Dr Susan Crowther

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Senior Lecturer - Midwifery

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext. 7558

Email: susan.crowther@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room AE112C
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
North Shore City

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BSc (hons.)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Centre for Midwifery and Women's Health Research (AUT)
Member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Research Advisory Network (RAN)
Editor on the New Zealand College of Midwives Journal and UK journal The Practising Midwife
Reviewer for Women and Birth and also Qualitative Health research journals

Teaching Areas:

Midwifery Undergraduate

Research Areas:

*    Phenomenology
*    Hermeneutics
*    Spirituality and childbirth
*    Sustainable midwifery practice
*    Rural and remote rural maternity
*    Global maternity issues

Research Summary:

Msc – Midwifery diagnosis of labour-onset: grounded theory
PhD – Sacred joy at birth: hermeneutic phenomenology
Post-doctoral work: remote rural maternity experiences: phenomenology
Team research: sustainability and midwifery model of care in NZ and multicentre research across UK and NZ exploring rural midwifery services and education – Qualitative descriptive

Current Research Projects:

Remote rural maternity
Rural midwifery education and services
Spirituality and childbirth


Recent conferences I have done:

Poetry as a writing stratagem in research May 2015 Melbourne Australia International conference of Qualitative methodologies.

Joy at birth Sept 2014 NZCOM biannual conference NZ

Sustainable caseload practise in NZ maternity June 2014. ICM Prague

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

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

Languaging the ineffable in research Sept 2013 Joan Donelly Research Collaboration symposium New Zealand

Sacred joy at birth June 2012 Hermeneutic Institute Indiana university

Holding the sacred space at birth: the mood of joy at birth – International Conference on Normal Birth research United Kingdom - June 2011

The mood at birth – the use of words in academic research - postgraduate symposium at Auckland University of Technology - September 2011

The students experience of narrative pedagogical methods of learning – International Narrative Pedagogy conference – New Zealand December 2011


Crowther, S., Hall, J. (2015).  Spirituality and spiritual care in and around childbirth. Women and Birth, 28 (2) 173-178. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.01.001

Crowther, S., Smythe, E., & Spence, D. (2015). Kairos time at the moment of birth. Midwifery Journal. 31 (4) 451–457.  doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2014.11.005

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., & Gunn, J. (2014). Partnership and reciprocity with women sustain lead maternity carer midwives in practice. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal (49), 23-33. http://dx.doi/10.1278/nzcomjnl49.2014.5.27-31

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

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

Crowther, S., Smythe, E., & 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., Smythe, L., & Spence, D. (2014). Mood and birth experience. Women and Birth: journal of the Australian College of Midwives, 27(1), 21. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2013.02.004

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

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

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

Gilkison, A., Crowther, S., & 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, 22-24

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

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

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

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

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

Crowther, S. (2006). Birthing position and women's experiences. Practising Midwife, 9(9), 34-35.

Crowther, S. (2006). Listen to your inner voice. Practising Midwife, 9(4), 4-5.

Crowther, S. (2006). Lotus birth: Leaving the cord alone. Practising Midwife, 9(6), 12-14.
Burvill, S. (2002). Midwifery diagnosis of labour onset. British Journal of Midwifery, 10(10), 600-605.

Book chapters:

Thorogood, C., Crowther, S. (2015) Midwifery Preparation for Practice 3rd edition. Text book chapter: Challenges to Women’s Health in Midwifery Practice.

Burvill, S. (maiden name) (2005). Managing breech presentation in the absence of obstetric assistance. In V. Woodward, K. Bates, & N. Young (Eds.), Managing childbirth emergencies in community settings (57354403, pp. 111-138). Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (now re written by invitation from Palgrave Macmillan publication Aug 2015)


Kate Edgar Trust post dox 2015