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Womb to World 2010

This year opens a change from our Birthlight annual Refresher weekends and conferences as two-day events in London since 1998!  To develop the 2006 Cambridge international conference ‘Visions of Infant Joy’ with interdisciplinary research perspectives, a series of  thematic day conferences ‘From Womb to World’ will be held in Cambridge starting on 2nd October 2010.

The aim is to bring together scientists, doctors and midwives, academic researchers, practitioners involved in maternity care in the hospital or in the community and also interested parents in order to explore apparent gaps between research and practice.  Basically, why is the extensive research on the transition of babies from womb to world not translated into more widespread clinical and social applications?  By improving communication across disciplines, thematic conferences can foster a greater understanding of the evidence on which care needs to be based as well as of social constraints for implementation of findings.

Maternal Emotions in Mother-Fetus-Baby Interactions 2 October 2010. This first event in the series addresses maternal emotions before and after birth. In recent years scientific research has brought about a greater understanding of the biocehmisty of maternal emotions and their implications for fetuses, newborns and infants. At the same time prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression has become better diagnosed yet continue to raise complex issues for prevention and treatment. The day conference highlights Kirston Uvnas Moberg’s prominent research on oxytocin. We are honoured to welcome various speakers who have made important contributions to maternal and infant mental health from different disciplines and perspectives;

Birthlight Day Conference, Saturday 2nd October 2010

From Womb to World series 2010-2011, conference 1. Maternal emotions in mother-fetus-baby interactions:  interdisciplinary perspectives.

10.00 -10.30 am

Registration/Coffee & Refreshments


Short address on Birthlight Day Conferences ‘From Womb to World’ at Cambridge: Françoise Barbira Freedman

10.30 – 11.30am

Amali Lokugamage (consultant obstetrician, Whittington NHS Trust, London): ‘The Heart in the Womb’: an obstetrician’s exploration of the psychobiology of birth

11.30 – 12.30 pm

Keynote Lecture  Kerstin Uvnas Möberg (author of ‘The Oxytocin Factor’ and coordinator of the most comprehensive scientific research on oxytocin in Sweden): Research on oxytocin and its implications for pregnancy, birth and after

12.30 – 1.00 pm

Panel  Discussion: How to link neuroscience, clinical practice and maternity care in hospital and in the community.


Sophie Messager: ‘Babywearing-Why all babies should be carried’

1.00 – 2.00 pm

Buffet lunch  (University Centre, Granta Place)

2.00 – 2.30 pm

James Newham (School of Medicine, University of Manchester): ‘Pilot intervention to reduce maternal anxiety during pregnancy’

2.30 – 3.00 pm

Terri Apter (to be confirmed)(Newnham College, Cambridge): ‘The neurophysiology of attachment: interpretation of current knowledge’. 20 minute presentation followed by Q&A

3.00 – 3.30 pm

Christophe Becquerau (osteopath and experimental researcher): Insights on muscle chains

3.30 – 4.00 pm

Refreshment break

4.00 – 5.00 pm

Stella Acquarone  (Ph.D.  Founder of the School of Infant Mental Health, London)

5.00 – 6.00 pm

Jane Barlow (Professor of Public Health, School of Medicine, Warwick): ‘Infant Mental Health: The Role of Primary Intersubjective Experiences’

6.00 – 6.30 pm

Panel Discussion :  How to link research findings, clinical practice and care in the community.

6.45 – 7.30 pm


7.30 – 9.00 pm

Conference dinner, strictly with advance booking.  All participants  are welcome.