Midwifery Today Conference
“Promoting Midwifery: Skills from Around the World”
Byron Bay, Australia • 4–9 November 2014
Artwork by Kiki Metzler
Please join us for another educational and rejuvenating Midwifery Today conference—this time in Byron Bay, Australia. My conference co-planner, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, and I are so excited about this line-up of teachers for our first conference in Australia. Each of these excellent speakers will bring you their best skills to help you change birth practices in Australia and around the world. There will be an emphasis on midwifery skills so we don’t lose our hands-on skills to the onslaught of technology! Our great hope is for you to gain insight and inspiration as well as a renewed passion for your work.
The Byron Bay location is absolutely beautiful. The venue is a couple of blocks from a gorgeous beach in the heart of a very charming town with lots of restaurants, shops and places to stay. This is one of those dream locations, and right on a swimming beach. We planned the dates so we have a full moon on the Saturday of the conference. This is a very romantic location for the thing we love: midwifery and birth!
Learn from These Inspiring Speakers
The classes are a rich combination of topics our speakers are passionate about. Just a few are noted here. Please click linked names to view speaker biographies.
Attend These Exciting and Informative Classes!
These are some of the topics we plan to present at the conference. Please see the conference program for the complete list of classes.
- Spinning Babies
- Shoulder Dystocia and “Malpresentations”—A two-part class
- Midwifery Issues and Skills: 2 full days—Many speakers and courses
- Mexican Traditions and Techniques
- Sex in Pregnancy and Childbirth
- And many more rich classes!
The Byron Community Centre is run by the not for profit organization Byron Bay Community Association, and is an important part of the local community. It is located just five blocks from the beach and only one block away from the Byron Bay Rail Station. Its location is right in the hub of town, walking distance to dining, shopping, breweries, hotels and hostels.
We suggest that attendees book accommodations early since Byron Bay is a popular vacation spot: Byron Bay Visitors Information Centre
Looking for a ride share or a roommate at the conference? Feel free to use our community bulletin board.
Byron Bay is located in the Northern Rivers region in NSW, just off the Pacific Highway, 800 km north of Sydney, 170 km south of Brisbane (about 90 km south of the Gold Coast). There are two airports in the vicinity with a train station and bus depot located in the center of town.
Byron Bay is about a 9-hour drive from Sydney and about 2-hour drive from Brisbane. Ample parking is available at Byron Bay Community Centre.
By Bus and/or Train:
Bus travel to Byron Bay is a popular budget way to travel with buses arriving regularly at the Bus Depot located in the center of town. Most bus companies located on the east coast of Australia have a regular service to Byron Bay.
Travel by bus with Greyhound Australia. 1-300-GREYHOUND
Travel by train or bus with NSW TrainLink: Refer to website below for timetables, fares and online booking.
Tel: 13 22 32 (local) / +61 2 4907 7501 (international)
Travel by public transportation: GoingPlaces.org.au
The closest commercial airport to Byron Bay is at Ballina (32.9 km away), but most people use the larger Coolangatta airport on the Gold Coast (67.4 km away).
From either airport there are many affordable options for transport to Byron Bay. Please see the Byron Bay visitor’s center website for more information and to book your tickets.
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Read What Others Have Experienced at International Conferences
“Everyone was so friendly and warm, I felt I met my ‘tribe’! Thank you so much for this eye-opening experience. I will make sure to come back next time and bring colleagues!”
“I feel very fortunate to have had such an inspirational and educational week amongst such beautiful women who are involved in childbearing and birth all over the globe. Thank you so much.”
- To receive a printed program by mail, please e-mail us with your request.
- Children at the Conference: Mothers may sit with babes in arms in the classrooms. However, out of respect for others, and because we are recording some of the classes, if a baby makes any noise, we must ask mother and baby to leave the room. Attendees must make their own arrangements for childcare.
- Learn more about birth resources in Australia.
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