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Breastfeeding: Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding

Warrnambool: Feb 22, 23 and 24, 2013


All funds raised for this conference go to support the Warrnambool Breastfeeding Centre.

Share a wonderful 'long weekend' of insightful presentations and workshops, in the delightful beach town of Warrnambool. Saturday night join us for a special Dinner at the Sebel – Great food, great company and great entertainment - $65

Getting there: From Melbourne Airport + Skybus or taxi + Southern Cross Station and train to Warrnambool. Avalon Airport + Shuttle or taxi + Geelong station and catch the Melbourne-Warrnambool (via Geelong). Drive (Melb Airport 3+hrs, Avalon 2.5) via Princes Hwy. Got time? Try the Great Ocean Road.

Day 1 - Fri 22-Feb-2013
07:45 AM Registration
08:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
08:45 AM Perinatal neuroscience and skin-to-skin contact - Dr Nils Bergman
09:45 AM Integrating a publicly funded homebirth program into a caseload model - Patrice Hickey
10:15 AM Morning Tea
10:45 AMMorning Workshops; Choose 1 from:
  • FULL DAY Waterbirth Workshop : Dur 5hrs - by Vicky Chan & Lynne Staff - (Limited Numbers) - Vicki Chan
  • 1-Midwifery Skills Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - Rebozzo, methods for assisting pelvic movement, chunging. / Rachel Reed (Limited Numbers) - Rachel Reed
  • 2-A Neurobehavioural approach to breastfeeding Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - Including breastfeeding premature infants by Nils & Jill Bergman - Dr Nils Bergman and Jill Bergman
  • 3-Assessing dilation by external observation Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - Plus female pelvis anatomy and physiology by Gloria Lemay - Gloria Lemay
  • 8-Tongue Tie Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - Bridget Ingle - Bridget Ingle
01:15 PM Lunch
02:15 PMAfternoon Workshops; Choose 1 from:
  • 5-Assessing a breastfeed Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - And history taking by Bridget Ingle - Bridget Ingle
  • 4-Breastfeeding for medical professionals Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - What every doctor needs to know by Dr Alison Stuebe - Dr Alison Stuebe
  • 6-Breech Birth Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - By Gloria Lemay - Gloria Lemay
  • 7-Family health for all ages Workshop: Dur 2.5hrs - Infants to Adolescents by Dr William Sears & Martha Sears - Dr William Sears and Martha Sears
05:15 PM Close


Day 2 - Sat 23-Feb-2013
07:45 AM Registration
08:30 AM Kangaroo Mother Care: Restoring the Original Paradigm for Infant Care - Dr Nils Bergman
09:30 AM The fussy baby - Dr William Sears
10:30 AM Morning Tea
11:00 AM Birth from the baby’s perspective (including physiological third stage) - Rachel Reed
12:00 PM Baby-led attachment, hands of technique (HOT), skin-to-skin, biological nurturing, cross cradle hold, asymmetric latch - Bridget Ingle
01:00 PM Lunch
01:45 PM Helping health professionals to help parents at birth - Jill Bergman
02:30 PM Breastfeeding and long-term maternal health - Dr Alison Stuebe
03:30 PM Afternoon Tea
03:45 PM The induction/augmentation and caesarean section epidemic – can we stem the tide? - Dr Michael Koutsoukis
04:30 PM Panel Discussion
05:15 PM Close
07:00 PM Conference Extra: Dinner at the Sebel - Booking required $65


Day 3 - Sun 24-Feb-2013
08:00 AM Registration
08:30 AM Welcome and Introduction
08:45 AM Mood, mother and infant: Breastfeeding and postpartum depression - Dr Alison Stuebe
09:45 AM Vaginal birth after caesarean - Rachel Reed
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Confident nutritional counselling for birth and breastfeeding - Gloria Lemay
12:15 PM Distorted nipples – not just a slip of the tongue - Bridget Ingle
01:15 PM Lunch
02:00 PM How attachment grows the baby’s brain - Dr William Sears
03:00 PM Afternoon Tea
03:30 PM Watch your language – language in pregnancy and birth
04:30 PM Panel Discussion
05:00 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Bridget Ingle, Dr Nils Bergman, Jill Bergman, Gloria Lemay, Dr Alison Stuebe, Rachel Reed, Lynne Staff, Vicki Chan, Dr William Sears, Patrice Hickey, Dr Michael Koutsoukis, Martha Sears
Bridget Ingle
Bridget Ingle

Bridget Ingle is a Lactation Consultant of 23 years working in private practice in Brisbane. She has a background in paediatric nursing, midwifery and as a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor with ABA before her certification as an IBCLC in 1992. Bridget has worked continually in the field of breastfeeding, lactation support and education since then and has completed orofacial myology study. Bridget has considerable experience and special interest in all causes of suck anomalies, at-breast feeding line use, and cleft lip/palate. Bridget is co-founder of ASTLiT. 




Dr Nils Bergman
Dr Nils Bergman
MB, chB, MPH, MD

Nils Bergman’s primary professional interest revolves around Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), and the underlying perinatal and developmental neuroscience. His diverse background explains his broader public health approach to supporting and promoting the global dissemination of maternal-infant skin-to-skin contact. With Midwife Agneta Jurisoo, Nils developed and implemented KMC for premature infants right from birth, with dramatic improvement in survival of premature babies.

