For over 27 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 […]
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 is a women’s health activist and feminist midwife. In fact, this is what Karen has been doing for the last 30 years! She is currently the National Director of the New Zealand College of Midwives (Inc). Karen works on all aspects of the changes in midwifery in NZ. She has served on the Nursing Council […]
I completed my registered nurse training in Warrnambool, Victoria, in January 1987. After this I worked primarily in urban and rural/remote Indigenous communities of NT and Qld. I did this until I started my training to be a midwife in Sydney (1991-1992). Once I qualified I returned to work as a midwife in rural and […]
Sally Tracy trained as a midwife in New Zealand following the birth of her fourth child. After she returned to Australia, Sally carried out research both in hospital and community settings. She was a research midwife with the Australian Midwifery Action Project (AMAP). This was a major national initiative that spearheaded the movement towards the […]
Susanne Houd 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. Susanne has recently finished revamping the Danish Midwifery Education program. Now she is working with Inuit communities in Greenland where […]
Sandy Kirkman has a broadly based midwifery career which spans England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. She is now the Principal Lecturer at in the School of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan. Here Sandy continues to play a key role in both education and research, especially in areas of client centred research in the field of […]
Carolyn Hastie 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 is a home birth midwife, researcher and writer living in the Waikato, New Zealand. She had her first book “Breech Birth Woman Wise” published in 1998. Following this Maggie wrote “Home Birth Bound: Mending the Broken Weave” in 2000. She is a founding member of the New Zealand College of Midwives and established […]
Lynne Staff has been a midwife for 25 years and is a wife, and mother of 3 sons. She has worked in both the public and private maternity care sectors. In fact, Lynne established a home birth practice on the Sunshine Coast in QLD. She has worked in midwifery education programs, both hospital and university-based. […]
Beatrijs Smulders is 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.
The majority of Australian midwives will know of Pat Brodie because of her work in developing ‘midwife-led’ models of care with a primary health care focus. Indeed, some of her most prominent work was Team Midwifery at Westmead Hospital and St George Hospital in Sydney. She is currently Professor of Midwifery Practice Development and Research […]
Holliday Tyson trained as a midwife in Britain from 1979-1982. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Thames Valley University in England. Holliday practiced midwifery in Africa, India and in rural and urban Ontario, Canada. Indeed, she was a founding faculty member of the Ontario Midwifery Education Program. Holliday has also been President and Registrar […]
Nicky Leap is a midwifery activist, writer and speaker. She has worked in London for many years, specialising in home birth with disadvantaged women. Since becoming an Australian resident, Nicky has worked in a variety of projects at Flinders University (SA) and the University of Technology, Sydney. These projects promote woman-centred midwifery practice as well […]
Elizabeth Davis, CPM, has been a midwife, women’s health care specialist, educator and consultant for over 20 years. Indeed, she is internationally active in women’s rights, and lectures widely on midwifery, sexuality, and women’s spirituality. Elizabeth served as regional representative to MANA for five years and was also President of MEAC. She is co- founder […]