Normal Labour and Birth

Date : 15th, 16th & 17th June 2015

Location : The Grange Hotel Conference Centre, Grange Over Sands, Lake District

For further details please contact Liz Roberts, Conference Officer, UCLan Conference & Events, telephone +44 (0) 1772 893809 or email

In association with: 

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Canadian Association of Midwives


Midwives Alliance


Royal College of Midwives

Normal Birth; into the future

The draft programme is now available. The programme is subject to change and will be updated on the Conference Programme tab below.

This 10th conference in the international series is an important global event, which is a UCLan initiative, led by Soo Downe from the Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (ReaCH), School of Health at UCLan.

The conference has been running since 2002 and held outside the UK in Canada in 2010, China in 2012 and Brazil in 2014. In 2015 the conference returns to its UK home at Grange Over Sands in the English Lake District.

We are pleased to announce that the social trip for Monday15th of June has been confirmed



This is the tenth 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:

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

Aims and Objectives


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.


  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:

  • 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

Venue and Accommodation

The conference venue is The Grange Hotel, Grange Over Sands, which is situated on the fringe of the Lake District in beautiful surroundings. See here for details on the charms of this stylish location.

The hotel have reserved bedrooms for conference delegates, so to book your accommodation, please contact the hotel direct and explain you are attending the Normal Labour and Birth Conference.

You can contact the hotel as follows:

Tel: 015395 33666
Fax: 015395 35064

Other accommodation is available in the area, and details can be found in the attached document.

Social Programme

On the evening of Monday the 15th of June there will be a social trip which will compromise a boat trip around England's premier lake, Lake Windermere. The private charter boat will sail the lake for two hours, giving stunning views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands the lake has to offer. 
Dinner will be included in the trip, a traditional Cumbrian hotpot; choose between a traditional lamb or a vegetarian cheese hotpot followed by a dessert. A selection of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks will also be available from the boat's fully licensed bar.

The boat will depart at 7pm and return at 9pm.

The price for the trip, including coach transport to the lake, dinner and the cruise is £42. Please book your place for the trip on the booking form below.

The conference dinner will take place in The Grange Hotel restaurant on the evening of Tuesday the 16th of June and will be a 3 course dinner with wine, tea/coffee and mints followed by entertainment at £42.
Please book your place for the dinner on the booking form below.

Conference Programme

The draft programme is now available and can be viewed here. Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Booking Form

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To register and book a place at the conference please complete all fields and provide details as you wish them to appear in delegate documentation

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Full Conference Attendance: £400 (VAT not applicable)
Single Days Conference Attendance: £135 per day (VAT not applicable)

Conference Dinner Attendance £42
Boat Trip Attendance including dinner and transport £42

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Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Jim Zhang (research on physiological length of labour)
  • Professor Mary Renfrew (overview of and update of most recent activities around the Lancet Series on Midwifery)
  • Professor Peter Brocklehurst (new innovations in the epidemiology and consequences of intrapartum events: the UK Life study)
  • Professor Lisa Kane Low (Implementation science and change towards physiological labour and birth)
  • Yoanna Stancheva, (Midwifery Untamed: Subverting the Status Quo Safely)