Helen McDonald, RM, MHSc
I was educated as both a nurse and midwife in Australia and after coming to Canada completed a Master of Health Science degree at McMaster University. In my Master’s research I compared intrapartum interventions in physican and midwife attended births at McMaster Hospital.
I have been a member of the Midwifery faculty since the inception of the Program in 1993 and am an associate professor. My interest has been and remains clinical teaching both in the academic and practical sense. I have taught (and learned) at all levels across the Program and, as a primary care provider, value the independence and autonomy inherent in problem based learning both in the classroom and in clinical practice.
I have been a co-investigator on a number of research projects; am I currently involved in research about clients and caregivers understanding of weight gain in pregnancy and in the investigation of the effects of antibiotics on the infant microbiome and subsequent growth and development; another of my research interests is how women make decisions for vaginal birth or elective repeat caesarean section after a primary caesarean section.