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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 ConferenceAndEvents@uclan.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1772 892650.

For academic enquiries please contact Professor Soo Downe sdowne@uclan.ac.uk.

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 info@grange-hotel.co.uk 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: ConferenceAndEvents@uclan.ac.uk

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


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


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:


  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


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





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



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



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



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


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.