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Our Beginnings Matter: Birthing our future

Brisbane: Monday 4 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. 
Beginnings Matter Brisbane 04/11/2019
08:15 AM Registration open – tea and coffee served
08:30 AM Welcome Address
08:45 AM Oxytocin, foundation of childbearing - Dr Sarah Buckley
09:45 AM Maternity in Crisis? - Robert M Biter MD
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Maternal environment and birth physiology - Dr Sarah Buckley
12:15 PM Surviving the slings and arrows – Effecting change in the modern maternity system - Robert M Biter MD
01:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM Seed planting workshop - Elly Taylor
04:30 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Dr Sarah Buckley, Elly Taylor, Robert M Biter MD
Dr Sarah Buckley
Dr Sarah Buckley
MB ChB, DipObst, General Practitioner

Trained as a GP and in GP obstetrics. She has been writing and lecturing to childbirth professionals and parents since 1997, and is the author of the internationally best-selling book Gentle Birth. Gentle Mothering,

Sarah has a special interest in the hormonal physiology of labour and birth and in 2015 she completed an extensive scientific report on this topic, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, published with Childbirth Connection (US) in 2015. She is currently a PhD candidate in this area at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

See and her Hormonal Physiology report at


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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