Story: Donley, Joan Elsa

Joan Donley discusses midwifery

In this 1997 interview with Brian Edwards, Joan Donley talks about the early years of her nursing career, her activism, her move into domiciliary midwifery, and the tension between the ‘medical’ and ‘midwifery’ models of childbirth.

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Image: Joan Donley, Save the midwife. Auckland: New Women’s Press, 1986. Photograph by Gil Hanly

How to cite this page:

Linda Bryder. 'Donley, Joan Elsa', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2018. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)