Michigan Conference 2018 film

Sheen Byrom has made a short film of the Michigan conference. Here it is:

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Progress Theatre to perform at International Normal Labour and Birth Conference

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British-based Progress Theatre will be performing at the 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference.

The company is made up of a small group of performers from across the UK with a background in birth and midwifery. They act out dramas and hold workshops covering issues within midwifery

 

Keynote speakers announced – 12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference

12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference
Grange Hotel, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK
October 2nd to 4th,  2017

Keynote speakers announced:

Dr Evita Fernandez, India: Normalising and humanising birth in India.

Baroness Julia Cumberledge, UK: The power of politics: Barriers and facilitators to getting evidence into practice for maternity services at a national strategic level.

Dr Olufemi Taiwo Oladapo, WHO: Intrapartum maternity care initiatives at WHO: primary research and guidelines development.

Dr Missy Cheyney, USA: Using Big Data to understand normal labour and birth.

Dr Saraswathi Vedum, Canada: The potential of geographical mapping for maternity services research.

Dr Lisa Kane-Low, USA: Pelvic floor issues during and following childbirth: which outcomes are really associated with normal birth?

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Conference Aims

The conference will provide the opportunity to develop and disseminate evidence in the area of normal labour and birth, to enhance clinical practice, education, management, supervision, service delivery, and policy, and to further research collaboration.

Objectives

  • To disseminate ongoing and complete research
  • To provide the opportunity for collaboration and debate
  • To discuss an agenda for the future in the area of normal labour and birth

Participants

This conference will be of interest to:

  • academics and researchers working in the area of maternity services, birth and women’s health
  • those providing maternity care  (professional, lay, state-funded,  independent, midwifery, medical, nursing, and other groups)
  • policy makers with an interest in maternity services
  • clinical leaders, managers, and heads of service
  • service users
  • lecturers at all levels in maternity care
  • managers of maternity care  education

 

Call for Papers – Normal Labour and Birth: 12th Research Conference (UK – October 2017)

Download the pdf of this call out here.

1st Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Normal Labour and Birth: 12th Research Conference:

Normal birth; into the future’

The Grange Hotel Conference Centre, Grange Over Sands, English Lake District
Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th October 2017

Background

This is the twelfth international conference in a series that is designed to disseminate research, theory, art, drama, policy and practice relating to physiological childbirth. The conference will address social, cultural, physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of labour and birth. It will examine new developments in the current evidence base on the nature of and cultures around birth, and on associated processes and outcomes of labour and birth. Papers will cover primary and secondary research, methodological debates, and new philosophies and constructs in this area. We are interested in submissions in any of the following areas:

  1. Studies that integrate knowledge from a range of scientific approaches and/or perspectives
  2. Basic science studies of the physiology, biochemistry, psychology, and sociology of normal labour and birth
  3. Studies of and contributions to practice and/or service organisation
  4. Studies of collaboration to improve maternal, infant, family, and maternity staff wellbeing
  5. Examinations of building design and of the physical and psychosocial environment of birth
  6. The identification and examination of relevant outcomes relating to labour and birth
  7. Social and cultural precursors and consequences of optimal childbirth
  8. Emotional and spiritual aspects of labour and birthing
  9. Educational aspects
  10. Economic analyses
  11. Philosophical and theoretical critiques and debates
  12. Methodological innovations in this and associated areas
  13. Drama, virtual reality, and other multi-media and e-technology approaches

Conference Aims

The conference will provide the opportunity to develop and disseminate evidence in the area of normal labour and birth, to enhance clinical practice, education, management, supervision, service delivery, and policy, and to further research collaboration.

Keynote speakers:

Objectives

  1. To disseminate ongoing and complete research
  2. To provide the opportunity for collaboration and debate
  3. To discuss an agenda for the future in the area of normal labour and birth

Participants

This conference will be of interest to:

  • academics and researchers working in the area of maternity services, birth and women’s health
  • those providing maternity care  (professional, lay, state-funded,  independent, midwifery, medical, nursing, and other groups)
  • policy makers with an interest in maternity services
  • clinical leaders, managers, and heads of service
  • service users
  • lecturers at all levels in maternity care
  • managers of maternity care  education

Social Programme

This programme is separately bookable in advance. Details will be circulated but will include a conference dinner and a social trip.

Submission of an Abstract

An abstract of the intended presentation should be submitted to the e-submission system, that is available at the following url: https://nbirth2017.exordo.com

If you do not have access to the electronic system, please contact Liz Roberts through any of the contact points given below, for advice on how to submit manually or by email.

