Event Date/Time: Apr 26, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 27, 2012
Registration Date: Apr 10, 2012
Early Registration Date: Oct 30, 2011
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MAMA Conferences are about learning together, sharing knowledge and skills. We bring together first class speakers with Midwives, Mothers, Doctors, Students and other healthcare professionals in a unique learning environment.

We believe that the best maternity care will only come about when healthcare professionals learn not only from each other, but also with and from mothers themselves. We strive to create an environment of shared practice and understanding that unifies practitioners in a common cause to promote the best maternity care possible for mothers, babies and families.
The conference is centred around midwifery and childbirth that aims to bring together first class speakers with mothers and midwives from across the world.

Our next 2 day conference is on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th APRIL 2012 at the Barcelo Troon Marine Hotel in AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND.

Guest speakers include Michel Odent, Mary Cronk, Denis Walsh & Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg. Please click on the links above to find out further information and to book your place. Don't forget, to make things easier in this troublesome financial climate you have the option to pay for your place at the conference in easy-to-manage bite-sized chunks. And we're offering a 10% discount if you book before 31st October 2011.

Day One ~ Thursday 26th April 2012
08.15 - 09.00 Registration

09.00 - 09.30 Welcome - Gillian Smith - RCM Director UK Board for Scotland

09.30 - 10.45 Keynote Speaker - Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg - Oxytocin: the impact on motherhood
Oxytocin is the powerful hormone involved in bonding, sex, and childbirth, as well as in relaxation and feelings of calm. It is the
mirror image of the stress hormone adrenaline, which triggers the ‘fight or flight’ systems in the body. Both the new research
findings and the potentially beneficial applications of this hormone in reducing anxiety states, stress, addictions, and problems
of childbirth are fascinating and of great significance in all our lives.

10.45 - 11.15 Morning Break - tea, coffee & pastries served + Exhibition

11.15 - 12.45 Concurrent Morning Sessions
Dr Roch Cantwell - Perinatal mental health & the implications for care
Untreated mental health problems in pregnancy and the postnatal period can cause significant difficulty for women, their
infants and families. For some women, the early postpartum is a high risk time for development of certain more severe mental
illnesses. Effective early detection, prevention and management requires the collaboration of all health professionals involved in
the care of women at this time, and with the woman herself.
Melody Weig - Homebirth in practice
Practical solutions to common problems found at home births. Lots of tips & sharing of knowledge & skills.

12.45 - 13.45 Lunch & Exhibition

13.45 - 15.00 Keynote Speaker - Michel Odent - Womb Ecology
Michel Odent's Primal Health Database lists studies detecting correlations between a state of health in adulthood, adolescence,
or childhood, and what happened when the mother was pregnant. The practical implications of a new understanding of the
concept of health are enormous. In terms of public health, it appears today that nothing is more important than the health and
wellbeing of pregnant women.

15.00 - 15.30 Afternoon Break - tea & coffee served + Exhibition

15.30 - 17.00 Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
Adela Stockton & Debbie Gilmour - Midwife to Doula & Doula to Midwife
Adela talks about the journey she took to change her career from midwife to doula and Debbie reveals what drove her to make
the reverse decision and become a midwife after a brief spell as a doula.
Mia Scotland - Compassionate Midwifery Workshop
You already know that your relationship with your clients matters. This workshop gives you the tools to understand and
enhance your caring skills. This workshop doesn't just tell you to care, it shows you how to care. Compassionate Mind
Training (CMT) turns "being supportive" into a science. Learn how to make sure your support is positive, not just neutral.

17.00 End of Day 1
Day Two ~ Friday 27th April 2012
09.00 - 10.30 Keynote Speaker - Denis Walsh - Labour Rhythms not Stages or Progress
For over 10 years, Denis Walsh has argued for a move away from a labour progress focus, which has swamped labour care with
an imperative to measure length, and understand it as linear. Clearly, clinical and organizational imperatives create time
pressures in hospitals, but even some obstetrical journals are beginning to note that conventional time constraints are too rigid
and fail to respond to labour’s many variations. In addition, more is known about the ‘‘dance of labour’’ when it is uninterrupted,
involving the delicate interactions of hormones creating labour’s rhythms, the body’s responses, the descent of the baby,
and the natural ‘‘plateaus’’when contractions cease for a while.

10.30 - 11.00 Morning Break - tea, coffee & pastries served + Exhibition

11.00 - 12.30 Concurrent Morning Sessions
Dr David Hutchon & Dr Sheena Kinmond - Avoiding immediate or early cord clamping
Clamping the functioning umbilical cord at birth is an unproved intervention. Lack of awareness of current evidence,
pragmatism, and conflicting guidelines are all preventing change. To prevent further injury to babies we would be better to rush
to change. This session will address the issues surrounding early cord clamping and how it can be avoided.
Dr David Hutchon will also introduce us to his BASICS resuscitation trolley.
Geraldine Butcher (Consultant Midwife) & Cassy McNamara (IM) - Challenging choices
What do you do when a high risk mother makes a high risk request?
This session will examine innovative ways of supporting women and midwives in providing the best care possible as well as
the obligations midwives actually have when faced with a 'challenging choice’. Geraldine and Cassy will be joined by two
mothers who have made some of these choices including freebirthing and home VBAC following multiple caesarean sections.
An open and honest look at the real and perceived challenges faced by mothers and midwives.

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch & Exhibition

14.00 - 15.30 Keynote Speaker - Prof. Helen Ball - Is Co-Sleeping Wrong?
Prof Helen Ball examines the perception & safety of co-sleeping, separating fact from fiction. Does co-sleeping cause SIDS?
How dangerous is it to share a bed with a baby? How many parents do it? What impact does it have on breastfeeding? What
emotional impact does it have on the baby? Why is it so frowned upon? Do the benefits outweigh the disadvantages? And do the
guidelines need to be revisited?

15.30 - 16.00 Afternoon Break - tea & coffee served + Exhibition

16.00 - 17.00 Keynote Speaker - Mary Cronk MBE - Unusual births
Mary draws on her vast experience and shares knowledge & skills relating to some of the most unusual births she has attended.

17.00 End of conference


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Additional Information

http://www.mamaconference.co.uk/book-now.html The full conference cost is £198 before the 31st October 2011 and £220 after this date. There is a flat rate for students of £198 and there are options to pay by instalments too. Prices include entrance to the conference, daytime refreshments and lunch over the two days (or one day). They do not include travel, accommodation or evening meals.