From the makers of MICROBIRTH: Our first international conference on the infant microbiome for the birth community

From the makers of MICROBIRTH, our first international conference. 29th and 30th April. Go to
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Super-excited to announce the first ever international conference about the infant microbiome — aimed specifically at the birth community. This LIVE 2 day virtual conference takes place on 29th and 30th April (with on-demand access for one year). Featuring 20+ top international speakers and hosted on a really fun 3-d interactive platform. The aim is to bring the birth community together to learn direct from scientists conducting cutting-edge research, and to discuss ways to bring this amazing science to parents WITHOUT triggering parent guilt. Hope to see you there!

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: We would love you to join 20+ top speakers (scientists and thought-leaders) at our first international conference on the infant microbiome called: THE MICROBIRTH PLAN — Conference 2023

Location: Virtual — so you can participate from anywhere.

LIVE Dates: 29th and 30th April, 2023 (on-demand access for one year after)

Hosted by: Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, the filmmakers behind the award-documentary MICROBIRTH.

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Watch the trailer — explaining why we are doing this!

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For childbirth educators, doulas, midwives and other birth professionals.

This is for YOU if you want to:

➡️ Learn from 20+ international speakers and “thought-leaders” in LIVE keynote presentations, and small-group discussions

➡️ Learn exciting science that truly supports the physiology of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, based on the latest evidence-based research — but WITHOUT triggering parent guilt.

➡️ Learn what PARENTS CAN ACTUALLY DO during pregnancy, birth and early infancy to optimise their own and their child’s long-term health.

➡️Earn 12 Hours CPD/CE (pending) — accepted by ICEA, DONA International. Lamaze International, CAPPA, ACM, NMC and more!

➡️ On-demand access to all recordings for one year after the LIVE event ends

➡️ Immerse yourself in a 3-d platform — making this a fun exciting LIVE event, with virtual lobby, exhibit hall, auditorium, lounger plus interactive scavenger hunts and quizzes and a Swag Bag of downloadable goodies!

Here’s what the platform looks like!

The exterior of the conference — with moving avatars! To find out more>>>
The interior virtual lobby — to navigate, you simple click on where you want to go! To find out more>>>
The auditorium, to watch the keynote presentations. To find out more>>>
The lounge, where you can hangout and network with colleagues! To find out more>>>

Who are the speakers?

Conference Speakers — “Thought-leaders”:

  • Nils Bergman, specialist in perinatal neuroscience, giving a presentation on Nurturescience and Zero Separation
  • Jill Bergman giving a practical LIVE workshop on how to facilitate immediate skin-to-skin care
  • Jennie Joseph, midwife and one of TIME magazine’s Women of the Year 2022, talking about perinatal equality
  • Hermine Hayes-Klein, US lawyer, giving a legal perspective on parent advocacy
  • Soo Downe and Anna Byrom — leading midwives talking about the evidence and debate about the microbiome
  • Barbara Harper, from Waterbirth International, talking about the importance of gentle birth
  • Plus presentations from the senior team from ICEA, CAPPA, Lamaze International, DONA International, APPPAH, BirthWorks International and more.

Conference Speakers: Scientist LIVE presentations

  • Rodney Dietert, Emeritus Professor at Cornell University talking about using the microbiome to promote a baby’s healthy development
  • Elizabeth Cottrell, University of Manchester, on the importance of maternal diet for promoting life-long health
  • Noel Mueller, John Hopkins University, on how to optimise the microbiome before birth
  • Suchitra Hourigan, MD and NIH, on the clinical trial currently taking place on “vaginal seeding” for babies born by C-section
  • Michelle Irving, University of Bournemouth, on the colonisation of the skin microbiome during birth
  • Raylene Phillips, neonatologist, on the importance of the sacred hour
  • Jennifer Smilowitz, University of California, on the impact of human milk bioactive molecules on the infant gut microbiome
  • Meghan Azad, University of Manitoba, an on-stage interview on her latest research about the components of human milk

Why are we doing this?

We’re Toni and Alex, the filmmakers behind the film MICROBIRTH. We launched MICROBIRTH 8 years ago with over 1,000 premiere screenings across the world, all on one day. The film created a wave of awareness about the infant microbiome within the birth community, but not the change to global maternity systems we were hoping for.

So, over the past 5 years, we’ve been working on a new film. And this time we’re aiming the new film directly AT PARENTS.

We’ll be launching the new film and free companion app with a HUGE global campaign later this year (more on that later on…)

The goal is to create a wave of knowledge — so that EXPECTANT PARENTS know about the origins of the microbiome, and why what happens during pregnancy, birth and early infancy really matters for a child’s long-term health.

Expectant parents who find out about the microbiome will have questions, and doulas, midwives and childbirth educators need to be able to provide answers.

That’s why we are holding this conference!

This is a chance for you to learn the science, and to learn WHY it matters, and how YOU can talk to parents about it, WITHOUT triggering parent guilt.

The conference gives you a chance to learn from, and connect directly with, scientists who are actually doing the research, plus key thought-leaders working in pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

This is an exciting, high-octane REALLY POSITIVE conference where together, we can learn, connect and inspire one another to help change the health of the next generation.

Hope you can join us!

Tickets On Sale Now

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Want to take our free mini-course?

Want to find out about the infant microbiome? Want to know why vaginal birth and breast milk are so important to a child’s long-term health?

Take our FREE mini-course on the infant microbiome — featuring 6 top University professors.

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About me: Toni Harman

I write evidence-based blog-posts about the microbiome, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

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