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Midwifery Essentials Workshops


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CAPERS is offering half-day workshops in SE Queensland in 2014 - responding to requests from midwives for these popular topics. On the first Saturday of the month (February-November), these will be in Brisbane, PLUS there will be three in Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland).

Please note these workshops require a minimum number of registrants to go ahead. We will confirm each workshop at least two weeks in advance. If you are booking travel please email or call us first.

You can download the brochure for these workshops (in both Brisbane and Maleny) here.

Who can attend:

Whilst the workshops are specifically designed for midwives and student midwives, others are welcome (childbirth educators, doulas, birth supporters, pregnant women).


$95. Fees include morning tea. Please register early. 

BONUS: If you attend 5 or more of these workshops, at the end of 2014, we'll send you a $50 gift voucher to use when you next purchase items online. Note: This offer is only available for sessions for which you paid full price (ie you must have booked 5 sessions at $95).

CPD Points

Each workshop is 3.5 contact hours, therefore 3.5 CPD points and you will be provided with a Statement of Attendance with this information. 


Registration 8am, Workshop 8.30am -12.30pm

BRISBANE Workshop Topics and Venues

All workshops will be held in West End, Brisbane (easily accessible by driving, train and bus).

UC - West End Uniting Church Hall, 11 Sussex St  (corner Vulture Street); KH - Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary St (near Vulture Street). Further venue information is available here and will be sent in confirmation emails.=

  • 4 OCTOBER - Looking after the Midwife: (UC) (RR,JJC) Midwifery practice can be challenging, and sometimes results in stress and burn-out. We will explore life skills that could increase a midwife’s ability to cope with this stress. Topics will include emotional intelligence, self- care and organisational skills. (Both Rachel Reed and Jessie Johnson Cash)
  • 1 NOVEMBER - Cancelled. 

Maleny Workshops Topics and Dates

The Maleny workshops will be held at The Masonic Lodge,
30 Tamarind Street, Maleny.  See here for more venue information.

  • 15 NOVEMBER - Helping Hands and Loving Heart: Practical Skills for Midwives and Doulas: (JJC) A practical, hands-on workshop filled with tools for supporting women in labour. With increased emphasis on the surveillance of mother and baby, the practical skills of supporting women in birth have been relegated. We will discuss and practise various comfort measures and ways of supporting women in active birth. (Jessie Johnson Cash)


Each workshop will be facilitated by either Rachel Reed (RR) or Jessie Johnson-Cash (JJC) or both Rachel and Jessie as indicated above.

Rachel Reed RM PhD BSc(Hons) PGCE is a lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a homebirth midwife. Rachel has practised midwifery in different care models and settings here and in the United Kingdom. Rachel is the author of the popular blog site, Midwife Thinking.

Jessie Johnson-Cash RN RM BNSc MMid is a tutor at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a homebirth midwife. She has worked in the public system as well as in private practice and is starting her PhD.


Terms and Conditions

Please see this link for Terms and Conditions related to Event Registrations including payment options and cancellations.By registering online you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions. Please email or phone the office if you require clarification of any of these conditions.

Related Items

We specialise in books and other resources on women’s health issues, pregnancy and childbirth, fertility issues, midwifery, breastfeeding, parenting, and grief and loss. We also provide educational seminars and conferences for health professionals, primarily midwives, lactation consultants and childbirth educators.

CAPERS Bookstore was established in 1988. We launched our website in March 2001 and we have also had shopfronts in various locations over the years. Since January 2008 our office has been based in Melbourne and we are currently only mail-order and online.

CAPERS Bookstore is run by Jan and Sarah Cornfoot. Jan started the business in 1988 after many years of volunteer work with local, national and international consumer advocacy and support groups since the birth of her first child in 1975.

CAPERS provides quality resources that assist women and families in making informed choices in their pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting. We also provide a selection of textbooks and educational events for midwives, lactation consultants and other health professionals, and teaching resources for childbirth and parenting education. CAPERS also sells gifts, novels and biographies of interest to midwives and other health professionals. Finally, our CAPERS for Children section includes special gifts and books for children, and particularly books for children on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and grief and loss.

We are selective in the items that we sell and take pride in our knowledge of our products. We are always happy to help with further information or suggestions – just call the office Monday to Friday or email us from the Contact Us page at anytime.

Sarah & Jan Cornfoot, CAPERS Bookstore