Deborah Davis, Professor

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Professor Davis came to the ACT to take up the role of Clinical Chair in Midwifery with the University of Canberra and ACT Government Health Directorate in 2011. Previous to that she had a similar role with the University of Technology, Sydney and South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service and had also spent many enjoyable years working as a midwife and midwifery lecturer in New Zealand.

Professor Davis has worked as a privately practicing midwife in Australia and New Zealand providing care to women choosing both home and hospital births.  She  is active in the profession, serving several terms on the Board of the Australian College of Midwives,  and currently co-chairing the Research Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives.

Areas of Teaching

Professor Davis teaches into the undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programs mainly foucsing on topics related to research. She enjoys supervising Bachelor of Midwifery Honours, Masters and Doctoral research students. 

Research Interests

Professor Davis has a number of research interests that cohere around central themes of wellness, physiological birth and midwifery led care.  She is interested in salutogenic theory and has designed and evaluated a number of interventions using this theory. She is interested in midwifery led interventions that enhance the wellness or experience of childbearing women and their family inlcuidng those that assist women to have a healthy weight gain in pregnancy. 




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Projects 2012 2019

Research Output 1995 2019

Analysing constructions of childbirth in the media: Moving possibilities for childbirth beyond gender essentialism

Kurz, E., Davis, D. & Browne, J., 7 Jul 2019, In : Women and Birth. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Natural Childbirth

Making the hidden seen: A narrative analysis of the experiences of Assumption of Care at birth

Marsh, C. A., Browne, J., Taylor, J. & Davis, D., Feb 2019, In : Women and Birth. 32, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Welfare

Midwifery is a vital solution: What is holding back global progress?

Renfrew, M. J., Ateva, E., Dennis-Antwi, J. A., Davis, D., Dixon, L., Johnson, P., Kennedy, H. P., Knutsson, A., Lincetto, O., McConville, F., McFadden, A., Taniguchi, H., Ten Hoope Bender, P. & Zeck, W., 3 Jul 2019, In : Birth. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Universal Coverage
Health Status
Health Services

Probiotic supplementation in well children: A scoping review

Irwin, N., Davis, D. & Currie, M., 25 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Child Health Care. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cross-Sectional Studies

Ways of providing midwifery continuity of care

Crowther, S., Ross-Davie, M., DAVIS, D. & Donnolley, N., 2019, Midwifery Continuity of Care. Homer, C., Leap, N., Brodie, P. & Sandall, J. (eds.). 2 ed. Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier, p. 53-74 22 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter