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12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference

2nd – 4th October 2017

12th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference
2nd – 4th October 2017
Grange Hotel, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK

For more information please contact healthconferences@uclan.ac.uk  or phone on +44 (0)1772 893809

THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW OPEN FOR THIS CONFERENCE!

Background

This is the twelfth international conference in a series that is designed to disseminate research, theory, art, drama, policy and practice relating to physiological childbirth. The conference 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:

  • Studies that integrate knowledge from a range of scientific approaches and/or perspectives
  • Basic science studies of the physiology, biochemistry, psychology, and sociology of normal labour and birth
  • Studies of and contributions to practice and/or service organisation
  • Studies of collaboration to improve maternal, infant, family, and maternity staff wellbeing
  • Examinations of building design and of the physical and psychosocial environment of birth
  • The identification and examination of relevant outcomes relating to labour and birth
  • Social and cultural precursors and consequences of optimal childbirth
  • Emotional and spiritual aspects of labour and birthing
  • Educational aspects
  • Economic analyses
  • Philosophical and theoretical critiques and debates
  • Methodological innovations in this and associated areas
  • Drama, virtual reality, and other multi-media and e-technology approaches

 

Dr Evita Fernandez, India; Normalising and humanising birth in India

Baroness Julia Cumberledge, UK; The power of politics: Barriers and facilitators to getting evidence into practice for maternity services at a national strategic level

Dr Olufemi Taiwo Oladapo, WHO; Intrapartum maternity care initiatives at WHO: primary research and guidelines development

Dr Missy Cheyney, USA; Using Big Data to understand normal labour and birth

Dr Saraswathi Vedum, Canada: The potential of geographical mapping for maternity services research

Dr Lisa Kane-Low, USA:  Pelvic floor issues during and following childbirth: which outcomes are really associated with normal birth?

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, service delivery, and policy, and to further research collaboration.

Objectives

  • To disseminate ongoing and complete research
  • To provide the opportunity for collaboration and debate
  • To discuss an agenda for the future in the area of normal labour and birth

Participants

This conference will be of interest to:

  • academics and researchers working in the area of maternity services, birth and women’s health
  • those providing maternity care  (professional, lay, state-funded,  independent, midwifery, medical, nursing, and other groups)
  • policy makers with an interest in maternity services
  • clinical leaders, managers, and heads of service
  • service users
  • lecturers at all levels in maternity care
  • managers of maternity care  education

Submission of an Abstract

The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 30th April 2017 and presenters will be informed of the reviewers decision by the end of June 2017.

An abstract of the intended presentation should be submitted to the e-submission system, by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system here.

You will be required to log in or create an account.

If you do not have access to the electronic system, please contact Liz Roberts healthconferences@uclan.ac.uk , for advice on how to submit manually or by email

Presentations can take the form of an oral paper, poster, workshop or symposium. Papers will be between 20 and 30 minutes long. A workshop will have a longer time allocation, but should be interactive and no more than 25% of the content should be presentational, and the abstract should specify how the audience will be involved in the remaining 75% of the time.  A symposium will also have a longer allocation, but it should include at least two distinct oral papers on a similar subject and include at least three presenting authors, and the distinct area to be addressed by each author must be made clear in the submission.  Each presenting author should enter the Symposium Title at the top, before their paper title, followed by the abstract.  Each presenting author should submit their Symposium paper abstract separately.

Abstracts for standard papers and posters should be a maximum of 350 words, and for workshops or symposium, a maximum of 500 words.

There are four categories of submissions. Please structure them as follows:

Original research (that will be complete by October 2017)

  • ‘Group 1’ and title of the presentation/poster
  • Background, including element of originality
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Statement on ethical matters related to the study
  • Statement on funding source for the study
  • Statement that results will be presented at the conference
  • Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, workshop or symposium)

Theories and philosophies

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

Innovations (practice and education), areas for future research, and research in progress seeking collaboration

  • ‘Group 3’ and title of the presentation
  • Topic area, including element of originality
  • Description of innovation, area for research, or research seeking collaboration
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, workshop or symposium)

Art or Drama

  • ‘Group 4’ and title of the presentation
  • Topic area, including element of originality
  • Description of innovation, area for research, or research seeking collaboration
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Preferred presentation mode (oral, poster, workshop or symposium)

The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 30th April 2017 and presenters will be informed of the reviewers decision by the end of June 2017.

Please note: All presenters and delegates will be required to pay a fee for each day of attendance

  • 1 Day: £135
  • 2 Days: £270
  • 3 Days: £400

VAT not applicable

Venue - Grange Hotel

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The conference venue is The Grange Hotel, Grange over Sands, which is situated on the fringe of the Lake District in beautiful surroundings.

For details on the charms of this stylish location, including maps and directions, please visit the hotel website www.grange-hotel.co.uk

Rooms have been secured as a special conference rate of £95 single occupancy, bed and breakfast. If you are bringing a guest, there would be an extra charge.

Grange Hotel contact details:

Tel: 015395 33666
Fax: 015395 35064
Email: info@grange-hotel.co.uk

There are a variety of other options of hotels and B&B’s in Grange over Sands and the surrounding area. Read more about the accommodation available now.

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Full conference attendance Monday 2, Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 October 2017 - £400
Single Days Conference Attendance: £135 per day
Conference Dinner Attendance on the evening of Tuesday 3 October £45
Conference Social Event on the evening of Monday 2 October - £45

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