The Birthing Room's 2017 conference is set to be our best yet!
The aim of the conference is to encourage participants to learn more about traditional Māori birthing practices and how these can be implemented in New Zealand’s current maternity system. It will also provide a foundation for participants to learn more about their own whakapapa, their own family story, so that this in turn can be passed onto future generations. Our goal is that every participant will go home with a collection of resources that they will either share with their midwifery practice and clients, antenatal class clients, or incorporate into their own upcoming births. We strongly believe that integrating knowledge of traditional Māori birth practices into antenatal education (Cultivating our roots) will benefit hauora (Māori wellbeing), therefore help to bridge the gap between non-Māori and Māori health outcomes (Let the tree flourish). We also believe that this will benefit all pregnant New Zealand families, as understanding our own family story increases feelings of belonging, identity, and community.
We are incredibly privileged to have Kelly Tikao as this year's keynote speaker.
Kelly (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) was last year’s recipient of both the Health Research Council PhD Māori Scholarship and the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre UC Māori PhD.
Kelly is a registered nurse. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies at the University of Auckland and a Master of Science Communication (film-making) at the University of Otago. Kelly is now in the second year of her PhD studies. Kelly Tikao’s body of work “Looking to the Past to Improve the Future: Iho – a Cord Between Two Worlds.” is an important perspective for birth culture in New Zealand as it brings the importance to Tikanga Maori to our current medicalised birth practice. The aims of her ‘Iho (umbilical cord) – a Cord between Two Worlds’ research/film project – is to document traditional Maori birthing practices and explore how they could be integrated into a modern medical model of maternity care.
- Traditional Maori birthing practices
- Ipu whenua
- Muka cord ties
- Obstacles to integrating traditional birthing practices into modern midwifery practice
- And more!
Midwives, obstetricians, doulas, childbirth educators, well-child nurses, practices nurses, allied health staff, whanau, pregnant families and anyone passionate about empowered birth are welcome.
Babes in arms are welcome.
As with all of The Birthing Room's events and classes, expect to be beautifully nourished with awesome kai!
Change of date
Please note that The Birthing Room's Conference has now changed from October 2016 to March 2017.