In the News

TV appearances

Are elective ceasareans safe?
Channel 7 Morning Show, 4th April 2012
“Morning Show experts discuss the 74% increase in caesarean births over the last 20 years.”

Too posh to push?

Channel 9 News 6pm, 19th January 2012
“A new study from Queensland shows that the increasing number of caesarean births is due to doctors rather than mothers.”

Too posh to push?
Channel 10, 19th January 2012
 “A new study from Queensland shows that the increasing number of caesarean births is due to doctors rather than mothers.”
For story, see Professor Kruske being interviewed at 1min 56secs

Formula Fury

Channel 10, 23rd September 2010
“In response to calls for infant formula to be given on “doctors orders only”, QCMB researcher, Dr Yvette Miller speaks about supporting mums regardless of how they choose to feed their babies.” 

Newspaper Articles

Overweight, obese mothers treated differently by health professionals, study finds
Medical Xpress 21/02/13 
…new University of Queensland study. Research conducted by UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies (QCMB) investigated weight stigma in… 
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Fat chance of fair treatment for Queensland mums
HealthCanal.com 20/02/13
…new University of Queensland study. Research conducted by UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies (QCMB) investigated weight stigma in… 
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Fat chance of equality for obese mums
Brisbane News.Net 20/02/13
…for obese mums Research conducted by the University of Queensland s Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies (QCMB) investigated ” weight stigma… 
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Overweight Women being Treated Unfairly when Pregnant
Australian Women Online  20/02/13
…study from The University of Queensland. Research conducted by the Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies (QCMB) investigated weight stigma… 
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QCMB research finds overweight mums-to-be are treated worse by maternity care providers than slim women

The Daily Telegraph 20/02/13 
…study has found. Research conducted by the University of Queensland s Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies (QCMB) investigated “weight stigma… 
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State Government plan to use midwives to reopen maternity wards outside major centres will let mums stay close to home

The Sunday Mail 9 December 2012
“HUNDREDS of Queensland women will be able to stay in their home towns to give birth under a Newman Government blueprint to reopen maternity wards..”
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Calls for upgraded maternity facilities

Southern Free Times 9 July 2012
“The findings from the Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies recent report show less than half of Queensland’s mums-to-be even get the choice to use a bath in labour – and we’re not talking about water birth – just using the known benefits of warm water immersion to ease labour.”
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Northside mothers want more birthing options in Brisbane hospitals
Quest Brisbane Central 13th June 2012
“National group Maternity Coalition is calling on the Newman Government to give women a choice during labour to use water immersion as a form of natural pain relief.”
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Mums-to-be missing out on benefits of water immersion
Medical Xpress 24th May 2012
“Queensland mums-to-be are being denied access to water immersion during labour even though research shows it shortens labour and reduces interventions…”
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Mums-to-be missing out on benefits of water immersion
Health Canal 24th May 2012
“Queensland mums-to-be are being denied access to water immersion during labour even though research shows it shortens labour and reduces interventions…”
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Mums-to-be missing out on benefits of water immersion
Campus Daily 24th May 2012
“Queensland mums-to-be are being denied access to water immersion during labour even though research shows it shortens labour and reduces interventions…”
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Mums-to-be missing out on benefits of water immersion
UQ News 24th May 2012
“Hopping into a birth pool when in labour can offer women a sense of privacy, security and can help them keep their body as relaxed as possible.” Professor Kruske said it was concerning only 20 percent of birth facilities in Queensland had suitable
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Drug-free labour a dream birth for mum
Townsville Bulletin 17th April 2012
“MOTHER-of-two Kate Dempsey believes trekking the Kokoda Track was the perfect preparation the births of her beloved children…..”
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Mums praise Gympie Hospital
The Gympie Times 16th March 2012
“A recent survey by The University of Queensland’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies (QCMB) shows 94% of mums who gave birth at the Gympie hospital, …
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Hospital delivers, say new mothers
Sunshine Coast Daily 15th March 2012
“QCMB director Professor Sue Kruske said a new survey would be sent out soon to eligible mums. “We really want mums to share their experiences, both good and
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Univerity of Queenslands’ Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies wants Ipswich mothers for survey on maternity care
Quest Ipswich 14th March 2012
“The university’s Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies (QCMB) wants mothers to take part in a survey in partnership with the Registry of Births, Deaths and …”
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Mums give hospital big ‘thumbs up’
The Chronicle 13th March 2012
MUMS have given Toowoomba Hospital high praise according to a recent survey by The University of Queensland’s Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies …”
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Examining the myths behind rising caesarean rates
Castlemaine Independent 21st January 2012
Researchers from the University of Queensland’s Centre for Mothers & Babies have explored the reasons for the rising rates of caesarean sections in Queensland.
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Researchers Recommend Women to Give Natural Births
Topnews.ae Arab Emirates 21st January 2012
A recent report has unveiled that rate of rise of caesarean births in Queensland is the consequence of doctors’ recommendation and not mothers’ choice, found the team of researchers from the University of Queensland.
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‘Too posh to push’ myth challenged
Brisbane times 21st January 2012
Queensland doctors say it’s not a case of being ‘too posh to push’ but one of ‘too dangerous to push’ which has led to the state’s caesarean birth rate explosion in recent years”
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C-sections on the rise and most mothers not well informed: Queensland study
news-medical.net 19th January 2012
According to a latest study from Queensland, it is doctors, not mothers, who are responsible for the rising rate of babies born by caesarean section in Australia.
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Women prefer natural births
The Chronicle 21st January 2012
TOOWOOMBA mother Sheridan Coombs said she was just happy to meet her daughter even though giving birth to her by caesarean wasn’t her original plan.
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Forget ‘too posh to push’ – doctors are behind the rise in c-sections
The Conversation 20th January 2012 
“The proportion of Queensland women giving birth via caesarean section has increased by a staggering 74% in the past 20 years. This wouldn’t be of concern if more babies’ lives were saved as a result but the evidence suggests otherwise.”
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Research dispels myth on women opting for caesarean
Medicalsearch  Australia & New Zealand 19th January 2012
The popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are too posh to push is incorrect, a new study shows.
 
