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Homebirth – What Do We Know about It?

International monothematic conference

Fear is the extended shadow of ignorance.  Arnold H. Glasow

Dear friends!

This year is the year of the ongoing changes in the Czech obstetrics. At the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Health supported the case for outpatient delivery. Midwives can now officially provide unassisted care to women in hospitals. During the first week of June the International Congress of Midwives with an unprecedent participation of 3,700 midwives and doctors from 101 countries took place in Prague. It was focused on the independent work of midwives as defined by the international definition of a midwife. Midwives' competencies continue to expand and this development is heading to the autonomy of this profession in our healthcare system.

In the Czech Republic there is growing number of women who are aware that pregnancy is not a disease. They perceive it as a positive and healthy part of life, and therefore they seek out experts to support a healthy pregnancy and natural childbirth. Such experts are especially found in midwives.

Hundreds of babies are born in a planned homebirth in the Czech Republic each year. Many women coming to the hospital are trying to shorten their stay in the hospital by employing the services of a midwife, who accompanies them during the healthy pregnancy, the delivery and also during the postpartum period. In the Czech Republic there is a great future potential for developing a system of continuous community care provided by midwives. In many countries of the world where this model of care wasn't forcibly interrupted by communist totalitarianism, this is a common well-developed part of the system of maternal and perinatal care. Comparable results show that this model produces much better results in health of newborns and well-being of women. This model also delivers significant financial savings to healthcare system.

Charity organization The Birthing House U Capa has decided to present to healthcare professionals and to the public at large the functional involvement of midwives in the mother-and-child care. Also their role in improving safety and the quality of the care in the context of interdisciplinary cooperation.

The International Conference on continuous community care called „Home Birth – What Do We Know About It?“ will deliver facts and information on scientific research and also practical obstetric experience and skills applicable in the hospital and beyond. It is the first ever conference of its kind in the Czech Republic; therefore it will be a unique opportunity to gain useful information directly from internationally recognized foreign experts and exposing their work to the world level. The knowledge and skills gained at the conference will help healthcare professionals particularly from smaller maternity hospitals to promote natural childbirth and increase the competitiveness of its facilities.

The conference is intended for all those affected by the arrival of a new baby – midwives, doctors, students of midwifery, medics, emergency, parents and grandparents, as well as representatives of state healthcare. This event is included in the lifelong education system of midwives and is accredited by the Union of Midwives (UNIPA) by the Ministry of Health Act 4/2010.

It is an unquestionable fact that each not induced labor begins at home and the midwife can help a woman at the time of her labor and the days after birth as well.

We look forward to your participation and we would appreciate if you would share with other participants your experiences or information in the form of discussion groups, photo stories, workshops or posters.

We are looking forward to seeing you on 7th and 8th of November 2014 at the hotel Olšanka in Prague.

Organizing Team of the Conference


  • Basic info
  • Program
  • Registration fee
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Registration form
  • Exhibitors
  • Donors

Basic information

Date 7th and 8th November 2014
Venue Hotel Olšanka, Táboritská 23/1000, Praha 3
Organizer Stork Birth House, NGO, Praha (www.pdcap.cz)
Type of event International conference for
   - midwives
   - medical doctors
   - midwifery and medical students
   - parents and grandparents (also expectant)
   - interested people from general public
Working languages Czech and English. Simultaneous translation will be arranged in the Conference Hall. Consecutive translation will be arranged in other rooms.


The conference is accredited by the UNIPA Czech midwifery association.


The program will be further updated following registered presentations from participants.

  • First day
  • Second day

First Day Program

7. 11. Lecture hall
Hall 8
Room 6
Room 9
9,00 – 9,15 Welcome presentation Welcome presentation    
Chairperson Kenneth Johnson Eva-Maria Müller-Markfort    
9,15 – 9,35 The history of midwifery in the Czech Republic.
Věra Vránová, Czech Republic
Lucia Rocca, Great Britain
Wise use of homeopathy in pregnancy and during birth.
Helena Máslová, Czech Republic
Reanimation of the Newborn.
Josef Horešovský a Lenka Horešovská, Czech Republic
9,35 – 9,55 Is homebirth legal in the Czech Republic?
Zuzana Candigliota, Czech Republic
Jane Evans, Velká Británie
9,55 – 10,15 Home Birth Safety: A Review of the Evidence.
Kenneth Johnson, Canada
Guided imagination in pregnancy and birth.
Eva-Maria Müller-Markfort, Germany
10,15 - 10,30 Discussion Discussion
10,30 – 11,00 Break
Chairperson Judy Cohain Mary Zwart    
11,00 – 11,20 Birthplace Study.
Christine McCourt, Great Britain
Homebirth in Latvia.
Rudite Bruvere, Latvia
Lucia Rocca, Great Britain
Guided imagination during pregnancy and birth.
Eva-Maria Müller-Markfort, Germany
11,20 – 11,40 When is homebirth more safe?
Judy Cohain, Israel
Homebirth in Portugal.
Mary Zwart, Portugal
11,40 – 12,00 Between the Ears.
Ricardo Jones, Brasil
Homebirth in France.
Henny Jonkers, France
12,00 – 12,30 Discussion Discussion
12,30 – 14,00 Lunch
14,00 – 15,30 Panel discussion
Facts about Homebirth.
Kenneth Johnson
Judy Cohain
Jette Aroe Clausen
Christine McCourt
Zuzana Candigliota
15,30 – 16,00 Break
Chairperson Andrea Wehling Maria Healy    
16,00 – 16,20 Community midwives in UK.
Irenne Walton, Great Britain
How important is the mother-baby skin-to-skin contact.
Eva Vogelgesang, Germany
Jane Evans, Velká Británie
Judy´s 3,4,5.
Judy Cohain, Israel
16,20 – 16,40 Midwifery work in community setting in Germany.
Andrea Wehling, Germany
Modern parents, modern activism – social media and new technologies in affecting change.
Daniela Drandić, Croatia
16,40 – 17,00 Midwifery and homebirth in Canada.
Betty-Anne Daviss, Canada
Women’s experiences of homebirth care in Ireland.
Maria Healy, Ireland
17,00 – 17,20 Discussion Discussion
18,00 – 19,00     Taizé Prayer  
19,30 – 22,00 Party

