Childbirth and Parenting Educators of Australia Inc
National Biennial Conference

24 - 26 September 2014, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Taming the Tiger 2014


The Tasmanian conference committee invites you to attend the inaugural Childbirth And Parenting Educators of Australia Inc (CAPEA) National Biennial Conference (formally known as National Association of Childbirth Educators we have held 13 conferences under that name). ‘Taming The Tiger’ will be a two and a half day event to be held from the 24th - 26th September 2014 at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania. Our invited speakers will enlighten you on our core themes, including: Labour and Birth as nature intended; Instinctive parenting; Back to basics of breastfeeding; A village is still needed to raise a child; Positively influencing infant mental health. Practical workshops and educational group sessions will provide you with inspiration and information to take back to your colleagues and clients.

Who should attend?

This conference will be a must attend for anyone involved in providing education for expectant and new parents, anyone wanting to better support parents and young children. Childbirth educators, parenting educators, midwives, child health nurses and paediatric nurses will all find information to increase their knowledge and skills and ensure their practice is evidence based.


The Childbirth And Parenting Educators of Australia is a body of peers involved in childbirth and parenting education, it provides an opportunity for liaison and an exchange of ideas and experiences. It provides information and resources to support the beginner as well as expert educators. We have Competency Standards and a Certification system to provide employers and clients with confidence in the quality of the education they are receiving from a CAPEA certified educator. Membership of CAPEA offers access to a network of educators throughout Australia, member only areas on our website, a copy of Interaction magazine three times a year and professional development at member only price.

Dr Nicky Beamish - Get Involved!

Dr Nicky Beamish is presenting two sessions at the time of the conference - if you would like to email some questions to in the lead up to the conference we will pass them on to her.

Managing mental health in mothers: when to refer and what you need to know
Dr Nicky Beamish, Hobart
Perinatal, infant, child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Mental illness is common in the perinatal period. However most parents-to-be or parents will not need or necessarily want referral to speciality mental health services. They will be cared for by clinicians and educators who assist them through their pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond.

This workshop is designed to meet the needs of those attending so bring your questions! Or you can email questions to the conference organisers on beforehand if you prefer.

Questions I am commonly asked and we will likely cover are:

  • use of antidepressants in pregnancy and breast feeding
  • when to refer a parent on to psychiatric services
  • how to manage anxiety in the antenatal period
  • management of psychotic illness in the antenatal period
  • how mental illness affects pregnancy, birth outcomes and babies in the post-partum



Latest Information

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Sponsorship and Exhibition

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Organising Committee

Dianne Haworth, Convenor
Suzie Bennett
Sally Gregor
Athlene Petterwood
Maree Reedman
Marilyn Steers


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Important Dates

Online Registration Now Open!

TENS Australia is providing a FreeMOM TENS for Labour Pain Management kit to the first delegate who has travelled the furthest distance (to be awarded at the conference).
Click here to register.

Early-Bird Closes 22 August 2014
Final Papers Due 18 August 2014