Introducing the Joint BabyCalm™ & ToddlerCalm™ Conference 2013:
"Gentle Parenting: From Birth to Child."
Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st 2013. Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
After the resounding success of our 2012 conference we are proud to introduce the first joint BabyCalm™ and ToddlerCalm™ two day conference, focusing on gentle parenting from birth to childhood.
We will be studying how this critical period can shape the psychological and physical health of the child as well as have a profound effect on the lives of the mother and father and their subsequent relationship with each other. We will study the psychology of communication, bonding, birth trauma, sleeping and feeding and consider research into the impact of the beginnings of life upon the personality of the future individual.
The conference will be an exciting and informative weekend for all those involved with new families including Antenatal Teachers, Doulas, Midwives, Health Visitors, Family Therapists and those who run other baby and toddler classes as well interested parents, providing an opportunity to meet and network with like minded individuals.
Guest speakers include:
Dr. Laura Markham
Visiting us all the way from the USA, Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University. But she's also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want. Her relationship-based parenting model has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems. Laura is the hugely respected author of Aha! Parenting.com and the soon to be released book "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting".
Dr Lawrence Cohen
Visiting us all the way from the USA, Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of "Playful Parenting", is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy. In addition to his private therapy practice, he is also a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers. Dr. Cohen attended Haverford College and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University. After an internship at Tulane University, he began a research and private practice career in Madison, Wisconsin. His treatment innovations have included the first groups in the country for husbands and boyfriends of sexual abuse survivors, as well as one of the first therapy groups for male survivors of sexual abuse. All of his work -- with children, parents, couples, abuse survivors, and families -- has pointed him towards writing about human connections.
Gill Rapley worked as a health visitor for 20 years; she has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counselor. She pioneered baby-led weaning as a successful approach to solid feeding after studying it as part of her MSc. She has also produced a series of DVDs on the subject. She lectures widely to health professionals and parents and continues to research the introduction of solid foods for babies. Gill is the author of several books including "Baby Led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food".
Oliver James trained and practiced as a clinical child psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist, broadcaster and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include the controversial parenting book "How not to F*** Them Up" and the hotly awaited new release "Love Bombing: Setting Your Child's Emotional Thermostat". Oliver is a columnist for the Guardian Newspaper and is latterly more famous for his exchanges with Gina Ford concerning the dangers of baby training. Oliver lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two small children
Sheila Kitzinger campaigns for women to have the information they need to make choices about childbirth. She is a strong believer in the benefits of home birth for women who are not at especially high risk. Sheila is also concerned to give a voice to pregnant women and new mothers in prison and has worked to free them from chains during birth, to keep mothers and babies together unless a woman can be shown to be a danger to her baby, and to provide woman-to-woman help to prisoners during birth. Sheila Kitzinger lectures to midwives in many different countries. She is honorary professor at Thames Valley University and teaches the MA in midwifery in the Wolfson School of Health Sciences there. She also teaches workshops on the social anthropology of birth and breastfeeding and on unhappiness after childbirth for birth educators and postnatal counselors, too.
Dr Charlotte Russell - Durham University Sleep Lab
Charlotte received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Durham in 2007, having graduated with a BA in Human Sciences in 2001. Her doctoral thesis focused on a craniometric analysis of British and Danish archaeological populations, while her undergraduate dissertation addressed issues relating to the use and knowledge of traditional (folk) and complementary medicines in a North Yorkshire village. Having spent 3 months working as a research assistant in the Sleep Lab in the summer of 2001, Charlotte returned in 2007 as NECOT (North-East Cot Trial) project manager.
In 2011 Charlotte and Professor Helen Ball obtained ESRC follow-on funding to set up the ISISonline (Infant Sleep Information Source - online) website. This website will provide a means by which up-to-date, evidence-based information about infant sleep can be disseminated to parents and health-care professionals.
Dr Aric Sigman
Author of "Remotely Controlled: How Television is Damaging Our Lives" Dr Sigman is a Chartered Biologist, Fellow of the Society of Biology, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a recipient of the Chartered Scientist award from the Science Council and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He recently addressed the European Parliament Working Group on the Quality of Childhood in the European Union, in Brussels, on reducing alcohol misuse among children and adolescents. Dr Sigman lectures on PSHE health education and talks to schools and parents on the effects of alcohol and other health issues, he writes the Brain and Behaviour column for The Times Educational Supplement magazine TESpro.
The Founder and Director of Birthlight, Françoise Barbira Freedman is a medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, where she does research and teaches as an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology.
After spending long periods of fieldwork in Peruvian Amazonia, including two pregnancies and stays with her young family, she was inspired to share the gentle approach to parenting of her Amazonian hosts among friends in the UK. As a trained yoga teacher and therapist, Françoise used the idiom of yoga to create an original programmer of movements and nurturing relaxation for mothers to be and new mothers with their babies.
