Midwives on Board – Improving the Outcomes for our Birthing Families


Norwegian Bliss | Departs Seattle

15 October – 22 October 2022
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This conference if for all Midwifery professionals who want to explore the challenges facing Midwives today and how we can still work together to improve outcomes for our birthing families.


This conference will give midwives the opportunities to grow and develop their knowledge and skill to improve the outcomes for our birthing families. Midwifery practice is increasingly complex due to the demands of the organisations they work for, community expectation, expanding social implications, and rising clinical complexities. The broad range of topics provided at this conference will assist the midwife in their day to day practice.

Learning Outcomes:  

In this conference you will:

  • Gain an understanding of challenges facing midwives today across the country.
  • Explore how we as individual midwives can still make a difference.
  • Review current literature and use this to guide best practice
  • Investigate ways to challenge the status quo to improve the birth experience for our birthing families.

You will also learn about:            

  • Mental health in midwifery practice
  • Modern life impacts on the birthing woman’s mental health and the mental health of midwives themselves
  • Modern parent without historical support systems
  • Increasing demands of complex patients
  • Workloads, skill mix and a pandemic
  • How the environment women birth their babies in impacts on the birth process and a woman’s perspective on their experiences
  • Supporting Junior midwives
  • Breastfeeding assessment
  • The anatomy and physiology of both the perineum and anterior compartment, how to protect them, and long term effects if injuries do occur
  • Self-care, reflect and switch off after that busy shift at work

Who is this conference for:

This conference if for all Midwifery professionals who want to explore the challenges facing Midwives today and how we can still work together to improve outcomes for our birthing families.

Susan (Sue) Lawton

Sue (BNSc, Grad Dip Mid, Cert IV TAE, IBCLC) is the Midwifery Educator and a Lactation Consultant at Townsville University Hospital and is the Chair of the Statewide Midwifery Educators Group in Queensland.

She has worked in the field of midwifery for over 20 years and brings experience across the pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal continuum having worked in the public and private sectors, rural and city.

Susan formed the Queensland Maternity Educators Group in 2020 with the aim of working together and sharing resources across Queensland; and to try to standardise education across the state.  Her passion is to give midwives the opportunities to grow and develop, which allows them to be the best midwife they can be in order to improve the outcomes for our birthing families.

Sue looks forward to sharing not only her many years of clinical experience but also to facilitating opportunities for attendees to share experiences and challenges with each other. There will be lots of fun to be had within the learning environment. Get ready to sail the high seas with us!

The Cruise Ship

Norwegian Bliss features a revolutionary Observation Lounge for you to soak in every stunning moment, from bald eagles soaring over glaciers to dolphins splashing through warm turquoise waters. It was built in 2018 and is designed for improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska’s environmental regulations with a capacity of 4,004 guests.

Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, the complimentary dining options include three main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. Plus, the Main Dining Rooms offer a menu that changes daily, Chef’s Signature Dishes and carefully selected wine recommendations, guaranteeing a different culinary adventure with every visit.

Interested in a little excitement? Burn rubber at the racetrack and then challenge your friends or family to some friendly competition on the Aqua Racer. Dare to whoosh over the side of the ship on Ocean Loops before dodging lasers during an exhilarating game of laser tag. Top off all your victories by hitting the jackpot in the Bliss Casino – where an electric atmosphere buzzes late into the night.

Pre-Cruise and Onboard Protocols

All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks prior to departure, in order to board. Passengers need to be vaccinated with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized single brand vaccinations.

All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by the cruise line, prior to boarding and receive a negative result. Any positive antigen test will be confirmed with a PCR test. Guests are also responsible for complying with all local health and safety requirements which may include additional testing.

For additional information regarding the protocols please click here.

The Program:

The program content is provided by expert Nurse Educators with extensive clinical and education experience. The education content provided in this program meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program.

No matter what conference you attend you always need accommodation, a cruise ship provides a great all-inclusive* accommodation option to enhance your Conference experience.

Education at Sea combines quality education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to Nursing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.

The Online Library:

The Library has been created so that you have access to some of the Conference content prior to our sail date. The documents, including self-directed activities and webinars, from our Conference Presenter, are provided so that you can create your own conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of Education at Sea, the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. Education at Sea reserve the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

Day and Location Events
Day 1: Saturday 15th October 2022
Departure: Seattle

Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the “setting sail” festivities as we say farewell to Seattle..

