Professor Hannah Dahlen

Biography

Hannah Dahlen is the Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UWS. She has been a midwife for 24 years and still practices. She is one of the first midwives in Australia to gain Eligibility and access to a Medicare provider number following government reforms in 2010.

Hannah has strong national and international research partnerships, has received 15 grants since 2000, including being CI on two NHMRC grants in 2011 and has had over 65 publications in the past seven years. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conference and given invited keynote addresses at half of these.

Hannah is the National Media Spokesperson for Australian College of Midwives and has been interviewed in print, radio and TV many times and featured in two documentaries. Hannah is a past President of the Australian College of Midwives and received Life Membership in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the profession of Midwifery.

In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better” A panelist on the selection panel for the special feature in the (sydney) magazine described Hannah as “probably the leading force promoting natural birth and midwife-led care in Australia.” Hannah was named as one of the leading “science and knowledge thinkers” for 2012.

Research outputs

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, including 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.

Professor Dahlen has skills in both quantitative (RCTs, systematic reviews, prospective cohort studies, population based data linkage) and qualitative methods (grounded theory, narrative Inquiry, thematic analyisis, content analysis, discourse analysis).

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Contribution to discipline or area

Professor Dahlen’s research has made a significant contribution to maternity services development in Australia and internationally. Her work with Professor Sally Tracy into the safety of small units in Australia and birth centre care have led to changes in government policy and has been cited in major maternity planning documents and influenced decision making. Her research into perineal care led to international recognition and adoption of practices such as perineal warm packs into second stage management. Last year Professor Dahlen’s work on perineal warm packs (undertaken during her PhD and published in 2007) was incorporated into a Cochrane Systematic Review (CSR) (Asheim et al. 2011) providing Level 1 evidence that: “The use of warm compresses on the perineum is associated with a decreased occurrence of perineal trauma. The procedure has shown to be acceptable to women and midwives. The procedure may therefore be offered to women.” Professor Dahlen is contacted by midwives all over the world for advice on protocols to support this clinical practice. Other major work in perineal care are included in the publications list. Her reputation in this area has led to authoring the chapter on perineal care for the Australian/New Zealand textbook used by all midwifery students.

In 2011 Professor Downe (UCLAN) and Professor Holly Kennedy Powel (Yale University) and Professor Dahlen formed an international research group called EPIIC (Epigenetic impact of Childbirth). This is now an international, interdisciplinary research collaboration representing fields of genetics, physiology, developmental biology, epidemiology, medicine, midwifery, and nursing. In January 2012 they met with 11 researchers from three continents where they formalized a research collaboration and research plan. Professor Dahlen has recently published an article with this group outlining the EPIIC hypothesis. 

Professor Dahlen sits on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Childbirth and Women and Birth and peer reviews articles for several journals on a regular basis. Professor Dahlen is the Editor for Midwifery Matters the NSW Australian College of Midwives journal.

Professor Dahlen is also part of the medical panel of experts for Crikey.com and writes regularly for Croaky.com. She has also written for The Conversation and The Drum. 

Professor Dahlen was on the scientific review committee for the Biennial Australian College of Midwives conference in Sydney in 2011. She was on the organizing and scientific committee for the Perinatal Services Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) conference 2012.

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Honours and Higher Degree Supervision

Professor Dahlen currently supervises 11 higher degree students (9 PhD, 2 Masters Honours) and an Honours student. Her students are researching into topics such as severe perineal trauma, freebirth and high risk homebirth, acupuncture for threatened miscarriage, antenatal programs, unregulated birth workers, acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea, antenatal interactions between women and midwives in different models of care, skin to skin following caesarean section, the influence of mothers on daughter choices for birth, vaginal birth after caesarean and evidence based strategies around the use of episiotomy and smoking cessation. Her students are using a variety of methods under her supervision such as mixed methods, population based linked data, prospective cohort, randomised controlled trials, ethnography, grounded theory, thematic analysis, surveys and action research,

Professor Dahlen has had four students obtain scholarships for their research and one student received the University Medal for the highest Honours mark in 2010. She has had 3 Honours completions (all First Class Honours), 2 Masters Honours and 1 PhD completion

She has examined several, Honours thesis, PhDs and Masters Honours thesis.

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Provision of influential advice to health authorities and government

Professor Dahlen was part of the NHMRC committee producing the National Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care (2010). This document will be fundamental in shaping collaboration between health professionals in maternity care. Professor Dahlen has been a member of the NSW Health Departments, Maternal and Perinatal Health Priority Taskforce since 2005. This is the peak committee advising the NSW government and the Minster on maternity services provision. She has also been a member of the NSW Maternal and Perinatal Committee since 2002. This committee reviews all the maternal deaths in NSW. She was an invited member to a Roundtable meeting as part of the National Maternity Services Review in 2008 and was an expert witness as part of the Senate Inquiry into the provisions of the Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Bill 2009.

