Ruth Martis

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Head of Midwifery/Team Manger

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+64 7 834 8800 extension #3447
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Awards

Qualifications

  • PhD - The University of Auckland, Liggins research Institute, 2018
  • Post grad CoP diabetes & obesity - Auckland University of Technology (AUT), 2013
  • IBCLC - Recertification International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, 2010 (lapsed for 2015)
  • IBCLC - International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, 2005
  • MA - Massey University, Palmerston North, 2005
  • Post Grad Dip (Distinction) - Massey University, Palmerston North, 2002
  • Grad Dip in Teaching - Massey University, College of Ed, Palmerston North, 2000
  • BA SocSci - Massey University, Palmerston North, 1994
  • Cervical Smear Taker Certificate - Manawatu Polytechnic, Palmerston North, 1991
  • Registered Midwife - Nursing Council New Zealand, Wellington, 1983
  • Advanced Dip Nursing (Maternal Child Health) - Wellington Polytechnic, 1982
  • Registered Comprehensive Nurse - Friedrich-Ebert-Krankenhaus, Rotes Kreuz, Schwesternschule, Neumünster, Germany, 1976

Areas of expertise

Ruth has a long-standing midwifery research interest with a focus on what makes the difference for health outcomes for the well-being of pregnant women, their babies and whānau. Research areas include:
  • intermittent auscultation in labour
  • fetal movement during labour 
  • the concept of choice and physiology 
  • teenage women who are pregnant
  • gestational diabetes mellitus
  • lactation
  • sustainability
  • midwifery education
  • clinical guideline development 
  • applied research and translational research
  • Cochrane systematic reviews

Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

Ruth has practiced as a midwife for over 36 years in a variety of settings, attending home-births, working in primary units and secondary/tertiary hospitals.  She worked across several countries, mainly in South-East Asia, but has also had the privilege of spending some time with the Hamlin fistula trust in Ethiopia. 

Additionally, Ruth has been involved with midwifery education as lecturer/senior lecturer at several academic institutions, including Massey University (NZ), Flinders University (AU) (relieving), Ara and Wintec Polytechnics NZ and currently is the Head of Midwifery at Wintec.

Further detailed work experiences are available on request.
  • Dean's List Award for PhD - The University of Auckland, 2018
  • PSANZ Award - New Zealand New Investigator Award (NZ$1,500.00), 2018
  • PSANZ travel grant – for attending PSANZ congress in Townsville, Australia (NZ$500.00), 2016
  • Senior Health Research Scholarship - The University of Auckland for 3 years (total NZ$150,000.00), 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching Team Award - Christchurch Polytechnic Technical Institute (CPIT), 2014
  • Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health Field (HPPH) Research scholarship - to complete Cochrane systematic review: Antenatal breastfeeding education for breastfeeding duration ($2500), 2006
 

Research activity

  • Optimal treatments and experiences for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): improving health for mothers and babies.
  • TARGET trial (Optimal glycaemic targets for women with gestational diabetes: the randomised trial) (ACTRN 12615000282583)
  • Enabler and barrier perceptions and experiences of New Zealand Key Informant Health Professionals’ before and after implementing tighter glycaemic targets for women with gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Views and Experiences of New Zealand Women with Gestational Diabetes in Achieving Glycaemic Control Targets: The Views Study.
  • Enablers and barriers for women with gestational diabetes mellitus to achieve optimal glycaemic control – a qualitative study using the theoretical domains framework.
  • Different intensities of glycaemic control for women with gestational diabetes mellitus.
  • Oral anti-diabetic pharmacological therapies for the treatment of women with gestational diabetes.
  • Intermittent auscultation (IA) of fetal heart rate in labour for fetal well-being.
  • Antenatal breastfeeding education for increasing breastfeeding duration.
  • Survey of evidence- based practice use and understanding among final (5th) year medical students in South East Asia.
  • Survey of evidence-based practice knowledge and clinical change among maternal and infant health practitioners in South East Asia.
  • Music during caesarean section under regional anaesthesia for improving maternal and infant outcomes.
  • South East Asia - Optimising Reproductive and Child Health in Developing Countries (SEA-ORCHID) research project https://australia.cochrane.org/sea-orchid-publications
  • Analgesia for relief of pain due to uterine cramping/involution after birth.
  • Teenage and Pregnant:  An exploratory study of pregnant teenagers and their antenatal education needs in the Palmerston North region.

Select publications

  • Martis R, Crowther CA, Shepherd E, Alsweiler J, Downie MR, Brown J. Treatments for women with gestational diabetes mellitus: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD012327. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012327.pub2.
  • Martis R, Optimal treatments and experiences for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): improving health for mothers and babies. 2018. Unpublished doctoral thesis, The University of Auckland, Medical and Health Sciences, Liggins Institute, Auckland, NZ.  http://hdl.handle.net/2292/37136
  • Martis R, Brown J, McAra-Couper J, Crowther CA. Enablers and barriers for women with gestational diabetes mellitus to achieve optimal glycaemic control – a qualitative study using the theoretical domains framework. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2018;18:91. doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-1710-8.
  • Martis R, Brown J, Crowther CA. Views and Experiences of New Zealand Women with Gestational Diabetes in Achieving Glycaemic Control Targets: The Views Study. Journal of Diabetes Research. 2017, Article ID2190812. doi.org/10.1155/2017/2190812
  • Martis R, Emilia O, Nurdiati DS, Brown J. Intermittent auscultation (IA) of fetal heart rate in labour for fetal well-being. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD008680. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008680.pub2 (Review).
  • Brown J, Martis R, Hughes B, Rowan J, Crowther CA. Oral anti-diabetic pharmacological therapies for the treatment of women with gestational diabetes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD011967. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011967.pub2 (Review).
  • Martis R, Brown J, Alsweiler J, Crawford TJ, Crowther CA. Different intensities of glycaemic control for women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD011624. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011624.pub2 (Review).
  • Lumbiganon P, Martis R, Laopaiboon M, Festin MR, Ho JJ, Hakimi M, Lumbiganon P, Martis R, Laopaiboon M, Festin MR, Ho JJ, Hakimi M. Antenatal breastfeeding education for increasing breastfeeding duration. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD006425.DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006425.pub4 (Review).
  • Martis R. Food talk with young pregnant women. In Nutrition in pregnancy and childbirth. Food for thought. Davies L and Derry R (eds). First edition. Chapter 8, 98-113. 2014. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Martis R, Stufkens J. The New Zealand/Aotearoa Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative implementation journey: Piki Ake Te Tihi-"Strive for excellence". 2013. Journal of Human Lactation 29(2):140-6. DOI:10.1177/0890334413480849.
  • Martis R, Ho JJ, Crowther CA. for the SEA-ORCHID study group. Survey of evidence- based practice use and understanding among final (5th) year medical students in South East Asia. The Open Education Journal. 2011;4: 9-16.
  • Martis R. Good housekeeping in midwifery practice: Reduce, reuse and recycle. In Sustainability, midwifery and birth. Davies L, Daellenbach R & Kensington M (eds). (pp. 141-154). 2011. Abingdon, Oxon, England: Routledge.
  • Martis R, Ho JJ, Crowther CA. Survey of evidence-based practice knowledge and clinical change among maternal and infant health practitioners in South East Asia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2008, vol. 8. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/8/34
Further publications on request, in particular non-peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings. 

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