UK 2014

Midwifery Today Conference

Bury St. Edmunds, UK • 26–30 May 2014

“Midwives Hold the Future”


Please join us for another educational and rejuvenating Midwifery Today conference at the lovely Culford School in Bury St. Edmunds, UK. Join us as we retreat in the 480-acre estate which offers lovely manicured gardens, woodland and a lake to stroll around; take a look here! We’ve brought together a group of amazing teachers and a schedule of classes that will both inform and inspire.

Midwifery Today has been holding conferences since 1992 in countries across the world. In addition, we have an educational web site and publish a quarterly magazine and an e-newsletter that are read by thousands. We are committed to promoting healthful, informed birth practices. Our conferences are so much more than amazing classes: They are a place to unwind, recharge, connect and build local and international communities.

This conference is not only for practicing midwives but also students, aspiring midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, doctors—in fact, anyone interested in the field of birth. We hope those of you who have attended before can join us again, and that those of you who have never attended can come and see what an incredible experience a Midwifery Today conference can be!

Jan Tritten

Learn from These Inspiring Speakers!

Please click linked names to view speaker biographies.

  • Beverley Lawrence Beech
  • Rudite Bruvere
  • Suzanne Colson
  • Mirjam de Keijzer
  • Jane Evans
  • Robbie Davis-Floyd
  • Betty-Anne Daviss
  • Gail Hart
  • Sally Kelly
  • Mavis Kirkham
  • Amali Lokugamage
  • Michel Odent
  • Elena Piantino
  • Verena Schmid
  • Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos
  • Jan Tritten
  • Gail Tully
  • Thea van Tuyl
  • Sara Wickham

Attend These Exciting and Informative Classes!

These are some of the topics we plan to present at the conference. Please see the conference program for the complete list of classes.

  • Research Round-up
  • Sex in Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Rebozo Techniques and Practice
  • Breech Skills
  • Shoulder Dystocia and “Malpresentations”
  • Comfort Measures
  • Midwifery Skills
  • Prolonged Labor
  • and many more!

Conference Location and Accommodations

The conference will be held at Culford School—the former home of the Earl of Cornwallis—approximately 4 miles north of Bury St. Edmunds. Built in 1795, Culford School is situated in the idyllic countryside in the county of Suffolk, East Anglia, and is now a thriving independent boarding school. Take an interactive tour of the grounds here!

In nearby Bury St. Edmunds you can immerse yourself in the rich history of this market town. Visit its famous Abbey, a place of pilgrimage built in 633, now a preserved ruins. Stroll around the beautiful Abbey Gardens. You might also enjoy a visit to the Guildhall—a medieval masterpiece—England’s oldest complete civic building, or sampling local beers at Greene King brewery.

Culford School
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk IP28 6TX, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1284 728615
Fax: +44 1284 728631

Room Reservations: Rooms at Culford can be booked through Midwifery Today. Use the conference registration form for reservation and payment. Register by e-mail, post, fax or phone. Our printer-friendly registration form is here. There is no deadline for making a room reservation; walk-ins at the conference will be accepted; just contact us in advance to make sure there is space available.

Room and Meals Pricing: Room price includes three meals (vegetarian options provided), coffee/tea breaks, and a shared or single room. Bed linens are provided but please bring your own towel. Meal-inclusive room prices are 42 pounds a night for a single bed in a room shared with 1–3 other registrants, or 72 pounds a night for a private room.

Important: Conference registrants who choose not to stay at the school are required to get approval from the conference coordinator at Attendees not staying onsite will be required to purchase a meal card for 15 pounds per day.

Room Cancellation: The deadline for room cancellation is 19 May 2014. A 10% processing fee will be deducted from rooming cancellations. Please note that a different refund policy applies to registration fees. Please see the registration form for details.

For questions about room rentals and policies please e-mail our conference coordinator at

Looking for a ride share or a roommate at the conference? Feel free to use our community bulletin board.

How to reach Bury St. Edmunds and Culford School

By Road

Culford is 1 hour 30 minutes from London (M11/A11/A14), 40 minutes from Cambridge (A14) and Ipswich (A14), and under 1 hour from Norwich (A11/B1106). Ample free parking available.

From the A14 (London/ Cambridge/Ipswich): Exit the A14 at Junction 42 (Bury St. Edmunds West) and at the roundabout take the exit signposted Brandon B1106 (RAF Honington). Continue along Tut Hill past Bury St. Edmunds Golf Club on the right until the double mini-roundabout. Go straight over into Fornham All Saints village, past the Church and the Suffolk Golf Club, and continue until the roundabout. Take the first exit signposted Culford and Brandon B1106. Continue along this road until you reach Culford village. The entrance to the School will be seen on the left-hand side.

From Norwich on the A11: Travelling south on the A11 from Norwich, take the B1106 just south of Thetford signposted Bury St. Edmunds. Culford is in six miles. Culford School is in the centre of Culford village.

By Air

Culford is 45 minutes from Stansted (M11/A11/A14) and approximately 2 hours from Heathrow (M25/M11) and Gatwick (M23/M25/M11). There are express coach services from all three airports or the school can arrange a taxi service for you.

By Rail

There are good rail links from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to London; from London Liverpool Street travel direct to Bury St. Edmunds or change at Ipswich for local services.

Options for getting from Bury St. Edmunds to Culford:

  • Public buses go to and from.
  • Culford’s shuttle bus will be running from the Bury St. Edmunds train station to Culford at the following times:
    • Sunday 25 May: No Shuttles
    • Monday 26 through Friday 30:
      Pick-up at station at 7:30 am
      Leaving Culford for station at 5:30 pm
    • Saturday 31 May: No Shuttles

Read What Others Have Experienced at International Conferences

“Everyone was so friendly and warm, I felt I met my ‘tribe’! Thank you so much for this eye-opening experience. I will make sure to come back next time and bring colleagues!”

“I feel very fortunate to have had such an inspirational and educational week amongst such beautiful women who are involved in childbearing and birth all over the globe. Thank you so much.”

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More Information

  • To receive a printed program by mail, please e-mail us with your request.
  • Attend other Midwifery Today Conferences around the world!
  • Children at the Conference: Mothers may sit with babes in arms in the classrooms. However, out of respect for others, and because we are recording some of the classes, if a baby makes any noise, we must ask mother and baby to leave the room. Attendees must make their own arrangements for childcare.
  • Learn more about birth resources in the United Kingdom.
  • Thanks to Leilani Rogers (Photos by Lei) for the use of her photos in promotional materials for this conference


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