GOLD Speakers


Dr. Karen McLaughlin, PhD, RN, RM

  • Speaker Type: 2024 Main Presentations
  • Country: USA

Dr Karen McLaughlin is a Clinical Midwife Specialist with 30 years experience and a midwifery academic and researcher currently teaching Midwifery at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her previous PhD research involved quantitative and qualitative methods and examined the management of asthma during pregnancy and the potential to translate new management methods into practice. This research has led to 11 publications to date, the development of clinical guidelines for antenatal asthma management and a globally available Asthma in pregnancy toolkit, for health practitioners, researchers and consumers.

Dr Mclaughlin has a passion for qualitative research methods and has used appreciative inquiry to examine the student midwife experience in order to build on current practices to ensure retention of student midwives and optimal experiences for student midwives and midwives. Dr McLaughlin's current research areas include examining asthma management in the postpartum period and it's association with breastfeeding and exploring perinatal mental health and models of maternity care.