Researcher profile for Karen Wakelin
My name is Karen Wakelin and I am a midwife and Principal midwifery lecturer teaching on both the Bachelor and post-graduate Midwifery programmes at Otago Polytechnic. I am a PhD candidate through Auckland University of Technology undertaking research to explore how midwives and pregnant women/people use communication technology to connect.
My midwifery degree was completed in 1997 where I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery through Kings College, London. I later completed a Masters (Applied) in Midwifery from Victoria University, Wellington in 2006. My thesis explored the sustainability of LMC midwifery practice in an urban region of New Zealand with findings published through the New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.
I have worked as an LMC midwife, core midwife and associate clinical midwifery manager of a secondary hospital and have held professional positions as Regional Chairperson for the New Zealand College of Midwives, undertaken competency reviews with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and am currently a midwife representative on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. My research interests are around midwifery relationships, communication technology and education.
See a list of articles published in issues of: Scope: Contemporary Research Topics by this researcher.
Wakelin, K., McAra-Couper, J., Fleming, T., & Erlam, G. (2022) Exploring the ways communication technology is used by midwives and pregnant women/people: An integrative review. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 58, 11-18.
Cummins, T., Wakelin, K., & Parker, G. (2021) What factors enabled Pasifika midwives to successfully complete their undergraduate degree? Presentation at Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Conference (Virtual)
George Parker, Karen Wakelin
Walker,M., Wakelin,K., & Baddock,S. (2019) Using photovoice to capture audio and visual insights from women about their experience of pre-existing and emerging health complications during pregnancy. 9th Biennial, Joan Donley Midwifery research forum, 12 - 13 September 2019
Sally Baddock, Karen Wakelin, Megan Walker
Wakelin, K. (2019) A multi-method approach using a midwifery and quality care framework to explore modern communication practices between midwives and women. Midwifery Research and Innovation Seminar presentation, Otago Polytechnic, 9th December.
Woodward, W. Hegarty, B., Allen, E., Booth, S., Redfearn, S., Smith, S., Wakelin, K. and Webster, J. (2019) Developing a teaching philosopy for a teaching credential. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Learning and Teaching, 7, 31-42.
Elise Allen, Sarah Redfearn, Karen Wakelin, Jayne Webster, David Woodward
Woodward, D., Hegarty, B., Allen, E., Booth, S., Redffearn, S., Smith, S., Wakelin, K., & Webster, J. (2019) Developing a teaching philosophy for a teaching credential: enablers, challenges and use of metaphor. Proceedings of Praxis 19, Professional Practice Forum, Otago Polytechnic, 11 December.
Elise Allen, Bronwyn Hegarty, Karen Wakelin, Jayne Webster
Wakelin, K., & Skinner, J. (2007) Staying or leaving: A telephone survey of midwives, exploring the sustainability of practice as Lead Maternity Carers in one urban region of New Zealand New Zealand College of Midwives Journal (2007) https://www.midwife.org.nz/pdf/resources/JNL%2037%20Oct%2007.pdf