Queensland Women Has Highest Caesarean Rate in Australia
Topnews.net.nz  20th January 2012
A recent report has revealed that Queensland has the highest rates of caesarian births in Australia. The last 20 years have seen the greatest rise in the caesarean rates. As per the data the figure has risen from 19.5% in 1989 to 34% in 2009.
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Doctors ‘drive’ caesareans
The Sydney Morning Herald 20th January 2012 
THE popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are ”too posh to push” is incorrect, a new study shows.
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Queensland Faces Huge Rise in Caesarean births
Topnews.us 20th January 2012
It has been found through a latest report that Queensland is experiencing huge rise in the rate of caesarean births.
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QCMB research examines the myths behind Queensland’s rising caesarean rates
UQ news 19th January 2012
Researchers from UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies have explored the reasons for the rising rates of caesarean sections in Queensland.
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Caesarean myth dispelled by study
skynews.com.au 19th January 2012
University of Queensland research shows the popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are too posh to push is incorrect.
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Caesarean myth dispelled by study
News.com.au heraldsun.com.au ninemsn.com.au 19th January 2012
THE popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are too posh to push is incorrect, a new study shows.
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Caesarean myth dispelled by study
Bigpondnews.com 18th January 2012
The popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are too posh to push is incorrect, a new study shows.
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Caesarean myth dispelled by study
PerthNow.com.au Couriermail.com.au AdelaideNow.com.au 19th January 2012
THE popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are too posh to push is incorrect, a new study shows.
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QCMB research examines the myths behind Queensland’s rising caesarean rates
healthcanal.com 19th January 2012
Researchers from UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies have explored the reasons for the rising rates of caesarean sections in Queensland.
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QCMB research examines the myths behind Queensland’s rising caesarean rates
MedicalXpress.com 19th January 2012
Researchers from UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies have explored the reasons for the rising rates of caesarean sections in Queensland.
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Queensland mums ‘uninformed about caesareans’
Yahoo7!News 19th January 2012
“A study has found Queensland women are not making informed decisions about delivering babies by caesarean section.”
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Queensland mums ‘uninformed about caesareans’
ABC News 19th January 2012
A new study from Queensland says it is doctors, not mothers, who are responsible for the rising rate of babies born by caesarean section in Australia.
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Doctors’ advice the reason for soaring rates of C-sections
The Australian 19th January 2012
“ROCKETING rates of caesarean section deliveries are being driven by doctors, not women “too posh to push”, according to a study that will fire up debate on what’s best in child birth.”
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Doctors ‘drive’ caesareans
The Age & WAtoday.com.au  19th January 2012
“THE popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are ”too posh to push” is incorrect, a new study shows .”
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Birth site born out of need
The Sunday Mail 4th December 2011
QUEENSLAND mums-to-be have a new online and interactive tool to help them decide which birth facility suits them best.
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Where to have your baby
Gold Coast Bulletin 24th November 2011
YOU’RE pregnant and you want to have your baby in a supportive environment … not necessarily a hospital.
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Midwives can help traumatised new mums
TVNZ & Sky news 30th May 2011
About a third of women are traumatised by childbirth, Australian researchers have found.

Terrors of birth eased

WAToday  30th May 2011
“ABOUT a third of women described childbirth as ”horrific” or ”terrifying” after they gave birth, but counselling by midwives can ease their post-natal fears, researchers have found.
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Midwives’ counseling helps traumatized new mothers: Australian study
Xinhaunet 30th May 2011
“About a third of Australian women are traumatized by childbirth and midwives’ counseling can ease their distress, a study by Australian researchers revealed on Monday
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Help shape new maternity services
Health Canal.com 19th May 2011
“The Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies (QCMB) is offering free training and support to women who would like to represent local women and families in the development of new maternity services. “
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Too posh to push? Ask my doctor
The Age & Brisbane times, 23rd September 2010
“Pregnant women in the private health system are not “too posh to push”, a new Queensland report has shown…”
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‘Bottle-feed by “doctor’s orders only’ / Breastfeeding expert says baby formula should be prescribed by doctors

The Courier Mail, 23rd September 2010
“Infant formula should only be available on a health professional’s prescription a breastfeeding expert says…”
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Private doctors push for caesarean delivery despite nearly 80% of all women wanting vaginal birth
The Courier Mail, 22nd September 2010
“MOST caesarean deliveries in Queensland private hospitals are scheduled before women go into labour, a survey has found.”
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Delivering the facts of Caesareans
The Courier Mail, 22nd September 2010
“A University of Queensland survey is set to reignite the “too posh to push” controversy, with figures….”

