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.


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.




10 Total Rating(s)

Entertaining speaker with valid points

Andrea Stephens
07 Dec 2018

Excellent presentation.

Wendy Somers
22 Jun 2018

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

Heather Corbett
22 May 2018

Session was not quite what I had expected

Judy Applegarth
06 May 2018

Interesting topics

Meghan Charleson
25 Apr 2018

Great facilitator and very knowledgeable.

Katrina Johnson
20 Apr 2018


Leah Lochhead
04 Apr 2018

Very good

Ashleigh Ford
01 Apr 2018

Presenter was informative

Maureen Huggins
23 Feb 2018

This educator is great. I recommend this session to Midwives, Child, and family health nurses, Doctors, anyone really, that assists with breastfeeding.

Jennifer OHara
24 Oct 2017


Hayley Mann
21 Sep 2017