Susan Crowther
Title: Dr.
First Name: Susan
Surname: Crowther
Position: Professor of Midwifery
Telephone: +44(0)1224 26329
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  • 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.




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.


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


Crowther, S. and Hall, J., 2015. Spirituality and spiritual care in and around childbirth. Women and Birth, 28(2), pp. 173-178.

Crowther, S., Smythe, E. and Spence, D., 2015. Kairos time at the moment of birth. Midwifery (in press).

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 2. The Practising Midwife, 17(7), pp. 30-33.

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

Crowther, S., 2014. Sacred joy at birth: a hermeneutic phenomenology study (PhD). Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from:

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

Crowther, S., Smythe, L. and Spence, D., 2014. Mood and birth experience. Women and Birth, 27(1), p. 21. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2013.02.004

Crowther, S., Smythe, L. and Spence, D., 2014. The joy at birth: an interpretive hermeneutic literature review. Midwifery, 30(4), e157-e165. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2014.01.004

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

Crowther, S., 2012. Rwanda maternal health assessment. Auckland, NZ: World Vision New Zealand.

Crowther, S. (2012). The miracle of birth. The Practising Midwife, (1), p. 1.

Gilkison, A., Crowther, S. and Hunter, M., 2011. Comment on the Evers et al., (2010). Perinatal mortality and severe morbidity in low and high risk term pregnancies in the Netherlands. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 44, pp. 22-24.

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

Crowther, S., Gilkison, A. and Hunter, M., 2010. Comment on the Wax et al., (2010) meta-analysis of home vs. hospital birth. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, (43), pp. 19-21.

Crowther, S., 2010. Blood tests for investigating maternal wellbeing. 2. Testing for anaemia in pregnancy. The Practising Midwife, 13(10), pp. 48-52.

Crowther, S., 2010. Are there opposing or complementary paradigms? Practising Midwife, 13(3), pp. 4-5.

Crowther, S., 2009. Research unwrapped diagnosis of active labour. Practising Midwife, 12(7), pp. 44-45.

Crowther, S., 2009. New Zealand: The governance of midwifery practice. Practising Midwife, 12(3), pp. 18-19.

Crowther, S., 2009. Examination of the newborn and neonatal health: a multidimensional approach. Practising Midwife, 12(11), p. 38.

Crowther, S., 2008. Research unwrapped: Booked home births and IPPM rates. Practising Midwife, 11(11), pp. 43-45.

Crowther, S., 2008. Continuity of carer: is it worth it? Practising Midwife, 11(1), pp. 4-5.

Book chapters:

Thorogood, C. and Crowther, S., 2015. Challenges to women’s health in midwifery practice. In: S. Pairman et al., eds. Midwifery: preparation for practice. 3rd ed. Sydney: Elsevier.

Burvill, S. (maiden name), 2005. Managing breech presentation in the absence of obstetric assistance. In V. Woodward, K. Bates, and N. Young, eds. Managing childbirth emergencies in community settings. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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.