EP17| Hazel Keedle – Midwife & VBAC Matters Researcher & VBAC Story

In this episode, we meet Hazel Keedle.

Hazel Keedle is a midwifery researcher and lecturer at Western Sydney University and a PhD candidate. Hazel has worked in midwifery group practices, an aboriginal medical service, a variety of hospital settings and as a privately practising midwife in both city and regional locations.  

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Hazels passion for VBAC followed her own experience of having a VBAC with her daughter in 2008 and since then has published research on women’s experience of having a homebirth after caesarean and on her PhD work exploring women’s experiences of planning a VBAC in Australia. 

Hazel’s Facebook Page is: @VBACmatters

Hazel had her own VBAC which has made her super passionate about supporting mamas on their VBAC journey.   She also shares her own C-section and VBAC story. 

We discuss Hazel’s latest study and find out why VBAC women choose to have a VBAC at home.  

Women’s reasons for, and experiences of, choosing a homebirth following a caesarean section – find here

We also discuss why more women successfully achieve a VBAC when birthing at home v’s in hospital.  Why active birth will help you achieve your vaginal birth and more on continuity of care. 

MORE STUDIES FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THAT WERE DISCUSSED DURING THE INTERVIEW – 

A narrative analysis of women’s experiences of planning a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) in Australia using critical feminist theory – find here

Women’s experiences of planning a vaginal birth after caesarean in different models of maternity care in Australia – find here

Thank you Hazel for advocating for VBAC women and taking the time to research HBAC and sharing your wisdom with us. 

Listen to this episode to find out more about VBAC Homebirth!

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