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Jane Svensson, IJBPE Editorial Board Member from Sydney, writes about the recent Childbirth and Parent Educators of Australia (CAPEA) conference


One question I am frequently asked when training Antenatal Educators is, ‘What if I have a same sex partner in my program? Does the partner go with the men when we do group activities or stay with the women?’ This very question was answered at the Childbirth and Parent Educators of Australia conference that I attended recently in Adelaide – the answer being, ‘Let the partner decide for herself’. Taken one step further, the presenter was then asked, ‘Well, what if we have a number of same sex couples birthing at our hospital? Should we have specific antenatal programs for them?’ The answer was, ‘No, don’t; let’s not marginalise these couples even further. They have often been through adversary to come out so let’s embrace them and welcome them into any of our regular programs’.


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Simply someone to talk to

I found myself having breakfast last week with a woman who manages the early years services in her part of the world. We quickly fell into ‘work talk’ and from broad agreement that early intervention is definitely ‘a good thing’, we went on to talk about nutrition. This turned into a lengthy lament on her part about increasing obesity rates among young children and decreasing breastfeeding rates. We both acknowledged the link and moved on to discussing ‘what to do’.

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