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Kate Levett

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Eps: 30 Acupressure Points for Labour & Birth with Dr Kate Levett

Nurture Hub - Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting Podcast

In this awesome episode, we interview Dr Kate Levett BEd (HME, Hons I), MPH (Epi), PhD, Adv.Dip.App.Sci (Acup), Grad. Dip Jap. Acup (Manaka) Kate Levett is a practitioner and researcher of Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture, with over 20 years’ experience as an acupuncturist, researcher, birth educator and teacher. Kate’s particular interests are in women’s health, including menstrual issues, fertility, pregnancy, labour and birth preparation and menopause.  She has an interest in treating migraines, endometriosis, chronic pain conditions and sleeping issues.  She believes that acupuncture is extremely effective for hormonal balancing within the body to help a large number of health issues that women in particular face. Kate is a mentor for the international Maternal Acupuncture Mentoring Program (MAMPs), and enjoys mentoring up and coming acupuncturists in specific maternity acupuncture treatment strategies. She is a consultant for independent childbirth education programs in Australia and internationally, such as CalmBirth and Hypnobirthing Australia, and is a research advisor with Lamaze International and the Obstetric Acupuncture Association in Canada. At West Street Wellbeing, Kate combines her understanding of acupuncture practice and research, education and women’s health to design effective treatment strategies for your health and wellness. Kate is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Fellow at the School of Medicine Sydney, at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She has completed her PhD at the NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University.  The topic of the research was investigating an antenatal education course incorporating complementary medicines for pain relief in labour and birth for first time mothers. As a Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner, I now teach these techniques to my clients in my classes and the feedback that I have been getting is amazing. Nicola and I really enjoyed connecting with Kate and we hope you enjoyed this episode. To book into an upcoming Hypnobirthing Course online visit www.belly2birth.com.au To work with Nicola Laye and breathe for birth visit www.nicolalaye.com


10 Mar 2021

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Kate Levett, Notre Dame School of Medicine

Nursing Review

Kate Levett from Notre Dame's School of Medicine talks to us about her awarded a grant to examine the effectiveness of antenatal education in reducing the rates of cesareans.


28 Aug 2018

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Taking the fear out of birth, with Hannah Dahlen & Kate Levett

Fear Free Childbirth Podcast with Alexia Leachman

Hannah Dahlen and Kate Levett are pretty much celebrities in the birth world and I'm thrilled to have been able to chat to them both for my podcast. When I was going through the edit of my book recently I realised how much I've cited much of their research, so this was a real treat for me.[spp-player optin="off" ctabuttons="off" url=“youraudio.mp3”]Hannah Dahlen & Kate LevettHannah Dahlen and Kate Levett carried out a study last year which shows that "antenatal education classes focussing on pain relief techniques dramatically reduce the rate of medical interventions during childbirth, such as epidural use and caesarean section. The research, the first of its kind and published online today in the medical journal BMJ Open, raises questions about the way expecting mothers are provided childbirth education classes".The goal of the research was to test whether childbirth education programs can help to reduce the the rate of medical interventions. To do this they conducted a randomised controlled trial of 176 women having their first baby across two Sydney hospitals. The key findings of the research were as follows;It found women in the study group: Had a significant reduction in epidural rates compared with women in the control group (23.9% vs 68.7%) Had a reduced caesarean section rate (18.2% vs 32.5%) Were significantly less likely to require their labour to be accelerated using artificial means (28.4% vs 57.8%) or have perineal trauma (84.7% vs 96.4%) Had a shorter second stage of labour (mean difference of 32 minutes) Babies in the study group were also less likely to require resuscitation (with oxygen and/or bag and mask) at birth (13.6% vs 28.9%)As you can see the findings are pretty astounding and makes undertaking childbirth education a no-brainer. So, it was against this backdrop that we chatted about the research as well as other aspects of birth including the effect that fear can have on your birth and what we can do about it. During our conversation we talk about; how fear impacts birth outcomes the importance of continuity of care for women when it comes to pregnancy and birth, and how it helps minimise their fear value of a great midwife and how she is able to support a birthing woman why relationships are at the heart of birth the role that midwives play when it comes to introducing fear into the birth space and why they need to take responsibility when it comes to their fears and self-care the techniques and tools that you can use to help you throughout birth the key things to learn about before birth that can have a big impact on your birth why learning about the birthing body can help you prepare for birth how by taking a proactive approach to birth education and preparation can influence how birth professionals respond to you during labourHannah DahlenHannah Dahlen is the Professor of Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UWS. She has been a midwife for 26 years and still practices. She is one of the first midwives in Australia to gain Eligibility and access to a Medicare provider number following government reforms in 2010.Professor Dahlen has strong national and international research partnerships, has received 15 grants since 2000, including being CI on three NHMRC grants and an ARC Linkage grant and has had over 120 publications. She has spoken at over 100 national and international conferences and given invited keynote addresses at half of these. Hannah is the National Media Spokesperson for Australian College of Midwives and has been interviewed in print, radio and TV numerous times and featured in three documentaries. Hannah is a past President of the Australian College of Midwives and received Life Membership in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the profession of Midwifery.In November 2012 she was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s list of 100 “people who change our city for the better” A panellist ...

2 Feb 2017