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Susan Crowther
Title: Dr.
First Name: Susan
Surname: Crowther
Position: Professor of Midwifery
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 263291
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  • Maternity, midwifery
  • Spirituality and childbirth
  • Emotional aspects of childbirth (health care professionals and families)
  • Caseload practice, sustainable practice, models of midwifery practice
  • Rural and remote rural maternity
  • Qualitative methodologies; Hermeneutic phenomenology, hermeneutics, qualitative descriptive, grounded theory

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanCrowtherMW

Blog: http://DrSusanCrowther.wordpress.com

ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susan_Crowther

Academic Background

  • Lived experiences of rural and remote rural maternity (Rural Women/families, Midwives, GPs, paramedics, volunteer ambulance crew members) – Phenomenology.
  • Sustainability of caseloading New Zealand midwives – Qualitative Descriptive.
  • Joy and spirituality in and around childbirth – Hermeneutic Phenomenology.
  • Midwifery diagnosis of labour-onset – grounded theory.
  • Experiences of midwives working with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa – grounded theory.

Research Interests

  • Midwifery and maternity research.
  • Postgraduate midwifery education.

Current Research

Experience of maternity care provision in the remote/rural regions of New Zealand from the perspectives of families and health care providers. Joan Donley Midwifery Research Collaborations Forum, Napier, New Zealand, September 2015.

Kairos at Birth: insights in and around birthing. Invited oral presentation. International Confederation of Midwives Pacific Regional Conference, Yokohoma, Japan – 20th to 22nd July 2015. 

Poetry as a writing stratagem in research. International Conference of Qualitative Methodologies. Melbourne, Australia, May 2015.

Joy at birth. NZCOM Biannual Conference, New Zealand, September 2014.

Sustainable caseload practise in NZ maternity. International Confederation of Midwives Conference. Prague, June 2014.

Kairos time and sacred experience at birth. University West Scotland Symposium. June 2014.

Use of poetics and poiesis in research. Hermeneutic Institute Indiana University, June 2014.

Languaging the ineffable in research. Joan Donely Research Collaboration Symposium. New Zealand, September 2013.

Sacred joy at birth. Hermeneutic Institute Indiana University. June 2012.

Holding the sacred space at birth: the mood of joy at birth. International Conference on Normal Birth Research. United Kingdom, June 2011.

The students experience of narrative pedagogical methods of learning. International Narrative Pedagogy Conference. New Zealand, December 2011.

Funding

Kate Edgar Educational Trust post-doctoral research funding. New Zealand, 2014-2015.

External / Professional Roles

  • Research Advisory Network (RAN) member: International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)
  • Associate editor for BMC pregnancy journal
  • Sub-editor for New Zealand College of Midwives Journal
  • Advisory board member for The Practicing Midwife

Member of the Centre of Midwifery and Women’s Health Research (CMWHR) AUT university Auckland, New Zealand

Publications

TABIB, M. and CROWTHER, S., 2018. Service evaluation of relaxation workshops for pregnant women. Journal of Perinatal Education, 26(4).

CROWTHER, S., 2018. Spirituality and birth. In: Z. LASZLO and B. FLANAGAN, eds. The Routledge international handbook of spirituality and society. London: Routledge.

CROWTHER, S., 2017. Who's afraid of working as a continuity of carer

midwife? The Practising Midwife [online], 20(5): 1st May.
http://www.practisingmidwife.co.uk/tpmindex.php?p1=articles&p2=1997

CROWTHER, S. and HALL, J., eds., 2017. Spirituality and childbirth: meaning and care at the start of life. London: Routledge.

CROWTHER, S., 2017. Birth as celebration. In: S. CROWTHER and J. HALL, eds, Spirituality and childbirth: meaning and care at the start of life. London: Routledge.

CROWTHER, S. and RANKIN, J., 2017. Fertility control. In: J. RANKIN, ed. Physiology in childbearing: with anatomy and related biosciences. 4th ed. Elsevier.

CROWTHER, S., SMYTHE, L. and SPENCE, D., 2017. Unsettling moods in rural midwifery practice. Women and Birth. In press.
doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2017.06.019

MCFADDEN, A., GAVINE, A., RENFREW, M., WADE, A., BUCHANAN, P., TAYLOR, J.L., VEITCH, E., RENNIE, A., CROWTHER, S.A., NEIMAN, S. and MACGILLIVRAY, S., 2017. Support for healthy breastfeeding mothers with healthy term babies. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001141.
doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD001141.pub5  

HUNTER, M., CROWTHER, S., MCARA-COUPER, J., GILKISON, A., MACGREGOR, D. and GUNN, J., 2016. Generosity of spirit sustains caseloading Lead Maternity Carer midwives in New Zealand. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal [online], 52, pp. 50-55.
doi:https://doi.org/10.12784/nzcomjnl52.2016.8.50-55

CROWTHER, S. and SMYTHE, L., (2016. Open, trusting relationships underpin safety in rural maternity a hermeneutic phenomenology study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16, p.370.
doi:https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-016-1164-9  

