The 1st South African Conference on Midwifery & Dying

Cape Town, South Africa

7 – 8 February 2020

In early 2020, Soulfull Collective will be hosting the first South African conference on Midwifery and Dying. This two day gathering is an opportunity to draw together the knowledge, resources, best practices and conversations with regard to supporting people in a holistic manner at the end of life or in the event of sudden death. The conference is for aspiring and practising end of life doulas, nurses and those in the caring professions, including  bereavement counsellors, as well as anyone who is interested in engaging in the topic of death and dying in a thoughtful and curious manner. Significant sponsorship is available for home based carers, public sector nurses and pensioners and NGO discounts will apply.

The conference will employ a mix of talks, workshops, exploratory discussions as well as Open Space Methodology to ensure that participants get a chance to talk about what they want to talk about with whom they want to talk, when they want to talk. Together we’ll create a calm and nurturing retreat space that will inspire and nourish and throughout the gathering we’ll explore opportunities to collaborate in helpful ways and continue building a movement that is mindful, compassionate and inclusive.

Speakers include Patch Chair, Dr Michelle Meiring.

Cost and Registration

It is extremely important to the organisers that the presenters and delegates who participate in the conference are as diverse as possible. For this reason, the cost to paying delegates of R2,200 for this two-day conference includes full sponsorship for one person who does not have the financial and social resources to be able to pay or to raise funding (e.g. home based carers, public sector nurses or pensioners). Those for whom this amount might be prohibitive are encouraged to reserve your place at the conference in the meantime by registering a crowdfunding campaign on their conference page at BackaBuddy as soon as possible and to use this medium to raise the conference cost by 31 January 2020.

Paying delegates can elect to sponsor someone they know or the organisers can connect you to inspiring individuals who need support. To start a crowdfunding campaign using BackaBuddy or to apply for sponsorship, please contact

NGO’s are eligible to send two staff members for the price of one i.e. R2,200.

Registration closes on 1 February 2020 and an early bird discount of 15% i.e. R1,870 is applicable for the first 15 payments made (via EFT or using BackaBuddy).

Please click here to complete the online registration form.

To find out more, download the brochure here: 2020 02 Conference Midwifery and Dying CT