Karline Wilson-Mitchell has practised midwifery in the US and Canada since 1992. She has taught on the Midwifery Education Program Faculty at Ryerson University since 2008. She is a member of the ACNM, Division of Global health and Midwives of Color Committee.
She practised in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Ontario and Northern Quebec in a remote Inuit community. She’s worked in large hospital-run midwifery practices, private clinic -based practices and midwifery-led, free-standing birth centers.
Karline’s interest in global health and health policy stems from years of working with international nursing students, midwifery students, and clients as well as volunteer work in Jamaica. She’s participated with Tanzanian and Zambian midwives in the ICM Twinning Project in which a midwife in a developed country is paired with a midwife in a developing country for mutual professional and emotional support.
Previous areas of research include: perinatal outcomes of refugee or immigrant women and newborns, perinatal loss, mental health issues facing newcomer women; and psychosocial factors affecting pregnant Jamaican adolescents. She has partnered with other researchers at the University of West Indies, Jamaica; Hospital for Sick Children Toronto and Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement. Currently she is one of over 50 team-members in the “Ryerson Child and Youth Rights Project: Strengthening Collaborations in the Americas” – she’s on the team that will address structural violence experienced by children and youth in 7 Caribbean and Central American countries. Karline’s doctoral project provided a significant launch into this current project to support nurses, midwives and mothers in the Americas.