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Karen Wakelin


Kia ora,

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.

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