Anne McEwan is a Carrying Consultant and Educator and one of the partners at www.borntocarry.com. Anne works from home whilst home educating her 3 children and is also the co owner and community manager for www.naturalmamas.co.uk the largest natural parenting forum in the UK.
Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known UK based parenting author. Famed for her gentle, science rich, yet easy to read books BabyCalm: A Guide for Calmer Babies and Happier Parents and the shortly to be released ToddlerCalm: A Guide for Calmer Toddlers and Happier Parents, which are recommended by thousands of parents and professionals alike worldwide. Sarah is also the founder of both BabyCalmTM and ToddlerCalmTM. Sarah joins us on both days to share an introduction to both the BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm philosophies and her vision for a parenting paradigm shift around the world.
Ticket prices & Booking
- £125 1 day attendance
- £200 2 day attendance
Ticket price includes: entrance to conference, welcome drinks upon arrival, mid morning refreshments, buffet lunch, afternoon refreshment, stationery pack and conference goody bag. There will also be a variety of stalls for you to browse and purchase from during break times as well as the opportunity to purchase signed books from our speakers.
Payment is due in full at the time of booking and is non-refundable, should you no longer be able to attend you may pass your ticket onto someone else providing you notify us of the change of name.
Places are strictly limited to 200 tickets per day only, so we recommend you book early.
To book your ticket CLICK HERE.
The venue for our conference is Homerton Conference Centre, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PH. The conference centre is situated at Homerton College, part of Cambridge University, a world famous centre of learning. A fitting venue for our conference - we hope you'll agree!
Day 1 - Saturday July 20th -Toddlers & Children:
- Dr Laura Markham
- Dr Lawrence Cohen
- Dr Oliver James
- Dr Aric Sigman
- Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Day 2 - Sunday July 21st - Birth & Babies:
- Sheila Kitzinger
- Gill Rapley
- Dr Charlotte Russell
- Francoise Freedman
- Anne McEwan
- Sarah Ockwell-Smith
BabyCalm™ and ToddlerCalm™ International Teacher Training Over The Conference Week.
We will be holding a special intensive BabyCalm™ and ToddlerCalm™ Teacher training course for international attendees on the Monday to Thursday before the conference enabling those travelling from outside of the UK to attend both the Conference and qualify as a BabyCalm™ and ToddlerCalm™ teacher at the same time, please note only the intensive training course is available, it is not possible to take individual BabyCalm™ or ToddlerCalm™ training only. If you are interested in joining us as a teacher please see our dedicated training page HERE.
1. Are Tickets Refundable?
Tickets are non-refundable, however should you no longer be able to attend you may pass your ticket onto someone else providing you notify us of the change of name by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at least 7 days before the start of the conference.
2. Can I Bring My Baby With Me?
We are happy for you to bring your baby with you to the conference providing he or she is under 6mths old and is still immobile. We will provide seating at the back of the auditorium and do ask you to quietly leave the room should you baby become upset at any point.
3. Do You Offer CPD Certificates?
Certificates of attendance can be provided upon request. Please email email@example.com after the event should you wish to receive a certificate.
4. Is it Possible to Buy a Ticket on the Door?
We need to confirm final numbers with our venue 7 days before the conference start date, so unfortunately we are unable to sell tickets on the day.
5. Will Your Speaker Line Up Definitely Stay the Same?
All of the speakers above are confirmed to attend on the day, however due to circumstance beyond our and their control we cannot guarantee that a particular speaker will be present and unfortunately will be unable to refund any ticket monies if the line-up changes with short notice.
6. I Would Like to Advertise my Product/Service at Your Conference, is This Possible?
Yes absolutely, we have a number of commercial opportunities available, ranging from headline sponsorship to goody bag inclusion, leaflet distribution and exhibition stall hire. If you are interested in your brand being represented at our conference please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward you our commerical sponsorship information pack.
7. Will Speakers be Signing Books on the Day?
Yes they will! You are welcome to bring a copy of any of their books you already own for them to sign, alternatively books will be on sale on the day.
8. Is the Conference Being Recorded?
Currently we have no plans to record the conference or any of the individual speaker talks.
9. Is Accommodation Available at the Venue?
Yes, there is a large amount of accommodation available at the conference venue at a cost of £70 pp/pn B&B. Please visit THIS PAGE and enter code KX11754 to book.
10. Is the Venue Accessible by Public Transport?
Yes, the conference venue is just a 12 minute walk from the Cambridge city’s mainline railway station and ten minutes drive from junction 11 of the M11 motorway which links Cambridge to London Stansted and Heathrow airports. For those using Satnav, the venue's postcode is CB2 8PH. The venue offers on site parking for 230 cars. To download a map of the College site, please click here.
Images from our 2012 Conference With Michel Odent, Naomi Stadlen, Patrick Houser and Oliver James.