Patricia McNiven


I am midwife and an associate professor in the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada where I have been teaching since the program began in 1993.  As an avid reader, the journal gives me a chance to keep up with midwifery research and other projects that are taking place in Canada and around the world.  Two years ago I was elected to the Board of Governors of McMaster University and was also appointed to be a member of Senate. These roles provide me more insight into the place of higher education in the development of a midwife.  As a faculty member I have been involved in curriculum design and content analysis, faculty development, assessment of clinical competence and distance problem-based learning.  My research has focused on early labour, Optimality measurement scale validation in a Canadian context, care provider attitudes.

And of course… I go to births.