Homebirth is not just for hippies: Online Live Panel

2:00pm Thursday, 15 April 2021
3:00pm Thursday, 15 April 2021
Webinar will run online
ACM Office
Online, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Homebirth is not just for hippies: Online Live Panel


Dr Vijay Roach

Dr Vijay Roach is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with 25 years of experience in both public and private practice in Sydney. He is the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and has been the Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee, the Engagement Committee and the Training and Accreditation Committee.

Vijay is directly involved in medical education, lecturing at the Universities of Sydney and Notre Dame. He is also involved in teaching and mentoring medical students at Royal North Shore Hospital, emphasising to students the importance and value of compassion and kindness in medical practice.

Vijay is the former Chairman of Gidget Foundation Australia, a role in which he passionately advocated for those affected by mental health disorders in pregnancy and early parenting. He is committed to raising awareness of the importance of emotional wellbeing, speaking on this topic to students, doctors, community groups and policy makers in Australia and overseas.

Hannah Dahlen

Hannah Dahlen AM is the Professor of Midwifery, Discipline Leader of Midwifery and Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degree Research) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has been a midwife for 30 years. Hannah has over 200 published journal articles and book chapters and has a strong national and international reputation in maternal health. She is a renowned speaker, public commentator and birth activist. In 2019 Hannah was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and In November 2012 Hannah was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better” and named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012.

Nikita Gardiner

Hi all, I’m Nikita. I am an endorsed midwife working in private practice. I live in the southern suburbs of Adelaide with my partner Brett, children Sadie and Sullivan and Australian cattle dog, Milly. I have been working as a midwife since 2013 and quickly fell in love with continuity of care and being able to develop relationships with women and the whole family!

In November 2018, Embrace Midwifery and Breastfeeding Services was born. I started this private practice as a way to work with women who wanted continuity of care and more support than the mainstream public/private models were able to provide. I started offering antenatal and postnatal continuity of care, and in 2020 branched into providing homebirth services.

I believe every single woman and birthing person has the right to access any form of maternity care they choose and feel is best for them. Be this private home birth, publicly funded continuity of care, private obstetrics or public hospital care. One day, I hope geography, finances and availability do not stop any person from birthing where and with whom they feel most safe.

Kristyn Begnell

Kristyn is a mother of two young girls and currently lives in the Blue Mountains of NSW. After researching different models of care, Kristyn planned a homebirth with a privately practicing midwife for her first child but transferred to hospital at 37 weeks due to other medical complications unrelated to pregnancy. She describes her birth experience in a public hospital as traumatic.

Kristyn saw the same midwife during her second and third pregnancies and had a successful homebirth in 2018. This experience propelled her into maternity advocacy, particularly homebirth advocacy, and she has been an active member of Homebirth NSW and consumer representative for Western Sydney LHD since 2018.

Kristyn is passionate about breaking down barriers that women face in accessing homebirth and in accessing respectful maternity care in the public health system. Kristyn is now Coordinator of Homebirth Australia and works with other maternity consumer groups to improve maternity services for all women, regardless of the model of care they choose.

Kristyn is also a valued consumer member of ACM NSW branch.


More to come!

Date & Time: Thursday 15th April, 2:00pm AEST. 

14:00 in ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD 
13:30 in SA, NT  |  12:00 in WA

Tickets: FREE

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