Midwives, doctors at odds over maternity care roles
Canberra times, 8th July 2010
“Turf wars between obstetricians and midwives seem set to continue, with a survey showing stark differences o…”

Queensland mums to have their say on maternity care
Glasshouse Country News, 7th July 2010
“Queensland mums are being given the opportunity to have their voices heard on maternity care in Queen….”

No compromise in sight on maternity care
6minutes.com.au, 5th July 2010
“Doctors and midwives are poles apart and unwilling to compromise when…”
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Pregnant Pause a Hazard
The Sunday Mail, 8 August 2010
“The number of women over the age of 35 giving birth has almost doubled in the past decade…” 

Birthing in South West Queensland: Listening to Your Story
Chinchilla News and Murilla Advertiser, 7 June 2010
“The feedback the Centre receives from women and their primary maternity carers is reported to Queensland Health and helps to shape the priorities and activities of the Centre and its work in improving our maternity care system in Queensland.”

Birth study to deliver choices for mums
Courier Mail, 3 May 2010
“No birth works out exactly as a mother predicts but it will soon be easier for mums-to-be to make an informed decision about what type of birth they want and where…”

Baby talk leads to centre’s door
Courier Mail, 3 May 2010
“When Cat Harwood found out she was pregnant, she relied on the birthing stories of her friends to decide where she wanted to give birth…”

Townsville Mums – Don’t Keep Mum … Have Your Say!
Townsville, Bulletin, 4 March 2010
“Staff from the Centre have recently been touring regional and remote Queensland to find out what women and health care professionals think about maternity care in their area.”

Yvette has timing all sorted out
Courier Mail, 29 December 2008
“For psychologist Yvette Miller, the timing could not be better…”

Babies to get a better start
Courier Mail, 22 December 2008
“An infant research centre has been announced for Queensland.”

Magazine Articles

Queensland mums have their say
The UQ Update, September 2010
“Local mums are being given the opportunity to have their voices heard on maternity care in Queen….”
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SBS research innovation report
September 2010
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Radio Segments

Is home birth a safe alternative?
ABC612 Mornings wiht Steve Austin 1st February 2012
“Women want choices in birthing their children, but should the medical establishment assist them or prevent them in having home births?”
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Too posh to push
4BC 4111 News Talk 20th January 2012
Rocketing rates of caesarean section deliveries are being driven by doctors – contrary to popular belief that a growing number of mothers are “too posh to push”.
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ABC 612 Brisbane Drive with Timothy Cox
Interview with Gino Pecoraro, former AMAQ President, about the UQ research which has shown that caesarean births have risen by 70% in the past 20 years.

ABC 702 Sydney Mornings with Philip Clark – 19th January 2012
Clark says a report out today suggests that the reason there are so many cesarean sections in Australia is mainly due to encouragement from doctors.

ABC 612 Brisbane 7:45am News 19th January 2012
“A new study by University of Qld researchers found it is health professionals, not mothers, who are driving an increase in caesarean section deliveries in Qld. Professor Sue Kruske says ten percent of woman who had a caesarean section wanted to.”

5AA Adelaide Breakfast with Keith Conlon and John Kenneally 19th January 2012
‘There is general concern about the number of cesareans being undertaken, and suggests some people think it is because some women are ‘too posh to push’. 
 
Doctors pushing c-sections
6PR822 Perth 19th January 2012
A new study from Queensland shows that the increasing number of caesarean births is due to doctors rather than mothers.
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Doctors, not women, to blame for high rate of c-sections: study
ABC AM with Tony Eastly 19th January 2012
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Coast Breakfast with Tim Cox
ABC Gold Coast, 17th November 2011
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Afternoons with Georgia Stynes
ABC Capricornia, 16th November 2011

Morning Session
ABC Sunshine and Cooloola Coasts, 22nd September 2010
Wood talks to Doctor Jennifer Gamble, Midwife, about a University of Queensland survey that shows eight in ten women have had to have a caesarean birth, with 48.6% of private hospital births and 27.6% of public hospital births.

Morning News

ABC Radio Mackay, 4 June 2010
Sue Kruske was interviewed by ABC radio Mackay on the findings of our Roadshow and the issues for women in Mackay and surrounds.

Morning News
ABC Radio Southern Queensland, 4 June 2010
Rachelle Jones speaks about the Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies South West Roadshow.

State-wide program Queensland
ABC Radio Southern Queensland, 4 June 2010
Sue Kruske speaks about Having a Baby in Queensland Survey and how the findings will be used.