Professor Hannah Dahlen

Professor Hannah Dahlen

Director - HDR,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

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 had national and international success with grants (three NHMRC, one ARC, two COST). Hannah has published more than 100 papers and has given papers at over 100 conferences and seminars with half of these being invited keynote addresses. Hannah is one of the top ranking Western Sydney authors for The Conversation.  Hannah has been cited in the media over 1000 times and has been a part of three documentary films. Hannah has strong international collaborations. She is co-founder of the international research collaboration EPIIC (Epigenetic Impact of Childbirth). In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 "people who change our city for the better". She was named as one of the leading "science and knowledge thinkers" for 2012 due to her research and public profile. Hannah has a strong profile in the profession of midwifery. She is a past National President of the Australian College of Midwives and she sits on several peak National and State committees. Hannah sits on several state and National Health committees. Hannah is still a practising midwife and works in a private group practice in Sydney.

Hannah has experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  She has undertaken systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, prospective cohort studies, retrospective cohort studies, population based studies, surveys, grounded theory, narrative analysis, ethnography, thematic analysis, content analysis (qual and quant), and mixed methods.

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, birth experiences,

Hannah competed her PhD in 2008 and commenced supervising higher degree students then. During the past 8 years she has had ten higher degree completions. Hannah currently supervises three Honours students. She has had three Honours completions, all First Class Honours. One of her Honours students received the University Medal at Western Sydney in 2011. She is currently supervising five PhD students has had six PhD completions. She has had four Masters Honours completions. In total she has had 10 higher degree completions. Six of these students have received scholarships. These students have published 26 papers during their candidature and presented over 50 conference papers. They have appeared in the media, written for the Conversation and are translating their research into practice through writing guidelines for NSW Health, providing consultancies and teaching.

Hannah has been deputy HDR director 2013-14 and HDR director 2015 onwards.

This information has been contributed by Professor Dahlen.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney
  • BNurs University of Technology, Sydney
  • MComN University of Sydney
  • BNurs University of Technology, Sydney

Interests

  • Human rights in childbirth
  • Normal birth
  • Perinatal Maternal and Infant Health
  • Perineal care

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Contact

Email: H.Dahlen@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9118
Mobile:
Location: EB.LG.34
Parramatta
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2015), 'A mirror on practice : using ethnography to identify and facilitate best practice in maternity and child health care', Ethnographic Research in Maternal and Child Health, Taylor and Francis 9781138792203.
  • Dahlen, H. and Gutteridge, K. (2015), 'Stop the fear and embrace birth', The Roar Behind the Silence: Why Kindness, Compassion and Respect Matter in Maternity Care, Pinter & Martin 9781780661803.
  • Dahlen, H., Schmied, V. and Tracy, S. (2011), 'Bringing it all together: an application of the research process to the field of practice', Navigating the Maze of Research. Enhancing Nursing and Midwifery Practice, Elsevier 9780729540902.
  • Dahlen, H. (2010), 'Perineal care and repair', Midwifery Preparation for Practice, Elsevier 9780729539289.
  • Leap, N., Dahlen, H., Brodie, P., Tracy, S. and Thorpe, J. (2010), 'Relationships - the glue that holds it all together', Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth, Routledge 9780415563338.

