Childbirth and medicalisation madness

Åpent foredrag ved professor Deborah Davis, Professor in Midwifery, University of Canberra, Australia.

27 Aug

Praktisk informasjon

  • Dato: 27. august 2019
  • Tid: kl. 18.00 - 21.00
  • Sted: Campus Vestfold, Rom UA1-39 (Holmestrand)

  • Påmeldingsfrist: 25. august 2019

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Foredraget er på engelsk.

Kort engelsk presentasjon av professor Davis

Professor Deborah Davis began her career in midwifery in Sydney, Australia and worked for many years in a continuity model of care providing homebirth services. This experience highlighted several themes that continue to resonate with her practice and research today; the Salutogenic approach of midwifery, the value of continuity of carer and the importance of birth environment.  After completing a bachelor’s then master’s degree in health studies, Deborah Davis took up her first teaching post at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. During this time, she taught into the undergraduate program and developed New Zealand’s first Masters in Midwifery degree.  Whilst in New Zealand she completed her PhD examining the way midwives negotiate different birth environments to facilitate physiological birth. This was followed by an important national study, examining clinical outcomes for low risk women in different types of settings including home, birth centers and hospitals, showing high rates of intervention and operative birth in the hospital setting. This study has provided useful evidence to argue for the establishment of additional birth centers in New Zealand. 


In 2009, Deborah Davis returned to Australia, first to University of Technology, Sydney and in 2011 to Canberra as Clinical Chair, Professor of Midwifery with the University of Canberra and the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Government Health Directorate. These joint appointments (with academia and clinical services) have provided opportunities for progressing both research and service innovation agendas. Service innovations have included the development of specialized maternity services for obese pregnant women, the introduction of homebirth as part of a public maternity service and expanding access to the birth center. Deborah Davis has received research funding from Australia’s preeminent funding bodies; the Australian Research Council and National Health and Maternity Research Council, and Diabetes Australia for research focusing on birth unit design, continuity of care as a strategy to increase vaginal birth for women who have experienced a previous caesarean section and development and testing of a smartphone App to assist women to optimize weight gain in pregnancy.  In her academic role, she has built a vibrant research culture with midwifery academics and research students researching a wide range of topics that cohere around our research theme: “promoting wellness in pregnancy birth and beyond”.