BirthRite’s People
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Monika Boenigk, CM CNS GDCT

Monika studied Social Pedagogy, Nursing and Midwifery in Germany. She has worked as a Registered Nurse-Midwife in Germany and Australia, both in hospitals and private midwifery practice. As an advocate of upright birthing, she has presented papers at midwifery conferences and conducted childbirth workshops for midwives in Australia, USA, Viet Nam, Germany, New Zealand, Austria and China. Following the invention of a modern Birthing Seat, she founded BirthRite to improve childbirth-related experiences for women and their carers; a journal article on her philosophy of childbirth and the development of the Seat featured in MIDIRS. Monika also holds a Graduate Diploma in Couple Therapy.


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Dr Adrian Ryan, MB BS (Syd)

Adrian studied Pure Mathematics and Philosophy at the Australian National University before completing a medical degree at the University of Sydney. Extensive work in Admissions Units of psychiatric hospitals in Australia led to the development of a triage system for psychiatric referrals and an intimate acquaintance with the overlap zone between the medical and legal worlds. When he has time out from consulting for BirthRite, Adrian likes to spend it pursuing his writing interests.

Adrian would like to draw the attention of the public to a matter of professional disclosure.


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Dr Andrew Bisits, FRACOG

Andrew is Associate Professor (Conjoint), School of Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales, and Medical Co-director of Maternity at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia. Previously he was Medical Director of Obstetrics at John Hunter Hospital, another large teaching hospital in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He has been a strong support for, and respectful advocate of, midwives and midwife-centred care for many years: “Midwifery is a very old, archetypal tradition of care, and from a purely human, clinical perspective, it makes sense. Birth is women’s business, if I can use a cliché. Midwives have a different perspective from doctors: they don’t let risk rule the day. They will focus on the positives and put the risk in perspective.” (Good Weekend, 2009-09-05)

One of his interests is keeping alive skills for vaginal breech births, and he favours the use of the BirthRite Birthing Seat for such occasions. Papers about his experiences have been published in professional journals and as part of the International Vaginal Breech Trial Study.

Andrew has kindly made himself available as obstetric consultant to BirthRite. He holds no commercial interest: his involvement is purely on a professional basis.



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