Journal Articles

  • Dahlen, H., Downe, S., Wright, M., Kennedy, H. and Taylor, J. (2016), 'Childbirth and consequent atopic disease : emerging evidence on epigenetic effects based on the hygiene and EPIIC hypotheses', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 16, no 1 .
  • Ormsby, S., Smith, C., Dahlen, H., Hay, P. and Lind, J. (2016), 'Evaluation of an antenatal acupuncture intervention as an adjunct therapy for antenatal depression (AcuAnteDep) : study protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol 17 .
  • Maimburg, R., Vaeth, M. and Dahlen, H. (2016), '[In Press] Women's experience of childbirth : a five year follow-up of the randomised controlled trial "Ready for Child Trial"', Women and Birth, .
  • George, A., Lang, G., Johnson, M., Ridge, A., De Silva, A., Ajwani, S., Dahlen, H., Yeo, A., Langdon, R. and [and five others], .. (2016), 'The evaluation of an oral health education program for midwives in Australia', Women and Birth, vol 29, no 3 , pp 208 - 213.
  • Hussein, S., Dahlen, H., Duff, M. and Schmied, V. (2016), '[In Press] The barriers and facilitators to evidence-based episiotomy practice in Jordan', Women and Birth, .
  • Armour, M., Dahlen, H. and Smith, C. (2016), 'More than needles : the importance of explanations and self-care advice in treating primary dysmenorrhea with acupuncture', Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2016 .
  • Levett, K., Smith, C., Bensoussan, A. and Dahlen, H. (2016), 'The Complementary Therapies for Labour and Birth Study : making sense of labour and birth - experiences of women, partners and midwives of a complementary medicine antenatal education course', Midwifery, vol 40 , pp 124 - 131.
  • Stevens, J., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2016), 'A juxtaposition of birth and surgery : providing skin-to-skin contact in the operating theatre and recovery', Midwifery, vol 37 , pp 41 - 48.
  • Dahlen, H. (2016), 'The politicisation of risk', Midwifery, vol 38 , pp 6 - 8.
  • Levett, K., Smith, C., Bensoussan, A. and Dahlen, H. (2016), 'Complementary therapies for labour and birth study : a rondomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour', BMJ Open, vol 6 .
  • Johnson, M., George, A., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S. and Yeo, A. (2015), 'The midwifery initiated oral health-dental service protocol : an intervention to improve oral health outcomes for pregnant women', BMC Oral Health, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Dahlen, H., Priddis, H. and Thornton, C. (2015), 'Severe perineal trauma is rising, but let us not overreact', Midwifery, vol 31, no 1 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Rigg, E., Schmied, V., Peters, K. and Dahlen, H. (2015), 'Not addressing the root cause : an analysis of submissions made to the South Australian Government on a Proposal to Protect Midwifery Practice ', Women and Birth, vol 28, no 2 , pp 121 - 128.
  • Keedle, H., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2015), 'Women's reasons for, and experiences of, choosing a homebirth following a caesarean section', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Dahlen, H. (2015), 'Being born is good for you', The Practising Midwife, vol 18, no 4 , pp 10 - 13.
  • Dahlen, H., Barnett, B., Kohlhoff, J., Drum, M., Munoz, A. and Thornton, C. (2015), 'Obstetric and psychosocial risk factors for Australian-born and non-Australian born women and associated pregnancy and birth outcomes : a population based cohort study', BMC Pregnancy and Birth, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Harvey, S., Schmied, V., Nicholls, D. and Dahlen, H. (2015), 'Hope amidst judgement : the meaning mothers accessing opioid treatment ascribe to interactions with health services in the perinatal period', Journal of Family Studies, vol 21, no 3 , pp 282 - 304.
  • Dahlen, H. (2015), 'Urinary incontinence : where to now?', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol 123, no 6 , pp 1030 - 1030.
  • Teate, A., Dahlen, H., Schmied, V. and Swain, J. (2015), 'The midwives' and women's interaction study', Women & Birth, vol 28, no suppl. 1 , pp 54 - 55.
  • Betts, D., Dahlen, H. and Smith, C. (2014), 'A search for hope and understanding : an analysis of threatened miscarriage internet forums', Midwifery, vol 30, no 6 , pp 650 - 656.
  • Stevens, J., Schmied, V., Burns, E. and Dahlen, H. (2014), 'Immediate or early skin-to-skin contact after a Caesarean section : a review of the literature', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 10, no 4 , pp 456 - 473.
  • Priddis, H., Schmied, V. and Dahlen, H. (2014), 'Women's experiences following severe perineal trauma : a qualitative study', BMC Women's Health, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Catling, C., Dahlen, H. and Homer, C. (2014), 'The influences on women who choose publicly-funded home birth in Australia', Midwifery, vol 30, no 7 , pp 892 - 898.
  • Levett, K., Smith, C., Dahlen, H. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth : a critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 22, no 3 , pp 523 - 540.
  • Dahlen, H., Tracy, S., Tracy, M., Bisits, A., Brown, C. and Thornton, C. (2014), 'Rates of obstetric intervention and associated perinatal mortality and morbidity among low-risk women giving birth in private and public hospitals in NSW (2000-2008) : a linked data population-based cohort study', BMJ Open, vol 4, no 5 .
