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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 or phone on +44 (0)1772 893809


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. Submissions will be presented on a variety of topics including the following:

  • 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


Social Event now Confirmed!

For the social event on the evening of Monday 2 October, we will be taking a small group to the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick for a 2 course meal followed by a production of the following play.  Tickets are limited, and only available on a first come, first served basis:

by Moira Buffini

When Maggie met the Queen
Tea at four
Handbags at dawn

Two icons, one destined to rule, the other to lead. But when the gloves came off, who had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s sensational comedy looks behind the closed doors of the palace to speculate what really happened when two of the most powerful women in the world clashed.

This funny, insightful and brilliantly sharp satire was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015 and went on to be a West End smash hit.

Running time: 2hr 25min (inc. 20 min interval)

To book one of the few remaining places for this, please go to the online booking form and choose the Social Event option, and make the online payment asap!

Draft Programme

The Draft Programme is now available online or a more condensed pdf version is available (.pdf 312kb)

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

Baroness Julia Cumberlege, 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 Vedam, Canada: Mapping Midwifery Efficacy: Using High Tech Tools to Tell our Low Tech Tale

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.


  • 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


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

The deadline for submissions has now passed, and we are no longer accepting any further submissions.

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

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

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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