The Normal Labour & Birth Conference was held at Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, UK, 2-4 October 2017.
The programme began with a welcome to the twelfth event in the international birth research conference and it was a truly welcoming experience. A palpable buzz was heard from all parts of the venue as delegates met and greeted friends both old and new. The conference was equally stimulating and fruitful in equal measures. Health professionals from all corners of the world were present making the event representative of the international reputation the conference is known for.
All the keynote speakers spoke with true passion about their beliefs, hopes and dreams for safe, kind and compassionate care for all women supporting them to have access to high quality care and to have the best experience of childbirth possible. The presentations covered the whole spectrum of emotions with each telling a story encompassing truth, humour, anger, sadness and hope.
A lighter side of midwifery, but with deep meaning beneath the surface took the form of drama with a great performance by the ‘progress theatre’ , a group of midwives and actors who travel the country giving performances to articulate some of the more difficult aspects of midwifery. This was a memorable addition to the conference.
The presentations covered a wide range of topics around pregnancy, birth and midwifery and it was very difficult to decide which concurrent sessions to attend as all had valuable contributions to make both in research terms and in an understanding of difficulties and successes of work around the world.
Each day new posters were on view and again all presenting new research and innovations to improve and enhance the care given to women and their families during the childbearing continuum.
In addition the organisation and catering was excellent.
This conference was excellent on many levels including the social conviviality and great networking and I would strongly recommend for those of you who have not attended before do try and go next year. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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