Evening: Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

Day 2: Sunday 16th October 2022
At Sea
9am to 4pm: Full Conference Day
Day 3: Monday 17th October 2022

9.30am to 12.30pm: Seminar sessions

1.30pm to 11pm: Juneau – optional tour available

Day 4: Tuesday 18th October 2022
Skagway, Alaska

7am to 8.15pm: Skagway

Explore this port of call

Day 5: Wednesday 19th October 2022
Glacier Bay, Alaska

Cruising Glacier Bay

Seminar Sessions – including self-directed, recorded webinars and face to face

Day 6: Thursday 20th October 2022
Ketchikan, Alaska

7am to 1.15pm: Ketchikan

Ketchikan is an Alaskan city facing the Inside Passage, a popular cruise route along the state’s southeastern coast. It’s known for its many Native American totem poles, on display throughout town. Nearby Misty Fiords National Monument is a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snowcapped mountains, waterfalls and salmon spawning streams. It’s also home to rich wildlife including black bears, wolves and bald eagles.

2pm to 5pm: Seminar sessions

Day 7: Friday 21th October 2022
Victoria, Canada

9am to 5pm: Seminar sessions

TBC: Conference conclusion – farewell drinks

7pm to 11pm: Explore this beautiful port at your leisure

Day 8: Saturday 22nd October 2022
6am – Disembark – Safe travels!

For information relating to cabin pricing, bookings and travel requirements such as travel insurance please complete the booking enquiry form or email enquiries@educationatsea.com.au.

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Itinerary Disclosure:
Cruise Itinerary, Seminar topics and Seminar Education program are subject to change without notice.

Presenter Disclosure:
Education at Sea makes every effort to ensure the advertised presenters deliver the program. However in the unlikely event a presenter is unavailable Education at Sea reserves the right to use a suitably qualified substitute presenter.

Optional Tours



Whale Watching, Mendenhall Glacier & Salmon Bake

Price: TBC

  • Cruising through Stephens Passage looking for Humpback Whales on a private catamaran
  • Learn about the local wildlife including killer whales, sea lions, porpoises, seals and bald eagles
  • Lunch at Gold Creek where we will enjoy a fresh-grilled wild Alaskan Salmon bake
  • Visit Mendenhall Glacier Park

Important notes:
This tour will include walking on uneven surfaces and trails. We recommend wearing appropriate clothing, footwear, hat, sunglasses and sun protection.

Education at Sea tours are exclusive to seminar delegates and their guests. Tour participation numbers are limited. Tours are booked through Travel Direct/Education at Sea and will not appear on your ship itinerary.

Optional Shore Tour Disclosure: Optional tours are exclusive to conference delegates and their guests. All tour bookings must be paid in full by the nominated date prior to departure. CPD Cruises Pty Ltd trading as Education at Sea reserves the right to cancel or make changes to optional tours without notice. Tour prices are subject to change without notice. In the event the cruise ship is unable to dock or tender at the nominated port we will attempt to offer alternative tour arrangements. However, we can not guarantee full refund of tour costs. We recommend all attendees and their guests obtain travel insurance at the time of booking.



Cabin Selection Twin Share per person
Inside Cabin from $1891 per person twin share – Includes Unlimited Drinks Package, Specialty Dining Package & Gratuities                           
Ocean View Cabin from $2105 per person twin share – Includes Unlimited Drinks Package, Specialty Dining Package & Gratuities
Balcony Cabin from $2419 per person twin share – Includes Unlimited Drinks Package, Specialty Dining Package & Gratuities
Single Occupancy Studio from $2902 – Includes Unlimited Drinks Package, Specialty Dining Package & Gratuities
Conference Attendance Fee $1090

Prices are subject to change & availability and include selected cabin accommodation, meals, entertainment, gratuities, fees and taxes. Gratuities, fees and taxes are subject to change without notice. Norwegian (NCL) Cruise Lines has reserved the right to re-cost pricing in the event of significant currency fluctuations. A non refundable deposit of $300 per person is due at time of booking with the final balance payable by 17th May 2022. Air fares and Travel Insurance are available at an extra cost.

Cancellation Penalties and Disclosure:
Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. All deposits and seminar registration fee’s are non refundable. CPD Cruises Pty Ltd trading as Education at Sea  will not be responsible for any financial loss due to cancellation from unforeseen circumstances. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at time of booking your cruise conference.


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