The Labour Progress Workshop (Queenstown)
NZ$200 – NZ$225
The Labour Progress Workshop (Queenstown)

The Labour Progress Workshop (Queenstown)

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10 Douglas Street

St John Queenstown

Queenstown, Otago 9300

New Zealand

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The Labour Progress Workshop

It's all very well that there exist maps and graphs and charts to show what women's bodies *should* be doing in labour, but many women's bodies clearly haven't read the textbooks! And besides, if you dig even a tiny way into the literature looking at progress in labour, you'll find curiosities, contradictions and arbitrary limits at every turn. Add in the challenge of being a midwife in a remote or rural area, and you've got a really good recipe for a workshop about how we can pick out the useful bits of theory and apply them to the real world of midwifery practice.

Rather than starting this workshop with a round-up of the evidence, as I often do, we'll start with your stories and those of the women you serve. That doesn't mean we'll throw out the evidence completely, because I'll be offering an update on recent research as well as some other useful snippets from the literature, but this day is focused on the reality of practice and we'll use the evidence to serve that, rather than the other way around. I've spent much of my practice working as a midwife in rural areas, so I know that context is everything. We'll be delighted to be joined by midwives who work in the city as well, of course ... I'm just letting you know that we'll make lots of space to look at the realities of working in a remote and/or rural context too. Because assessing and supporting women's progress in labour isn't just about what's on the graph at a given moment in time ... it's about a longer story.

Come and join me in Queenstown to explore those stories, get updated on the evidence, look at ideas and strategies that might help you help women make decisions, consider real-life case studies and sit in circle with a supportive group of midwives who get it. We'll add in the usual gallons of tea and coffee, a lovely locally-prepared lunch, lots of positively-focused discussion and a craft activity for those who would like that!

If you’d like to join the conversation, you can grab your ticket on this page. Seats are limited, so don’t wait too long, and 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 Queenstown, New Zealand, on Friday 28th April 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 St John Queenstown, which is at 10 Douglas Street, 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 - Labour progress: starting with women’s stories

10.45-11.15 - Morning Coffee

11.15-12.30 - From the herstory and the history to the evidence

12.30-1.30 - Lunch

1.30-2.45 - Assessing and enhancing labour progress: midwives' ways of knowing

2.45-3.15 - Afternoon tea and reflection

3.15-4.30 - Scenarios and discussion

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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St John Queenstown

Queenstown, Otago 9300

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