Alison Barrett is a Canadian-trained specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist. She works as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and family planning specialist in Hamilton, New Zealand. She has been a Clinical Director of Obstetrics in New Zealand and a Chief of Staff at Stevensen Memorial Hospital in Ontario, Canada. She has served on The National Breastfeeding Committee in New Zealand and helped write Health Canada’s Guidelines for Infant Feeding. Alison is a trustee of the Homebirth Association of New Zealand and a member of the Professional Advisory Group to La Leche League New Zealand. She has a university degree in science with a focus in ecology, and this continues to inform her work.