Cruise Seminars Event

Midwives On Board!

Event date 28 November 2024 - 8 December 2024    
Event time New Zealand (from Sydney)
Ship Ovation of the Seas
Nights 10 Nights

Our new midwifery course, "Midwives on Board!" provides a comprehensive and practical approach to maternal health education. Focused on essential skills and contemporary knowledge, it equips participants to excel as competent and empathetic midwives in today's healthcare landscape.


As midwives, our primary role is to reflect the very definition of the word: to be ‘with woman’ – throughout her pregnancy, birth and postpartum adjustment. However, we so often find ourselves ‘with system’ instead. We walk a fine line trying to be midwives while working according to policies and procedures, often with unrealistic time constraints and increasing patient numbers. If you have ever asked yourself “how can I be a true midwife in this environment?” or felt powerless to be the midwife you long to be, then this course is for you!


We will be getting back to the core of midwifery care and show you how you can truly be ‘with woman’ in your own work environment. You will be reminded of why you became a midwife, and inspired to support the women in your care to have a positive pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and post-partum experience. We will explore topics such as acupressure points for pregnancy and birth, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) management, due dates, antenatal education, labour progress support, safe waterbirth, optimal third stage, breastfeeding support, and post-natal care. We will also show you the pathway into private practice where we truly get to be ‘with woman’.


This will be a fun and engaging course that will leave you feeling informed and inspired, whether you’ve been a midwife for years or you’re just starting out in your midwifery career.




At the end of this course the participant should be able to..


• Identify and reduce environmental hinderances to physiological labour and birth.


• Support and facilitate physiological waterbirth safely.


• Support women to make informed choices regarding interventions offered.


• Educate and support women to navigate GDM prevention, testing and management.


• Facilitate and manage optimal third stage.


• Help mothers and fathers transition into parenthood.


• Understand ‘normal’ breastfeeding.


• Dispel myths and misinformation surrounding infant care and breastfeeding.


• Understand the path to endorsement and private practice.





Presented on board
Royal Caribbean International

28 November - 8 December 2024

10-Night Cruise to New Zealand




28 NOVEMBER 2024

• Embarkation & Cruise Seminars registration.

• Ovation of the Seas departs Sydney.


29 NOVEMBER 2024

09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)

• Welcome & Introduction.

• ‘With Woman’: Woman-Centred Education.

• Alternative Choices in GDM Assessment and Management.

• The Story of a Slow-Cooker: Post-Dates Management.

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-15:00 Afternoon Education Sessions (2 CPD)

• Breastfeeding 101 for Midwives.

• Interactive Workshops: ‘How Milk Gets to the Baby’ and ‘Breech Birth’.


Self-Directed Learning (2 CPD)

You will be provided with case studies (3 antenatal/intrapartum, 3 postnatal) where you will be asked to outline the assessment you would undertake and what you believe the issues may be. We will then discuss these case studies during the last session. This activity will contribute 2 CPD hours towards the total 20 CPD hours available in this course.


30 NOVEMBER 2024

09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)1

• Helping Birth Work.

• Helping Parents Parent Without a Village!

• The Art of Midwifery: Assessing Labour Progress Without VE’s.

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00-15:00 Afternoon Education Sessions (2 CPD)

• Waterbirth vs Landbirth.

• Interactive Workshops: ‘The Milk Chain’ and ‘Shoulder Dystocia’.




For all course participants, courtesy of Cruise Seminars (1 hour).



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MILFORD SOUND (scenic cruising)

DOUBTFUL SOUND (scenic cruising)

DUSKY SOUND (scenic cruising)

Today, the we'll be cruising into three spectacular Sounds. Milford Sound, located on the southwest coast of New Zealand's South Island, is renowned for its breathtaking fjords, towering cliffs, and cascading waterfalls. Dusky Sound, further to the south, offers a more secluded and rugged experience, surrounded by dense forests and steep cliffs. Doubtful Sound, with its mist-shrouded landscapes and serene waters, provides an enchanting escape into the heart of Fiordland National Park, showcasing the pristine beauty of New Zealand's wilderness.





Dunedin proudly celebrates its Scottish heritage but gold-rush fortunes are behind its grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture. From here you can also explore the Otago Peninsula, home to penguin colonies and scenic coastline.


