Dr Christine Catling

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

Is it go time?! Signs that labour is 24-48 hours away
Labour & Birth
Is it go time?! Signs that labour is 24-48 hours away
As an expectant mother approaches their due date, every little sensation can be cause for excitement and even a bit of anxiety. While your little one will have an expected due date, we all know that babies will typically come when they are good and ready.
Gestational diabetes: What is it and how do I know if I have it?
Health & Wellness
Gestational diabetes: What is it and how do I know if I have it?
Gestational diabetes (GD) is a form of diabetes that affects women during pregnancy and then ceases after giving birth (however in some cases it may continue after). It occurs when the mother experiences high blood glucose levels. During pregnancy those hormones that are flowing through your body can inhibit your body from producing enough insulin or from using it correctly, which means your...
What to expect during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
Pregnancy
What to expect during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
Congratulations, you’re having a baby! But what does that mean exactly? And what can you expect now that you’re pregnant? Well, you might not be able to tell from the outside just yet, but from the moment your egg was fertilised with your partner’s sperm, your body has been working in overdrive to prepare for your new houseguest to take up residence.
The effects of drinking alcohol while pregnant
Health & Wellness
The effects of drinking alcohol while pregnant
When you fall pregnant, it can seem like you are suddenly having to go without a number of things that you enjoy – sushi, soft cheese, cold meats – and then add to that alcohol too.
Can I still have coffee when I’m pregnant?
Health & Wellness
Can I still have coffee when I’m pregnant?
It can sometimes feel like there’s so much you can’t do during pregnancy, eat soft cheese, drink champagne etc etc… But what about your beloved tea or coffee? Do they also have to go into the no-go zone?
Beauty and skincare ingredients to avoid during your pregnancy
Pregnancy
Beauty and skincare ingredients to avoid during your pregnancy
These days more than ever we understand the need to know exactly what is in the products we are putting in and on our bodies. And this is never more important than when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.