Phd Candidate, Western Sydney University

Hazel is a current full-time Phd candidate at Western Sydney University focusing on women's experiences of vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). This follows on from previous research undertaken for Masters Honours thesis on why women have a VBAC at home. Hazel has experience in qualitative research and has worked as a research assistant on a variety of projects in midwifery and nurse education. Alongside her Phd, Hazel also works as a casual midwifery academic and as a privately practicing midwife.


  • 2016–present
    Phd Candidate, Western Sydney University


  • 2016 
    Western Sydney University, Masters of Nursing (Honours)
  • 2014 
    Flinders University, Graduate Diploma Midwifery


  • 2015
    Women’s reasons for, and experiences of, choosing a homebirth following a caesarean section, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Professional Memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives