Christine Kenney

Doctor of Philosophy, (Midwifery)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Me aro ki te ha o hineahuone: Women, miscarriage stories and midwifery: Towards a contextually relevant research methodology

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Ms Kenney interweaved indigenous and European world views in creating and implementing a contextually relevant qualitative research methodology for the midwifery profession; ‘Te Whakamaramtanga’. The methodology was applied in the field of miscarriage. Narrative analyses of twenty research participants’ stories draw on kaupapa Maori philosophy, and social theories, particularly the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Bruno Latour. Ms Kenney’s development of a multicultural midwifery research methodology informed by multidisciplinary theoretical approaches is innovative for midwifery research and theory, and potentially other health disciplines. Her research addresses gaps in midwifery, miscarriage-related care, health professional development, Maori health and health research literature.

Associate Professor Cheryl Benn
Professor Taiarahia Black
Dr Suzanne Phibbs

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