Professor Dahlen has also had input into the development of the National Maternity Services Plan at a NSW State and National level. She is also part of the Clinical Privileging for Midwives in NSW Committee. She was the Clinical Lead for Midwifery in the National Training Plan being undertaken by Health Workforce Australia in 2011. She has also provided technical advice to government in relation to maternity services reviews.

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Awards/Honours

  • 2012 Sydney Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better”
  • 2008: Young Investigator Award, PSANZ
  • 2006: National Council of Women Certificate of Achievement
  • 2003: First prize for the Central Sydney Quality Improvement Poster Competition for Improving the quality of services for Moslem women, $600
  • 2000: Nominated for writer of the year, by FPC for contributions to Australian Parents magazine
  • 2001: Excellence in Nurse Practice Award for Education. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
  • 1997: Yakult student award, $250. For best honours research project in Bachelor of Nursing (honours)

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Grants/Current Projects

Professor Dahlen has had national and international success with grants. She was CI on two successful NHMRC grants in 2011; 1) APP1022422. Birthplace in Australia: A prospective cohort study ($790,175.00) and 2) APP1022007 Improving maternal and infant outcomes: A multicentre randomised controlled trial of midwifery and dental intervention ($443,510.00). She is part of the international COST EU team that received 400,000 Euros in 2009. In addition Professor Dahlen has received 13 internal and external grants since 2008.

Project Title

Funding Agency

Year Awarded

Completed

Y= Yes
N= No 

Funding Received

Developing Perinatal Oral Health Guidelines for Dentists and Prenatal Care providers in Australia

Partnership grant (UWS, Philips Australia, Australian Dental Association, NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy

2012

N

$59,880

Gender-based women’s health initiative for Blacktown Hospital

NSW Health

2012

N

$50,000

Antenatal interactions between midwives working in continuity of care models and midwives working in fragmented maternity care models: An ethnographic study"

Research Grant Scheme UWS

2012

N

$19,899

Birthplace in Australia: A prospective cohort study

NHMRC APP1022422

2011

N

$790,175

Improving maternal and infant outcomes: A multicentre randomised controlled trial of midwifery and dental intervention

 

NHMRC APP1022007

 

2011

 N

$443,510 

Perinatal Mental Health: Understanding pathways,  client journeys and outcomes for immigrant and refugee women

 

International Research Scheme

2011

 N

 $12,438

Consultancy for Health Workforce Australia- National Training Plan

HWA

2011

 N

 $36,357

Midwifery Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service to improve the health of pregnant women

Australian Dental Association (NSW)

 

2010

 Y

 

$10,000

Piloting a Midwifery Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service (MIOH-DS)

 NSW Health

    2010

Y

 

$4632

Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating A Dynamic EU Framework For Optimal Maternity Care

European Union Grant European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST)

 

 2009

N

 

400,000 Euros

Development Of Professional Development Resources AMIHS

NSW Health

2009

 Y

 $30,000

A study of Service Engagement and outcomes for infants and their young mothers.

 

UWS Partnership grant

 

2009

 N

 $10,000

$5,000
UWS

$5,000 Benevolent Society

Facilitating physiological birth positioning in three different birth settings: An exploration into facilitators and inhibitors

UWS Research Grants Scheme

2008

  N

$24,993

Improving the quality of midwifery care for women experiencing a normal pregnancy and birth

International Research Initiatives Scheme

 

2008

 Y

$14,071 

Exploring Pregnancy Outcomes (ExPO)

College of Health & Science

 

2008

 Y

$80,000 

 

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Publications

Professor Dahlen has published more than 61 peer reviewed papers and 3 book chapters (60 since 2006). She has published in international journals such as BJOG, Midwifery (UK), Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (US), Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological & Neonatal Nursing and Birth (US), AJOG and BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (the leading international journals for the discipline). She has also published 23 conference abstracts.

In press

Dahlen HG, Dowling H, et al. "Maternal and perinatal outcomes amongst low risk women giving birth in water compared to six birth positions on land. A descriptive cross sectional study in a birth centre over 12 years." Midwifery Epub ahead of print August 9th.

Thornton C, Dahlen H.G, et al. (2013). "The incidence of preeclampsia and eclampsia and associated maternal mortality in Australia from population-linked datasets: 2000-2008 " American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology In press.

Dahlen H.G, Downe S, et al. (In press). "Vaginal examination during normal labour: routine examination or routine intervention?" International Journal of Childbirth.           

2013

Dahlen H.G, Schmied V, Dennis C-L, & ThrontonC. (2013). Rates of obstetric intervention during birth and selected maternal and neonatal outcomes for low risk women born in Australia compared to those born overseas. DMC Pregnancy and Childbirth http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2393-13-100.pdf.

Dahlen H.G, Priddis H, Schmied V, Sneddon A, Kettle C, Brown C, & Thronton C. (2013). Trends and risk factors for severe perineal trauma during childbirth in New South Wales between 2000-2008: A population based data study. BMJ Open.

