Today, ALC Events in conjunction with principle sponsor Waterbabies Northern Ireland are pleased to confirm that the very first Northern Ireland Positive Birth Conference has sold out!

The conference, which is due to take place on Friday 28th September 2018 at the Hilton Hotel Belfast, will bring together 250 health professionals, parents and volunteers to explore ways in which we can support expectant parents to have positive birth experiences regardless of how their babies are born. 

“Over the last few years, we have seen parents challenging the status quo in the delivery room and looking for information and support to begin their lives as a new family with a positive birth experience,” said Michelle Bradley, Owner of ALC Events. “We also have many health professionals and voluntary groups who want to support these families. That is what this conference aims to achieve, to educate and empower parents and professionals to allow positive birth experiences to become the norm.”

With world-renowned speakers such as Sheena Byrom OBE and founder of the Positive Birth Movement, Milli Hill, the conference is set to be a truly engaging and inspiring event.

Amy West-Hurst from Waterbabies NI said “When the opportunity became available to sponsor this event, we were keen to get involved. As Northern Ireland’s premier swim school for babies and toddlers, we know all too well the importance of those positive early days experiences and what better start can we give families than that of a positive birth.”

Birth is one of those times in a woman’s life where she faces a huge life-changing experience and yet little emphasis is placed on making this experience as positive as possible. We now know that the process of birthing a baby can have tremendous mental health implications on both the mother and her partner, with birth trauma being one of the main causes of postnatal mental ill health.

The aim of this conference is to put the power into the hands of families and their carers to give them the best chance at a good start.