Normal Labour and Birth: 14th Research Conference – Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th June 2019, Grange Over Sands


For conference enquiries and to register your interest in this conference, please email the Events Team or telephone: +44 (0)1772 892650.

For academic enquiries please contact Professor Soo Downe

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

The conference 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.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 1st February 2019.

Conference information – Preliminary Keynote Speakers (more to be confirmed)

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

Find out more details on the charms of this stylish location and how to get to the hotel here.

To book accommodation at the hotel, please contact them directly at or telephone +44 (0)15395 33666 and let them know that you are attending this conference, as the hotel is blocked out for conference delegates and will show as unavailable on the standard booking site..

Other local accommodation is available within Grange Over Sands, and further information can be found here.


Please read the important notes about completing this form and the terms and conditions.

To book a place at the Normal Labour and Birth: 14th Research Conference which is taking place on Monday 17, Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June 2019, please complete all fields and provide details as you wish them to appear in delegate documentation.

For booking assistance, please contact the Events Team, University of Central Lancashire

Phone: +44 (0)1772 892650  E-mail:

The booking form is on UCLan’s website (at the bottom of the page) via this link.


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