Mills A, Schmied V, Taylor C, Dahlen H, Shuiringa W, Hudson M, 2013, Someone to talk to: young mothers' experiences of participating in a young parents support programme. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, [ORS ID: 225720] 

Priddis H, Dahlen H.G, et al. (2013). "Risk of recurrence, subsequent mode of birth and morbidity for women who experienced severe perineal trauma in a first birth in New South Wales between 2000 - 2008: a population based data linkage study." BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 13(89): doi:10.1186/1471-2393-1113-1189.

Swain J and Dahlen HG (2013). "Putting evidence into practice: A quality activity of proactive pain relief for postpartum perineal pain." Women and Birth 26(1): 65-70.           

2012

Downe S, Gyte G, Dahlen, H.G et al. (2012). "Routine vaginal examinations for assessing progress of labour to improve outcomes for women and babies at term: Protocol " Cochrane Library September 12th (9).

Pierce H, Homer C.S.E, Dahlen, H.G, et al. (2012). "Pregnancy-Related Lumbopelvic Pain: Listening to Australian Women." Nursing Research and Practice Article ID 387428, 10 pages doi:10.1155/2012/387428.

Priddis H, Dahlen H, et al. (2012). "Women’s experiences following severe perineal trauma: A meta-ethnographic synthesis " Journal of Advanced Nursing Article 12 OCT 2012 DOI: 10.1111/jan.12005.

 Schmied V, Olley H, Burns E, Duff M, Dennis C-L, & Dahlen H.G. (2012). "Contradictions and conflict: A meta-ethnographic study of migrant women’s experiences of breastfeeding in a new country." BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 12(163): doi:10.1186/1471-2393-1112-1163.

Dahlen HG, Tracy S, et al. (2012). "Rates of obstetric intervention among low-risk women giving birth in private and public hospitals in NSW: a population-based descriptive study." BMJ Open 2:e001723 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001723. 

Dahlen H (2012). "Perineal warm compress reduces risk of third- and fourth- degree tears and should be part of second stage care." Evidence Based Nursing 15(4): 103-104. 

Hussein S.S.A.A, Dahlen H.G, et al. (2012). "What Makes Episiotomy Rates Change?: A Systematic Review of the Literature." International Journal of Childbirth 2(1): 29-39. 

George A, Shamim S, Johnson M, Dahlen H, Ajwani S, Bhole S, Yeo A, 2012, How do dental and prenatal care practitioners perceive dental care during pregnancy? Current evidence and implications, Birth, vol 39, no. 3, pp 238-247, [ORS ID: 228292]

Dahlen H, 2012, Homebirth : ten tips for safety and survival, British Journal of Midwifery, vol 20, no. 12, pp 872-876, [ORS ID: 227631] 

Taylor C, Mills A, Schmied V, Dahlen H, Shuiringa W, Hudson M, 2012, What works to engage young parents into services? Findings from an appreciative inquiry workshop, Contemporary Nurse, vol 42, no. 2, pp 258-271, [ORS ID: 227627] 

George A, Johnson M, Dahlen H, Duff M, Ajwani S, Blinkhorn A, Ellis S, Bhole S, 2012, Development of an online education program for midwives in Australia to improve perinatal oral health, The Journal of Perinatal Education, vol 21, no. 2, pp 112-122, [ORS ID: 227548] 

Betts D, Smith C, Dahlen H, 2012, Acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment option for threatened miscarriage, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 12, [ORS ID: 227280] 

Harvey S, Schmied V, Nicholls D, Dahlen H, 2012, Key components of a service model providing early childhood support for women attending opioid treatment clinics : an Australian state health service review, Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 21, no. 17-18, pp 2528-2537, [ORS ID: 227213] 

Mills A, Schmied V, Taylor C, Dahlen H, Schuiringa W, Hudson M, 2012, Connecting, learning, leaving : supporting young parents in the community, Health and Social Care in the Community, vol 20, no. 6, pp 663-672, [ORS ID: 227048] 

George A, Shamim S, Johnson M, Dahlen H, Ajwani S, Bhole S, Yeo A, 2012, How do dental and prenatal care practitioners perceive dental care during pregnancy? Current evidence and implications, Birth, vol 39, no. 3, pp 238-247, [ORS ID: 226663] 

Dahlen H, Homer C, 2012, Web-based news reports on midwives compared with obstetricians : a prospective analysis, Birth, vol 39, no. 1, pp 48-56, [ORS ID: 226638] 

Jackson M, Dahlen H, Schmied V, 2012, Birthing outside the system : perceptions of risk amongst Australian women who have freebirths and high risk homebirths, Midwifery, vol 28, no. 5, pp 561-567, [ORS ID: 226587]

2011

Priddis H, Dahlen H, et al. (2011). "What are the facilitators, inhibitors, and implications of birth positioning? A review of the literature." Women and Birth Online (doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2011.05.001).

