Paula Cox

Paula Cox

​Senior Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 8745


Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Master of Health Science in Midwifery (Honours), Auckland University of Technology, 2008.
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery, Auckland University of Technology, 2006.
  • Certificate of Adult Tertiary Education, Wintec, 2006.
  • Certificate of Adult Teaching, Wintec, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Midwifery, Wintec, 2000.
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Waikato, 1994.
  • Registered Nurse.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • Member of the New Zealand College of Midwives, with active participation in meetings.
  • Participation in the Collaboration Forum with the Waikato District Health Board and Community Midwives.

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Midwifery practice as required by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.
  • Midwifery education and research.
  • Current research investigates birthing in primary birthing units, from both women and midwives’ perspectives.

Research Activity

Research on primary birthing units is currently being done as part of a Midwifery team project, with an abstract being submitted for presentation of the research at the New Zealand College of Midwives Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 2016.

Research into the experience of midwives leaving Lead Maternity Care practice. Presented at the New Zealand College of Midwives Conference, 2010.

Participated in the development of the Bachelor of Midwifery programme to meet the Competencies for Entry to the Register of Midwives.

Select Publications

Cox, P. (2015). Women’s choices and experiences of using birthing pools. Journal Dynamics of Human Health, 2(3).

Cox, P. (n.d). The experience of midwives leaving Lead Maternity Carer (LMCs) practice: A phenomenological study. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.