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Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference

  • : Perth WA 6838


The modern healthcare landscape and complexities of chronic illness place new demands on the increasingly growing midwifery scope of practice. There is a need for midwives to be informed about latest evidence about a range of clinical and professional issues. This conference is an excellent opportunity for midwives to obtain current information on topical issues affecting their practice and gain CPD hours. Topics include:

  • Impact of Ice and Methamphetamine on the unborn baby
  • Compassionate care of addicted mothers
  • Breast feeding troubleshooting
  • Gestational diabetes 2016 update
  • Pre-eclampsia and other types of hypertension
  • Medicines used in midwifery - what do we know?
  • Cancer during pregnancy

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Day One



Narisha Pendal and Diane Loh

Midwifery Models of Care in WA

Making a choice about which model of care is most suitable can often be a daunting process for a mother and family. Understanding different options for maternity care is central to a mother and family centred approach to midwifery. This introductory session aims to provide an overview of current Midwifery care in Western Australia.


Heather Harris

Opening the Door to New Horizons - Working in Private Practice

Today’s workplace is in a state of upheaval with employment uncertainty affecting many midwives. Despite this, opportunities abound - for instance, there is a general need for more childbirth educators. This session continues to introduce the ‘state of play’ and current opportunities for midwives by sharing a story of a midwife who took the leap into private practice which resulted in entrepreneurial success.

  • What are the risks and benefits of working as a midwife in private practice?



Marina Mickelson

Gestational Diabetes - 2016 Update

According to Diabetes Australia, between 3-8% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes and this figure is as high as 15% for women from specific ethnicities. This session will bring you up to speed on a range of issues relating to gestational diabetes. Includes:

  • Update on current guidelines on the management of GD
  • What are appropriate, evidence-based dietary changes that may improve blood glucose levels?
  • What long-term advice should be given to these women?
  • How may this affect the overall health of the baby in their later life?


Teresa Warner

High Risk Pregnancies

There are a range of reasons which may contribute to a pregnancy being ‘high-risk’. As this may cause the health outcomes for a mother and baby to be compromised, midwives must have a strong knowledge base on the following:

  • What conditions may result in a ‘high-risk’ pregnancy?
  • Evidence-based Guidelines for the management and follow up of mothers deemed ‘high-risk’
  • Developing a health plan to improve outcomes



Tamara Lebedevs

Medicines in Midwifery - Update

The use of medicines during pregnancy requires much careful consideration. Knowledge and safety of medications is integral in the care of pregnant women and lactating mothers. Some medications can cause harmful effects and often heath care professionals struggle to keep up to date with current knowledge and research. This session will cover:

  • Antimicrobials, Psychotropic and Analgesic medications in pregnancy and lactating mothers - most recent research?
  • Most commonly asked questions answered
  • Update in general changes that will alter your care of pregnant women
  • Antihypertensives in pregnancy - mini overview


Heather Harris

High BMI - How to Meet the Challenges of Breastfeeding

Obesity has become a concerning and prevalent health problem in Australia and is an important risk factor in women's reproductive life and during the peri-natal period. A high BMI can also significantly affect breastfeeding outcomes. This session discusses:

  • Why are high BMI women prone to mammary hypoplasia?
  • What are the implications for long term breast feeding in these women?
  • Ways to overcome breast attachment challenges
  • Troubleshooting breastfeeding difficulties



Heather Harris

Breast Feeding - So Who Can and Who Cannot Breast Feed?

Not every woman is successful at breastfeeding and there are good reasons fro this. However, there are also many myths. This session looks at a range of situations and explains why some women do and some women do not breast feed. Includes:

  • Respecting a mother's choice
  • When particular situations exist e.g:
    • Mothers with piercings
    • Babies of illicit drug using mothers
    • Disabled mothers and babies e.g. Down syndrome, cleft palate
    • Women with mastitis, on antibiotics and almost any medication
    • Mothers who have weaned and wish to recommence
    • Poor muscle tone baby
    • Disorganised suck baby
    • PKU babies
    • Women with severed lactiferous ducts
    • Women in intensive care or who are unconscious


Day Two



Angela O’Connor

Impact of Ice and Methamphetamine on the Unborn Baby

Much debate has centred around the potential that more babies may be born who are addicted to this drug. Compounding this, other toxins such as cigarette smoke are known to also significantly affect the embryo. This can cause untold damage to the unborn baby as research indicates meth addicts may likely be heavy smokers. This session looks at:

  • What is known about the impact of ice on the unborn baby and how does this compare with other illicit substances?
  • How is this likely to affect their long term function?
  • What impact do other toxins have on the baby?
  • What does this all mean for prognosis?
  • What can nurses and other health practitioners do to avert this tragedy?


Angela O’Connor

Compassionate Care of Chemically-Dependant Mothers

When a woman who has an addiction is viewed in a disdainful manner by those who care for her no matter how covertly, this can result in rejection of the care offered. The impact on both the mother and her baby can form a barrier separating the midwife or nurse from the delivery of needed education and care. This session looks at some of challenges and solutions for caring for chemically-dependant mothers. Includes:

  • How can family-centred care be practically achieved?
  • What teaching strategies help promote mother involvement and keep engagement levels high?
  • Building bridges with women who are addicted
  • The power of unconditional positive regard...