Second Day Program

8. 11. Lecture hall
Hall 8
Room 6
Room 9
9,00 – 9,15 Welcome presentation Welcome presentation    
Chairperson Lieve Huybrechts Vlasta Jirásková    
9,15 – 9,35 Midwifery in the Netherlands: A matter of choice.
Suze Jans, Netherlands
The Czech way of homebirth.
Martina Holubářová, Czech Republic
Painless birth – Myth or Reality?
Singing through the Birth.
Prenatal Communication through Intuitive Drawing.
Lucie Suchá Groverová, Czech Republic
Physiological breech birth.
Betty-Anne Daviss, Canada
9,35 – 9,55 Midwifery community care in Austria.
Gunda Gutscher and
Teresa Angerer, Austria
Doula and homebirth. Situation in the Czech Republic.
Vlasta Jirásková, Czech Republic
9,55 – 10,15 Homebirth in Belgium.
Lieve Huybrechts, Belgium
What steps should a midwife také to have safe practice in Czech Republic.
Zuzana Candigliota, Czech Republic
10,15 - 10,30 Discussion Discussion
10,30 – 11,00 Break
Chairperson Suzy Colebeck Zalka Drglin    
11,00 – 11,20 Free Informed choice.
Marjolein Faber, Netherlands
Homebirth in Bulgaria.
Miglena Delcheva, Bulgaria
Painless birth – Myth or Reality?
Singing through the Birth.
Prenatal Communication through Intuitive Drawing.
Lucie Suchá Groverová, Czech Republic
Women´s pelvis floor under the handglass.
Alena Stellnerová, Czech Republic
11,20 – 11,40 National Childbirth Trust.
Suzy Colebeck, Great Britain
Birthing spaces: choice of birthing place as key of excellence in maternity care.
Zalka Drglin, Slovenia
11,40 – 12,00 Homebirth a unique resource for women, families and society.
Jette Aaroe Clausen, Denmark
Homebirth in Romania.
Tatiana Suliman, Romania
12,00 – 12,30 Discussion Discussion
12,30 – 14,00 Lunch
Shairperson Sheena Byrom Kristina Neubertová Zemánková    
14,00 – 14,20 How to prevent blood loss in III.stage.
Judy Cohain, Israel
Birth as a journey.
Petra Krbílková, Czech Republic
What criteria must a midwife fullfill to provide safe care.
Andrea Wehling, Germany
Supporting parents who have experienced loss.
Suzy Colebeck, Great Britain
14,20 – 14,40 Supervision in midwifery in Great Britain.
Maria Mills Shaw, Great Britain
How does the birth influence women´s sexuality?
Kristina Neubertová Zemánková, Czech Republic
14,40 – 15,10 Normal birth Campaign.
Sheena Byrom, Great Britain
Women´s pelvis floor under the hand glass.
Alena Stellnerová, Czech Republic
15,10 – 15,30 Discussion Discussion
15,30 – 16,00 Break
16,00 – 17,30 Panel discussion
What support does a safe homebirth need?
Andrea Wehling
Ricardo Jones
Richard Vanko
Maria Mills Shaw
Betty-Anne Daviss
Irenne Walton
Milena Dvořáková

Panel discussion associated with a press conference.
17,30 Close of the conference
  • Registration fee
  • Cancellation

Registration fee

The registration fee for both conferece days is  EUR 130.

One day registration is EUR 80.

Journalists free entrance!


