Dr Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. She has been a midwife for more than 20 years. Hannah is also an executive member of the Australian College of Midwives, NSW Branch. She has researched women’s birth experiences at home and in hospital and published extensively in this area.
Professor Hannah Dahlen is a leading midwifery researcher in Australia. Her research interests fall under two major themes: 1. Keeping birth normal, which includes research into birth positions, perineal comfort and trauma during second stage, birth experiences of first time mothers at home and in hospital, use of NSW and National perinatal data to look at maternal and perinatal outcomes in different models of care and place of birth, physical activity and obesity from the perspective of women and health professionals, and vaginal birth after caesarean; and 2. Health service/policy development, which include three recent publications (online 2010) regarding the submissions to the National Maternity Services Review around homebirth, birth centres and freebirth, the development of a midwifery initiated oral health service for pregnant women, service engagement and outcomes for infants and their young mothers, analysis of media depictions of midwives obstetricians and birth and the use of doulas in the health service.