Normal Labour and Birth: 3rd Research Conference

Venue: The Grange Hotel

Location: Grange Over Sands, Lake District, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jun 07, 2006 End Date/Time: Jun 09, 2006
Early Registration Date: Feb 28, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 18, 2006
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1st Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Normal Labour and Birth: 3rd Research Conference

The Grange Hotel Conference Centre, Grange Over Sands, English Lake District
Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 June 2006

Comments by attendees at the 2nd Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference (2004):

• Absolutely excellent want to do it again!!! Soon!
• Having it in the Lake District was like the icing on the cake, I couldn’t have chosen better. All in all it was just fantastic.
• I have attended many conferences over the years and felt this was the best I have been to.
• What did you least enjoy about the conference?: having to go home.
• The energy and excitement which is generated by the conference is very special and so important for midwifery…can’t wait for the next one!
• I feel inspired!
• There wasn’t a single session that I didn’t enjoy. My only complaint is that I could manage another 10 days.
• This conference has really inspired me. It made me feel hopeful and motivated. It has cost me thousands of dollars to come (from Australia) and every cent was worth it…
• Overall, a fantastically inspirational event…

This is the third 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. We are interested in submissions in any of the following areas:
1. Normal processes of labour and birth
2. The identification and examination of relevant outcomes relating to labour and birth
3. Social and cultural precursors and consequences
4. Psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of labour and birthing
5. The practices of midwives and other carers in this area
6. Educational aspects
7. Philosophical and theoretical critiques and debates
8. Methodological innovations in this and associated areas

Conference Aims
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, and policy, and to 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 (state-funded and independent) who are interested in maximising normal birth
• consultant midwives
• student midwives
• ward coordinators, clinical leaders, midwifery managers, and heads of midwifery
• consultant obstetricans interested in ways of reducing caesarean section rates
• service users
• lecturers at all levels in midwifery and maternity care
• managers of midwifery education
• academics and researchers working in the area of maternity services, birth and women’s health
• supervisors of midwives
• policy makers with an interest in maternity services

Social Programme
This programme is separately bookable in advance. Details will be circulated with the printed flyer and programme.


An abstract of the intended presentation should be submitted on a single side of A4 in a maximum of 11 point Times New Roman in no less than 1.5 spacing. There are three categories of papers. Please structure them as follows:

1. Original research (that will be completed by June 2006)
‘Group 1’ and title
Background, including element of originality
Statement that results will be presented at the conference
Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, or workshop)

2. Theories and philosophies
‘Group 2’ and title
Topic area, including element of originality
Theoretical perspective
Underpinning theories/philosophies (if any)
Argument to be made
Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, or workshop)

3. Innovations (practice and education), areas for future research, and research in progress seeking collaboration
‘Group 3’ and title
Topic area, including element of originality
Description of innovation, area for research, or research seeking collaboration
Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, or workshop)

Please do not add any identifying information to the abstract, as it will be reviewed blind. A separate covering sheet should also be provided giving the title of the proposed presentation, and full details of all co-presenters/contributors. It should also include details of a single nominated contact including name, title, organisation, address, telephone, fax and e-mail.

Abstracts can be submitted as by email as a word attachment to, or on disc by post to: Liz Kelly, University of Central Lancashire, BDU, Faculty of Health, Preston, PR1 2HE
The closing date for receipt of abstracts is Friday 18th November 2005 and presenters will be informed of the reviewers decision by the end of December 2005.

Please note: presenters will be required to pay the full booking fee. If you book early, you can take advantage of the early booking discount!

The 1st Conference Announcement, Call for Papers, booking form and all future information will be available on-line at

Conference Fee

Full Conference Package
 Three-day conference.
 Refreshments and lunch for the three days.
‘Early Bird’ bookings made on or before 28th February 2006 Cost £340 +vat (£399.50)
For bookings made after 28th February 2006 Cost £370 +vat (£434.75)

Single Day
 One selected day’s conference attendance.
 Refreshments and lunch for that day. Cost £120 +vat (£146.88)

Conference Dinner
 Delegates may book a place at the conference dinner. Cost £40 +vat (£47)

Value Added Tax (VAT)
The rate of value added tax is currently 17.5%. Overseas and delegates from certain organisation may be able to claim a VAT refund. Please contact your local taxation office for details.

Reduced price places
There are a limited number of reduced price places. These are available for those on low incomes, and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. If you wish to apply for one of these places, please send a letter or email in the first instance to Liz Kelly (contact details below) setting out your reasons for applying for a reduced price booking.

The conference venue is the Grange Hotel in Cumbria. Accommodation at the venue is available (subject to availability) by calling +44 (0) 15395 33666 or by visiting Please quote the conference when booking. A special rate of £64 (inc vat) B&B per person per night (single occupancy) and £59 (inc vat) B&B per person per night (double occupancy) will apply.

Payment Terms
On completion of the booking form, payment may be made by cheque, credit card or direct credit transfer. On production of a purchase order by the delegate’s organisation or institution, an invoice may also be raised. Receipts will be issued within twenty-eight days after the conference. Unfortunately if you are from a country outside the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada or the USA, we require a payment in advance by cheque, or BACS/money transfer with a remittance advice, credit cards are not acceptable under these circumstances.
We do not accept or action emails or telephone calls asking for letters of invitation.

Substitution and Cancellation
If delegates are unable to attend, they may make a substitution at any time. If it is not possible to notify the substitution prior to the conference, this should be done immediately on arrival at the conference. If necessary, the booking may be cancelled in writing up to twenty eight days before the conference. Refunds will be subject to an administration fee of £20 plus VAT. After this date, regrettably, we cannot make refunds on cancellations. We strongly recommend that overseas delegates take out appropriate travel insurance.

Special Diets/Special Needs
All catering is organised with options to fulfil the requirements of vegetarians. However, we can accommodate most dietary requirements if these are indicated to us on booking. We are happy to clarify special needs and access prior to booking.

Quality Assured
At the end of the conference, you will be asked to complete an evaluation form. To ensure we maintain a high quality of service, we welcome your comments and suggestions and would ask that you take the time to complete these details and return them to us.

Data Protection
The information you provide on the booking form will be held on a database to process the confirmation of your place and so that we can keep you up to date with other relevant products and services provided by the University of Central Lancashire. We do not pass your details on to any companies outside the University group for marketing purposes. Please write to the Faculty of Health, Business Development Unit, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE if you would like to receive mailings.

Booking Form – Normal Labour and Birth: 3rd Research Conference
7 – 9 June 2006
Details Please complete all fields and provide details as you would wish them to appear in delegate documentation. Please complete one form per delegate.


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Booking and payment details (tick as appropriate):
Cost (£)
• ‘Early Bird’ Booking Discount if your Booking form reaches us by 27th February 2006
Full Non-residential Conference £340+vat (£399.50)

• For booking forms received after 27th February 2006
Full Non-residential Conference £370+vat (£434.75)

• Single Day - Wednesday 7th June 2006
Non-residential £125 +vat (£146.88)

• Single Day - Thursday 8th June 2006
Non-residential £125 +vat (£46.88)

• Single Day - Friday 9th June 2006
Non-residential £120 +vat (£146.88)

• Conference Dinner £40+vat (£47)
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• I enclose a purchase order from my organisation and wish to be invoiced.

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Please return via fax on 01772 892995 or email to or
by post to: Liz Kelly, BDU, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE.