Normal Labour and Birth: 2nd Research Conference

Venue: The Grange Hotel Conference Centre

Location: Grange Over Sands, English Lake District, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2004 End Date/Time: Jun 11, 2004
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Robbie Davis-Floyd
Holly Powell-Kennedy
Nadine Edwards
Tina Lavender and Steve Walkinshaw
Denis Walsh
Soo Downe


Unusual normal birth (including vaginal breech birth)
Educating students for normal midwifery
Systematic reviews of non-controlled studies
Outcomes for research in physiological birth
How to write an abstract for a peer reviewed conference
The US Lamaze Institute


This is the second international conference focused on issues surrounding normality in birth. It 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.


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, policy and further research collaboration


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:

• clinical midwives, nurse midwives, and nurses working maternity care
• consultant and specialist midwives and nurse midwives
• student midwives and nurse-midwives
• ward coordinators, clinical leaders, midwifery managers, and heads of midwifery
• obstetricians and physicians interested in minimising intervention in labour
• service users
• lecturers at all levels in midwifery and maternity care
• managers of midwifery and nurse midwifery education
• academics and researchers working in the area of maternity services, birth and womens health
• supervisors of midwives
• policy makers with an interest in maternity services


In parallel with the presentation of peer reviewed papers, workshops will be held for participants who are interested in building and consolidating research and in developing research partnerships. Sessions describing practice will also be held, including one on unusual normal birth, which will include a discussion of vaginal breech births based on practical experience.

Social Programme

A two hour private charter cruise taking in the awesome scenery and unique magic of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England. A two course evening dinner will be served whilst on board – details of which can be obtained on request.