Marina Weckend


As a midwife, I am passionate about supporting women and families throughout an exciting time in their lives. I also believe that there is a lot that we can do to improve health services. This is why I research. I want to see more women and families not only healthy, but also happy and exhilarated by their experiences.


Currently, my research focus lies on natural pauses during childbirth, where I explore the value of such pauses for keeping mum and baby healthy. Additionally, I collaborate in research projects in the areas of midwifery, nursing and allied health. While I am based in Western Australia, I have strong ties to the midwifery community in Germany, and to researchers across Europe. 


Supporting midwifery students throughout their education is a matter close to my heart. Previously, I have taught in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and worked as a head of midwifery school. Currently, I support research students. Investing in midwifery students is an investment in every woman's and child's future.

Educational history

2019 - 2023

PhD Health

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia                                                                    


2012 - 2015

MSc Midwifery & Women's Health

School of Community Health & Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK


2010 - 2011

Sign-Off Mentor for Midwifery Students

School of Health Sciences, City University, London, UK


2007 - 2010

Midwifery State Exam (Direct-Entry)


Work history

2019 - 2023

Research Assistant (multiple appointments)

School of Nursing & Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia


2021 - 2022

SOAR Peer Adviser (one-to-one support for research students)

Centre for Learning and Teaching, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia


2017 - 2019

Head of Midwifery School

Education Centre for Healthcare Professions, AKH General Hospital, Celle, Germany


2015 - 2017

Research Assistant & Lecturer

Midwifery Research and Education Unit, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany


2015 - 2017

Independent Midwife based at Refugee Accommodations

Self-employed, based at refugee camp & accomodation, Scheuen/Celle, Germany


2010 - 2013

Clinical and Community Midwife

Barts Health NHS Trust, Newham University Hospital, London, UK