invited speaker

I have been invited to present key note addresses, facilitate workshops and present sessions nationally and internationally. My presentations combine a woman-centred approach with research evidence, stories and practical suggestions. I aim to generate critical thought and discussion on topics that impact women and their birth experiences.


I am so grateful to you for coming to Israel and for giving such an inspiring talk which a couple of people referred to as ‘a spiritual experience’. You could see for yourself from the standing ovation you received how much the attendees appreciated your session… You really are a wonderful speaker. Your experience and knowledge permeate every word of your presentation. Your research gives credence to everything you say… – Rachelle Oseran, Conference Organiser (International Childbirth Conference)

I was at the Normal Birth Conference in Sydney last week and saw your presentation about birth trauma, it was a brilliant presentation, so thought provoking and powerful and has already changed my practice with the women I have met on delivery ward… – Rachel Brooks, Educator, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Normal Labour and Birth Conference)

Thank you for your contribution at the conference. You have inspired us all to be better doulas. Your presence has really made a wonderful impact. We are very grateful for all that you do. – Doula Network Australia Committee (Doula Network Conference)

Thanks for a great workshop on the weekend. So many great ideas for assisting women, lots of research based facts that challenged what I thought I knew, great stories from a diverse range of midwives and beautiful videos to complement our learning. You put so much work into the presentations, and the workshop generally, and it was much appreciated. Thank you again. – Wendy Agars (Capers Workshop)

Thank you for a great talk today on the Gold Coast. I really enjoyed it and got so much out of it to implement in my childbirth education classes. It’s women like you that make what we do so worthwhile to see the passion in maternity care and how we can better support women. – Moran (Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Talk)

Conference keynote presentations

Spinning Babies 2020 World Confluence
October 2020, Online

Childbirth as a Rite of Passage

Better Birth 360o World Summit
July-August 2020, Online

Birthing the placenta

Doula Network Conference
29 March 2020, Online

Picking up the threads: birthing after caesarean

Calmbirth Educator Conference: Practice Makes Permanent
6 August 2019, The Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast

The rite of passage into motherhood

Making informed decisions in birth

33rd Homebirth Conference: Women of Earth Take Back Your Birth
29-31 March 2019, Rydges Geelong, Geelong

Birth Q&A – current issues and research in birth

The collective culture of women in childbirth

Women of earth take back your words

33rd Homebirth Conference – Geelong

Doula Network Australia: 1st National Conference
8 September 2018, Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, Sydney

Evidence based practice and dealing with the disconnect in maternity services

Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour

International Childbirth Conference 2018
27-28 May 2018, YMCA, Jerusalem, Israel

Best evidence for supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth

International Childbirth Conference 2018 – YMCA, Jerusalem, Israel

Birth Issues Conference: birth trauma, human rights and negotiating the system
10-11 May 2018, Mercure Hotel, Brisbane

Challenges of providing woman-centred care in institution-centred maternity services

Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding
16-17 February 2018, Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool

The problem with evidence based maternity care

Childbirth as a rite of passage’

Lismore Hospital: Respectful Maternity Care – Making a Difference
7 April 2017, Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, Goonellabah

Care providers and birth trauma

HypnoBirthing Australian Summit 2017
25 March 2017, The Big House, Pomona

Childbirth as a rite of passage: supporting transformation

Better Birth 360o World Summit
February-March 2017, Online

Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth

AusMed – Midwifery Challenges Conference
19 May 2016, Mercure Hotel, Brisbane

Meeting the challenges of modern midwifery practice

To push or not to push… that is the question

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital Seminar
30 May 2015, The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, Sunshine Coast

Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth

The Passage to Motherhood Conference
7-9 May 2015, The Pullman King George Square, Brisbane

Information sharing, decision-making and consent

The Passage to Motherhood Conference
7-9 May 2015, The Pullman King George Square, Brisbane

Waterbirth: a reflection of the birth paradigm – with Michel Odent

GOLD Midwifery Conference
February 2015, Online

Placental birth

Building Better Babies Summit
December 2014, Online

Routine interventions – what you need to know

Midwifery Today Conference
7-9 November 2014, Byron Bay

Nuchal cords, meconium and PROM

Birth as a rite of passage and the midwife as a ritual companion

29th Homebirth Australia Conference
22-23 March 2014, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane

Expert panel: informed choice

Trust Birth Conference
18-22 September 2013, Rydges, Sydney

Birth from the baby’s perspective

Placental birth and PPH

Turning the Tide for Birth and Breastfeeding
23 – 24 February 2013, Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool

Midwifery skills workshop

Birth from the baby’s perspective

Vaginal birth after caesarean

Trust Birth Conference
13-15 April 2012, Nashville, Tennessee, United States

The umbilical cord: a thorough exploration

Shoulder dystocia – a situation based approach

Evidence based practice?

The stages of labor and the emperor’s new clothes’


With Woman Retreat: reclaiming birth as a rite of passage
December 2018 and 2019, Australia

Three day retreat with co-faciltators: Jane Hardwick-Collings, Jessie Johnson-Cash, Marie-Louise Lapeyre, Judy Diana Mort, Sequoia Krop

Induction – A Day with Rachel Reed
September 2019, Palmwoods

One day interactive workshop

Doula Academy
June 2018 and June 2019, Perth

One day workshop: physiological birth and induction of labour

One day Q&A session

Capers Events
2012 to 2017, Australia

Weekend workshops: managing variations and complications

One day workshop: a range of topics including: research, physiological birth, induction of labour

Proserpine Hospital
14 February 2014, Proserpine.

One day workshop: midwifery practice for labour and birth workshop

Other Events

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Talk
24 August 2019 and 22 February 2020, Gold Coast

Why induction matters

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Talk – Gold Coast University Hospital • photo by Annalee Atia of PBB Media

Why Induction Matters Day
29 January 2020, Sydney

With Prof Hannah Dahlen and Dr Kate Levett

Northumbria University
20 June 2019, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Public lecture: women, childbirth and the role of the care providers

Midwifery Society lecture: why induction matters

Woodford Folk Festival Talk
28 December 2016, Woodford

Rites of passage: birth – with GeorGina Kelly

Childbirth and the Law Forum
12-13 October, Parramatta


Dr Rachel Reed