LYTTELTON (port for Christchurch)

Christchurch is just a 20-minute drive from the Lyttelton cruise port. Visit Christchurch and stroll through beautifully manicured Hagley Park or see Maori artefacts at the Canterbury Museum.



Wellington embraces its reputation as a cool ‘little’ capital. The city centre is compact but there’s no shortage of big-city culture. The charm extends to the surrounding green hillsides while countryside and rugged coast are within easy reach.



The seaside town of Picton is your base for exploring the beautiful scenery, pristine waters and wildlife of the Marlborough Sounds. A short drive brings you to sunny Blenheim, heart of Marlborough’s acclaimed wine region.


09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)

• Milk Supply, Medications, and Mastitis.

• Reflux, Colic, and Gas.. Oh My!

• Iron Deficiency in Pregnancy.

12:00-13:00 LUNCH


13:00-15:00 Afternoon Education Sessions (2 CPD)

• The Pesky-Placenta: Optimal Third Stage.

• Reflective Practice: Speed-Dating Style!



09:00-12:00 Morning Education Sessions (3 CPD)

• Pathways to Private Practice.

• Update on Neonatal Resus and Cord Clamping.

• Case Study and Course Review


The afternoon is at your leisure!


Arrival in Sydney. We trust you have enjoyed this Cruise Seminars event. We wish you a safe onward journey home and look forward to welcoming you back on board another time.




Cruise Seminars is proud to introduce Justine van der Watt and Jaimee Smith as speakers in this course. Their combined experience, passion and dedication to enhancing the learning experience of health care professionals is reflected in this educational and interactive 20-hour CPD event.





Justine is a registered nurse, registered midwife (with endorsement), and IBCLC. She is currently completing a Master of Midwifery by Research, with a planned completion date of March 2024 - her thesis is titled 'Mother's experiences of breastfeeding support in hospital after birth'. She has worked in tertiary NICUs since 2007 in Perth and the UK. Since 2018 Justine has predominately worked in private practice providing antenatal and postnatal midwifery care, and breastfeeding support and education. Justine is currently the LCANZ Director for Political and Professional Advocacy and Support. She has presented at conferences and is currently part of the LCANZ Education Committee, which is tasked with creating online education modules for health professionals. Justine is a keen traveller, and has done work experience placements in Ghana and Sri Lanka, as well as travelling extensively for fun.




Jaimee is an endorsed privately practicing midwife who works out of the Launceston Birth Centre, offering full continuity of care throughout pregnancy, birth and for six weeks postpartum. The LBC is the oldest independent birth house in Australia and has been offering private midwifery care and homebirth to women in northern Tasmania for 40 years. Jaimee loves being with women to support them, to feel safe, loved, informed and capable as they navigate the many changes in this season of their lives. She is an experienced childbirth educator and has written and taught antenatal, birth, breastfeeding and postpartum classes both publicly and privately. Jaimee mentors midwives transitioning into private practice through Melanie the Midwife’s mentorship program and in her own private practice. She has presented at several ACM conferences and at the National Endorsed Midwives conference in 2023. Jaimee is also a remote area nurse and worked for several years on a remote island of Indonesia and as a ‘bush nurse’ in outback Queensland. She now lives with her husband, four children and a ginormous German Shepherd under a snowy mountain in northern Tasmania.




Your Education Venue:
Royal Caribbean International
Ovation of the Seas


Your education venue for this course is the spectacular Ovation of the Seas. This incredible Royal Caribbean International ship offers guests a variety of unique activities*, entertainment and dining options. Experience the North Star for panoramic views 90m above the water, be amazed at the Bionic Bar as robotic arms mix your favourite drink or indulge in mouth-watering food at Jamie's Italian restaurant. Ovation of the Seas has it all!



• Multiple dining options including Jamie's Italian, American Icon Grill, Coastal Kitchen, Chops Grill plus much more!


• More than 7 bars including the Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr®, multiple lounges and entertainment venues.


• North Star: Take yourself to new heights with the jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 90 metres above sea level giving breathtaking 360° views of the sea.


• A choice of pools including an adults-only solarium pool - a glass canopied retreat.


• An indoor pool with retractable roof.


A 67-metre outdoor poolside cinema screen.


• ..and much more!

*Some dining options and activities may incur an additional fee.