CROWTHER, S., IRONSIDE, P., SPENCE, D. and SMYTHE, L., 2016. Crafting stories in hermeneutic phenomenology research: a methodological device.  Qualitative Health Research, 27(6), pp. 826-835. doi:https://doi.org/doi:10.1177/1049732316656161  

CROWTHER, S., HUNTER, B., MCARA-COUPER, J., WARREN, L., GILKISON, A., HUNTER, M., FIELDER, A. and KIRKHAM, M., 2016. Sustainability and resilience in midwifery: a discussion paper. Midwifery, 40, pp. 40-48.
doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.06.005

CROWTHER, S., 2016. Providing rural and remote rural midwifery care: an 'expensive hobby'. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 52, 26-34.
doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.12784/nzcomjnl52.2016.4.26-34

SMYTHE, L., HUNTER, M., GUNN, J., CROWTHER, S., MCARA COUPER, J., WILSON, S. and PAYNE, D., 2016. Midwifing the notion of a 'good’ birth: a philosophical analysis. Midwifery, 37, pp. 25-31.
doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.03.012

CROWTHER, S. and HALL, J., 2015. Spirituality and spiritual care in and around childbirth. Women and Birth, 28(2), pp. 173-178.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2015.01.001

CROWTHER, S., SMYTHE, E. and SPENCE, D., 2015. Kairos time at the moment of birth. Midwifery, 31(4), pp. 451-457.
doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2014.11.005

THOROGOOD, C. and CROWTHER, S., 2015. Challenges to women’s health. In: S. PAIRMAN, J. PINCOMBE, C. THOROGOOD and S. TRACY, eds. Midwifery preparation for practice. 3rd ed. Chatswood, NSW: Churchill Livingstone.

MEEHAN, H. and CROWTHER, S., 2015. Managing breech presentation in the absence of obstetric and paediatric support. In: K. BATES and K. CROZIER, eds. Managing childbirth emergencies in community settings. 2nd ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

CROWTHER, S., 2014. Foregrounding spirituality and joy at birth in antenatal education. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 29(4), 8-14.

MCARA-COUPER, J., GILKISON, A., CROWTHER, S., HUNTER, M., HOTCHIN, C. and GUNN, J., 2014. Partnership and reciprocity with women sustain Lead Maternity Carer midwives in practice. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, (49), pp. 27-31.

FARRY, A. and CROWTHER, S., 2014. Cultural safety in New Zealand midwifery practice: Part 1. The Practising Midwife, 17(6), 10-13.

FARRY, A. and CROWTHER, S., 2014. Cultural safety in New Zealand midwifery practice: Part 2. The Practising Midwife, 17(7), 29-33.

CROWTHER, S., SMYTHE, E. and SPENCE, D., 2014. The joy at birth: an interpretive hermeneutic literature review. Midwifery, 30(4), e157-e165. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.midw.2014.01.004'>doi:10.1016/j.midw.2014.01.004">http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.midw.2014.01.004

CROWTHER, S., SMYTHE, L. and SPENCE, D., 2014. Mood and birth experience. Women and Birth, 27(1), pp. 21-25. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2013.02.004'>doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2013.02.004">http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2013.02.004

CROWTHER, S., 2013. Sacred space at the moment of birth. The Practising Midwife, 16(11), pp. 21-23.

CROWTHER, S., 2011. Reading, evaluating and interpreting phenomenological research. The Practising Midwife, 14(5), pp. 36-39.

Media Coverage

Experience of maternity care provision in the remote/rural regions of New Zealand from the perspectives of families and health care providers. Joan Donley Midwifery Research Collaborations Forum, Napier, New Zealand, September 2015.

Kairos at Birth: insights in and around birthing. Invited oral presentation. International Confederation of Midwives Pacific Regional Conference, Yokohoma, Japan – 20th to 22nd July 2015. 

Poetry as a writing stratagem in research. International Conference of Qualitative Methodologies. Melbourne, Australia, May 2015.

Joy at birth. NZCOM Biannual Conference, New Zealand, September 2014.

Sustainable caseload practise in NZ maternity. International Confederation of Midwives Conference. Prague, June 2014.

Kairos time and sacred experience at birth. University West Scotland Symposium. June 2014.

Use of poetics and poiesis in research. Hermeneutic Institute Indiana University, June 2014.

Languaging the ineffable in research. Joan Donely Research Collaboration Symposium. New Zealand, September 2013.

Sacred joy at birth. Hermeneutic Institute Indiana University. June 2012.

Holding the sacred space at birth: the mood of joy at birth. International Conference on Normal Birth Research. United Kingdom, June 2011.

The students experience of narrative pedagogical methods of learning. International Narrative Pedagogy Conference. New Zealand, December 2011.

Teaching Interests

  • Postgraduate education
  • Narrative pedagogical approaches
  • Midwifery and maternity research
  • Postgraduate midwifery education