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Jane Stojanovic

Doctor of Philosophy, (Midwifery)
Study Completed: 2012
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Placental Birth: A History

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Mrs. Stojanovic used mixed method historical research, including oral history interviews, to investigate the history of the birth of the placenta in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research illuminates Maori and European settler birthing practices, particularly in regard to the birth of the placenta, up to the present day. Physiological placental birth became almost extinct in New Zealand until the rise of homebirth, the re-introduction of midwifery autonomy, and the passing of legislation concerning consumer choice, facilitated its re-emergence. New Zealand is one of only two western countries where midwives confidently practice physiological placental birth. A model of factors that optimise placental birth was developed and is offered as a clinical and educational tool. It is argued that the use of this model of holistic physiological placental birth should be the usual practice for women whose pregnancies and labours are normal, as there are potential benefits for women and their babies.

Associate Professor Cheryl Benn
Associate Professor Jenny Coleman