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Dr Elizabeth Newnham


Elizabeth Newnham

School of Nursing and Midwifery
+61 (0)7 3382 1204 (Work)
L08 2.18, Logan Campus

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Dr. Elizabeth Newnham is a midwife academic whose research interests centre on cultural and political analysis of birthing practice, and the role of midwives in promoting physiological and humanised birth. She has presented her work widely at national (Australian) and international conferences and her publications include the book Towards the humanisation of birth: A study of epidural analgesia and hospital birth culture by Palgrave MacMillan. She regularly reviews for high-quality journals in the fields of midwifery and anthropology and is on the Editorial Board of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. Dr. Newnham has held leadership roles in the Australian College of Midwives, including state Committee Chair, and was an active member of the Midwives Association of Ireland while working at Trinity College Dublin.


  • PhD
    University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics), Honours
    University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
    Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Bachelor of Nursing
    Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia