Normal Labour and Birth: 14th Research Conference

Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th June 2019, Grange Over Sands

Please note that the conference is now fully booked – if you are a presenter please contact the Events Team on

For conference enquiries and to register your interest in this conference, please email the Events Team or telephone: +44 (0)1772 892650.

For academic enquiries please contact Professor Soo Downe

The 14th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference will continue the activities of the previous events in the Conference Series.

The conference will be of interest to academics, researchers, policy makers, clinical staff, service users, parents, and birth activists from around the world.

Previous events have attracted a wide range of international delegates, from architects to economists, neuroscientists to sociologists, and from those working in maternity care (midwives, doctors, doulas, paediatricians) to those who have experienced it.

The conference provides a space for networking, sharing results and research plans, and developing policy and practice change.

We look forward to receiving an abstract from you, and/or to seeing you in June 2019!

Papers or posters are invited and details about submitting your abstract are on the expandable Submissions tab below.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 1st February 2019.

Preliminary Keynote Speakers (more to be confirmed)

Professor Jane Sandall, Kings College, London: results and implications of the POPPIE study, that is currently developing, implementing and testing a new model of continuity of care for women at risk of preterm birth

Dr Lilian Peters, epidemiologist, VU Medical Center Amsterdam, the Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen and  visiting postdoctoral fellow at Western Sydney University: results of a longitudinal  Big Data study on nearly half a million healthy Australian mothers and babies, examining physiological birth and protection from long term childhood illness, and associations between such long term outcomes and birth interventions

Professor Marleen Temmerman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Director Women’s Health, Faculty of Heath Sciences, Aga Khan university, East Africa: the content and implications of the forthcoming Lancet Optimising Cesarean Section Series

Professor Mary Steen, University of South Australia: working with fathers and families through collaboration with the  Family Included network

Kati Edwards, poet: new poetry especially created for the conference.

Submissions will be accepted from Monday 12th November 2018 and will close Friday 1st February 2019.

Submissions are invited for the following, and can be submitted on the online system here

  • Oral Presentation
  • Poster Presentation
  • Film or video or multimedia Presentation
  • Symposium
  • Workshop

Multiple submissions

The same presenting author can submit multiple abstracts, but, if more than one is accepted, they will need to choose which to present. Only one presentation (of any type) will be programmed for any individual presenting author, to allow the opportunity for different people to present their work.

Word count

For all abstracts except symposia, the maximum word count is 400

If you are submitting for a symposium, the maximum word count is 1000

For fairness to all, abstracts longer than these guidelines will be cut off at the word limit before being sent to the peer reviewers, so we strongly advise you to stick to the word limit!

Workshop and Seminar format

Workshops and symposia will be allocated 90 minutes total. Workshops should demonstrate how they will allocate at least half of the session for engagement/discussion

Seminar sessions must include at least 3 linked papers/presenting authors, and each paper must be separately described in the abstract, along with a rationale explaining how they are linked.

Abstract types and structure

Abstracts presenting primary research must include findings or a guarantee that findings will be available in time for the conference.

Abstracts should not include references. Please structure abstracts presenting primary research by the following headings:

Background; Objectives; Methods; Findings; Conclusions/implications

Abstracts presenting theory, practice, policy change, and etc should include the following headings:

Background; Rationale for theory or policy/practice change; Description of application; Impact; Discussion

Statements to be included in all abstracts

All those submitting abstracts must complete the boxes in the submission process that relate to ethics approval and funding (specifying the source, or that these were not relevant for the submission).


The deadline date for submissions is February 1st 2019.

Please download the conference programme here.

For information there are two optional evening social events available:

  • Lake Windermere evening cruise on Monday 17 June
  • 3 course conference dinner on Tuesday 18 June

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

Find out more details on the charms of this stylish location and how to get to the hotel here.

To book accommodation at the hotel, please contact them directly at or telephone +44 (0)15395 33666 and let them know that you are attending this conference, as the hotel is blocked out for conference delegates and will show as unavailable on the standard booking site..

Other local accommodation is available within Grange Over Sands, and further information can be found here.

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Full Conference Attendance Fee, Monday 17, Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 June 2019: £400 - FULLY BOOKED
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