Most of our workshops are appropriate for anyone working with pregnant & birthing families. We will specify if workshops are specifically for midwives or other health professionals.
In-person bookings are limited as we prefer to keep these workshops intimate.
The hormone of love in pregnancy, birth and beyond
with Dr Sarah Buckley
Dr Sarah Buckley brings her brilliant blend of science and wisdom to this evening talk for parents and professionals.
Based on her current PhD studies, Dr Buckley explains
- the oxytocin system and how it naturally promotes safety, ease and pleasure from pregnancy to labour, birth and postpartum for the entire birthing family.
- the impacts of common maternity-care interventions on this system
- how to address the hormonal gaps that interventions such as induction, epidurals and caesareans can cause
There will also be time for Q&A and discussion.
Copies of Dr Buckley’s book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering will be available for purchase, personally signed.
Date: Monday 11 December 7pm – 9:30pm
Location: The Living Centre, 16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002
Educator: Sarah Buckley
* Certificate of attendance provided for these types of bookings
Dr Sarah Buckley is trained as a GP with qualifications 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. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, researching oxytocin in labour and birth and the impacts of maternity-care interventions. She has co-authored several papers on oxytocin in labour, birth and breastfeeding.
Sarah is also the mother of four adult children, all born at home. She lives on the semi-rural outskirts of Brisbane.
Aromatherapy Applications for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond
a Workshop for Midwives & Birth Professionals
More women are seeking out complementary therapies to treat discomforts and enhance wellbeing during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Aromatherapy is one effective option that can be safe and easy to use. However, there is often concern about the use of essential oils during pregnancy with a wide range of conflicting and confusing advice. Whilst not expected to be an expert, it is beneficial for midwives and practitioners caring for these women to be aware of what these therapies offer and where to look for professional advice and information.
This workshop will cover:
- The basics of aromatherapy and essential oil use
- Safety aspects of essential oil use during pregnancy, birth and postpartum as well for babies
- Benefits & practical application of aromatherapy from pregnancy to postpartum
- Review of relevant research, case studies and Sonya’s own experience in her practice
2024 dates to be announced soon!
Location: MAMA Kensington
Educator: Sonya Edmonds
Sonya is a qualified Clinical Aromatherapist and Massage therapist/Practitioner of pregnancy massage, nurse and midwife, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and a mum. Sonya is passionate about the natural healing properties of essential oils and has over 20 years’ experience in using aromatherapy to promote health and wellbeing, on a physical as well an emotional level. Based on her experience and particular interest in women and children Sonya set up her company Mother Nurture Aromatherapy and Massage to cater for mothers, mothers to be and their families. Sonya practises at two locations in Melbourne, including MAMA, and is a full professional member of IAAMA (International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association).
Prescribing Education for Endorsed Midwives & Perinatal Prescribers
2023 Prescribing live online series
- You can book any time during the series (until the 31st August) and you will have access to recordings of the sessions past sessions online!
- Click on this link or the Book Here button below and then click on ‘add to cart’. When you have purchased the series you will have immediate access to any past presentations and you will receive a separate email with a link to upcoming zoom sessions.
- If you have any issues booking in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In our 2023 series we will be hearing from experts on PPH management, hyperemesis gravidarum, mastitis management and the use of metformin for GDM management. The series is planned to run over 5 consecutive Thursday evenings commencing on the 3rd of August, from 7:30pm-9pm AEST.
Here is the current line up:
Rodney Whyte (back by popular demand) topic ‘current conundrums in pregnancy prescribing & questions from participants’
Management of Hyperemesis Gravidarum; guest speakers from HG Australia Caitlin Kay-Smith & Yanika Flynn, and Dr Paul Berlund (MBBS, FRANZCOG) on the medical management of HG.
Dr Natalie Elphinstone (MBBS, FRANZCOG) on PPH management and Safer Care Victoria guidelines.
Discussion of 2022 Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Mastitis protocol (speaker Katrina Mitchell, MD, LC, ABM)
Elle Crighton (NP, EM, Diabetes Educator) on metformin use for treatment of GDM in pregnancy
This 5 part series is an interactive online education opportunity for anyone prescribing in the perinatal period. Sessions will be recorded and you will have access to the recordings, additional reading, quizzes and certificates in an online learning portal for a total of 10 CPD hours.
Dates: August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (11am AEST session) & 31st. All dates unless otherwise specified will be evening sessions 7:30-9pm AEST.
Click the Book Here button below and then click on ‘add to cart’. When you have purchased the series you will have immediate access to any past presentations and you will receive a separate email with a link to upcoming zoom sessions.
2022 Prescribing series online package
In 2022 our prescribing education series was a 5 part live webinar that is available to purchase as an online package! You will receive access to the recordings, readings and quizzes for each session and a certificate for 10 hours of prescribing related education.
It will cost you only $100 for full access to the series!
