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Exploring Prophylaxis: anti-D, vitamin K and group B strep (Whangarei)

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Barge Showgrounds

Maunu Road

Maunu, Northland 0179

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Exploring Prophylaxis - anti-D, vitamin K and group B strep

Women are offered prophylactic interventions throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal/neonatal period, so we midwives need to stay on top of emerging research and thinking.

Which is sometimes easier said than done!

I've been passionate about these areas for many years and I've written books for women and midwives on each of these topics. If you'd like to get updated and discuss the issues, come and join me for an update on these areas and look at how we can help women make decisions about prophylactic interventions.

We’ll begin by taking a step back and looking at the modern notions of risk and prophylaxis and how they affect us and women in our everyday lives. We'll talk about the tensions that exist between the need to make guidelines on a population basis alongside the importance of supporting and promoting women’s autonomous decision-making, before looking at the case studies of anti-D and vitamin K. I'll offer an update on the basics and look at new research and thinking that might impact the decision-making of the woman and whanau.

Then we'll move onto group B strep, and I'll offer an overview of the issues in relation to this bacteria, its screening and treatment. We will look at the difference between the ‘risk-based’ approach taken in countries such as NZ and the UK and the ‘culture-based’ screening employed in Australia and the USA. We'll analyse recent evidence and look at the questions that still remain unanswered.

We're going to be interspersing all of this theory with regular refreshment, a nice lunch and time to network and share experiences, and then in the afternoon we'll consider how all of this relates to practice. We'll chat in small and large groups, discuss the tensions, look at case studies and use real-life stories and examples to discuss the reality of applying evidence in practice and helping women and their whanau to make the decisions that are right for them. We've also got a related craft activity lined up for anyone who would like to partake!

If this sounds interesting and fun to you and you’d like to feel refreshed and up-to-date, you can grab your ticket on this page. Seats are limited, so don’t leave it too long ... we’ve also got a special earlybird price for those who are able to commit early.

I’m looking forward to meeting you, and everything else you might want to know is below :)


P.S. This workshop is approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand as elective education and has been allocated five points.

Venues, dates and times...

This workshop runs in Whangarei, New Zealand, on Thursday May 4th 2017. Please be aware that I am doing other workshops in NZ on the same trip … tickets are being sold separately for each workshop, but you can find an overview of all of my current workshops and dates at

The venue is Barge Showgrounds, and you should find a map (which should let you get directions from your starting point) at the bottom of this page. (Please always check this before setting out though; satnavs are notorious for disagreeing with each other and with google maps!)

You are welcome to arrive and register anytime from 8.45am, and the workshop will begin promptly at 9.15am. We will finish at 4.30pm, and the session titles and full timetable are in the next section.

We will provide you with lunch and all refreshments. If you’d like us to cater for an allergy or dietary preference, please make sure you let us know when you book.

The number of places available is limited, and because I will be flying internationally for this workshop, we will need to close registration a few days before the event :)

Sessions and timetable...

The day will be divided into four sessions as below. The sessions incorporate a mixture of facilitator-led information sharing and small and large group discussions, with plenty of time for questions and reflection. Tea/coffee and lunch breaks give you a further chance to reflect on learning, catch up with old friends and make new ones.

08.45-09.15 - Registration

9.15-10.45 - Exploring risk and prophylaxis: anti-D and vitamin K

10.45-11.15 - Morning Coffee

11.15-12.30 - Group B Strep: What is the evidence? What are the issues?

12.30-1.30 - Lunch

1.30-2.45 - Applying evidence to practice

2.45-3.15 - Afternoon tea and reflection

3.15-4.30 - Helping women make decisions

Travel and transport...

Our venue has been hand-picked and has lots of free parking! You can see where it is on the map below. If you are not local and need help, or if you would like to travel with other participants, we have created an ‘event’ for this workshop on my facebook page, which is at and where you can post a message to see if anyone else is coming from your area. Please don’t use facebook or twitter to message us about the workshop though; we don’t always get notifications and it is always best to email us.


The cost of the workshop is $225. This includes the workshop itself, lunch and refreshments throughout the day, handouts, access to related online resources, craft materials, and a certificate of attendance. This workshop is approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand as elective education and has been allocated five points.

We have a special ‘Early Bird’ price of $200 which will be available until September 30, 2016.

Cancellation, transfer and refund policy...

We are unfortunately not able to refund tickets for this workshop once they have been purchased, but we know how it is to be a midwife, so if you should find that you are unable to come, you are very welcome to transfer your ticket to another midwife (that is, give it away or sell it) at any time before the workshop. If you don’t have a friend or colleague who would like to use your ticket, you are very welcome to offer your ticket for sale via the event facility on Sara's facebook page. Please be aware that, because we are travelling internationally to this workshop, we will not be able to respond to email as quickly as usual in the week or two leading up to the workshop.

If we have to cancel an event due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be given, but we will not be liable for any other expenses, so please buy appropriate travel tickets and/or insurance.

We are not able to enter into conversations about ticket transfers on facebook or other social media; please email us at

Once you've booked...

Once you have booked, you should receive a confirmation email almost immediately. We’ll send you a ticket and invoice (though you don’t need to bring either of those, as we’ll have your name on file) and a few suggestions of what you might like to bring. Nearer the time, we’ll send you a research paper that you might like to look at before the workshop.

If you do not receive a confirmation email after booking, please contact us at - it may be that you have accidentally mistyped your email address. It's also worth checking your spam/junk folder.

If you are on facebook, you might want to like/follow our page and check out the workshop ‘event’ at to see any updates from others going to the workshop, but rest assured that, as long as your email address remains the same as the one you used when you booked, we will be in touch if anything changes.


If you have any questions that aren't answered here, you can email us at

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop :)

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