Cover image for lecture: The Midwife's Role in Modern Breastfeeding

Lecture Overview

Has the midwife's role in this crucial aspect of maternal care changed over the years? What are some of the challenges facing the modern midwife? Social media, language, beliefs and values... these are all factors that midwives in the twenty-first century must overcome in order to effectively educate and support breastfeeding women. Join Heather Harris for this discussion on issues facing women today.


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Heather Harris

Heather Harris first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the intervening years. She has served on a number of professional committees over the years, including ACMI (Vic) and ALCA (now LCANZ). She was involved in the successful BFHI accreditation for Mitcham Private Hospital, the RWH, and Box Hill hospital. She is a breastfeeding specialist who first qualified as an IBCLC in 1991. She has also been involved in the education of health professionals, presenting in all States of Australia, as well as in the US and Hong Kong. Since 2001, Heather has served as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy.




15 Total Rating(s)

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Catherine Rice
11 Mar 2019

I think she was more interested in talking about herself. I'd be interested o know when she last worked in a busy post natal unit and where we would find the time to drop express a woman to feed her baby...

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Maura Penn
15 Feb 2019

Very informative and interesting video, practical tips transferable directly to the workplace.

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Donna Douglas
14 Feb 2019

interesting topic and tips from an experienced midwife

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Lara Rayson
13 Feb 2019

Love Heather Harris! She’s engaging and funny! Her talks are interesting and very informative.

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Debra Cox
02 Feb 2019

Easy to listen to speaker with interesting topics.

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Andrea Stephens
07 Dec 2018

Entertaining speaker with valid points

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Wendy Somers
22 Jun 2018

Excellent presentation.

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Heather Corbett
22 May 2018

I work in a special care nursery where many of the issues/ problems raised were very pertinent. I found the lecture great.

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Judy Applegarth
06 May 2018

Session was not quite what I had expected

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Meghan Charleson
25 Apr 2018

Interesting topics