signs and mechanisms to look at which professionals are not aware of. That’s why I want to offer this session which will include: mechanism of VBB, different options and choices to offer to women,videos and pictures of VBB to show mechanism/management/positions as well as a practical hands on session.


Workshop 6: 3-5: The yin-yang dance of a beautiful birth: Intelligent use of accessible Chinese medicine with Red Tent Health Centre's Rebecca Mar Young and Naomi Abeshouse.

Understanding some energetic principles of birth, through the lens of Chinese medicine, enables the homebirth midwife to access powerful tools to support a smooth flow of birth. With this understanding, her presence can empower the relationship with the birth partner and doula, help set up a supportive environment and use acupressure and other techniques as a gentle form of intervention to help steer a birth back into balance if it starts veering off course.


Workshop 7: 12-3: Language to make or break a woman with Calmbirth Practitioner Tracey Anderson-Askew

Our minds and bodies respond to the words and images we create , or others create for us. Language is very powerful, to make or break a woman during birth. The language we use can create confidence or shatter confidence in a new mother. During these intense periods, women are very vulnerable to suggestion – and people can be very careless of the words they use, without understanding the impact. Tracey’s talk will unlock the rules of the mind, particularly the subconscious where the programming begins. Thoughts and feelings are the language of the subconscious, and 95% of our thoughts and feelings are pre-conditioned responses, based on previous experiences. So how do we talk to women?

* She will give you an experience of what women feel when they hear certain words.

* She will show how words can influence her response to labour and make it easier in her mind, and then in her body.

* Tracey will also highlight the most common fears, and how we can reframe common concerns in away that enable women to feel like they can move into the mystery of birth and parenting. A change of language can become a change of experience. A talk worth listening to, as it affects us all.


Workshop 8 : 3-5: Caring for the Birthworkers – midwives and doulas with Jane Hardwicke Collings

2 hours for you, in circle with smudging, grounding, circle, a drum journey to connect with your inner guides and power animal plus a magnesium footbath! Just what you need!


Workshop 9: 3-5: Labour Skills with Julia Willoughby

This practical, hands -on workshop will offer a variety of skills to manage the intensity of labour and will include:

* A brief summary of labour pain research and what has been shown to be effective * Labour massage in Active Birth positions* Acupressure* Use of spiky balls* Mindfulness* Yoga breathing and vocalisation* Mindset* Ways to test out what works for each individual – use of ice, wall squats, arm raises

Julia Willoughby is a Childbirth Educator, pre and post natal yoga teacher and trainer (International Yoga Teachers Association) with 20 years experience. Before moving to the ACT she taught pregnancy and labour massage for many years at Nature Care College in Sydney. She currently runs pre and post natal classes and workshops in Canberra and loves empowering women and their partners to work with the intensity of labour in an empowering and skilful way.


Workshop 10: 3- 5: Postpartum Care Culture Revitalisation - Nurture and Nourish with Traditional Food and Herbs - with Shelly McClure

Workshop includes:

* Lactation cookies and turmeric lattes (subject to change)* Postpartum food principles for the fourth trimester * Recipe sheets *How to make and use bone broth and nutrient other dense ingredients * A demo for making DIY herbal womb compresses and vaginal steaming with "how to" postcard * Suggestions for herbal teas and snacks

Shelley is a Postpartum Doula, Vaginal Steam Facilitator, Home Herbalist and Feminine Ecologist dedicated to helping Women and Communities flourish, especially during times of intense transition such as the onset of menarche, pregnancy-postpartum & menopause. These special times of crossing the threshold offer tremendous opportunity for positivity and growth if honoured and respected. Largely inspired by my own growth and challenges into Motherhood, Shelley is especially passionate to share and be a part of an ever growing movement of postpartum care revivalists.


Workshop 11: 8-11 and Workshop 12 : 12-3: Ways of Knowing with Dr. Rachel Reed and Dr. Clare Davison

(Please not 11 and 12 are the same workshop with a repeat afternoon session for those that want to attend more than 1 workshop)

To explore 'ways of knowing' (birth related) with participants including those less acknowledged/valued in mainstream maternity. We would look at how all forms of 'evidence' inform knowledge, decisions and practice - intuition, experiential, embodied and research - and how they can be combined to support woman-centred care.


Ticket price includes refreshments, morning , afternoon tea & lunch on both days.

Additional activities in the works.....

Networking cocktail evening - Friday the 1st of May.

Conference Dinner with entertainment - Saturday the 2nd of May

*NOTE* The conference will run on the 2nd and 3rd of May, workshops on the 1st of May, workshop prices not included in ticket price.

Please advise of dietary requirements: V and GF options available.

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