Dr Tracy Reibel

Teenage Pregnancy and Risk

There are known risks associated with early age pregnancy. Teenage girls who do not seek or receive adequate antenatal care run the risk of increased morbidity and mortality for both themselves and their baby. This may be particularly an issue for Indigenous families as identified in ‘Closing the Gap’. This session presents the evidence relating to teenage pregnancy and risks involved.

  • What are the risks involved in teenage pregnancy?
  • What strategies work in helping teenagers to participate in antenatal care?
  • How to reach teenage girls early in their pregnancy


Heather Harris

Breast Feeding - Is Part Time Good Enough?

Extended breastfeeding has demonstrated beneficial effects on an infant across a range of parameters. However, for a range of reasons full time breastfeeding may not be an option for some women. Latest research shows that even some breastfeeding after three months can be almost as beneficial in terms of protecting the infant from disease as full breastfeeding.

  • How can we use this evidence to encourage mothers to persist with some breastfeeding rather than stop when problems arise?
  • How can you maintain mother’s breast milk production when a baby is also being bottle fed?



Bethany Williams

Practical Personal Safety when Working with Obese Women

Alongside the need for specialised care of the mother who is obese, is the need for midwives to adapt to the physical challenges of looking after women with high or extremely high BMI. This purpose of this practical session is to bring you up to speed on some of the manual handling and environmental considerations related to obese mothers so as to maximise your safety and minimise risk to mothers and yourself. Discussion includes:

  • Optimal positions for birthing - how can the be achieved
  • Equipment and environmental considerations - what solves problems?
  • Troubleshooting challenging clinical scenarios e.g. epidurals and emergency surgical procedures
  • Occupational safety, manual handling and self care for midwives


Dr Angela Ives

Cancer During Pregnancy

Sadly, some women are diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. This poses many problems for the mother as well as the baby and family. It is likely that some women will start or continue their treatment whilst pregnant. This session looks at:

  • Which cancers are more likely to appear during pregnant women?
  • Which diagnostic are contraindicated?
  • What are the treatment options and what are the implications for the foetus?
  • How can you support the woman and her family during this period?
  • The post-natal period and breastfeeding



Lorraine Finlay

The Legal Status of the Unborn Child

There is much debate about the viability, health and ethical situation of unborn children. Midwives may become involved in such considerations and it is advisable to have thought through some of the dilemmas. Includes discussion on:

  • Definition of life and rights of the unborn child
  • Should a midwife intervene if a mother is drinking to excess during pregnancy?
  • Can a mother be sued for damage to her foetus caused by maternal neglect?


The Goal Need for Program

It is inevitable that there are gaps in the knowledge of many midwives in relation to latest research and the emerging issues that face them in the practice setting. The context in which midwives practice is increasingly complex and making demands on their ever-expanding scope of practice. The link between education and the provision of quality care to mothers and their babies is indisputable. A broad range of education relating to contemporary midwifery practice will assist in closing the gaps of knowledge which emerge.

Purpose of Program

This conference provides a broad range of education relevant to midwifery practice that will enhance the provision of quality care to mothers and babies.

Your learning outcomes:

Apply evidence-based knowledge about several clinical aspects of midwifery which will improve the health and safety of mother and baby

Promote preventive health care to women with pregnancy-related medical conditions to reduce complications of childbirth

Deliver compassionate care to a woman who has challenges associated with the perinatal experience

Improve the likelihood of successful breastfeeding to women whose situation is compromised


Heather Harris

Heather Harris

Heather Harris is a highly experienced midwife with a Master of Midwifery and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC-accredited) qualifications. Heather has successfully ... Read More

Marina Mickleson

Marina Mickleson

Marina Mickleson is a Nurse Practitioner, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, and Clinic Midwife at the King Edward Memorial Hospital. ... Read More

Tamara Lebedevs

Tamara Lebedevs

Tamara Lebedevs is a Senior Pharmacist, Women’s and Newborn Health Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). Tamara has 25 ... Read More

Angela O'Connor

Angela O'Connor

Angela O’Connor is the Clinical Midwifery Consultant Midwifery Manager of the Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS). Angela ... Read More

Tracy Reibel

Tracy Reibel

Tracy Reibel is a Senior Research Fellow in the Collaboration for Applied Research and Evaluation at the Telethon Kids Institute. ...Read More

Angela Ives

Angela Ives

Dr Angela Ives is a Research Fellow with the Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit (CaPCREU) at the ... Read More

Lorraine Findlay

Lorraine Findlay

Lorraine started her legal career at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA), working as a State Prosecutor ... Read More

Bethany Williams

Bethany Williams

Bethany Williams is an Occupational Therapist based in Perth, Western Australia. ... Read More

Teresa Warner

Teresa Warner

Teresa Warner is a Midwife working at the King Edward Memorial Hospital. Teresa works within the Maternal Foetal Medicine team. ... Read More

Narisha Pendal

Narisha Pendal

Narisha is a research midwife with the School of Women's and Infants' Health at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Narisha was ... Read More

Diane Loh

Diane Loh

Diane is a research midwife with the School of Women's and Infants' Health at King Edward Memorial Hospital. ... Read More

Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference
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$671.00 (two days)
Perth WA 6838
Hotel IBIS Perth, 334 Murray Street
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