Judith McAra-Couper

I have been a midwife since 1989.  The first five years of my midwifery career were spent in a remote village in Bangladesh. I have worked at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) as a midwifery lecturer since 1997 where for the first 12 years I had a joint appointment as a clinical midwife educator in the birthing unit at Counties Manukau Hospital.

I completed my PhD in 2007. In 2009 I returned to Bangladesh with WHO to write a Midwifery Curriculum for nurse midwives. Since then I have returned to Bangladesh numerous times with WHO and UNFPA to implement this programme, along with Curriculum Development for Direct Entry Midwifery in Bangladesh.

In 2010 I was awarded a Post-Doctoral Scholarship. I am a director for the Centre for Midwifery and Women’s health research and involved in research areas such as Maternal Mental Health, Sustainability of Midwifery Practice, and Place of Birth.

I was the Chairperson of the Auckland Region of the New Zealand College of Midwives 2008-2011, and was appointed to the Midwifery Council of New Zealand in 2010 and become the Chair of the Council in 2011.  I became an Associate Professor and Head of Midwifery Department at AUT in 2013.