The Passage to Motherhood Conference May 2017

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The Passage to Motherhood 2017 Conference is Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May, and times are 0900-1700 (Registration from 0730). Registration fees include tea/coffee on arrival, morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

The Pre-Conference Workshops are on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May:

The two Conference days are then 11 and 12 May.

Due to popular demand, we have added a Post-Conference Spinning Babies Workshop  

The Conference will feature presentations by Dr Sara Wickham (UK), Dr Hannah Dahlen (Aus) and Dr Alison Barrett (NZ) PLUS a wonderful diverse group of midwives, lactation consultants, doulas, childbirth educators, academics/researchers and consumers/advocates.

See below for session details, and download the program here PTM Conference Program.

Online Registration

To register online choose one of the following items:

  • Conference registration with/without Pre-Conference Workshops (1/2/3/4/5 day packages) – click here
  • Pre-Conference Workshop Registration without Conference Registration – click here
  • Breastfeeding Workshop with Dr Christina Smillie in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra   click here

Advertising and Exhibiting

If you’d like to advertise or exhibit, the information is here.

Discount for Full-time Midwifery Students

Full-time midwifery students can claim a 25% discount off the relevant fee at the time they register (whether this is extra earlybird, earlybird or standard). To claim, just enter the discount code/coupon STUDENT in the shopping cart when registering online. We then also need you to email us a photo/scan of your student ID or other documentation prior to the event and you need to be a full-time student at the time of the Conference. Note: ths discount does not apply to the Conference Dinner.

Conference and Workshops Venue

The venue is the Pullman/Mercure King George Square (it’s a two tower hotel, workshops will be in the Mercure tower and the conference in the Pullman tower, you could stay in either). The Mercure/Pullman website is here. We recommend public transport, particularly on weekdays. There is a bus station underneath King George Square, and it is an easy walk to the Roma St Transit Centre. The closest parking is King George Square Council Car Park (in December 2016 this is $35/day during the week, although there is also an earlybird option for $20). 


A block booking has been made at both the Mercure and the Pullman towers. For more information and to book at these special rates as part of our block booking, email H8784@accor.com or call 07 3222 1125 and mention CAPERS Bookstore. Once you have booked (as part of our block booking, direct with the Hotel), please let us know and you will go into the draw to win a $150 voucher to be spent at the CAPERS onsite store at the conference. 


Conference Program  

Confirmed plenary sessions include:

  • Responding to Risk – Sara Wickham
  • Keeping the First Birth Normal – Hannah Dahlen
  • Can Midwives Help Stop the Tidal Wave of a Traumatic Birth – Birthtalk (Debby Gould and Melissa Bruijn)
  • Birth Matters – Alison Barrett
  • Birth Politics – the Future of Maternity Care

Confirmed concurrent sessions include:

  • Top 10 Research issues – Sara Wickham
  • Calmbirth vs Other Programs: A Comprehensive evaluation of childbirth education program – Jane Svensson
  • First-time Mothers’ Experiences of Induction – Tessa Kowaliw
  • Safe Practice Environment including Ratios in Midwifery – Sandra Eales
  • Optimal Cord Clamping – Annie Barnes
  • Increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC): The OptiBIRTH trial – Cecily Begley
  • Maternal time use and nurturing; Analysis of the association between  breastfeeding practice and time spent interacting with baby – Julie Smith
  • The risk / monitoring relationship – Kirsten Small
  • Binji and Boori: Providing woman-centred care through an Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service in Nowra – Linda Deys and Jaime Key
  • Wild Cards: Impact on Birth – Rhea Dempsey
  • The Perfect Storm of Trauma: A qualitative study into the experiences of women who have experienced birth trauma and subsequently accessed residential parenting services. – Holly Priddis
  • Defining professional practice identity: the impact that separate registration has had on dual registrants – Michelle Gray
  • Mothers, Milk and Mental Health: Supporting breastfeeding mothers with mental health concerns in the perinatal period – Amanda Donnett
  • Pushing boundaries: maternal identity work and body practices at the intersection of breastfeeding, milk insufficiency, and milk sharing – Alexandra Smith
  • Salt water midwifery: Caring for women and family. Challenges for care on country – Victoria Elborough, Louise Paul, Meaghan Kennedy and Kath Brundell
  • Routine weighing of newborns at Logan Hospital: A review of current practice and evidence – Margaret Wendt, Wendy Huntley and Penny Estillore
  • Refusal of recommended maternity care in a tertiary hospital – Rebecca Jenkinson
  • The woman’s experience of unplanned out of hospital birth – Belinda Flanagan
  • Needs and experiences of women who choose homebirth in Australia – Heather Sassine

NOTE: Image Copyright ©. Used with permission from Amy Haderer, Mandala Journey.

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