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The Workshops (SOMCANZ)


Sun 24 May 2015, 8:45am–5:00pm

Where: Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Half day, including lunch, SOMCANZ attendee: $152.50 ($150.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Half day, including lunch, non-SOMCANZ attendee: $182.50 ($180.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Full day, including lunch, non-SOMCANZ attendee: $227.50 ($225.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Full day, including lunch, SOMCANZ attendee: $197.50 ($195.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Listed by: Somcanz

The workshops in association with SOMCANZ

You may register for morning only, afternoon only or full day.

Morning: Dr Robbie Davis-Floyd, a senior Research Fellow at the University of Texas
Topic: The Anthropology of Reproduction: Child birth, Midwifery and the New Reproductive Technologies

A whole university course in a day! This workshop offers an overview of the exciting sub-discipline of the anthropology of reproduction from its early beginnings to its latest findings. We will concentrate on four major areas: childbirth, midwifery, the new reproductive technologies, and the politics of reproduction. Dr David-Floyd will describe the works she considers to be key in each area, summarise their findings, and suggest important directions for future research. Her goal is to provide a stimulating overview of these anthropological subdisciplines for midwives and others who want to know what the social scientists are up to, accompanied by an extensive annotated bibliography for further exploration and research.

Afternoon: Elizabeth Davis, midwife, women's healthcare specialist, author, educator and Holistic Maternity Care expert.
Topic: The Deeper Physiology of Birth: Intuition, Entrainment, Bonding and Reprocessing

In ways we are only now beginning to appreciate, the physiology of birth lends itself to enhanced intuitive abilities in both the mother and her supporters. Heightened oxytocin levels prompt bonding among all members of the birth team, including birth attendants. This deep level of connection/entrainment supports the emerging family, but it can also pose problems for birth attendants who have not learned to set personal boundaries or who lack effective techniques for processing difficult birth experiences. We will practice these techniques in small groups, share our experiences with intuition at births, and explore the role of birth in healing previous trauma.

These workshops are open to all maternity professionals practitioners and academics and are supplementary to the main event, SOMCANZ, Symposium of Maternity Carers of NZ to be held the previous day, on Saturday 23 May 2015.

You do not have to attend SOMCANZ to register for the Sunday 24 May Workshops. Preferential prices are offered to SOMCANZ delegates.

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