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 […]
Andrea Robertson was a childbirth educator since 1974. Having worked as an Occupational Therapist in both Australia and New York, following the birth of her two children she became active in consumer maternity groups. As National President of Parents Centres Australia from 1978-1984, she orchestrated many campaigns for the improvement of maternity services in Australia, […]