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.

Feedback

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)

Presentations and Workshops

Australian College of Midwives QLD State Conference
May 2021, Toowong

What do we want midwifery to be in the future?
(keynote presentation)


Maternity Service Leaders Symposium (MGP)
March 2021, Online

Relationship based care
(panel discussion)


Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference
December 2020, Online

Birth without directed pushing
(conference presentation)


HypnoBirthing Australia Conference
November 2020, Online

Birthing the placenta
(keynote presentation)


International Birth Assistance Symposium (SIAPARTO)
November 2020, Online

Instinctive behaviours during the pushing phase
(keynote presentation)


Spinning Babies 2020 World Confluence
October 2020, Online

Childbirth as a rite of passage
(keynote presentation)


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

Birthing the placenta
(conference presentation)


Doula Network Conference
29 March 2020, Online

Picking up the threads: birthing after caesarean
(keynote presentation)


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

Why induction matters
(presentations)

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
(one day workshop)


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


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

The rite of passage into motherhood
(keynote presentation)

Making informed decisions in birth
(keynote presentation)


Doula Academy
June 2018 and June 2019, Perth

Physiological birth and induction of labour
(workshop)

Q&A session


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

Women, childbirth and the role of the care providers
(public lecture)

Why induction matters
(Midwifery Society presentation)


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

Current issues and research in birth
(Q&A session)

The collective culture of women in childbirth
(keynote presentation)

Women of earth take back your words
(keynote presentation)


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
(keynote presentation)

Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour
(keynote presentation)


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

Best evidence for supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth
(keynote presentation)

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
(keynote presentation)


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

The problem with evidence based maternity care
(keynote presentation)

Childbirth as a rite of passage
(keynote presentation)


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

Care providers and birth trauma
(keynote presentation)


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

Childbirth as a rite of passage: supporting transformation
(keynote presentation)


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

Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth
(keynote presentation)


Capers Events
2012 to 2017, Australia


Managing variations and complications
(weekend workshop)

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


Woodford Folk Festival Talk
28 December 2016, Woodford

Rites of passage: birth – with GeorGina Kelly
(presentation)


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

Meeting the challenges of modern midwifery practice
(keynote presentation)

To push or not to push… that is the question
(keynote presentation)


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

Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth
(conference presentation)


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

Information sharing, decision-making and consent
(keynote presentation)


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
(keynote presentation)


GOLD Midwifery Conference
February 2015, Online

Placental birth
(keynote presentation)


Building Better Babies Summit
December 2014, Online

Routine interventions – what you need to know
(keynote presentation)


Midwifery Today Conference
7-9 November 2014, Byron Bay

Nuchal cords, meconium and PROM
(keynote presentation)

Birth as a rite of passage and the midwife as a ritual companion
(keynote presentation)


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

Informed choice
(expert panel)


Proserpine Hospital
14 February 2014, Proserpine.

Midwifery practice for labour and birth workshop
(one day workshop)


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

Birth from the baby’s perspective
(keynote presentation)

Placental birth and PPH
(keynote presentation)


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

Midwifery skills
(workshop)

Birth from the baby’s perspective
(keynote presentation)

Vaginal birth after caesarean
(keynote presentation)


Childbirth and the Law Forum
12-13 October 2012, Parramatta

Panelist


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




The umbilical cord: a thorough exploration
(keynote presentation)

Shoulder dystocia – a situation based approach
(workshop)

Evidence based practice?
(keynote presentation)

The stages of labor and the emperor’s new clothes
(keynote presentation)