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Senior Lecturer of Midwifery, Western Sydney University

Dr. Hazel Keedle is a Senior Lecturer of Midwifery at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University. She has over two decades of experience as a clinician in nursing and midwifery, educator, and researcher. Her research interests are vaginal birth after caesarean, birth trauma, and maternity experiences, which she explores primarily using feminist mixed methodologies.
Dr. Keedle's work is recognised nationally and internationally. She has made many invited conference and seminar presentations, and her research has been widely published in academic journals and books. She is the author of the book "Birth after Caesarean: Your Journey to a Better Birth," which is based on her PhD findings. Dr. Keedle is also the lead researcher on Australia's largest maternity experiences survey, The Birth Experience Study and lead for the Birth Experience Study - International Collaboration.
Dr Keedle is passionate about improving the experiences of women during childbirth. She is committed to using her research to advocate for women's rights and to ensure that all women have access to respectful, supportive maternity care.


  • 2023–present
    Senior lecturer of Midwifery, Western Sydney University
  • 2017–2022
    Lecturer of Midwifery, Western Sydney University


  • 2021 
    Western Sydney University, Doctorate of Midwifery
  • 2016 
    Western Sydney University, Masters of Nursing (Honours)
  • 2014 
    Flinders University, Graduate Diploma Midwifery


  • 2023
    Psychosocial interprofessional perinatal education: Design and evaluation of an interprofessional learning experience to improve students’ collaboration skills in perinatal mental health, Women and Birth
  • 2023
    What women want if they were to have another baby: The Australian Birth Experience Study (BESt) Cross-Sectional National Survey, BMJ Open
  • 2023
    A Poetic Inquiry of Traumatic Birth Through Bearing Witness, Qualitative Inquiry
  • 2022
    Birth After Caesarean; Your Journey to a Better Birth, Praeclarus Press
  • 2022
    From coercion to respectful care: women’s interactions with health care providers when planning a VBAC, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • 2022
    Dehumanized, violated, and powerless: an Australian survey of women's experiences of obstetric violence in the past 5 years, Violence against Women
  • 2020
    Women’s experiences of planning a vaginal birth after caesarean in different models of maternity care in Australia, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • 2019
    A narrative analysis of women's experiences of planning a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) in Australia using critical feminist theory, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • 2018
    The journey from pain to power: a meta-ethnography on women’s experiences of vaginal birth after caesarean, Women and Birth
  • 2018
    The design, development, and evaluation of a qualitative data collection application for pregnant women, Journal of Nursing Scholarship
  • 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