Professor Maralyn Foureur
Maralyn Foureur is currently (2021) Professor of Nursing and Midwifery Research at the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District in NSW. She has been a midwife and researcher for over 30 years, mostly exploring Continuity of Midwifery Care and Birth Unit Design. Maralyn also has a passionate interest in the history of midwifery and maternity care and has several publications in this area, beginning with her PhD thesis that included an historical examination of how the ‘fragmented’ model of maternity care emerged between the two world wars of the 20th century – when women in most ‘developed’ countries moved from birth at home to birth in hospital. We have gradually come to realise what was lost in that move and the rapid shift to the medicalised model of maternity care. Maralyn proposes that in continuing to examine our past we can learn much about the present and what is possible to create for the future. She is therefore excited to be able to work with this talented group of likeminded midwifery historians to investigate the wealth of knowledge contained in our archives and to continue to undertake research in this area.