Priddis, H.,  Dahlen H, et al. (2011). "Juggling Instinct and Fear: An Ethnographic Study of Facilitators and Inhibitors of Physiological Birth Positioning in Two Different Birth Settings." International Journal of Childbirth 1(4): 227-241.

Dahlen H and Homer C (2011). "Motherbirth ot childbirth? A prospective analysis of vaginal birth after caesarean blogs." Midwifery 29(2): 167-173. 

Laws P, Lim C, Tracy S, Dahlen H, Sullivan E, 2011, Changes to booking, transfer criteria and procedures in birth centres in Australia from 1997-2007: A national survey, Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 20, no. 19-20, pp 2812-2821, [ORS ID: 223575]

Schmied V, Duff M, Dahlen H, Mills A, Kolt G, 2011, 'Not waving but drowning': A study of the experiences and concerns of midwives and other health professionals caring for obese childbearing women, Midwifery, vol 27, no. 4, pp 424-430, [ORS ID: 223092] 

Dahlen H, 2011, Home Birth: A story of "Infinite Love and Enormous Rejection", International Journal of Childbirth, vol 1, no. 4, pp 254-262, [ORS ID: 222984] 

Dahlen, H. (2011). Perspectives on risk or risk in perspective? EM MIDIRS (July/August) 

Dahlen H, Schmied V, Tracy S, Jackson M, Cummings J, Priddis H, 2011, Home birth and the National Australian Maternity Services Review: Too hot to handle?, Women and Birth, vol 24, no. 4, pp 148-155, [ORS ID: 222328]

Dahlen H, Homer C, Leap N, Tracy S, 2011, From social to surgical: Historical perspectives on perineal care during labour and birth, Women and Birth, vol 24, no. 3, pp 105-111, [ORS ID: 222321]

Dahlen H, Jackson M, Schmied V, Tracy S, Priddis H, 2011, Birth centres and the National Maternity Services Review: Response to consumer demand or compromise?, Women and Birth, vol 24, no. 4, pp 165-172, [ORS ID: 222226] 

Catling-Paull C, Dahlen H, Homer C, 2011, Multiparous women's confidence to have a publicly-funded homebirth: A qualitative study, Women and Birth, vol 24, no. 3, pp 122-128, [ORS ID: 222214] 

Stevens J, Dahlen H, Peters K, Jackson D, 2011, Midwives' and doulas' perspectives of the role of the doula in Australia: A qualitative study, Midwifery, vol 27, no. 4, pp 509-516, [ORS ID: 222213]

Smith, C., Dahlen, H., & Schmied, V. (2011). Moxibustion for cephalic version: A feasibility randomised controlled trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 11(81).

George, A., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A., & Ellis S. (2011). New role for midwives promoting dental health. Australian Nursing Journal, 18(1), 37-37. ors id: 221556.

Dahlen H, Jackson M, Stevens J, 2011, Homebirth, freebirth and doulas: Casualty and consequences of a broken maternity system, Women and Birth, vol 24, no. 1, pp 47-50, [ORS ID: 218830]

2010

Dahlen H, Barclay L, Homer C, 2010, Processing the First birth: journeying into 'motherland', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 19, no. 13-14, pp 1977-1985, [ORS ID: 218286] 

Dahlen H, Barclay L, Homer C, 2010, 'Reacting to the unknown': experiencing the first birth at home or in hospital in Australia, Midwifery, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 215169]

Dahlen H, Barclay M, Homer C, 2010, The novice birthing: theorising first-time mothers' experiences of birth at home and in hospital in Australia, Midwifery, vol 26, no. 1, pp 53-63, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 215166]            

Cioffi J, Schmied V, Dahlen H, Mills A, Thornton C, Duff M, Cummings J, Kolt G, 2010, Physical Activity in Pregnancy: Women's Perceptions, Practices, and Influencing Factors, Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, vol 55, no. 5, pp 455-461, [ORS ID: 216939]

Dahlen, H., Homer, C., Tracy, M., & Bisits, A. (2010). Letter to the editor re Kennare RM, Keirse MJNC, Tucker GR, Chan AC. Planned home and hospital births in South Australia, 1991�2006: differences in outcomes. Med J Aust 2010; 192: 76-80. Medical Journal of Australia.

Schmied, V., Duff, M. Dahlen, H., Mills, A. & Kolt, G. (2010).Not waving but drowning: A study of the experiences and concerns of midwives and other health professionals caring for obese childbearing women. Online Midwifery 8-APR-2010 DOI information: 10.1016/j.midw.2010.02.010.

Dahlen, H. Undone by fear? Deluded by trust? (2010). Midwifery 10.1016/j.midw.2009.11.008.

