Molar pregnancies, otherwise known as Hydatidiform Moles, occur when a part of the baby that forms the placenta becomes quite abnormal. It occurs about 1 in 1000 to 2000 pregnancies. The mole can be complete, meaning there is no baby present, or partial where there is some part of the baby present.
- Dahlen, H. (June 15th 2015). Delay clamping babies’ umbilical cords for better health and development. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/delay-clamping-babies-umbilical-cords-for-better-health-and-development-42406
- Dahlen, H. (January 15th 2015). Episiotomy during childbirth: not just a little snip. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/episiotomy-during-childbirth-not-just-a-little-snip-36062
- Dahlen, H. (May 22nd 2014). Birth intervention – and harm-more likely in private hospitals. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/birth-intervention-and-harm-more-likely-in-private-hospitals-26801
- Tracy, S., Dahlen, H. (February 5th 2014). Call the Midwife: Playing catch up with Australia’s maternity care. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/call-the-midwife-playing-catch-up-with-australias-maternity-care-22544
- Dahlen H. (25th November 2013). From barber surgeons to car mechanics: the technologies of vaginal birth. The Conversation https://theconversation.com/from-barber-surgeons-to-car-mechanics-the-technologies-of-vaginal-birth-20474
- Dahlen H. (22nd August 2013). We need to protect new mothers from trauma and suicide. The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-protect-new-mothers-from-trauma-and-suicide-17254.
- Dahlen H. (26th July 2013). Are we cutting umbilical cords too soon after birth? The Conversation https://theconversation.com/are-we-cutting-umbilical-cords-too-soon-after-birth-15420.
- Dahlen H. (26th March 2013). Can caesarean sections increase susceptibility to disease? The Conversation https://theconversation.com/can-caesarean-sections-increase-susceptibility-to-disease-12334.
- June 2012. Crikey: Are Australian women’s birthing rights now perched on a slippery slope?
- May 2012. The Conversation. Pushing homebirth underground raises safety concerns. http://theconversation.edu.au/pushing-home-birth-underground-raises-safety-concerns-6825
- February 2012. The Conversation. http://theconversation.edu.au/for-some-women-unassisted-home-births-are-worth-the-risks-5179
- January 2012. The Conversation. Forget ‘too posh to push’ – doctors are behind the rise in c-sections. http://theconversation.edu.au/forget-too-posh-to-push-doctors-are-behind-the-rise-in-c-sections-4986.
- April 2011. Crikey. Homebirths: Its time to broaden the focus of the debate. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2011/11/14/home-births-its-time-to-broaden-the-focus-of-the-debate/
- Dahlen, H. & Tracy, S. (2010). Private Hospitals Safer for mothers and babies? http://inside.org.au/risky-research/
- Dahlen, H. & Homer, C. (2010). More critique of the homebirth study and is reporting by the media. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2010/01/20/more-critique-of-the-homebirth-study-and-its-reporting-by-the-media/
Other non-peer reviewed publications
The following publications are in professional journals or parenting magazines that are not peer reviewed. The professional journals reach clinical midwives and managers across the state. These publications do impact on the practice of midwifery. The parenting magazines are sold in newsagents across Australia and provide vital evidence based information for the consumer of maternity services. In total I have published over 200 articles and editorials in the following magazines/journals since 1999.
- Australian Midwifery News is the Australian College of Midwives journal and reaches over 5000 midwives throughout Australia (4 articles published since 2010)
- Midwifery Matters is the Australian College of Midwives NSW journal and reaches over 1500 midwives throughout NSW (over 80 articles and editorials published since 1999)
- Australian Parents Magazine is a popular magazine for women across Australia. I was nominated as writer of the year by the magazine in 2001 (101 articles published since 1999)
- Australian Pregnancy Magazine was a popular magazine published between 1999-2000 (12 articles published between 1999-2000)
In Australia around 16,000 babies are born preterm each year (6-7percent of births). Preterm birth is defined as birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy or more than three weeks early. It is divided up into mildly preterm (32-37 weeks), moderately preterm (28-31 weeks) and extremely preterm (before 28 weeks). Disappointingly the rate of preterm birth has not really changed in over 20 years and there are concerns that it is in fact on the rise in Australia.
Hannah suggests the need for a more wide-ranging debate whose ultimate goal should be making all births – whether they take place at home or in hospitals – as safe as possible.