Childbirth, midwives, hospitals and home; & never the twain shall meet?




  • Dallas Rogers
  • Childbirth, midwives, hospitals and home; & never the twain shall meet?

Professor of Midwifery Hannah Dahlen talks to sociologist and mother to be Dr Jacqueline Nelson about being a sociologist and 37 weeks pregnant. It has raised a few questions for Jacqueline.

  • Why do we only hear negative birth stories?
  • Why do birth classes talk about labour in different ways?
  • Should I choose a midwife or an obstetrician to help me during childbirth?
  • How should we think about the relationships between women’s
    bodies, childbirth, hospital and the home?

Jacqueline and her husband, producer Dallas Rogers, talk to Professor Hannah Dahlen about the way we think about and describe pain before, during and after childbirth, the relationship between time and labour in the birthing room, and the role of the home, hospital, midwife and obstetrician in contemporary childbirth practice.


Professor Hannah Dahlen is a Professor of Midwifery and Higher Degree Research Director in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Hannah has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and her area of expertise includes: midwifery, normal birth, birth interventions, media, water birth, perineal trauma, incontinence, epigenetics, oral health, health policy, acupuncture, homebirth, birth centres, fear, risk, birth trauma, human rights in childbirth, models of care, vaginal examination, maternal death, maternal complications, perinatal outcomes, young parents, obesity, CALD women’s outcomes, birth positions and birth experiences.

Dr Jacqueline Nelson is a Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Social Inquiry Program, at the University of Technology Sydney. She is interested in how racism manifests, and exploring how we can respond to racism, both as individuals and by challenging cultures and practices that reproduce racism and inequality. In previous work, Jacqueline has examined local or place-based responses to racism and discourses of denial. Her Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Research uses ideas of performativity to look at how people respond to racism within their own families.


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