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					         *** IMBA Annual Conference ***
         We are delighted to announce that we will be holding the IMBA annual conference on Saturday
         25th September in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin.

         The event will focus on parents of expecting multiples, parents of multiple babies/toddlers and
         also parents of older multiples.




                                                   EVENT PROGRAMME

09.00 - 09.30   Registration & Coffee

09.30 – 09.45   Welcome and introduction:
                Siobhan Cullen, Chairperson IMBA

09.45 - 10.30   Keynote address:

                Dr. Carol Cooper, author of “Twins and Multiple Births: The Essential Parenting Guide from Pregnancy
                     to Adulthood”, columnist for a variety of medical journals and consumer publications from The
                     Sun to the Lancet. Honorary consultant in family medicine to TAMBA (UK Twins & Multiple Births
                     Association)

                Questions and Answers

10.30 - 11.00   Coffee break in Exhibition area

11.00 - 13.00   Session 1: The Latest in Multiple News and Views:

                •   John Sharry, social worker, psychotherapist and life coach, an author of ten books on parenting
                    and positive psychology, co-developer of the award-winning Parents Plus Programmes and an
                    international workshop leader and trainer;
                •   Dr. Fionnuala Breathnach, Consultant Obstetrician at the Rotunda Hospital and Lead Researcher
                    for the Perinatal Ireland ESPRiT (Twins) Study;
                •   Dr. Chris Fitzpatrick, Master of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital and father of
                    twins;
                •   Rachel Wiffen, Head of TAMBA Northern Ireland.


                Questions and Answers

13.00 - 14.00   Networking buffet lunch in Exhibition area

14.00 – 16.00           2.1: Expecting multiples
           streams
           Parallel
           Session
              2:




                        •   Survival training: Parents’ top tips from routines to sibling rivalry…
                                 Ciara McNally and Olivia Leigh, Twin parents, Galway and Dublin Multiples Club
                        •   Feeding options from breast to bottle.
                                 Catherine McGovern, Dietician, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
                        •   Medical issues from twin to twin transfusion to delivery and DNA testing.
                                 Dr. Carol Cooper, Twins & Multiple Births Expert
                        •   Parents Together Approach and Parenting Multiples
                                 Dr. Josephine Bleach, Director of Early Learning Initiative, National College of
                                    Ireland.
                        Questions and Answers

                        2.2 Multiples age 0-3

                        •   Survival training: Parents’ top tips from weaning to toilet training….
                                  Judy Buckley and Valerie Maout, Parents of twins, Galway & Cork Multiples Club
                        •   Common Speech and language challenges in multiples and how to address them
                                  Marinet Janse Van Vuren, Bright Stars Speech & Language Clinic
                        •   First aid for parents
                                  Jessie Nolan Burke, RGN
                        •   Sibling comparisons: helping parents develop each child as an individual
                                  Helen Sholdice, Parent/Child Coach and Certified Play Therapist
                        Questions and Answers

                        2.3 Multiples Age 3+

                        •   Survival training: Parents’ top tips from discipline to first days at school…
                                 Eimear & Paul Fogarty, Parents of 4 year old triplets
                                 Noreen O’Keefe, Parents of 10 year old twins
                        •   Parenting challenges from primary to secondary school.
                                 Michelle Hayes, Primary School Teacher
                        •   Multiple development through play
                                 Deirdre Kavanagh, Play therapist
                        •   Caring for yourself and the wider family.
                                 Margaret Fitzgerald, Parenting Coach
                        Questions and Answers

16.00 – 16.15   Feedback from participants & Closing Comments

16.15 - 17.00   Final coffee in exhibition area

20.00           Parents’ Night Out (optional)
                                         ALL DAY EXHIBITION

                                       Location: Clarion Hotel
Promotional stands from:

   •   Breastfeeding experts
   •   Formula companies
   •   Baby equipment suppliers
   •   Many others...


                                       REACHING THE VENUE:

Address:

    Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin 22

    T: +353 1 625 8000
    E-mail::info@clarionhotelliffeyvalley.com
    Website: http://www.clariondublinliffeyvalley.com/

Location:

    The Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley is situated on the M50/N4 intersection at Liffey Valley. It
    is situated close to the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre which is well serviced by public transport.
    There are ample car parking facilities at the Clarion Hotel.

Map:




       More detailed instructions on reaching the venue available on hotel website:

       http://www.clariondublinliffeyvalley.com/location.html
For details on reaching Liffey Valley by bus, rail or coach please visit the Liffey Valley
Shopping Centre website: http://www.liffeyvalley.ie/getting-here/by-rail.html



                                 PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT



In keeping with the successful parents’ nights out organised by multiple clubs around the
country, a parents’ night out is being organised for all parents of multiples or even expectant
parents (might be the last in a while ).



If you are interested in joining us please indicate your interest on the registration form and
we will confirm more details closer to the time.



                            INTERESTED IN STAYING OVER?



A special promotional rate for participants interested in staying over has been organised for
conference attendants.

Accommodation Rates:

        €69 room only for a double room (room only, no breakfast)
        €89 B&B for a double room
        €89 room only for a family room (1 double bed, 2 single beds)
        €119.00 B&B for a family room


If you are interested in staying over please contact the hotel directly (Tel: +353 1 625 8000)
and request the IMBA conference rates when booking.




                                  CONFERENCE RATES



Conference prices have been set as low as possible to cover costs such as catering including
a two course buffet lunch, room and equipment hire etc.



IMBA Members

        One participant:                  €40
      Couple                        €70


Non Members

      One participant:              €50
      Couple                        €80




                          FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:



Conference coordinator:       Olivia Leigh, IMBA Committee

                              Email: imbaconference@gmail.com

				
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