Jane is Clinical Midwifery Consultant for Health Education and Diversity Health at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia, one of Australia's foremost specialist hospitals for women and babies, since its early beginnings as New South Wales’ first 'lying-in' hospital for women in 1820. Jane has designed, facilitated and evaluated a wide range of educational programs and strategies, including pre-puberty, preconception, labour, birth and parenting and other women’s health programs since completing a Master’s in Public Health in 1991.
She has been training antenatal and parenting educators on a consultant basis for 28 years, is co-author of ‘Effective Antenatal Education’, a distance education program that was offered through the University of New England, and principal author of ‘Breastfeeding and You: A Handbook for Antenatal Educators’, an Australian Government Department of Health publication.
Jane is a past president of the National Association of Childbirth Educators, (now Childbirth And Parenting Educators of Australia, CAPEA) and currently the chairperson of the CAPEA Further Education Sub-Committee, a committee that in 2012 published ‘Competency Standards for Childbirth and Parenting Educators’.
In 2005 Jane completed her doctorate entitled Antenatal Education: Meeting Consumer Needs. A Study in Health Services Development.and is currently replicating, with slight modification, this research to further determine the outcomes of the current antenatal education programs at RHW, ten years since their inception.
Alexandra is an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist with a parallel career in academia. She works as an educational psychologist in private practice and as a lecturer and researcher in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion at the University of Worcester. She completed her Doctorate degree in Applied Educational and Child Psychology at the University of Birmingham in 2016.
Alexandra has published two books on inclusive educational practice, with Sage and Routledge respectively, and has a strong portfolio of research publications in international journals. Alexandra is dedicated to widening inclusion in Higher Education, especially through her own teaching and tutoring of students. In 2020 she won the ‘Outstanding Lecturer’ award at the University of Worcester Student Union Awards. She is also a recipient of the University of Worcester Teaching Award, judged by a panel of senior leaders within the University of Worcester.
Throughout her career, Alexandra has been passionate about working with infants and families to support child development during the critical first 1000 days. She has professional interests in maternal mental health, birth trauma, and special educational needs. In her role as co-editor of the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, she is keen to widen the representation of diversity within the journal.
Jonathan is the Senior Fellow at the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (www.qnis.org.uk). He is the Programme Lead for QNIS’ new initiative ‘Healthier Pregnancies, Better Lives’. This is supported by the Cattanach Trust and The National Lottery Community Fund.
Since moving to Scotland in 2005, Jonathan has served as the Director of Research, Policy and Programmes at Children in Scotland and then as the Scotland Director of the WAVE Trust. He was also a Trustee of the Children’s Parliament. Previously, he had academic appointments, including Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education and Psychology at North Carolina State University. Jonathan was the leader of the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, as well as coordinating child-focused progressive policy coalitions.
He is the author of numerous published articles, book chapters and reports in the US, Scotland and Australia. He has an established track record on rural community education/development, child and family health/wellbeing, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and, especially in recent years, on preconception health, education and care.
Rebecca qualified as a physiotherapist in 1983, and worked both in the UK and Australia. She specialised in women’s health and paediatrics, notably as a Senior Paediatric Community Physio working with children with severe learning difficulties. When she had her own children, Rebecca’s great-aunt, a founder member of The National Childbirth Trust, encouraged Rebecca to attend an NCT antenatal course. Rebecca went on to train and work as an antenatal teacher for the NCT, which she has been doing for 26 years, currently facilitating antenatal groups in Cornwall.
Rebecca’s career with the NCT developed and broadened. She trained as an Assessor and Tutor, gaining a Degree in Adult Education in 2008. Alongside this, she worked as a Birth Doula supporting many new parents through labour and birth. With tutor colleagues, she wrote the NCT’s Birth Doula training modules, validated by the University of Worcester.
Rebecca works full-time as an NCT tutor. She is the Tutor Lead for Level 4 nationally, a Core Tutor for students in the South-West of England, a Tutor on the Level 4 Reflective Practice and Listening Skills module, and Lead and Tutor on the Level 5 NCT Birth Doula Pathway.
I am a father of two young children and a qualified and chartered librarian. My career began with 10 years in public libraries during which time I developed my passion for public service. More recently I have worked in a number of roles in Higher Education including as a liaison librarian, academic liaison manager and head of content and discovery.
Now a licensing manager at Jisc (Joint Information Systems Committee), I negotiate and manage the best possible open access agreements in support of the forthcoming UK Research and Innovation Open Access policy. On behalf of universities and their students, I work collaboratively with institutions and publishers to secure innovative agreements that open up publicly funded research to all.
In 2007, Mary was appointed the UK’s first Professor of Perinatal Education at the University of Worcester, a position which she held until her retirement in 2022. She was also Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham from 2012 to 2021.
She founded the IJBPE alongside Shona Gore in 2013 with the aim of providing a Journal that would meet the needs specifically of practitioners who are educating and supporting parents across the critical 1000 days. Mary was Editor-in-Chief of the IJBPE until her retirement in 2022.
Robin was for many years Professional Lead for Child Psychotherapy and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Gloucestershire CAMHS.
His interest in working with adopted children led him to the field of Infant Mental Health and early preventative intervention. Until 2018, he was clinical director of PIP UK, a national charity dedicated to help establish parent-infant projects across the UK.
Bridget is an international speaker and an award-winning antenatal educator, working in the charitable sector with the NCT and The Twins Trust (formerly TAMBA), and within the NHS at one of Britain’s largest maternity units where she has both headed and been part of the Parent Education team for 15 years.
As founder of ‘Your Baby’s Biome’, she shares information and runs workshops for health professionals and parents about how to give babies the best bacterial start.
She also works with the charity Birth Companions, teaching pregnant women in prison. Bridget lives in Shropshire with her husband, four children and a menagerie of pets.