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Building New, Not Fighting Old: Creating A Paradigm Shift in Birth

Lamaze Australia presents

Building New, Not Fighting Old: Creating A Paradigm Shift in Birth

A half-day event with special guest speakers; Professor Hannah Dahlen (Western Sydney University) and Dr Robert Biter MD (U.S.A.)

Saturday 9th November, 2019
8:30am registration for 9:00am start – 1:00pm (morning tea provided)
LaunchPad Hub, 10 Kingston St. East Richmond, VIC 3121

This unique event brings together two extraordinary birth professionals; internationally-renowned Professor Hannah Dahlen; Australia’s foremost expert in women-centred midwifery-led maternity care and Dr Robert Biter, an obstetrician-gynaecologist from the United States, who champions unmedicalised birth and who has successfully created a unique model for maternity care incorporating a social equity lens, enabling women with limited resources to achieve a transformative birth, but also encourages them to harness that power to “pay it forward” with a service project in their community. To quote Biter, “We create ripples of effects beyond ourselves. Pay attention to what you do.”

“We live in political times, where much of modern maternity care has replaced the sacred with fear, traded technology for the natural beauty of human reproduction and has carelessly trampled over the rights of women along the way. The effort of maternity activists to reverse this trend in our generation should not be diminished, but political fighting has its price to pay; are we remembering to honour birth as a process of bringing the light?”

Robert Biter, MD

To reclaim the sanctity of birth, we have to remove fear from the setting. This offers us a way to combat the error in modern maternity care on a level that transcends the battle, so to speak. We have to learn to bring light to ourselves, as birth providers, to situate every new mother in a physical environment of love, and to ourselves bring that love through us.

“What we’ve done is we’ve disempowered women, we have made birth the medicalised event that it is and women have bought that and believed that it’s got something to do with their bodies and their inability and they need help… and so a culture of birth as trauma and incapacity has permeated our society and we the health care provider have created that. We’ve done that. We’ve convinced women and women have bought it.”

“We have to be strong, we have to be fearless and we have to get out there and push this agenda for the sake of women and for the sake of the future of humanity.” 

Professor Hannah Dahlen

Dahlen and Biter will present us with a vision of birth for the future and they will encourage us to recognize, as a mother, a father, or as a practitioner, that the circle of life is present during this powerful movement called birth.

We are thrilled to welcome our special guest speakers, Professor Hannah Dahlen and Dr Robert Biter who will come together for a fascinating panel discussion followed by an interactive workshop that will explore the potential for collaborative relationship-building and brainstorming ideas to help create a paradigm shift for birthing women and their families.

This is a not-to-be-missed event for maternity care providers, childbirth educators, doulas and anyone who is passionate about the sacred beauty of birth.

Space is strictly limited for this event, so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment!

Guest Speakers

Professor Hannah Dahlen

Hannah Dahlen has been a midwife for more than 25 years and is the national spokesperson for the Australian College of Midwives. She is a past national president of ACM and is currently a Professor of Midwifery and Higher Degree Research Director in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Western Sydney University. Hannah speaks on a number of topics in the media regarding midwifery, birth and women and provides guidance and inspiration to many midwives, newly graduated midwives and midwifery students in Australia and internationally.

Dr Robert Biter MD

Robert M. Biter, MD is a holistic Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, founder of the worldwide nonprofit Seaside Giving and CEO of Babies by the Sea Birthing Centers. During his clinical practice, he received multiple awards including San Diego Padres Medical Community AllStar, Best OB/Gyn in San Diego by Ranch and Coast Magazine multiple years in a row and 40 under 40 Most Important San Diego Leaders. During his medical education at Pennsylvania State University, he was named most outstanding graduate entering the field of OB/Gyn where he received multiple scholarships including named a National Health Service Corps Scholar. During his postgraduate training he was honored as an American Medical Association Leadership Award and was named Best Chief Resident from the nursing staff and Best Resident Teacher. His undergraduate education was at Juniata College with a dual degree in theatre and premedical studies having earned scholarships for both areas of his studies. He is also an award winning playwright, actor and poet. Currently he is traveling the world building better options for birth, protecting the underdog and checking off bucket lists.

Lamaze Australia

Lamaze Australia is the first international affiliate of Lamaze International and was founded by Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE and Leslie Arnott, LCCE, BFA, MA in 2018.

Lamaze International is a non-profit organisation, a trusted global leader, with a mission to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy.

Our goal is simple: We want all parents to feel confident, supported and powerful as they ask questions, make decisions, and navigate their path through pregnancy, birth and parenthood.


All registrations must be made online. There will be no tickets available for purchase on the day. There are strictly limited places available for this event, so be sure to register early!

Cost: $180 / $160 (student midwives and Lamaze childbirth educators)
This event includes a catered morning tea.

To register, click HERE.

Date: Saturday 9th November, 2019
Time: 8:30am registration for 9:00am start – 1:00pm (morning tea provided)
Address: LaunchPad Hub, 10 Kingston St. East Richmond, VIC 3121

Getting there: LaunchPad Hub is located just off Church St, Richmond. There is some metered parking on Church St, but it is highly recommended that you take public transport, due to the lack of all day spots. The 78 tram stops just a 2 minute walk from LaunchPad Hub and East Richmond train station is a short 5 minute walk away as well. If driving is your only option, we recommend that you park at the Big W Centre (670 Chapel St., South Yarra) which is only $10 for the day (early bird entry before 10am). You can then hop on the 78 tram for 4 stops and get off at Stop #55 (Adelaide St).


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