Presentations can take the form of an oral paper, poster, workshop or symposium. Papers will be between 20 and 30 minutes long. A workshop will have a longer time allocation, but should be interactive and no more than 25% of the content should be presentational, and the abstract should specify how the audience will be involved in the remaining 75% of the time.  A symposium will also have a longer allocation, but it should include at least two distinct oral papers on a similar subject and include at least three presenting authors, and the distinct area to be addressed by each author must be made clear in the submission.

Abstracts for standard papers and posters should be a maximum of 350 words, and for workshops or symposium, a maximum of 500 words.

There are four categories of submissions. Please structure them as follows:

  1. Original research (that will be complete by October 2017)

‘Group 1’ and title of the presentation/poster

Background, including element of originality

Method

Results

Discussion

Conclusion

Statement on ethical matters related to the study

Statement on funding source for the study

Statement that results will be presented at the conference

Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, workshop or symposium)

  1. Theories and philosophies

‘Group 2’ and title of the presentation

Topic area, including element of originality

Theoretical perspective

Underpinning theories/philosophies (if any)

Argument to be made

Discussion

Conclusion

Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, workshop or symposium)

  1. Innovations (practice and education), areas for future research, and research in progress seeking collaboration

‘Group 3’ and title of the presentation

Topic area, including element of originality

Description of innovation, area for research, or research seeking collaboration

Discussion

Conclusion

Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, workshop or symposium)

  1. Art or drama

‘Group 4’ and title of the presentation

Topic area, including element of originality

Description of innovation, area for research, or research seeking collaboration

Discussion

Conclusion

Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, workshop or symposium)

For more information please contact healthconferences@uclan.ac.uk  or phone on +44 (0)1772 893809 or write to: Liz Roberts, University of Central Lancashire, Conference & Events, Marketing, Chandler Building, Preston, PR1 2HE

The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 30th April 2017 and presenters will be informed of the reviewers decision by the end of June 2017.

Please note: All presenters and delegates will be required to pay a fee for each day of attendance

  • 1 Day: £135
  • 2 Days: £270
  • 3 Days: £400

VAT not applicable

Website

The Conference Announcement, Call for Papers, booking form and all future information will be available on-line at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/healthconf

Download the pdf of this call out here.

LOOK BACK: Normal Labour and Birth Conference (June, 2015)

Here you can read about the 10th Normal Labour and Birth Conference, held at Grange over Sands, Lake District, UK. The conference took place in June, 2015.

10th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference

The ‘Normal Labour and Birth’ conference, the 10th conference in an international series, took place in June 2015 in Grange over Sands in the English Lake District, to develop and disseminate evidence in the area of normal labour and birth.

This important global event (#normalbirth10), which is a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) initiative, was led by Soo Downe from the Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (ReaCH), in the School of Health at UCLan.

The aims of the conference were to provide the opportunity to disseminate ongoing and complete research, to enhance clinical practice, education, management, supervision, service delivery, and policy, and to further research collaboration.

With over 200 delegates from 15 countries, the conference gave participants the opportunity to address and debate social, cultural, physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of labour and birth.   It also examined new developments in the current evidence base on the nature of and cultures around birth, and on associated processes and outcomes of labour and birth. Papers covered primary and secondary research, methodological debates, and new philosophies and constructs in this area.  Delegates were also invited to discuss an agenda for the future in the area of normal labour and birth.

Participants included midwives, obstetricians, epidemiologists, sociologists, anthropologists, architects, service users, activists, students, paediatricians, actors, and many others.

UCLan were delighted to welcome the following keynote speakers to address the conference over the three days:

  • Professor Jim Zhang (Research on Physiological Length of Labour), Shanghai Jiao University, China
  • Professor Mary Renfrew (Implications of the Lancet Series on Midwifery), University of Dundee UK
  • Professor Peter Brocklehurst (New Innovations in the Epidemiology and Consequences of Intrapartum Events: the UK Life study), Director EGA Institute for Women’s Health,  University College London, UK
  • Professor Lisa Kane Low (Implementation of the Science supporting physiological labour and birth) University of Michigan, USA
  • Yoanna Stancheva, (Midwifery Untamed: Subverting the Status Quo Safely), student midwife, and co-founder of the Bulgarian Institute for Midwifery Research, Bulgaria

Soo Downe was delighted to lead this 10th conference and commented: “The quality of the research presented was world class. The venue, the Grange Hotel in the English Lake District, is the perfect setting to bring together researchers and others from around the world, and to showcase the best international research in the area of normal childbirth, across the whole range of methodological approach, from very small in-depth qualitative studies, to quantitative studies with hundreds of thousands of participants.”