  • Homer, C., Thornton, C., Scarf, V., Ellwood, D., Oats, J., Foureur, M., Sibbritt, D., McLachlan, H., Forster, D. and Dahlen, H. (2014), 'Birthplace in New South Wales, Australia : an analysis of perinatal outcomes using routinely collected data', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 14, no 206 .
  • George, A., Duff, M., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S., Ajwani, S. and Bhole, S. (2014), 'Piloting of an oral health education programme and knowledge test for midwives', Contemporary Nurse, vol 46, no 2 , pp 180 - 186.
  • Betts, D., Smith, C. and Dahlen, H. (2014), '"Well I'm safe because..." - acupuncturists managing conflicting treatment recommendations when treating threatened miscarriage : a mixed-methods study', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 20, no 11 , pp 838 - 845.
  • Priddis, H., Schmied, V., Kettle, C., Sneddon, A. and Dahlen, H. (2014), '"A patchwork of services" - caring for women who sustain severe perineal trauma in New South Wales - from the perspective of women and midwives', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 14, no 1 .
  • George, A., Ajwani, S., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Blinkhorn, A., Bhole, S., Ellis, S. and Zheng, C. (2014), 'Developing and testing of an oral health screening tool for midwives to assess pregnant woman', Health Care for Women International, .
  • Dahlen, H. and Caplice, S. (2014), 'What do midwives fear?', Women and Birth, vol 27, no 4 , pp 266 - 270.
  • Dahlen, H., Downe, S., Kennedy, H. and Foureur, M. (2014), 'Is society being reshaped on a microbiological and epigenetic level by the way women give birth?', Midwifery, vol 30, no 12 , pp 1149 - 1151.
  • Dahlen, H. (2014), 'Managing risk or facilitating safety?', International Journal of Childbirth, vol 4, no 2 , pp 66 - 68.
  • Priddis, H., Dahlen, H. and Schmied, V. (2013), 'Women's experiences following severe perineal trauma : a meta-ethnographic synthesis', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 69, no 4 , pp 748 - 759.
  • Priddis, H., Dahlen, H., Schmied, V., Sneddon, A., Kettle, C., Brown, C. and Thornton, C. (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, vol 13, no 89 , pp 1 - 7.
  • Mills, A., Schmied, V., Taylor, C., Dahlen, H., Shuiringa, W. and Hudson, M. (2013), 'Someone to talk to : young mothers' experiences of participating in a young parents support programme', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, vol 27, no 3 , pp 551 - 559.
  • Dahlen, H., Dowling, H., Tracy, M., Schmied, V. and Tracy, S. (2013), '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, vol 29, no 7 , pp 759 - 764.
  • Dahlen, H., Priddis, H., Schmied, V., Sneddon, A., Kettle, C., Brown, C. and Thornton, C. (2013), 'Trends and risk factors for severe perineal trauma during childbirth in New South Wales between 2000 and 2008 : a population-based data study', BMJ Open, vol 3, no 5 , pp 1 - 7.
  • Swain, J. and Dahlen, H. (2013), 'Putting evidence into practice : a quality activity of proactive pain relief for postpartum perineal pain', Women and Birth, vol 26, no 1 , pp 65 - 70.
  • Thornton, C., Dahlen, H., Korda, A. and Hennessy, A. (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, vol 208, no 6 , pp 4761 - 4765.
  • Dahlen, H., Kennedy, H., Anderson, C., Bell, A., Clark, A., Foureur, M., Ohm, J., Shearman, A., Taylor, J., Wright, M. and Downe, S. (2013), 'The EPIIC hypothesis : intrapartum effects on the neonatal epigenome and consequent health outcomes', Medical Hypotheses, vol 80, no 5 , pp 656 - 662.
  • Dahlen, H., Schmied, V., Dennis, C. and Thornton, C. (2013), 'Rates of obstetric intervention during birth and selected maternal and perinatal outcomes for low risk women born in Australia compared to those born overseas', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 13 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Mills, A., Schmied, V. and Dahlen, H. (2013), ''Get alongside us', women's experiences of being overweight and pregnant in Sydney, Australia', Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 9, no 3 , pp 309 - 321.
  • Thornton, C., Schmied, V., Dennis, C., Barnett, B. and Dahlen, H. (2013), 'Maternal deaths in NSW (2000-2006) from nonmedical causes (suicide and trauma) in the first year following birth', BioMed Research International, vol 2013 .
  • Copeland, F., Dahlen, H. and Homer, C. (2013), 'Conflicting contexts : midwives' interpretation of childbirth through photo elicitation', Women and Birth, .
  • Dahlen, H. and Homer, C. (2013), ''Motherbirth or childbirth'? : a prospective analysis of vaginal birth after caesarean blogs', Midwifery, vol 29, no 2 , pp 167 - 173.
  • Downe, S., Gyte, G., Dahlen, H. and Singata, M. (2013), 'Routine vaginal examinations for assessing progress of labour to improve outcomes for women and babies at term (Intervention Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 7 , pp 1 - 34.
  • Dahlen, H., Downe, S., Duff, M. and Gyte, G. (2013), 'Vaginal examination during normal labor : routine examination or routine intervention?', International Journal of Childbirth, vol 3, no 3 , pp 142 - 152.
  • Jackson, M., Dahlen, H. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H. and Homer, C. (2012), 'Web-based news reports on midwives compared with obstetricians : a prospective analysis', Birth, vol 39, no 1 , pp 48 - 56.
  • George, A., Shamim, S., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S. and 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.
  • Mills, A., Schmied, V., Taylor, C., Dahlen, H., Schuiringa, W. and 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.
