Researcher profile for George Parker
George is a Senior Lecturer in the Postgraduate Programme in the School of Midwifery. A registered midwife, George practiced as a Lead Maternity Carer and core midwife in Porirua and Wellington in the early and mid 2000s. For the past decade George has worked in women's health policy, research, and health promotion and is passionate about the value of critical perspectives in shaping women's health knowledges and practices.
George has a Bachelor of Midwifery from Ara Institute of Canterbury, a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Women's Studies), and a Master of Philosophy (Women's Studies) from Massey University. George also recently completed a PhD in Health Sociology at the University of Auckland, where they also teach part-time in the medical humanities programme. George is regularly engaged as a consultant on issues related to reproductive health care and rights and has has published a range of journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes.
George specialises in critical qualitative, poststructural, feminist and intersectional research approaches and their research interests include maternal health promotion, critiques of medicalisation, critical perspectives on weight and maternal health, gender and sexuality diversity in maternity care, midwifery epistemologies, and reproductive rights and justice.
George is currently supervising four Master of Midwifery students as primary and secondary supervisor on topics including postnatal care, contraception in the Pacific, and midwifery ways of knowing in relation to fetal growth assessment.