Midwifery Today Conference

Blankenberge, Belgium • 30 October – 3 November 2019

“Creating a Better Future for Birth”

Vanessa Mendez—vanessamendezphotography.com

Please join us in Blankenberge, Belgium, for an exciting and insightful conference. We have scheduled 15 excellent speakers from a variety of different countries. One exciting thing about our international conferences is diversity. Many people, from different parts of the world, are expected to attend. At the last conference in Bad Wildbad, Germany, 41 different countries were represented—including India and China.

These conferences have become places where we can work on “Creating a Better Future for Birth”—the theme of our conference in Belgium. This is what we hope to do with the input and insights of our speakers and registrants.

Besides the rich palette of classes we have lined up for you, there is the added advantage of spending our time together in one place for the duration of the conference. Because we take our meals together, we have a lot of time built in for networking and making new friends. The venue offers fantastic meals, making it an even more enjoyable time!

Blankenberge is on the coast of Belgium and is where we held our 2013 conference. We will spend five days together sharing, learning, laughing, loving, crying, and planning for a better future for motherbaby and the practitioners who serve them. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

Jan Tritten

There are so many classes to choose from, such as:

  • Midwifery Skills
  • Eat, Promote, and Doula
  • Birth, Breastfeeding, and Bonding
  • Hemorrhage and Third Stage Difficulties
  • Posterior Arrest
  • Malpresentations
  • Breech Birth
  • Spinning Babies, and so much more


Eva Diana Photography—evadiana.com

The conference will be held at Duinse Polders, a beautiful retreat site with good food and a lovely ambiance.

Conference Location

Duinse Polders
A. Ruzettelaan 195
8370 Blankenberge

How to get to Blankenberge

By air (https://www.brusselsairport.be/):
Belgium has one international airport (Brussels International Airport) and four regional airports (Antwerp-Deurne, Charleroi-Gosselies, Liège-Bierset and Ostend-Middelkerke). A train from Brussels International Airport to Blankenberge will be far less expensive than a taxi. The distance is approximately 120 km.

After arrival in Blankenberge, you can take the coast tram, following directions to Knokke. The tram is 1–2 km from the station.

By train (https://www.belgiantrain.be/en):
The ride from Brussels Airport (Zaventem) to Blankenberge lasts approximately 1 hour and 49 minutes, but you need to transfer in Brussels-Midi. A one-way ticket (from Zaventem to Blankenberge) costs €23.80.

To reach Brussels-Midi: From 6:00 am until nearly midnight, the Airport City Express links the airport with Brussels-Midi (less than 20 minutes) four times per hour. The train station is located in the basement (Level -1) of the terminal building itself. Timetable information for the Airport City Express is available on the Belgian Railways (SNCB/NMBS) website; enter Zaventem Airport as the departure or destination station.

International trains, including Thalys (Paris, Amsterdam, and Köln) and Eurostar (London, Lille) bring you to Brussels-Midi, where the same transfer is necessary.

The train ride from Brussels-Midi to Blankenberge takes approximately 1 hour and 16 minutes. This train leaves Brussels for Knokke-Blankenberge. In Bruges the train is separated into two parts: the front part goes to Knokke and the last carriages to Blankenberge. So, you need to sit in the last carriages. If any doubt, ask the ticket inspector.

By coast tram (https://www.delijn.be/en):
With the coast tram you can travel along the entire Belgian coast, from De Panne to Knokke. There is a tram every 20 minutes and the ride lasts 5 minutes from the station to the venue “Duinse Polders.” The price is €3 for one hour. https://www.delijn.be/en/vervoerbewijzen/ritkaarten-dagpassen/biljet-enkele-rit.html

By car:
Belgium has a highly developed motorway network, the densest in the world. High-capacity motorways are centered around Brussels or cut across the country. The motorways are supported by a network of expressways. Most of the motorways are part of European routes.

Duinse Polders has a free large private parking lot for the use of overnight guests.

Some tips:

  • Avoid Antwerpen, as the traffic may be jammed due to road maintenance.
  • Use the A10-E40, following directions to Gent, Oostende, but leave the motorway at the traffic interchange Brugge, exit 8, and follow the N31/E403 expressway, following directions to Blankenberge. Be careful as the speed limits are strictly enforced.
  • A city map can be found here: http://www.stratenplanblankenberge.be/
  • Please be aware that the closer you come to the sea, the more vehicles are banned from the streets. Moreover there are many one-way streets. Parking meters must be used on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays from 9 am until 7 pm (€1/h). During the week parking is free.

Overnight Accommodations

Hotel Price: €60.00 per person per day, includes breakfast, hot lunch, cold dinner and overnight stay. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. Cleaning service is not included; sheets and towels are changed weekly. There is an additional fee of €5.00 to have your bed made on arrival. Rooms and studios are available from 3:30 pm and check-out time is 9:30 am.

Booking: You must mention that you are part of the Midwifery Today group when you book in order to get this price. You may book using the phone number or address below.

Deposit: A 25% deposit, paid by bank transfer, is due within 14 days of booking. Duinse Polders will send an invoice for the deposit amount. The balance for the reservation is due one month before your arrival date. Last minute bookings may pay by cash, Visa or MasterCard on arrival, but the Midwifery Today room block is only guaranteed until 31 August 2013 (special two-week extension of original deadline), and we don’t expect rooms to be available on a last-minute basis.

Hotel cancellation: A cancellation two months in advance of your stay will receive a 50% refund of your deposit. There are no refunds for cancellation less than 21 days before your stay.

Important: The rooms are held for the Midwifery Today group only until 31 August 2013 (two-week extension of original deadline). You are urged to book your rooms by that date because the hotel books up many weeks in advance.


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