  • Harvey, S., Schmied, V., Nicholls, D. and 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.
  • Betts, D., Smith, C. and Dahlen, H. (2012), 'Acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment option for threatened miscarriage', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 12 .
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Duff, M., Ajwani, S., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S. and 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.
  • Taylor, C., Mills, A., Schmied, V., Dahlen, H., Shuiringa, W. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H. (2012), 'Homebirth : ten tips for safety and survival', British Journal of Midwifery, vol 20, no 12 , pp 872 - 876.
  • Downe, S., Gyte, G., Dahlen, H. and Singata, M. (2012), 'Routine vaginal examinations for assessing progress of labour to improve outcomes for women and babies at term (Protocol)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Online), vol 9, no CD010088 , pp 1 - 17.
  • Dahlen, H., Tracy, S., Tracy, M., Bisits, A., Brown, C. and Thornton, C. (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, vol 2, no 5 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Pierce, H., Homer, C., Dahlen, H. and King, J. (2012), 'Pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain : listening to Australian women', Nursing Research and Practice, vol 2012, no 387428 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Schmied, V., Olley, H., Burns, E., Duff, M., Dennis, C. and Dahlen, H. (2012), 'Contradictions and conflict : a meta-ethnographic study of migrant women's experiences of breastfeeding in a new country', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 12, no 163 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Hussein, S., Dahlen, H. and Schmied, V. (2012), 'What makes episiotomy rates change? : a systematic review of the literature', International Journal of Childbirth, vol 2, no 1 , pp 29 - 39.
  • Dahlen, H., Jackson, M. and 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.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A. and Ellis, S. (2011), 'New role for midwives promoting dental health', Australian Nursing Journal, vol 18, no 1 , pp 37 - 37.
  • Stevens, J., Dahlen, H., Peters, K. and 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.
  • Catling-Paull, C., Dahlen, H. and 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.
  • Do, C., Smith, C., Dahlen, H., Bisits, A. and Schmied, V. (2011), 'Moxibustion for cephalic version: A feasibility randomised controlled trial', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 11 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Dahlen, H., Homer, C., Leap, N. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H. (2011), 'Home birth : a story of "infinite love and enormous rejection"', International Journal of Childbirth, vol 1, no 4 , pp 254 - 262.
  • Schmied, V., Duff, M., Dahlen, H., Mills, A. and 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.
  • Laws, P., Lim, C., Tracy, S., Dahlen, H. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H., Jackson, M., Schmied, V., Tracy, S. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H., Schmied, V., Tracy, S., Jackson, M., Cummings, J. and 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.
  • Priddis, H., Dahlen, H. and Schmied, V. (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, vol 1, no 4 , pp 227 - 241.
  • Dahlen, H. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H., Barclay, M. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H. (2010), 'Undone by fear? : deluded by trust?', Midwifery, vol 26, no 2 , pp 156 - 162.
  • Dahlen, H., Barclay, L. and Homer, C. (2010), 'Reacting to the unknown : experiencing the first birth at home or in hospital in Australia', Midwifery, vol 26, no 4 , pp 415 - 423.
  • Cioffi, J., Schmied, V., Dahlen, H., Mills, A., Thornton, C., Duff, M., Cummings, J. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H., Barclay, L. and Homer, C. (2010), 'Processing the first birth : journeying into 'motherland'', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 19, no 13-14 , pp 1977 - 1985.
  • Smith, C. and 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.
  • 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.
  • Dahlen, H., Homer, C., Cooke, M., Upton, A., Nunn, R. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H. and Homer, C. (2008), 'Perineal trauma and postpartum perineal morbidity in Asian and non-Asian primiparous women giving birth in Australia', Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, vol 37, no 4 , pp 455 - 463.
  • Dahlen, H. and Homer, C. (2008), 'What are the views of midwives in relation to perineal repair?', Women and Birth, vol 21, no 1 , pp 27 - 35.
  • Dahlen, H., Barcley, L. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H., Ryan, M., Homer, C. and 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.
  • Homer, C. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H., Homer, C., Cooke, M., Upton, A., Nunn, R. and 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.
  • Tracy, S., Dahlen, H., Caplice, S., Laws, P., Wang, Y., Tracy, M. and 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.
  • Tracy, S., Sullivan, E., Dahlen, H., Black, D., Wang, Y. and 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.
  • Dahlen, H. (2006), 'Midwifery: "At the edge of history"', Women and Birth, vol 19, no 1 , pp 3 - 10.