He continues researching this and has given keynote addresses on KMC at International conferences in six continents. He has a diploma in Child Health, a masters degree in Public Health, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacology.



Jill Bergman
Jill Bergman

Jill Bergman holds a degree in Geography and English and a higher diploma in Education. She has worked as a teacher, missionary, counselor, guider and youth leader, in three cultures and using three languages. Nevertheless, her top priority is her family, and three children. All along she has been working with Dr Nils Bergman on Kangaroo mother care and has written a book – “hold your prem” a workbook for skin to skin contact for parents of premature babies, as well as scripted and produced four films on KMC.







Gloria Lemay
Gloria Lemay

Gloria Lemay has been attending births in BC for over 30 years. She has faced relentless persecution by the BC College of Midwives for not having joined their organization and becoming "regulated" in 1998, and yet, remains one of the most sought after birth educators and birth attendants in the province. To learn more about Gloria Lemay visit









Dr Alison Stuebe
Dr Alison Stuebe

Dr. Alison Stuebe is Associate Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on the association between lactation and long-term maternal health outcomes. Her current research includes the clinical management of breastfeeding difficulties and the role of oxytocin in women’s health. In the clinical arena she serves as Medical Director of Lactation Services for UNC Healthcare, where she leads an interdisciplinary team of UNC clinicians that is developing new approaches to management of breastfeeding difficulties. Dr. Stuebe is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Committee on Obstetric Practice, chairs the External Communications Committee of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and is a member of the board of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She has been American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certified since 2010.




Rachel Reed
Rachel Reed

Rachel Reed is an Independent Midwife and a Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia). She began her midwifery career in the UK and has practised midwifery within a range of care models and settings including hospitals, birth centres, community and homebirth. Rachel is committed to the promotion of physiological birth, and of women’s innate ability to birth.








Lynne Staff
Lynne Staff

Lynne has been a midwife for 25 years and is a wife, and mother of 3 sons. She has worked in the public and private maternity care sectors, established a home birth practice on the Sunshine Coast in QLD, and has been involved in midwifery education programs, both hospital and university-based. She helped establish the Nambour-Selangor Private Hospital Maternity Unit in 1997, where she continued to work up until June 2008. She completed an Honours project in 2006, investigating the lived experience of Caesarean and the choice for a non-medically indicated CS for a first birth. She is passionate about ensuring that women’s perspectives of their birthing experience are made known through their own stories because women’s accounts of their experiences are so invisible in the literature relating to birth.




Vicki Chan
Vicki Chan

Vicki has been a midwife since 1983. She has worked in a large tertiary hospital and a small private birth centre. Presently she works part-time at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital in Queensland. She also travels abroad offering support and education to midwives, medical workers and women in developing countries. She has been involved in the support and education of student and registered midwives, and has spoken far and wide on matters of birth. Vicki has helped to establish Women’s Health Clinic and Birth Centre in Fremo, in Africa and is passionate about women, the family, and the health of the community.






Dr William Sears
Dr William Sears

William Sears, one of America’s most renowned paediatricians, is the father of eight children, author of over 40 books on childcare and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

A paediatrician for over 35 years, Dr. Sears received his paediatric training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the largest children’s hospital in the world, where he served as Associate Ward Chief of the newborn nursery and Associate Professor of Pediatrics. In addition to writing many books and scientific articles, Dr. Sears is a medical and parenting consultant to Baby Talk and Parenting Magazines. Dr. Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a fellow of the Royal College of Pediatricians.




Patrice Hickey

Patrice presently holds a position as a Clinical Midwife Consultant, Sunshine Hospital – Western Health, Melbourne, Victoria where her work has been focused on implementing an all risk caseload model of midwifery inclusive of the Victorian Department of Health pilot Home Birth program. The other major committees that consume her spare time are as a Board member of the Perinatal Services Advisory Committee; as a member of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity – Stillbirth Sub-Committee and as a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council – Registered Midwife Accreditation Committee.


Dr Michael Koutsoukis

Michael is the Senior Staff Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at South West Healthcare in Warrnambool. He has made a career working in rural and regional centres, and is a firm advocate of reducing the current high rates of surgery in Obstetric services. He has worked in remote areas of Australia including Darwin, Alice Springs and Bowral and has taught at the University of Melbourne and The University of Wollongong.


Martha Sears
Martha Sears

Martha Sears is the mother of eight children, a registered nurse, a former childbirth educator, a La Leche League leader, and a lactation consultant. Martha is the co-author of more than 25 parenting books and is a popular lecturer and media guest drawing on her eighteen years of breastfeeding experience Martha speaks frequently at national parenting conferences and is noted for her advice on how to handle the most common problems facing today’s mothers with their changing lifestyles.






LOCATION: Lighthouse Theatre

85 Timor Street
Warrnambool, VIC, 3280


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CONFERENCE DINNER: Saturday Night - 23 Feb 2013 - 7.00pm $65pp

Join us on Saturday night at the Sebel, 16 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool.
Time: 7.00pm for a night of great food, great company and great entertainment.
Price: $65 includes a 2 course meal and great entertainment, raffle, prizes and giveaways. Drinks are at bar prices.

Book when you register: Partners and friends welcome.

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