Maralyn is currently Professor of Midwifery at the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health at the University of Technology Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia where she teaches undergrad and post grad midwifery students and supervises midwives undertaking research leading to Honours, Masters and PhDs. She has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and an edited book called Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship.
Maralyn has been a midwifery clinician, academic and researcher for 3 decades, working in Australia, New Zealand and in Denmark. Her PhD was one of the earliest randomised controlled trials of continuity of midwifery care conducted in Australia and now is part of the Cochrane Systematic Review on midwife led models of care- demonstrating conclusively that mothers and babies benefit if they have opportunities to get to know their midwife care givers.
For the past 5 years Maralyn’s research has focused on the impact of the birth environment on the neurophysiology of labouring and birthing women and on their supporters and care providers- the topic of this morning’s presentation.