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croipped poster 2019 HBA conference GeelongHomebirth Australia Conference 2019

Women of the earth, take back your birth!

33rd Homebirth Australia Conference

29-31 March 2019

Rydges Geelong – Geelong, Victoria

Keynote Speakers  – Jenny Blyth and Dr Rachel Reed

Jenny Blyth is an independent birth educator, birthworker and bodyworker. She has been working with natural birth for over 35 years, preparing and supporting many women through pregnancy, birth and early parenting at home in SE Queensland, Australia. Studies and training in Bodywork, Ortho-bionomy and Somatic Psychotherapy have been a great influence in Jenny’s practice. She cares deeply about contributing to the evolution of collective birthing wisdom and the awakening of women’s body wisdom in relationship to birth.

For the last 18 years Jenny has presented Birthwork Workshops. These wisdom-in-action workshops explore the many facets of working with birth through growing self-awareness & skills.

Jenny also has a great interest in what happens at the interface between medical and traditional models of birth care. She is project co-ordinator and core team member of Lao Birthwork. Lao Birthwork raises funds and makes annual trips to poor, remote and under resourced districts in Laos to train health workers and midwives in hands-on skills for birth.

Jenny is author of 2 books Birthwork and The Down to Earth Birth Book. She also created the film A World of Birthworkers, and with Alieta Belle co-created 2 films about natural birth called The Big Stretch and The Big Stretch Sequel.

Dr Rachel Reed is a Senior Lecturer and Discipline Leader in Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She has been a registered midwife since 2001 and has practised midwifery in a range of models and settings in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Rachel has published widely in academic journals, magazines and online. Her blog MidwifeThinking has been accessed by over 5 million readers across the globe; and her first book ‘Why Induction Matters’ was published in 2018.

Rachel is also an experienced speaker and has presented at conferences, workshops and forums to a range of audiences nationally and internationally. Rachel’s research focus is on the promotion and support of physiological birth, women’s rights in maternity care, and care provider practice during birth.

Registrations ARE NOW OPEN

The 33rd Homebirth Conference – “Women of the earth, take back your birth” is for midwives, midwifery students, doulas, women, men, doctors and other birth workers interested in homebirth.

We have speakers from the midwifery profession, as well as students, consumers, doulas and birth advocates.

The conference consists of pre-conference workshops during the day and in the evening on Friday the 29th of March, the Conference on Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st, and the Conference Dinner on Saturday evening.  The pre-conference workshops and the conference dinner are additional extras that subject to their own fees.

Registrations are purchased online via Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=447438

Registration Costs

Health Professionals

Early Bird (for Health Professionals) payment received before or on 31/1/19 $360

Standard Registration – 1/2/19 until 28/2/19 $460

Late Registration payments received on or after 1/3/19 until 28/3/19 $560

Consumer/Student

Consumer/Student Early Bird payment received on or before 31/1/19 $300

Consumer/Student Registration payment received between 1/2/19 & 28/2/19 $400

Consumer/Student Late payment received on or after 1/3/19 until 28/3/19 $500

Speaker

Speaker Standard Registration $250

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner at Rydges Geelong – 7.30-11.30pm on Saturday 30th March – includes a plated three course meal, with drinks available at bar prices – entertainment and dancing – $80

Friday Pre-conference Workshops (see program below for full information)

Workshop 1: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Sunny side up – posterior births – Claire Eccleston
$35 for conference delegates ($70 for guests not attending conference).

Workshop 2: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Homebirth Activism 101 ~ Grace Sweeney and Guests
$25 for conference delegates ($50 for guests not attending conference).

Workshop 3: to be confirmed

Workshop 4: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Creating Amazing Space – The Jiggling Revolution ~ Jenny Blyth
$35 for conference delegates ($70 for guests not attending conference).

Workshop 5: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Student Midwife Circle ~ facilitated by Marie-Louise Lapeyre and Jane Hardwick Collings
$20 for conference delegates ($40 for guests not attending conference).

Workshop 6: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Birth Q & A ~ current issues and research in birth ~ Rachel Reed
$35 for conference delegates ($70 for guests not attending conference).

Limited places are available for the Friday workshop events and the Conference Dinner due to venue capacity. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations before 1st March 2019 will incur a $100 fee.

Cancellations after the 1st March 2019 will incur a $200 fee.

Cancellations for the Conference Dinner after 1 March 2019 will not receive a refund unless we are able to resell to another delegate.

