Homebirth Australia Conference 2012

Birth Rites Human Rights

27-29 July 2012

Keynote speakers – Jan Tritten

Jan Tritten is the founder and editor-in-chief of Midwifery Today magazine and a midwife who was in active practice from 1977–1989.

Registrations NOW CLOSED

The 2012 Homebirth Australia conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania on 27-29 July. 
Bahai Centre of Learning & The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel.

With thanks to our Gold Sponsors


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Payment can be made by direct debit, cheque or paypal. Direct debit is preferred. Please send your completed registration form to Homebirth Australia, PO Box 103, Macquarie Fields NSW 2564. All registrations require the registration form to be returned please.

The 28th Homebirth Conference – Birth Rights Human Rights is for midwives, midwifery students, doulas, women, men and doctors interested in homebirth.

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

All registrations to be completed & posted to Homebirth Australia, P O Box 103, Macquarie Fields NSW 2564 or emailed to sonjamac@bigpond.com. 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.

Cheque/Money Order – in Australian currency, made payable to Homebirth Australia and posted to P O Box 103, Macquarie Fields NSW 2564

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Registrations entitle you to entry to all sessions, entry to exhibitions, conference materials, 1 years membership to Homebirth Australia, and entry to the Friday evening Welcome .
The Conference dinner is a separate fee.

Bahá’í Centre of Learning for Tasmania
: the venue for the conference. 1 Tasman Highway, Hobart, info@tasbcl.com.au www.tasbcl.com.au

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel : This is the venue for the Friday & Saturday evening functions, as well as offering close accommodation. 1 Macquarie St, Hobart 1800 814 676, www.oldwoolstore.com.au


Registration cancellations will be accepted prior to the 31 May 2012 and will incur a $100 administration fee.

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.

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel (5 min walk from Bahai Centre) is offering special discounted rates for delegates of the Homebirth Australia 2012 Conference. To make a booking contact the Reservations Team on 1800 814 676 or email reservations@oldwoolstore.com.au and quote that you are attending the Homebirth Australia Conference 28th July to access the discounted rates.

Other accommodation is also available in Hobart and we have only listed the Old Woolstore as it is the nearest to the venue and is offering a conference deal.

If you need assistance with your purchase please contact Sonja MacGregor sonjamac@bigpond.com

If you are able to assist with promoting the conference by putting a poster, flyer or postcards up in your community, please contact Sonja MacGregor.

Conference Programme

Friday 27 July – The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
6.30pm – 7pm
A cash bar will also be open at this time.

7pm – 10pm
Visions & Dreams with Jan Tritten
Visions and Dreams – We all have visions and dreams of how to make birth a beautiful life-changing experience for women. If we dare to carry out our dreams we can reclaim birth! Be inspired to lay aside your fears and begin your journey so you will be leading the way forward for mothers and babies.

Visions and Dreams for Birth Change – You are needed as a birth change agent, wherever you are studying, practicing or teaching. Women want to have healthy babies and good experiences. Around the world women are prevented from achieving these goals, causing trauma to them and their babies. Learn what you can do in your community to promote positive birth change. We will discuss how each of us plays a part in changing the birth future for mothers and babies, with a discussion of what other birth workers are doing around the world. We encourage you to discover your dream and carry it out. Please note: Dinner is not provided.

Saturday 28 July – Bahá’í Centre of Learning for Tasmania
7.30 – 8.15 Yoga Julia Gibson
8 – 9 Registrations
9 – 9.10 Welcome & Housekeeping
9.10 – 9.30 Opening Ceremony & Welcome to Country – Cheryl Mundy
9.30 – 10.30 Keynote Speaker –
10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea
11.00 – 11.30 A Birth Rite & a Birth Right – the option to choose publicly funded homebirth – the joys, challenges and outcomes for women, families & midwives – Megan Farnhill
11.30 – 11.45 When the personal becomes political – Genevieve Sayers
11.45 – 12.00 The Birth Ritual – do we have one? – Gaylee Kuchel
12.00 – 12.15 Crafting Rites – the “crafting womb” – Kristan Read
12.15 – 12.30 Handing Down of the Knowledge Ceremony
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.00 Crossing the River – birth in Cambodia – Kirsten Small
2.00 – 3.00 HBA AGM
3.00 – 3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.30 – 4.00 From one rite to the next, the influence of & connection between, menarche & childbirth – Jane Hardwicke Collings
4.00 – 4.30 Rites of passage & rites of protection during birth – Rachel Reed
4.30 – 5.00 What does collaboration really mean – life partners of midwives – Jo Hunter & Robyn Dempsey

7.00 Conference Dinner (Tickets available separately)
The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Dinner is a 3 course meal, with champagne on arrival. Entertainment by Comedian Tracey Cosgrove & “Doug” with dancing afterwards. Drinks are available for purchase at the bar.

Sunday 29 July – Bahá’í Centre of Learning for Tasmania
7.30 – 8.15 Yoga Julia Gibson
9.00 – 9.05 Welcome
9.05 – 10.00 Keynote Speaker
10.00 – 10.30 Socially responsible birthing – Susan Ross
10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea
11.00 – 11.15 Freebirth & “high risk” homebirth – an expression of maternal autonomy & basic human rights – Melanie Jackson
11.15 – 11.30 Ashley’s story – a breech birth at home – Kylie Schramm
11.30 – 12.00 Breech birth – between trust & expectation – Sue Cookson
12.00 – 12.30 Script pads for midwives – jumping the final hurdle – Kirsten Small & Pauline Glover
12.30 – 12.45 Childbirth & the Mothering Identity: the signficance of a successful rite of passage – Bonnie Britten
12.45 – 1.00 Midwifery Students as Aspiring Homebirth Midwives – where there is a will, is there still a way? – Melissa McFarlane
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 2.30 The Birth Journey – becoming a woman, becoming a mother – Leonie MacDonald
2.30 -2.35 Raffle Draw
2.35 – 3.30 Keynote Speaker
3.30 – 3.45 Thank yous
3.45 – 4.00 Closing Ceremony – Jane Hardwicke Collings