Our wonderful and experienced guest speakers and topics included:
- Rodney White (pharmacist) Prescribing in the perinatal period
- Dr Robin Thurman (obstetrician) Shortened cervix and preterm labour
- Dr Amber Hart (GP/LC) Thrush in breastfeeding and the newborn
- Dr Lucinda Smith & Dr Adaobi Udechuku (perinatal psychiatrists) Medications and perinatal mental health
- Dr Perri Dyson (obstetrician) GDM and PE treatment in the postnatal period
LGBTQIA+ inclusivity workshop for midwives & reproductive health workers
Millicent is a TCM practitioner who has worked in the birthing space for many years, and has close connections to the LGBTQIA community. This LGBTQIA+ inclusivity workshop is designed to provide information for healthcare professionals and their associated businesses, especially those in reproductive health.
Included is research related to this community, appropriate language and discussions about how to approach potential barriers to effective communication and inclusion.
We will explore ways to be inclusive so you are able to find the language for everyone. How to write forms and emails or ask medically necessary questions in an inclusive manner. In this workshop I am able to answer all your questions so that your patients and clients don’t have to.
I look forward to seeing you in person or online!
Online over Zoom: 27th November 12:30pm – 2:30pm AEDT
In Person in MAMA Kensington: 02 December 3pm – 5pm AEDT
Educator: Millicent Matthews (She/They)
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Rheaspiration with Rhea Dempsey
This three hour event is for midwives, students & birth workers; particularly those who work with women in the caseload/on-call life. We know this work can at times empty your cup as much as it fills it. This workshop aims to nourish your soul and fill your cup with some ‘Rheaspiration’.
Dates: Monday 17 April 10am – 1pm
Thursday 22 June 6-9pm
Educator: Rhea Dempsey
Birth and early postpartum emergencies- simulation sessions
THIS IS NOT A LECTURE! In this hands-on session YOU will bring your wealth of knowledge in to a practical session. We have collaborated with ACU and have set up a simulation room to emulate a homebirth setting. Midwives will attend the session in small (max 8 midwives) groups, alongside midwifery students (playing the couple) and paramedicine students (playing the paramedics). Two midwives will be given a home birth emergency scenario which will be recorded (for their own reflection) and will be visible from a viewing room by the other participants. A constructive debrief will then be carried out by the observers, the midwives in the scenario and the facilitators. We encourage midwives to bring their own resuscitation and emergency equipment to use (consumables will be supplied so you are not using your own).
2023 Dates: register interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: ACU simulation room
Suturing for Midwives
This workshop will teach the basics of suturing for midwives in the home or hospital environment. We will teach you the tools and techniques of good suturing practice, and you will get the opportunity to practice on some models. Please note: this workshop may not be recognised in your hospital facility, nor are we able to provide mentoring for real-life suturing practice; this will need to be organised within your workplace.
Date: Monday 22nd May 10am-3pm
Cost: $180 per person
Certificate of Attendance provided
Day of the Newborn
This workshop is all about the newborn! We have an experienced pediatrician facilitate this workshop to teach us tools and tricks to identify the well and unwell newborn. We will cover thorough newborn examination and how to detect common abnormalities of the heart and other major organs.
Date: register interest by emailing email@example.com
Location: MAMA Kensington
38 Gatehouse Drive
Cost: $150 (lunch included)
Acupuncture in Labour
Acupuncture for midwifery is a practical evidence based way to utilise acupuncture points in the care of birthing people. Some of the points that we use have an ancient history to them but
haven’t been researched and others have an enormous amount of research behind them. I will help you to discern which are the most well
researched and practical ones to use for your practise. This will be for birth, pregnancy and postpartum as well as breast and chest feeding.
We will have some time to practise how to use the points on the body and easy quick ways to find them. This is an amazing tool for you to add to your repertoire for care. It is cheap too! All you need are your hands. This workshop will be useful to anyone working with birthing people and breast/chest feeding. But it has been written with midwives and lactation consultants in mind. Dr Millicent Matthew is a qualified and registered acupuncturist, birth
educator and tuina practitioner who works primarily in reproductive health.
Dates: 17th November 2023 4pm-6pm
Location: MAMA Kensington
*Discounts available for students, Mama staff and health care card holders*
Online workshop recording
Would you like to attend this workshop but cannot find a suitable time? We have you covered. You can purchase the workshop and watch it at your own leisure, receiving a certificate towards your annual CPD.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Due to our small group sizes & high demand, payment is required in full at time of booking & is non-refundable in the event of change of mind, other engagements, forgetting to attend or illness.
Full refunds will only be given for unexpected early births (provided you are less than 36 weeks pregnant at the start of the course).
If you wish to move your booking to another course date, please get in touch at least 7 days before the start of your booked course (space permitting).
If you’d like to pay in instalments, please contact us on 03 9376 7474.
In the rare instance that we need to cancel the class (presenter illness, minimum booking numbers not reached etc), we will contact you 3-5 business days prior to the class. We will aim to facilitate you joining another class, or offer a full refund if this is not possible.