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Normal Labour and Birth: 14th Research Conference

Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th June 2019, Grange Over Sands


The 14th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference continued the activities of the previous events in the Conference Series.

About the Conference Series:

The conferences will be of interest to academics, researchers, policy makers, clinical staff, service users, parents, and birth activists from around the world.

Previous events have attracted a wide range of international delegates, from architects to economists, neuroscientists to sociologists, and from those working in maternity care (midwives, doctors, doulas, paediatricians) to those who have experienced it.

The conference provides a space for networking, sharing results and research plans, and developing policy and practice change.

We look forward to receiving an abstract from you, and/or to seeing you in June 2019!

Papers or posters are invited and details about submitting your abstract are on the expandable Submissions tab below.

Conference information – Preliminary Keynote Speakers

Professor Jane Sandall, Kings College, London: results and implications of the POPPIE study, that is currently developing, implementing and testing a new model of continuity of care for women at risk of preterm birth

Dr Lilian Peters, epidemiologist, VU Medical Center Amsterdam, the Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen and  visiting postdoctoral fellow at Western Sydney University: results of a longitudinal  Big Data study on nearly half a million healthy Australian mothers and babies, examining physiological birth and protection from long term childhood illness, and associations between such long term outcomes and birth interventions

Professor Marleen Temmerman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Director Women’s Health, Faculty of Heath Sciences, Aga Khan university, East Africa: the content and implications of the forthcoming Lancet Optimising Cesarean Section Series

Professor Mary Steen, University of South Australia: working with fathers and families through collaboration with the  Family Included network

Kati Edwards (@KatiBYIL), poet: new poetry especially created for the conference.

Venue and accommodation

The conference was at The Grange Hotel, Grange over Sands, Cumbria, which is situated on the fringe of the Lake District in beautiful surroundings.