Category Archives: Authors and Presenters

Jane Palmer

Jane Palmer presentor

For over 26 years Jane Palmer has been working in the field of childbirth education, both as a childbirth educator conducting parenting and birth preparation courses, and as a supervisor for course participants completing the Graduate Diploma of Childbirth Education. Passionate about supporting expectant parents, Jane established the well known website www.pregnancy.com.au. In 1997 Jane […]

Julie Clarke

Julie Clarke teaching childbirth classes

For over 28 years Julie has been working in the field of childbirth education, both as a childbirth educator conducting parenting and birth preparation courses, and as a supervisor for course participants completing the Graduate Diploma of Childbirth Education. Passionate about supporting expectant parents, Julie set up Transition into Parenthood through which she runs childbirth […]

Karen Guilliland

Karen Guilliland

For 30 years a women’s health activist and feminist midwife, Karen is currently the National Director of the New Zealand College of Midwives (Inc) and is intimately involved in all aspects of the changes in midwifery in NZ. She has served on the Nursing Council of NZ, the Maternity Benefits Tribunal and the External Advisory […]

Jill Moloney

Jilly Moloney

I completed my registered nurse training in Warrnambool, Victoria, in Jan ’87. I then worked primarily in urban and rural/remote Indigenous communities of NT and Qld until I trained as a midwife in Sydney (’91-92). I returned to work as a midwife in rural and remote Australian communities, then became interested in health promotion and […]

Sally Tracy

Sally Tracy

Sally trained as a midwife in New Zealand following the birth of her fourth child. Since her return to Australia she has been involved in research and has worked in both hospital and community settings. She was a research midwife with the Australian Midwifery Action Project (AMAP), a major national initiative that spearheaded the movement […]

Susanne Houd

Susanne Houd

Susanne is a Danish midwife with wide experience of working in both western settings and in developing countries. As a consultant for the WHO, she has worked on Safe Motherhood projects in African countries. Having recently completed revamping the Danish Midwifery Education program, she is currently working with Inuit communities in Greenland where birth has […]

Sandy Kirkman

Sandy Kirkman

Sandy has a broadly based midwifery career, spanning England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Now appointed. as a Principal Lecturer at in the School of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan, she continues to play a key role in both education and research, especially in areas of client centred research in the field of midwifery. She is […]

Carolyn Hastie

Caroline Hastie

Carolyn is a mother, grandmother, writer and midwife with a wealth of experience in all aspects of midwifery practice. Carolyn was the Midwifery Manager, Belmont Birthing Service and is now Senior Lecturer at The University of Newcastle. She also runs workshops for midwives throughout Australia and teaches on request at Universities.

Maggie Banks

Maggie Banks

Maggie is a home birth midwife, researcher and writer living in the Waikato, New Zealand. Her first book “Breech Birth Woman Wise” was published in 1998 and her second “Home Birth Bound: Mending the Broken Weave” in 2000. She is a founding member of the New Zealand College of Midwives and established the Midwifery Standards […]

Lynne Staff

Lynne Staff

Lynne has been a midwife for 25 years and is a wife, and mother of 3 sons. She has worked in the public and private maternity care sectors, established a home birth practice on the Sunshine Coast in QLD, and has been involved in midwifery education programs, both hospital and university-based. She helped establish the […]

Beatrijs Smulders

Beatrijs Smulders

As an independent midwife Beatrijs plays a leading role not only in the development of midwifery and modern obstetrics in the Netherlands, but also in the preservation of the Dutch birth system. She has been a prominent speaker at many national and international conferences and a successful author of several best sellers.

Pat Brodie

Pat Brodie

Pat is well known to Australian midwives for her work in developing ‘midwife-led’ models of care with a primary health care focus, in particular Team Midwifery at Westmead Hospital and St George Hospital in Sydney. Pat is currently Professor of Midwifery Practice Development and Research in Sydney South West Area Health Service. Pat has been […]

Holliday Tyson

Holiday Tyson

Holliday trained as a midwife in Britain from 1979-1982 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Thames Valley University in England. Having practiced midwifery in Africa, India and in rural and urban Ontario, Canada, she was a founding faculty member of the Ontario Midwifery Education Program and has been President and Registrar of the College […]

Nicky Leap

Nicky Leap

Nicky Leap is a well known midwifery activist, writer and speaker who worked for many years in London, specialising in home birth with disadvantaged women. Since becoming an Australian resident, Nicky has been working in a variety of projects from both Flinders University (SA) and the University of Technology, Sydney that promote woman-centred midwifery practice, […]

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis, CPM, has been a midwife, women’s health care specialist, educator and consultant for over 20 years. She is internationally active in women’s rights, and lectures widely on midwifery, sexuality, and women’s spirituality. She served as regional representative to MANA for five years and President of MEAC. She is co- founder of the Midwifery […]