Dahlen H, Homer C, 2010, Infant feeding in the first 12 weeks following birth: A comparison of patterns seen in Asian and non-Asia women in Australia, Women and Birth, vol 23, no. 1, pp 22-28, [ORS ID: 215165]

2009

Smith C, Dahlen H, 2009, Caring for the pregnant woman and her baby in a changing maternity service environment: the role of acupuncture, Acupuncture in Medicine, vol 27, no. 3, pp 123-125, [ORS ID: 211399]

Tracy, S., Welsh, A., Dahlen, H., & Tracy, M. (2009). Letter to the Editor re Robson SJ, Laws P, Sullivan EA. Adverse outcomes of labour in public and private hospitals in Australia: a population-based descriptive study. Med J Aust 2009; 190: 474-477. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(10), 579-580.

Dahlen H, Homer C, Cooke M, Upton A, Nunn R, Brodrick B, 2009, 'Soothing the ring of fire': Australian women's and midwives' experiences of using perineal warm packs in the second stage of labour. Midwifery, Midwifery, vol 25, no. 2, pp 39-48, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 212549]

2008

Dahlen H, Barcley L, Homer C, 2008, Preparing for the first birth: mothers' experiences at home and in hospital in Australia, Journal of Perinatal Education, vol 17, no. 4, pp 21-32, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 215168] 

Dahlen H, Homer C, 2008, What are the views of midwives in relation to perineal repair?, Women and Birth, vol 21, no. 1, pp 27-35, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214118].

Dahlen H, Homer C, 2008, Perineal trauma and postpartum perineal morbidity in Asian and non-Asian primiparous women giving birth in Australia, JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, vol 37, no. 4, pp 455-463, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214116].

George, A. & Johnson, M. Ellis, S. Dahlen, H., Blinkhorn, A., Bhole, S. & Ajwani, S. (2010) Promoting dental health in pregnant women: A new role for midwives in Australia. Australian Nursing Journal, 18(1), 37.

Tracy, S., Dahlen, H.,Tracy, M., Laws, P., & Sullivan, E. (2008). Response to letters re Tracy, S., Dahlen, H., Tracy, M., Laws, P. Sullivan, E. (2008). Authors reply to correspondence Birth centres in Australia. A national population-based study of perinatal mortality associated with giving birth in a birth centre. Birth 35 (1): 86. Birth 35(1), 86.

2007

Dahlen H, Homer C, Cooke M, Upton A, Nunn R, Brodrick B, 2007, Perineal outcomes and maternal comfort related to the application of perineal warm packs in the second stage of labor: A randomized controlled trial, Birth, vol 34, no. 4, pp 282-290, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214411].

Tracy S, Dahlen H, Caplice S, Laws P, Wang Y, Tracy M, Sullivan E, 2007, Birth centers in Australia: A national population-based study of perinatal mortality associated with giving birth in a birth center, Birth, vol 34, no. 3, pp 194-201, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214412].

Homer C, Dahlen H, 2007, Obstetric-induced incontinence: A black hole of preventable morbidity? An 'alternative' opinion, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol 47, no. 2, pp 86-90, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214410].

Dahlen H, Ryan M, Homer C, Cooke M, 2007, An Australian prospective cohort study of risk factors for severe perineal trauma during childbirth, Midwifery, vol 23, no. 2, pp 196-203, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214117].

2006

Dahlen H, 2006, Midwifery: "At the edge of history", Women and Birth, vol 19, no. 1, pp 3-10, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214129]

Tracy S, Sullivan E, Dahlen H, Black D, Wang Y, Tracy M, 2006, Does size matter? A population-based study of birth in lower volume maternity hospitals for low risk women, BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol 113, no. 1, pp 86-96, [Pre-UWS], [ORS ID: 214115]

2001

Dahlen, H., Ryan, M. (2001) Challenging birth rituals: to swab and drape or not? Birth Issues. 10(2): 50-52.

1999

Dahlen, H. (1999). Sharp arguments about blunt scissors. Birth Issues, 8(2), 59-61.

1993

Dahlen, H. (1993). Lactation mastitis. Nursing Times (September 8th), 89(36).  

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Book Chapters

Dahlen H, Schmied V, Tracy S, 2011, Bringing it all together: an application of the research process to the field of practice in Navigating the Maze of Research. Enhancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice, Sally Borbasi & Debra Jackson, Sydney, NSW, pp 215-233, [ORS ID: 222143]

Dahlen, H. (2010). Perineal care and repair. In Pairman, S. Tracy, S., Thoroughgood, C. Midwifery Preparation for Practice 2e (2nd Ed). Churchill Livingstone ELSEVIER. Sydney

Leap N, Dahlen H, Brodie P, Tracy S, Thorpe J, 2010, Relationships - the glue that holds it all together in Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth, Lorna Davies, Rea Daellenbach, Mary Kensington, Oxfordshire, UK, pp 61-74, [ORS ID: 219333]

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Published Conference Abstracts 

2012 

George, A., Bhole, S., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S., Blinkhorn, A., Yeo., A., Ellis, S. (2012)  Perceptions of Dental and Health Professionals Towards Perinatal Oral Health. International Association of Dental Research Conference, 20-23 June 2012, Iguacu Falls, Brazil. Journal of Dental Research.