Conference Papers

  • Betts, D., Smith, C. and Dahlen, H. (2012), 'Exploring health professionals perception of best practice for women presenting with Threatened Miscarriage', FAOPS & PSANZ, Sydney.
  • Betts, D., Smith, C. and Dahlen, H. (2012), 'Current practice amongst acupuncturists treating threatened miscarriage in Australia and New Zealand', International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Portland, Oregon.
  • Do, C., Smith, C., Dahlen, H. and Schmied, V. (2011), 'Moxibustion for cephalic version: a feasibility study', 15th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, Hobart.
  • Schmied, V., Cioffi, J., Dahlen, H., Kolt, G., Duff, M. and Thornton, C. (2008), 'Caring for obese women: Midwives experiences and concerns', Proceedings of the Women's Hospitals Australasia Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Research

Current Projects

Title: Characteristics, trends, co-admissions and service needs of women admitted to residential parenting services in the year following giving birth in New South Wales
Years: 2013-10-23 - 2016-10-22
ID: P00021300
Western Researchers: Hannah Dahlen and Virginia Schmied
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Karitane
  • Royal Society for the Welfare of Mothers & Babies
Title: The effect of prenatal and antenatal factors on outcomes for mothers and babies: A NSW population-based data linkage study
Years: 2015-02-10 - 2017-02-28
ID: P00022380
Western Researchers: Charlene Thornton, Hannah Dahlen and Annemarie Hennessy
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Kids and Families
Title: Reducing dental decay in young children through an antenatal intervention: A prospective cohort study
Years: 2016-07-20 - 2018-07-19
ID: P00023609
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Hannah Dahlen
Funding:
  • The Financial Markets Foundation for Children
Title: Costing the Place of Birth in NSW: New knowledge to support maternity service reform [via UTS]
Years: 2016-01-01 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00022712
Western Researchers: Hannah Dahlen and Charlene Thornton
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)

