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Conference Registrations close on 5 March 2016. No registrations will be accepted after this date. Conference Dinner registrations must be prepaid. No Dinner tickets will be issued after 5 March. No dinner tickets will be available at the door & please do not ask as refusal may offend.


Midwives/Doulas/Health Professionals

Early Bird payment received before or on 31/12/15 $370
Standard Registration – 1/1/16 until 28/2/16 $480
Late Registration payments received on or after 28/2/16 until 5/3/16 $580


Early Bird payment received on or before 31/12/15 $350
Standard Registration received between 1/1/16 & 28/2/16 $450
Late payment received on or after 28/2/16 until 5/3/16 $550

Conference Dinner (Dinner must be prepaid, NO door sales) $90

Speaker Fee $300

Pre-conference Workshops

Register For The Conference And Save! Half Price For Conference Delegates!

(Limited Places Available For All Workshops On A First In Basis)

*Workshops run concurrently so choose one morning and one afternoon if coming all day*

Morning Workshops 9.30 – 12.30

Rachel Reed  – with conference registration $35

Rachel Reed  – without conference registration $70

Afternoon Workshops 2.00 – 5.00

Jenny Blyth – with conference registration $35

Jenny Blyth – without conference registration $70

Early Evening Workshops 5.30 – 7.00

Midwifery Student Circle $20

Midwifery Student Circle – without conference registration $40

Friday Preconference Workshops

Dr Rachel Reed

Rachel qualified as a midwife in 2001 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery in the UK. I have worked as a midwife in a large regional referral unit, a community midwifery team (homebirth and hospital birth), a private hospital, a small public hospital, and as an Independent Midwife in private practise.

Rachel is a Midwifery Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  She completed a PhD in 2013 and her thesis ‘midwifery practice during birth: rites of passage and rites of protection’ is available online  HYPERLINK “” \t “_blank” here.


“Navigating the mother-midwife relationship” Interactive workshop: looking at how mws meet women’s needs and the needs of increasing regulation, law; roles and responsibilities

Jenny Blyth

Jenny has been supporting women and their families through natural birth in Australia for over 30 years. She is also an independent birthworker, birth educator & bodyworker, the author of 2 books on natural birth – The Down to Earth Birth Book & Birthwork, and filmmaker of 3 films on natural birth – The Big Stretch, The Big Stretch Sequel & A World of Birthworkers.


‘Getting hands-on for all the right reasons, in all the right places.’

Traditionally, all over the world, hands confidently soothe, support, prepare, and lovingly help explore a woman’s body and baby in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. This is a very different approach from the clinical checks and interventions that have given rise to the ‘hands-off’ catch cry in the modern age. Enjoy the fun, ease and ecstasy of pelvic jiggling, creating touch-specific cues, imprinting body-bliss, and communicating clearly about it. Come and help re-instate ‘hands-on’ practice as a healthy compassionate option.

Saturday 12th March 2016

8.00 – 9.00


9.00 – 9.05

Welcome & Housekeeping


9.05 – 9.20

Welcome to Country and Creating the Circle ceremony

Bronwyn Keys & Norafiah Lever

9.20 – 9.35

Opening 15 minute film

Nicole Moore

9.35 – 10.35

Keynote Speaker :
Ritual Companionship –
the mother-midwife relationship

Rachel Reed

10.35 – 11.00

Morning Tea

11.00 – 11.30

The WA Homebirth Study

The experience of women planning HB in WA 2012-14

Prof Yvonne Hauck

11.30 – 12.00

Intrapartum Transfers in planned HB in WA 2002-13

Maureen Hutchison

12.00 – 12.30

Perinatal outcomes in planned HB and Hospital births in WA 2002-13

Dorota Doherty

12.30 – 12.45

WA Homebirth Midwives’ Experience of intrapartum transfers during planned HB in WA

Lucy Lewis

12.45– 1-45

Lunch + AGM

1.45 – 2.45

Keynote speaker A World of Birthworkers: with excerpts of film

Jenny Blyth

2.45 – 3.00

What makes a midwife a midwife?

Kirsten Dobbs

3.00 – 3.15

Once upon a time – the role of Storytelling

Tere Garnon-Williams

3.15 – 3.45

Afternoon Tea

3.45 – 4.15

A Positive Birth in every eventuality – is it possible?

Moran Liviani & Nikki Hunt

4.15 – 4.45


Nicole Lloyd

4.45 – 5.00

Windup time


7.30 – 11.30

Conference Dinner


Sunday 13th March 2016

9.00 – 9.30

Keynote Speaker:
The problem with Evidence-based practise

Rachel Reed

9.45 – 10.00


10.00 – 10.30

Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms after Childbirth : an analysis of the risk factors

Kathy Reynolds

10.30 – 11.00

Sharing Birth Stories

Kate Drew

11.00 – 11.30

Morning Tea

11.30 – 11.45

Sponsor Message: Qiara


11.45 – 12.45

Keynote speaker Demonstration of Traditional techniques : Rock & Roll for Birth – Rebozo

Jenny Blyth
plus audience participation

12.45 – 1.45


1.45 – 2.15

Supporting breastfeeding with Traditional practices

Julia Jones

2.15 – 2.45 2.45 – 3.00

‘Hearing One Another into Speech’: the transformative power of women’s circle.
The importance of birth photography

Rhea Dempsey Belle Verdiglione

3.00– 3.30

Discussion panel. Learning from the elders


3.30 – 3.45

Raffle Draw & Thank you

3.45 – 4.00

Closing Ceremony

Bronwyn Keys & Norafiah Lever

Confirmation Policy

All registrations to be completed online during the checkout of registration. Receipts will be emailed out after payment has been received. Payment must be received prior to the cut off dates for early bird and standard registrations.

Limited places are available for the Friday workshops. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Registration Entitlements

Conference registrations entitle you to entry to all sessions, entry to exhibitions, conference materials, 1 years membership to Homebirth Australia, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and tea and coffee on arrival throughout the 2 day conference.

Morning and Afternoon tea will be provided with the Workshop registrations.

Venue Details

Conference, Workshops & Dinner – Four Points by Sheraton, 707 Wellington St, Perth


There are many accommodation options near the conference venue. Four Points by Sheraton invite you to stay at the conference venue using this link

For some alternative great deals look at Wotif, Expedia and Trip Advisor websites. Don’t forget your Entertainment Card books for accommodation deals.

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations prior to the 31 December 2015, will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

Cancellations between 1 January and 31 Feb 2016 will incur a $100 fee.

Cancellations after the 1st March 2016 will incur a $300 fee.

Cancellations for the Conference Dinner at any time will incur a $50 fee.

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