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2022 Workshops: Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding

24 & 27 February 2022


The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre is proud to announce two optional workshops

Combine one or both of these workshops with our two day conference for a really rewarding experience – See our conference listing for conference details.


WORKSHOP 1: This intensive is for those who are looking to enhance and support the decision making process with their clients in birth and beyond. Participants will develop a team of support, role play the language of birth cartography and develop confidence in the practice of birth cartography. There will be opportunities for reflective discussion.  


WORKSHOP 2: ‘Trauma-informed practice’ has become a catchphrase if not clichéd concept in recent times. This workshop is an opportunity to delve deeper into understanding the neurophysiological basis of trauma, explore how your personal history and knowledge base have influenced your practice, and appreciate how you as a perinatal professional have significant power to minimize the potential for trauma among those in your care. The workshop

will entail a combination of cognitive learning, reflective processes and embodiment practices.

Participants will ideally have attended during the conference presentation of A Neurophysiological Approach to Trauma Minimization In The Perinatal Continuum as a springboard to this workshop.


We are optimistic about our ability to hold a live conference, but if COVID restrictions prevent it going ahead as a live conference then the entire conference will be presented online and the difference in cost between the live and online conference will be refunded. Likewise, workshops will be cancelled and be immediately refunded.


This program may be subject to changes – please check the website for updates.


All funds raised go to support the work of the Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre


What is the Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre?

The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre is a hub of information and support for parents in Warrnambool and the surrounding areas. It is a place parents can come to relax and connect with other parents in an informal setting. Importantly, parents can access the breastfeeding information and support they need, when they need it, through professional lactation support and practical support such as breast pump hire and information on lactation aids.


Social program

Join us for a casual dinner at The Whaler’s Hotel – just across from the conference venue.

Buy your own meals and drinks at usual prices. To ensure you place please book a table when registering there is no charge for booking. The Whalers Hotel ,Cnr Liebig and Timor St Warrnambool.


Sponsorship Opportunity: The Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre invites you to sponsor, exhibit, or advertise

at our 2022 conference. This conference has attracted a stellar line-up of National and International speakers.

View Sponsorship Details


Getting there

Getting to and from Warrnambool is easy! The Melbourne-Warrnambool (via Geelong) train timetable can be found at: ( Of course you could also hire a car and follow the Princes Highway to Warrnambool (Just over a 3hr journey from Tullamarine, and 2.5hr from Avalon), or if you’ve got the time, why not enjoy the Great Ocean Road... Happy travels!



Warrnambool has a great range of reasonably priced accommodation. For more information please check out sites such as and For help with accommodation that will fit your budget and requirements please ring the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre on freecall 1800 637 725 or (03) 5559 4620.


Please check carefully the cancellation policy of your accommodation in case of cancellation of the Warrnambool Conference due to COVID restrictions.


Workshop 1: Thursday 9.00am - 4.00pm 24 Feb 2022. Venue: Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre
09:00 AM Would you like to become a Birth Cartographer®? - Catherine Bell
04:00 PM Close


Workshop 2: Sunday 9.00am - 1.00pm 27 Feb 2022. Venue: the Whalers Hotel.
09:00 AM Trauma-sensitive perinatal care - Venue: the Whalers Hotel - Nisha Gill
01:00 PM Close:
SPEAKERS: Catherine Bell, Nisha Gill
Catherine Bell
BSc (Hons), MSc (Comm)

Catherine is the author of The Birth Map: Boldly going where no birth plan has gone before. After becoming a mother, she shifted her focus from marine biology and general science communication to maternal communication and decision making. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Canberra evaluating a new approach to birth preparation she developed in response to the short comings experienced in the current system – Birth Cartography.


Nisha Gill
BAppSc, Dip C, SEP

Nisha Gill is a Somatic Experiencing (trauma resolution) practitioner, applying a neuro-physiological or bodymind lens to working with trauma using Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Practice, Neuro Affective Touch and counselling. Her special focus is on the resolution of developmental, birth, sexual, pre- & peri-natal and medical traumas. Nisha’s practice is informed by her experiences as birth educator, birth doula, integrative bodyworker, and female embodiment teacher. She formerly worked as a speech pathologist in hospital and rehabilitation settings.


IBLCE No: CL2021-1AU. Workshop 1 = 6.5 R CERPs, Workshop 2 = 3.5 R CERPs


Optional Dinner
Join us for a casual dinner at The Whaler’s Hotel – just across from the conference venue.
Buy your own meals and drinks at usual prices. To ensure you place please book a table when registering there is no charge for booking. The Whalers Hotel ,Cnr Liebig and Timor St Warrnambool.
If you have already booked via the conference registration there is no need to book again.

PRICE: Regular Full Price $219 (inc gst)
All Days - 24 & 27 February 2022
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     Earlybird Both until 10/01/22 - $169 $219 (inc gst)

Day 1 - Thu 24-Feb-2022
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     Earlybird until 10/01/22 - $120 $160 (inc gst)

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     Student - $120 (inc gst)

Day 2 - Sun 27-Feb-2022
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     Earlybird until 10/01/22 - $49 $59 (inc gst)

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     Student - $49 (inc gst)

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