She added: “The UCLan Research in Childbirth and Health (ReaCH) team are very proud and honoured to have set up the Conference Series, with the invaluable help of the health conferences team at UCLan, and the International Series Steering Group. We look forward to the 11th conference in Sydney, Australia in 2016, and then to welcoming everyone back at Grange in 2017.”

Normal Labour and Birth Conference Steering Council

Download the pdf here.

“To convene a multidisciplinary scientific conference on normal birth research and stimulate dialogue and exchange of ideas on applying the emerging evidence to maternity care.”

 

BACKGROUND:

This is an international conference series focused on issues surrounding physiologic birth. The International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference series has convened international researchers, academics, and clinicians for a rigorous and novel exploration and dissemination of emerging evidence related to normal labour and birth. The series was initiated by faculty at the University of Central Lancashires which continues to host the biannual sessions.  During the alternate years sessions are held in international sites.  Each session will specifically focus on active research, concepts and controversies around the experiences of physiologic birth by providers, women, families, and systems of care within the current social, political, and economic context. Multidisciplinary perspectives on the implications for clinical practice, perinatal outcomes, education, management, collaboration, and policy are sought.

 

Terms of Reference

Direct and provide leadership around the strategic vision, content, and structure of the conference series, including:

 

  • Select rotating annual themes and locations
  • Consult with Session Chair and advise on selection of annual Key Note Speakers
  • Approve summary language for proposal and promotions
  • Approve venue, dates, daily schedules, overall structure, overall timeline
  • Provide leadership and advice around timeline, process, budget, venue, lodging, entertainment, advertising, marketing & promotion, technical support
  • Review and evaluate submitted presentation abstracts, provide recommendations according to established guidelines and using existing rating forms
  • Designate and/or serve as Section Moderators, guest speaker hosts, etc
  • Establish model for call for abstracts and review of abstracts
  • Liaise with Scientific Committee to review roster and membership bi-annually
  • Approve invited abstracts and final program
  • Approve Promotional Materials
  • Recruit Financial and In-Kind Stakeholders
  • Strategize and collaborate to apply for and secure funding for conference delivery
  • Ensure “history” and evolving methods, templates and processes are shared among Chairs in international sites
  • Advise on challenges encountered related to abstract submissions, enrolment, selections, logistics, funding, university endorsments, etc.
  • Review terms of reference every 3 years.

 

 

 

COUNCIL COMPOSITION

  1. Sustaining Member (not term limited)

Currently

Soo Downe as the sustaining member

 

  1. At Large Members: (two term limited)

Currently

Kerri Schuling (in second term)

Lisa Kane Low (in second term)

Holly Kennedy (in second term)

 

  1. Chairs/Former Chairs/Future Chairs (two term limited)

Currently

Saraswathi Vedam (former chair of North America Conference, renewed into second term)

Ngai Fen Cheung (most recent former site chair, China conference first term)

Maria do Carmo Leal (current off site conference chair)

Hannah Dahlen (Future conference Australia)

 

  1. Organization Representatives: (variable terms of service that is individually appointed and negotiated by the Steering Council)

ICM   Other?

 

  1. Potential for Ad Hoc members based on unique needs indentified by the Steering Council e.g

Obstetrician, Paediatrician, Public Health Professionals

 

Term of Service:

Members of the Council are requested to participate for a 3 year term of membership with the opportunity to renew for a second term.  Once two terms are completed (six years sequentially) the member must rotate off of the steering council.  There is the opportunity for a former member to return to the Steering Council after three years away from membership. The process for renewal will be automatic for the second term of membership if ongoing membership is desired.

 

Process of Appointment to the Steering Committee:

For membership selection, the interested individual provides a copy of their CV and a statement of interest to the steering committee for open membership positions.  The statement of interest can be written in the form of a letter and should be no more than one page.  The letter can introduce the stated desire for membership, and highlight areas of expertise, prior experience with conference programming and any prior exposure to or experience with the Normal Birth Conference.

 

Local Off Site Chair Selection for Council Membership will be determined in coordination with any local organizations that are applying to host a conference and the Steering Council.  Chairs should have a philosophical alignment with the goals of promoting normal birth and the objectives of the conferences.

3.

Meetings:

Bi-monthly.

 

Minutes:

Circulated to Council members.

Download the pdf here.