Previous Projects

Title: Facilitating physiological birth positioning in three different birth settings: An exploration into facilitators and inhibitors
Years: 2008-12-18 - 2009-12-17
ID: P00016481
Western Researchers: Hannah Dahlen and Virginia Schmied
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Improving the quality of midwifery care for women experiencing a normal pregnancy and birth
Years: 2008-11-21 - 2009-11-20
ID: P00016428
Western Researchers: Hannah Dahlen and Virginia Schmied
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Perinatal Mental Health: Understanding pathways, client journeys and outcomes for immigrant and refugee women
Years: 2011-11-09 - 2012-11-08
ID: P00020497
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Maree Johnson and Hannah Dahlen
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: A study of service engagement and outcomes for infants and their young mothers
Years: 2009-08-18 - 2010-08-17
ID: P00017133
Western Researchers: Virginia Schmied, Hannah Dahlen and Christine Taylor
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • The Benevolent Society
Title: Piloting of a Midwife Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service (MIOH-DS) to improve the oral health of pregnant women
Years: 2010-12-03 - 2012-05-31
ID: P00019322
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson and Hannah Dahlen
Funding:
  • Australian Dental Association
Title: Piloting of a Midwife Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service (MIOH-DS) to improve the oral health of pregnant women
Years: 2010-09-22 - 2012-06-30
ID: P00019324
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson and Hannah Dahlen
Funding:
  • NSW Department of Health
Title: MIOH-DS (Midwife Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service)
Years: 2012-01-01 - 2015-09-30
ID: P00020214
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson, Hannah Dahlen and Anthony Yeo
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Birthplace in Australia: A prospective Cohort Study [via UTS - no funding to UWS]
Years: 2012-01-01 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00020611
Western Researchers: Hannah Dahlen
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Developing perinatal oral health guidelines for dentists and prenatal care providers in Australia
Years: 2013-02-19 - 2014-07-31
ID: P00021176
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson, Hannah Dahlen, Jennifer Reath and Andrew Korda
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Philips Electronics Australia Ltd
  • Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) Ltd
Title: Antenatal interactions between midwives working in continuity of care models and midwives working in fragmented maternity care models: An ethnographic study
Years: 2012-03-02 - 2013-09-30
ID: P00020548
Western Researchers: Hannah Dahlen, Virginia Schmied and Elaine Burns
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney

