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Dr Christine Catling

Dr Christine Catling, a midwife for over 25 years, is the Director of Midwifery Studies at UTS. She believes research, innovation and good quality midwifery are pivotal to the well-being of mothers and young families.

Christine has extensive experience in antenatal education, policy development and research, and has published on workforce issues, homebirth, vaginal birth after caesarean section, maternal mortality, vaginal breech birth, maternal and child health in Papua New Guinea, simulation-based learning and vitamin D levels in mothers and neonates.

In 2015 she was the inaugural research fellow for the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre at UTS. Her PhD explored the influences on women who chose a publicly-funded home birth in Australia.

Articles written by Dr Christine
Labour & Birth
As you’re nearing that due date and analysing every tiny moment of pain or change, you might become fixated on the early signs you’re going into labour. Your little one is about to pop out any day now, so knowing the signals is important. Some will be *painfully* obvious for many women, whereas others might be surprising early signs. If you’re scared of calling a false alarm and calling...
You are well into your second trimester now and are starting to encounter new moments of excitement. The previous poppy seed-sized embryo is now the size of a coconut! Your little coconut’s heartbeat and movements might be a bigger concern for you now, so here are a few things to look out for.
Health & Wellness
When you fall pregnant your breasts will change and grow rapidly and probably have you wondering are all these changes this normal? Most of the changes you’re going to experience will be, but it is important to check them regularly, especially when pregnant.
Those long days and sleepless nights caring for your baby have probably got you leaning pretty heavily on your morning (and mid-morning, lunchtime, afternoon) cup of tea or coffee to get you through. But you might be wondering can you have caffeine when breastfeeding? How much caffeine can you have when breastfeeding and what does caffeine do to breastfeeding? The short answer is yes, it is...
We all know the classic joke that having a baby is birth control enough. If you and your partner are back in the bedroom you might be itching to get back on birth control. From the sleepless nights to the showerless days, the thought of getting pregnant again right now is probably the furthest thing from your mind.
You’ve welcomed your little one to the world and your life has surely changed! Settling into your new role is exciting but it also comes with its challenges too. From the nappy changes to the constant breastfeeding, so the thought of adding another baby to your family may seem like the last thing you could handle right now.
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