Episode 18 Jan Ireland - Lessons Learned in the past 40 years of Midwifery

Jan has been advocating for women and birth in Australia for decades. She shares the reforms the Australian birth industry has undergone and the steps we need to take to move closer to the better birthing practices.

Travelling around Europe in a Combi van with her husband in the early 70’s, Jan was one of the original flower children when she fell pregnant with my first child, Emma. 

The disempowering childbirth that delivered Emma spurred her on to midwifery training, which Jan completed at the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1975, going on to work at Monash Medical Centre for many years. Jan has been in private practice as a midwife for 25 years now and remains committed to avoiding disempowerment of the family during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

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