Registration Entitlements

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

The Conference dinner  and pre-conference workshops incur separate fees.

Venue details

Rydges Geelongis the venue for the conference. It is located on the corner of Gheringhap & Myers Street, Geelong

  • 03) 5223 6200
  • https://www.rydges.com/accommodation/melbourne-vic/geelong/

Accommodation

There are many accommodation options available in Geelong, ranging from back packers to airBNB options, to 5 star.

The conference venue – Rydges Geelong offers a range of rooms including twin rooms.  They are offering special 15% discount rates for delegates of the Homebirth Australia 2019 Conference.  Delegates must book via this link to receive the discount.

https://www.rydges.com/private-page/2019-geelong-homebirth-conference

Privacy Statement

Information provided by participants at the time of registration will be used to administer the conference, including catering, sponsorship and exhibition. Your details may also be used to inform you of Homebirth Australia events and services. All data collected will remain the property of Homebirth Australia.

Conference Programme

Pre-conference workshops – Friday 29th March 2019
Please note: Light refreshments will be provided at each workshop

9.30am Registrations open
10.00am – 1.00pm Sunny side up – posterior births – Claire Eccleston
10.00am – 12.30pm Homebirth Activism 101 ~ Grace Sweeney and Guests
2.00pm – 5.00pm Creating Amazing Space – The Jiggling Revolution ~ Jenny Blyth
6.30pm – 9.00pm Student Midwife Circle ~ facilitated by Marie-Louise Lapeyre and Jane Hardwick Collings
6.30pm – 9.00pm Birth Q & A ~ current issues and research in birth ~ Rachel Reed

Saturday 30th March 2019
~Program subject to change~

8.15am Registrations open- tea and coffee on arrival
9.00am Conference opening – House keeping
9.05am Welcome to Country
9.20am Opening Ceremony – facilitated by Jane Harwicke-Collings
9.30am Keynote speaker – Rachel Reed
The collective culture of women in childbirth

This presentation will explore the history of women attending women during childbirth, and compare this with the modern roles of doulas and midwives. How do our current relationships and roles relate to those of the gossips and midwives of the past? What do we want our ‘collective culture of women’ to be in the future?
10.30am Morning tea
11.00am Homebirth future by numbers – Sustainability in Midwifery – presented by Tammi Heap
11.30am Planned private homebirth in Victoria 2000-2015: the findings of a retrospective cohort study of Victorian perinatal data – presented by Miranda Davis-Tuck
12.00pm Birth in remote rural Camobodia – presented by Denise Love
12.15pm Gold Sponsors Message
12.30pm Lunch (incorporating the Homebirth Australia AGM at 12.45pm)
1.30pm Birth Mandala – presented by Rhea Dempsey
2.00pm Taking back birth from the gatekeeper GP – what can we do about referral refusal – presented by Aimee Sing
2.20pm Introducing the Student Homebirth Midwife Collective – presented by Amanda
2.45pm Afternoon Tea
3.15pm Keynote speaker – Jenny Blyth
4.00pm Vaginal Breech Birth in the homebirthing community – presented by Ebony Knight, Laura Beveridge and Michelle Warwick
4.45pm Breech panel, and Q & A – various
5.00pm Day 1 conference close
7.30pm – 11.30pm
Conference Dinner
Dress beautifully for a 3 course plated meal, drinks available at bar prices. Entertainment information will be on the HBA website once confirmed.
The conference dinner needs to be prebooked

Sunday 23 March
~Program subject to change~

8.30am Registrations open – tea and coffee on arrival
9.00am Keynote speaker – Jenny Blyth
10.00am The vexatious reporting of private midwives – presented by Jo Hunter
10.30am Reclaiming our Imprints of Birth ~ An Experiential Audio Visual Process – presented by Nicole Moore
11.ooam Morning Tea
11.30am Time of the Elders – presented by Tere Garnons-Williams and friends
12.15pm Sacred hands sacred work – presented by Claire Eccleston
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Handing down the knowledge ceremony
2.00pm Mission Gentle Birth – presented by Jane Harwicke-Collings
2.30pm Keynote Speaker – Rachel Reed
Women of the earth, take back your words!
3.15pm Poems of pregnancy, birth, and the unfolding of woman – presented by Dr Veronica Moule
3.45pm Birth Time
4.15pm Raffle draw and acknowledgements
4.30pm Closing Ceremony – facilitated by Jane Harwicke-Collings
4.45pm Conference closes

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