Betts D, Smith C, Dahlen H, 2012, Exploring health professionals perception of best practice for women presenting with Threatened Miscarriage, FAOPS & PSANZ, pp 23-23, [ORS ID: 224692] 

Betts D, Smith C, Dahlen H, 2012, Current practice amongst acupuncturists treating threatened miscarriage in Australia and New Zealand., International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, [ORS ID: 224691]

Dahlen, H., Caplice, S. (2012). What do Midwives Fear? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 48. (supp 1). 28. 

Dahlen, H., Priddis, H., Thornton, C., Schmied, V., Sneddon, A., Kettle, C. (2012). Trends and risk factors for severe perineal trauma in NSW between 2000-2008: A population based data linkage study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 48. (supp 1). 37. 

Levett, K., Smith, C.A., Dahlen, H., Bensoussan, A. (2012). Pain management in labour: a time to re-consider methodological approaches to the evaluation of complementary therapies to assist with management of pain in labour. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 48. (supp 1). 36. 

Priddis, H., Dahlen, H., Thronton, C., Schmied, V., Sneddon, A., Kettle, C. (2012). Risk of recurrence, subsequent mode of birth and morbidity for women who experience severe perineal trauma in a first birth in NSW between 2000 and 2008: A population-based data linkage study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 48. (supp 1). 37. 

2011

Dahlen, H., Schmied, V., Downe, S., Tracy, S., Dowling, H., Swain, J. Jackson, M., de Jonge, A., Priddis, H. (2011). Facilitating physiological birth positioning in three different birth settings: An exploration into facilitators and inhibitors. Women and Birth. 24S, S1-S34.

Dahlen, H., Jackson, M., Schmied, V., Priddis, H., Tracy, S. (2011). Birth centres and the National Maternity Services Review: response to consumer demand or compromise? Women and Birth. 24S, S1-S34.

Dahlen, H., Smith, C., Do, C., Schmied, V., Bisits, A. (2011). Moxibustion for cephalic version: A feasibility study. Women and Birth. 24S, S1-S34.

Dahlen, H., Caplice, S. (2011). What do midwives fear? Women and Birth. 24S, S1-S34.

Dahlen, H., Mills, A., Schmied, V. (2011). A study of the experiences and concerns of childbearing obese women. Women and Birth. 24S, S1-S34.

Dahlen H., Schmied V., Tracy S, Jackson M., Cummings J., Priddis H. (2011). Home birth and the National Australian Maternity Services Review: Too hot to handle? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47 (suppl. 1).

Dahlen H., Jackson M., Schmied V., Tracy S., Priddis H. (2011) Birth Centres and the National Maternity Services Review: Response to consumer demand or compromise? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47 (suppl. 1).

Schmied V., Dahlen H., Mills A.  (2011) A study of the experiences and concerns of childbearing obese women. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47 (suppl. 1).

Do C, Smith C, Dahlen H, Schmied V, 2011, Moxibustion for cephalic version: a feasibility study, 15th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, pp 37-37, [ORS ID: 223141]

2010

Dahlen, H., Schmied, V., Downe, S., Tracy, S., Dowling, H., Upton, A., Swain, J. Jackson, M., Priddis, H. & de Jonge, A. (2010). Facilitating physiological birth positioning in three different birth settings: An exploration into facilitators and inhibitors. PSANZ. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 46 (Suppl.1) 57-96.

Schmied V, Duff M, Dahlen H, Mills A, Kolt G  (2010)‘‘Drowning not waving’: a study of the experiences and concerns of midwives and other health professionals caring for obese childbearing women’ PSANZ 14th Annual Congress, Wellington, March   Abstract published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (2010) 46 (Suppl. 1), p.41.

Laws, P., Lim, C., Tracy,S., Dahlen.H. & Sullivan, E. (2010). Changes to booking, transfer criteria and procedures in birth centres in Australia from 1997 to 2007: A national survey. PSANZ. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 46 (Suppl.1) 57-96.

Dahlen H, 2009, The relationship between maternal birth positions and perineal outcomes in women giving birth in a birth centre over 12 years, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, pp 82-82, [ORS ID: 212548].

2008

Dahlen, H. (2008). Perineal warm packs: Old wives tales or evidence based practice? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Schmied V, Cioffi J, Dahlen H, Kolt G, Duff M, Thornton C, 2008, Caring for obese women: Midwives experiences and concerns, Proceedings of the Women’s Hospitals Australasia Annual Conference, [ORS ID: 209486].                     

PhD thesis 2007

Dahlen, H.G. (2007). Reduction of perineal trauma and improved perineal comfort during and after childbirth: the Perineal Warm Pack Trial. Doctor of Philosophy. University of Technology Sydney 

Government and Technical Papers

Schmied, V., Luck, Leanne., Kruske, S., Nicholls, D., Dahlen, H., Arundell, F., Carriage, C., Anning, B. & Luck, Lauretta. (2010). The NSW Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service and Building Strong Foundations Professional Development Program.  NSW Health.

