Researcher profile for Karen Wakelin
My name is Karen Wakelin and I am a midwife and senior midwifery lecturer teaching on both the Bachelor and post-graduate Midwifery programmes at Otago Polytechnic.
I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery through Kings College, London in 1997 and 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 and education.