The Midwives' Cauldron

Striving to improve outcomes for women and infants - An interview with Professor Hannah Dahlen

December 11, 2021 Katie James, Dr Rachel Reed, and Prof Hannah Dahlen Season 3 Episode 4
The Midwives' Cauldron
Striving to improve outcomes for women and infants - An interview with Professor Hannah Dahlen
Show Notes

In this episode Professor Hannah Dahlen talks us through her incredible beginnings growing up as the daughter of a midwife and her early initiation into the birth world in Yemen. How her passion for feminism and supporting women was seeded into her through her young girl experiences seeing and recognising how differently women and girls are treated and seen.  Hannah shares with us her own connection to the real-life 'Call the midwife' book through her mother's experience working in the east end of London. And she kindly shares with us her incredible and heartfelt story from midwife to professor, and what keeps her fire burning to continually strive to improve the outcomes for women and infants globally. 

Hannah's interview with us is one of story and delight, utter strength and empowerment despite the odds. A must-listen for everyone, as this will definitely leave you feeling positive for the future and grateful for women like Hannah who work in this field. 

Hannah Dahlen 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 and still practices. 

Hannah has over 200 papers and book chapters and has strong national and international research partnerships. She has received 20 grants since 2000, including being CI on three NHMRC grants and an ARC Linkage grant. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conferences in the past 5 years and given invited keynote addresses at most of these.

In 2019 Hannah was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her significant services to midwifery, nursing, and medical education and research. 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.

Prof Hannah Dahlen on IG: @hannahdahlen
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