Selected Online publications (non-peer reviewed) and Health Websites 2008-13

2013

March 2013. The Conversation. Can caesarean sections increase susceptibility to disease? http://theconversation.com/can-caesarean-sections-increase-susceptibility-to-disease-12334

2012

October 2012. The Conversation. Monday’s medical myth: water births are risky. http://theconversation.com/mondays-medical-myth-water-births-are-risky-9783

June 2012. Crikey: Are Australian women’s birthing rights now perched on a slippery slope?
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2012/06/08/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.

2011

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/ 

2010

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 Professor Dahlen has published 183 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 (66 articles 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).

Selected conference presentations (since 2000)

Since 2000 Professor Dahlen has spoken at over 100 conferences. This includes seven keynotes at international conferences, 43 invited/keynotes at national conferences and over fifty further papers given.

International Conferences (Invited Keynote addresses)

2012

Dahlen, H.G. “Dancing in the Grey zone between normality and risk.” Invited keynote speaker - Normal Labour & Birth: 7th International Research Conference in China (26th-30th October 2012).

2011

Dahlen, H. ‘Holding the space’ or ‘Invading the space’: How do we impact on physiology during labour and birth? Invited Keynote address American College of Nurse Midwives 56th Annual Meeting( May 24-28th San Antonio 2011).

2010

Dahlen, H. Perspectives on risk or risk in perspective? Invited keynote address- Royal College of Midwives. United Kingdom, Manchester, November 16th 2010.

Dahlen, H. Restoring the balance between normality and risk. Invited keynote speaker -Student Midwives Royal College of Midwives. United Kingdom, Manchester, November 16th 2010.

Dahlen, H. Undone by Fear? Deluded by Trust? Invited keynote address. Dutch Symposium. Netherlands March 12th  2010.

2009

Dahlen, H. Undone by Fear; Deluded by Trust.  Invited keynote address. Normal Labour and Birth conference, Grange over Sands, United Kingdom June 10-12th 2009.

2005

Dahlen, H. Midwifery: At the edge of History. Invited keynote speaker: International Confederation of Midwives July Brisbane 2005. This presentation was published as an invited paper in the journal Women and Birth 2006.

National Conferences (Invited/Keynote addresses)

2013

Dahlen, H. Group practice: making it work. Nepean Midwives Conference in the Hawkesbury (1st March 2013).

Dahlen, H. Dancing in the grey zone between normality and risk. Royal Hospital for Women Conference Feb 2013.

2012

Dahlen, H. From Airshots to Aces. Australian College of Midwives, NSW Annual State Conference on Central Coast NSW (21-22nd September 2012).

Dahlen, H. Balancing fear and hope in childbirth in a risk focussed world. Generation Now at Luna Park (16-18th October 2012).

Dahlen, H. Holding the space of invading the space: How do we impact on physiology during labour and birth. Protecting Normal Birth. Richmond Midwives Conference (19th October 2012).

2012

Dahlen, H. Invited Plenary Speaker. Breathing New Life into Maternity Care May 24-26 2012. When does no mean ‘NO’.

Dahlen, H., Caplice. S. Invited speakers. Northern Territory Workshops. March 30th Darwin, April 1st Alice Springs.

Dahlen, H. Invited Opening Speaker. Place of Birth, Models of Care Conference, Westmead Hosptial. March 23rd 2012. Are homebirths safe?

Dahlen, H. Invited Speaker. Place of Birth, Models of Care Conference, Westmead Hosptial. March 23rd 2012. Birth Centres: What is there future?

Dahlen, H. Invited Plenary Speaker PSANZ & FAOPS Sydney conference 18-21 March 2012. Are homebirths safe?

Dahlen, H. Invited Plenary Speaker PSANZ & FAOPS Sydney conference 18-21 March 2012. Safety issues from the woman’s perspective.

Dahlen, H. Invited Keynote speaker Neapean Conference Sebel Resort Windsor. March 2012. A Brave new world for midwifery: Are we ready?

Dahlen, H. What Do Midwives Fear? Invited speaker Hunter Valley Midwives Association. May 3rd 2012.

2011

Dahlen, H. Unexpected outcomes. Invited speaker. SSWAHS Parent Educators Day. November 25th 2011.

Dahlen, H. No Doctors in the room. Invited speaker. Salter and Gordon Medical Law Forum. QUT May 10th 2011.

Dahlen, H. Mothering in 2020. Invited closing speaker. Mothering Conference July 22nd 2011. UWS.

Dahlen, H. Midwifery into the future. Invited keynote speaker. Midwifery Between the Mountains and the Sea July 8th 2011. Wollongong.

2010

Dahlen, H. The New Midwifery: Are you ready, willing and able? Invited keynote speaker-UTS, Sydney December 9th 2010.

Dahlen, H. “Leadership in policy, politics and practice”. Invited speaker FLAMES UWS, Sydney November 23rd 2010.