The registration fee will be refunded to registered participants who have already paid the registration fee, but would wish to cancel their participation at the conference, according to following conditions:

  Cancellation before
15/8/2014 15/9/2014 15/10/2014 5/11/2014
returned payment
Public, healthcare providers EUR 85 /CZK 2300 EUR 70 /CZK 1950
EUR 75 /CZK 2100
EUR 47 /CZK 1300
EUR 50 /CZK 1380
60 EUR/1650 CZK
24 EUR/650 CZK
25 EUR/700 CZK
EUR 30 /CZK 800
EUR 35 /CZK 950
Students, mothers on maternity leave EUR 55 /CZK 1500 EUR 45 /CZK 1200 EUR 30 /CZK 820
EUR 40 /CZK 1100
EUR 15 /CZK 400
EUR 20 /CZK 550
EUR 25 /CZK 700
Retired people EUR 45 /CZK 1200 EUR 38 /CZK 950 EUR 25 /CZK 700
EUR 35 / CZK 950
EUR 12 /CZK 300
EUR 17 / CZK 450
EUR 25 / CZK 70
One day registration EUR 72 /CZK 1980 EUR 60 /CZK 110 EUR 40 /CZK 650 EUR 20 /CZK 550

With cancellation after 5th November 2014 no fee will be paid back (the money will be used in benefit of the conference).

How to get to Hotel Olšanka

From the airport by taxi
Approximate price: CZK 400 – 500. Ask about the price before the drive.

From the airport by public transport
Bus no. 119 (interval 5 to 20 min.)
Take the bus to the Dejvická stop (green line A), then take the metro at the Dejvická to the Flora metro station, and then tram
no. 5, or bus no. 136 or 175 to the Olšanské náměstí stop (next to the hotel).
You can use Basic ticket (CZK 32), which is valid throughout Prague for 90 minutes.

From the airport by AE (Airport Express) bus
(interval 30 min.)
Take the bus to the Dejvická stop (green line A; single ticket for CZK 40 available from the driver, not valid elsewhere), and then continue by the metro as described above, or
Take the bus to the Hlavní nádraží stop (Main Railway Station; single ticket for CZK 60 available from the driver, not valid elsewhere), then take the tram (cca 3-min walk to the tram stop) no. 5, 9 or 26 to the Olšanské náměstí stop (next to the hotel).
After leaving the AE bus you will need another Short-term ticket (CZK 24) for the tram.

From the Florenc international bus terminal (Autobusové nádraží Florenc) by public transport
Bus no. 175 (interval 15 min.)
Take the bus to the Olšanské náměstí stop (next to the hotel).
You can use Short-term ticket (CZK 24), which is valid throughout Prague for 30 min.

For detailed English information on public transportation in Prague, visit www.dpp.cz.

At the Prague Airport there are two public transport Info Centres (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrival halls, open daily from 7am to 9pm.), which offer complete information on the Prague public transport, sell tickets including passes for 1 or 3 days (valid throughout Prague except AE bus), and provide maps of Prague including the public transport network, booklets on route detours and changes, etc.


It is most convenient to stay right in the Hotel Olšanka. For more information visit (www.hotelolsanka.cz). For other choices please contact Mr. Stepan Remundou from the Prague Holiday agency, tel. 777 251 109, e-mail info@prague-online.cz.

Registration form

You can fill in the registration form online   

We reccommend to read the Instructions for completing the registration form.

Instructions for completing the registration form

Working place. Write the name of the company or institution you work for, the name of the school you study and its address (town). The women on maternity leave will fill in the name of the company (institution, school), they worked for before the maternity leave. The retired people will fill in the employer they worked for before they have retired.

Profession. Write your profession or function you currently hold in this field. The women on maternity leave will fill in their profession before maternity leave and the retired people will fill in their profession before they have retired.

Participation. You can participate at both days of the conference or only on one day and which one. Click on prefered option.

Lunch. You can have your lunch directly in the self-service hotel restaurant. You may choose from several meals, at least one of them will be vegetarian. The participants pay their own lunches cash in the restaurant. The restaurant will be closed for the public and reserved only for the conference participants in case enough participants would wish to use the restaurant.

Party. At the end of the first day there will be a conference party held for the participants. If you wish to take part you need to buy a ticket for EUR 20 (500 CZK). Express your wish to participate.


Logo Co ord-med CO ORD-MED cs, s.r.o.
representation of pharmaceutical companies
Logo firmy Didymos Didymos, official representation in the Czech Republic
Logo firmy RR Medical RR Medical s.r.o.
Logo Nazep NAZEP
Independent Association for the processing and encapsulation of the placenta
Logo Angel Wings ANGEL WINGS
Babywearing clothing
Logo Medical M MEDICAL M, s.r.o.
Importation and distribution of medical products
Logo Ergobaby ERGO baby
Ergonomic baby carriers for moms and dads
Los Angeles, USA
Logo firmy Babyvak BABYVAK
Equipment for children's beds
Logo sdružení dul Česká asociace dul
Czech Association of Doulas
For Active Motherhood Movement


Donor Gifted
Co Ord-Med, s.r.o., Czech Republic 940 €
Mrs. Sophie van Schaik, Netherlands 500 €
Members of the ARM midwives, Great Britain 100 €
Mrs. Kateřina Bečková, Czech Republic 70 €
Mr. Miroslav Hrdlička, Czech Republic, regular monthly payments 10 €