Supervision

Professor Dahlen is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Birth as a Traumatic Event: Predictive factors for women experiencing Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the postnatal period.
Field of Research:
Title: Breastfeeding Outcomes in Women and Infants who Receive Normal Care and Immediate Skin to Skin Contact Post Elective Caesarean Section: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Field of Research:
Title: Birthing Outside the System
Field of Research:
Title: The Role of Acupuncture with the Management of Threatened Miscarriage
Field of Research:
Title: Secret Mothers Business: Women's Experiences of Instrumental Delivery and the Impact on their Health and Wellbeing in the Year Following Birth: a Grounded Theory Study
Field of Research:
Title: Interactions between Midwives and Women During Antenatal Consultations in Two Different Models of Care: An Ethnographic Study
Field of Research:
Title: What are the Experiences of Women Planning a VBAC from 36 Weeks Gestation to Birth in Two Australian Hospitals With Different VBAC Rates.
Field of Research:
Title: Utilising Census and Verbal Autopsy to Determine Levels, Causes and Correlates of Maternal Mortality in Zambia - Hannah Dahlen
Field of Research:
Title: An Evaluation of Health Services for Women who have Experienced Severe Perineal Trauma: A Mixed Methods Study
Field of Research:
Title: Understanding the Role and Scope of the Doula in Australia from the Perspective of Women and Doulas
Field of Research:
Title: How do the Relationship Between Mothers and Daughters and the Birth Stories Told by Mothers Influence Their Daughter's Birth Choices.
Field of Research:
Title: Utilisation of Complementary Medicine (CM) techniques to reduce usage of pharmacological pain relief during labour and childbirth
Field of Research:
Title: Understanding the Role and Scope of the Doula in Australia from the Perspective of Women and Doulas
Field of Research:
Title: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Acupuncture Treatment for Antenatal and Postnatal Depression
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Judgement, Hope and Identity: Stories of Health Care and Mothering in the Perinatal Period from Women Receiving Opioid Treatment
Field of Research: MOTHERCRAFT NURSING AND FAMILY & CHILD HEALTH NURSING
Thesis: Judgement, Hope and Identity: Stories of Health Care and Mothering in the Perinatal Period from Women Receiving Opioid Treatment
Title: Women's Reasons for and Experiences of Having a Homebirth Following a Previous Caesarean
Field of Research: MIDWIFERY; MOTHERCRAFT NURSING AND FAMILY & CHILD HEALTH NURSING
Thesis: Women's Reasons for and Experiences of Having a Homebirth Following a Previous Caesarean
Title: The Barriers and Facilitators of Introducing Evidence-based Practices around the use of Episiotomy in Jordan
Field of Research: MIDWIFERY
Thesis: The Barriers and Facilitators of Introducing Evidence-based Practices around the use of Episiotomy in Jordan
Title: The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea: A mixed methods study
Field of Research: TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE; OTHER HEALTH
Thesis: The Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Mixed-methods Study
Title: Acupuncture Treatment in Threatened Miscarriage: A Mixed Methods Study
Field of Research: COMPLEMENTATY THERAPIES; OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY
Thesis: Acupuncture Treatment in Threatened Miscarriage: A Mixed Methods Study
Title: The Complete Birth Study: Effectiveness of a complex antenatal education program incorporating complementary medicine techniques for pain relief in labour and birth for first-time mothers: A mixed methods study.
Field of Research: COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED; OTHER HEALTH; MIDWIFERY
Thesis: The Complete Birth Study: Effectiveness of a Complex Antenatal Education Program Incorporating Complementary Medicine techniques for pain relief in labour and birth for first-time mothers: A mixed methods study.
Title: Birthing Outside the System
Field of Research: MEDICAL SCIENCE
Thesis: Birthing Outside the System
Title: Experiences of Women who have Severe Perineal Trauma, their Associated Morbidity and Health Service Provision in New South Wales, Australia: A Mixed Methods Study
Field of Research: MIDWIFERY
Thesis: Experiences of Women who have Severe Perineal Trauma, their Associated Morbidity and Health Service Provision in New South Wales, Australia: A Mixed Methods Study Wales, Australia: A mixed methods study

Media

Title: Hard labour
Description: Quoted Magazine Article
Title: Midwife tells pregnant women to take the pain
Description: Quoted Newspaper Article
Title: The epigenetic jury is still out on C-sections: A new scientific field investigates delivery methods
Description: Quoted Newspaper Article
Title: Caesarean guilt: Is it putting women at risk?
Description: Quoted Newspaper Article
Title: Is society being reshaped on a microbiological and epigenetic level by the way women give birth?
Description: Co-authored Newspaper Article
Title: Severe morning sickness also leaves your purse depleted
Description: Quoted Newspaper Article
Title: Delay cutting umbilical cord by two minutes to give babies a better start to life: study
Description: Online Ninemsn
Title: Hannah Dahlen: Effect of caesarean birth can last lifetime
Description: NZ Herald
Title: Microbirth
Description: Documentary
Title: OPINION: Interventions in birth need to be challenged
Description: Herald
Title: The dad dilemma
Description: Sydney Morning Hearald
Title: Justin Smith chats with Hannah Dahlen about Natural births VS C-sections
Description: 2UE Radio Interview
Title: Cutting the cord harms a baby s health
Description: Daily Telegraph
Title: Part two:
Description: Online debate article
Title: The Face of Birth Experts
Description: TV
Title: Collaboration or control
Description: MJA Insite article
Title: Hannah Dahlen Articles
Description: The Conversation
Title: Lessons from labour
Description: ABC

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