2009

Dahlen, H. Because We Care We Dare. Invited keynote address. NSW Nurses Association Annual Conference, Sydney. July 31st. 2009.

Dahlen, H. The Maternity Services Review: A time to talk and a time to act. Invited keynote address. SEIAHS Fifth Annual Nursing and Midwifery Seminar, Sydney May 8th 2009.

Dahlen, H. Midwifery and the Media. Invited keynote speaker. Australian College of Midwives Victorian Branch, Melbourne. December 5th, 2009.

2008

Dahlen, H. Midwives in the Media. Invited speaker. Breathing New Life into Maternity Care. Surfers Paradise. September 2008.

Dahlen, H. Preventing perineal trauma. Invited speaker: PEARLS of Wisdom. Blacktown Hospital. July 2008.

Dahlen, H. Preventing perineal trauma. Invited speaker: Homebirth Seminar. Blue Mountains. July 2008.

Dahlen, H. Invited speaker: Grief seminar. Calvary Hospital. Canberra May 2008.

2007

Dahlen, H. Bold Midwives: Seeing the possibilities. Invited keynote speaker. Australian College of Midwives Biennial Conference ‘Big Bold and Beautiful,’ Canberra September 15th 2007.

Dahlen, H. Perineal care, the use of warm packs. Invited speaker. Midwifery Seminar Day, Bankstown Hospital. November 2007

Dahlen, H. Google midwifery, Google obstetrics, Google birth. Invited Speaker. NSW Midwives State Conference, Leura. September 2007.

Dahlen, H. Perineal warm packs: ‘Old wives tales’ or evidence based practice? Invited Speaker. Working with risk in midwifery practice conference Sydney June 2007.

Dahlen, H. The effect of a rising caesarean section rate on maternal and perinatal health. Invited Speaker: Caesarean Section Forum, NSW Health, Sydney June 2007.

Dahlen, H. Perusing the perineum Invited Speaker: UTS Seminar, Sydney September 2007 – 3 papers: Preventing perineal trauma during childbirth: Can it be done?; Designing and teaching a perineal repair course; Perineal postnatal care: is it the poor cousins poor cousin.

2006

Dahlen, H. ‘Parting Waves or Parting Ways.’ Invited keynote speaker. Queensland State Midwives Conference Rockhampton 2006.

Foster, K., Dahlen, H. Work together, learn together with SCORPIO Invited speaker: Breathing new life into maternity care, Sydney July 2006.

Dahlen, H. The politics of risk and safety. Invited Speaker. UTS Seminar: Balancing Safety and Risk in Maternity Care Sydney. October 2006.

Dahlen, H. Soothing the ring of fire. Invited speaker: Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ASPOG) 32nd Annual scientific meeting Sydney 2006.

Dahlen, H. The Perineal Warm Pack Trial. Invited speaker: The Nepean Midwives conference Hawkesbury March 2006.

2004

Dahlen, H. War on Terror? Invited keynote speaker. NSW Midwives Association State Midwives Conference. Hunter Valley September 2004 [Awarded best speaker of the conference].

2003

Dahlen, H. Evidence based midwifery. Invited speaker: Blacktown Conference, Sydney 2003.

2001

Dahlen, H. With woman, with midwife, with obstetrician, with lawyer: where do we stand Invited keynote speaker: NSW Midwives Association Annual State Conference. Central Coast 2001 [Awarded best speaker of the conference].

Dahlen, H. Breech birth, shoulder dystocia, preterm birth. Invited speaker: Wagga Wagga Midwives Conference. Wagga Wagga 2001.

Dahlen, H. To swab and drape or not to swab and drape: that is the question. Invited speaker: The Westmead Midwifery Conference -, Sydney 2001.

Dahlen, H. Taking midwifery research to the future. Invited Speaker: The Nepean Midwifery Conference. Hawkesbury 2001.

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Community Engagement

Professor Dahlen has an extensive, 21 year clinical career in midwifery and is part of a midwifery group practice that provides continuity of care at home, birth centre or hospital for women during pregnancy, birth and up to six weeks postnatal. This enables her to keep her clinical skills current and relevant. She is an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course (ALSO) instructor as well as a Fetal, Obstetric and Neonatal Trainer (FONT). She teaches perineal repair to midwives and has recently written the chapter on perineal care for the midwifery textbook Midwifery Preparation for Practice (2010). She has written over 200 articles for parenting and midwifery magazines. She is an expert advisor for several parenting magazines and websites and answers questions about childbirth and midwifery nationally and internationally. She has been interviewed over 200 times on TV, radio and in the print media. She has a strong profile in the Australian College of Midwives. She is the immediate past National President of the Australian College of Midwives.  She is the national media spokesperson for the Australian College of Midwives. She was the Secretary of the NSW Branch of the ACM for 12 years (1997-2009) and is currently an executive member of NSW ACM. She is a Fellow and life member of the Australian College of Midwives.

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