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Birth Matters: Combining the emotional and medical

Sydney: Saturday 2 November 2019


About this conference:

If you work with pregnant or postpartum women and their families this is a “must attend” one day seminar.  Featuring Robert Biter, MD, Elly Taylor and Rodney Whyte (Sydney) and Dr Sarah Buckley, Robert Biter and Elly Taylor (Brisbane) this conference will investigate current topics around pregnancy, birth and postpartum care and help you develop skills in developing a collaboration between health professionals and the families they work with.  This conference is for health professionals or allied health professionals who work with expecting or new parents in any capacity;  midwives, lactation consultants, doulas, birth workers, breastfeeding counsellors, allied health professionals and medical doctors.
Becoming Us 2 hour Seed Planting Workshops

If you work with expecting or new parents in ANY professional capacity, you can learn how to plant powerful seeds that support mothers, fathers and partners to cope as individuals, pull together as a couple, and thrive as a family.


In this two hour interactive seminar you’ll discover:

  • • That while we call it the “transition into parenthood”, there are actually more than eight (8!!!) major life transitions for mothers, fathers and families. You’ll learn what these transitions are and how you can use them in your role.
  • • How the research and evidence-based Becoming Us approach can support you to work with individuals, couples or groups in a whole-family way to navigate the different transitions of parenthood, reduce risks for PMH issues and relationship problems and support families to thrive.
  • • New brain research into learning and relationships that can make all the difference in your work.
  • • How to design and plant a 3 part ‘Becoming Us’ seed for parents to grow their love and you can see just how powerful this tool can be! And the best bit? Seed planting only takes a moment for you – but can make a lifetime of difference for families. Elly would love to show you how. 
Birth Matters Sydney 02/11/2019
08:15 AM Registration opens – Tea/coffee served
08:30 AM Welcome Address
08:45 AM “Can I take that?” Breastfeeding mothers get sick too - Rodney Whyte
09:45 AM Pharmacological management of milk supply – Highs and lows - Rodney Whyte
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Maternity in crisis? - Robert M Biter MD
12:15 PM A quiet moment – Preserving reverence and quiet in the first moments of life - Robert M Biter MD
01:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM Seed planting workshop - Elly Taylor
04:30 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Rodney Whyte, Elly Taylor, Robert M Biter MD
Rodney Whyte
Rodney Whyte
B Pharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, MSHPA, MPSA

Victorian Pharmacist’s Medal 2017- 2018, Monash University Affiliate

Rodney has a background of over 30 years of practice in hospital and community pharmacy, much of which has been as a specialist therapeutic medicines expert. He holds postgraduate qualifications, a Monash University appointment and has extensive clinical experience in a number of medical specialties. He is a member of, and consultant to, many professional healthcare organisations and committees.

As a part of his current position as senior pharmacist at the Monash Medicines Information Centre at Monash Health (Victoria), Rodney also delivers presentations to an extensive and diverse range of hospital and community groups.




Elly Taylor
Elly Taylor

Elly Taylor is an internationally recognised perinatal relationship expert, author and founder of Becoming Us.

Elly has served on advisory panels for Monash University, Newcastle University and the Australian Catholic University research projects and is currently on the board of the International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy.

Elly lives in Sydney with her firefighter husband, their three children and a bunch of pets.







Robert M Biter MD
Robert M Biter MD

Robert M. Biter, MD is a holistic Obstetrician and Gynecologist, founder of the worldwide nonprofit Seaside Giving and CEO of Babies by the Sea Birthing Centers. During his clinical practice, he received multiple awards including San Diego Padres Medical Community AllStar, Best OB/Gyn in San Diego by Ranch and Coast Magazine multiple years in a row and 40 under 40 Most Important San Diego Leaders.

During his medical education at Pennsylvania State University, he was named most outstanding graduate entering the field of OB/Gyn where he received multiple scholarships including named a National Health Service Corps Scholar. During his postgraduate training he was honored as an American Medical Association Leadership Award and was named Best Chief Resident from the nursing staff and Best Resident Teacher.

His undergraduate education was at Juniata College with a dual degree in theatre and premedical studies having earned scholarships for both areas of his studies.


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LOCATION: Sydney: Vibe Hotel

111 Goulburn Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000


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