Midwifery Research & Innovation Seminar

This month's two speakers are Jean Patterson and Sally Baddock.

WHEN: 1pm, Monday 11 November 2019
WHERE: click here to participate online


Jean Patterson, Assoc Prof School of Midwifery

Title: Place, serendipity and research

This presentation looks at anchoring me within place, an early experience with birth, and the impetus for research in rural midwifery. I conclude with some lessons I have learned from my own study, writing and research.

Bio: Jean is an Associate Professor in the School of Midwifery. She teaches in the postgraduate programmes and supervises thesis students. Her previous midwifery practice experience has been in largely rural areas and her research interest is in the sustainability of a viable rural birth option. In particular, Jean's PhD study explored the challenges of managing the distance from specialist care when transfer was needed. Jean's PhD and Master's degree (with Distinction) are from Victoria University Wellington. She is a subeditor on the board of the New Zealand College of Midwives' journal and also reviews submissions to other midwifery journals. She is also a member of the Otago Polytechnic Ethics Committee and manages the Category B ethics processes for the School. Jean has been involved in School research projects aimed at evaluating the blended satellite midwifery programme which began in 2009. These projects have included a 3 year graduand cohort study, the experiences of Maori and Pacifica students in the programme and an alumni study. Her role also includes mentoring research active staff and students and she has a broad experience in qualitative research methodologies, surveys, and post-modern and critical methodologies.  


Sally Baddock, Professor - School of Midwifery

Title: Feedback from Sleep Down Under 2019 Conference.

This presentation will briefly share five papers focussed on various aspects of infants sleep published in 2019 ie car seats and SUDI, smoking and SUDI, a novel strategy for infant calming, and the relationship between infant sleep and toddler BMI. These papers were presented as part of the Paediatric year in review at the Australasian conference in Sydney in October.

Bio: Sally is Professor in the School of Midwifery. She has been an educator for over 30 years teaching bioscience and supervising master’s level research. She has a strong research interest in the physiology of infant sleep. Her external collaborations have led to Health Research Council funding in this area, and her team has published widely on infant-adult bedsharing and SUDI.