Lorna Massov, PhD, MPH, RM
Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Lorna Massov PhD is a lecturer in Midwifery at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Practice in the Faculty of Health at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  Dr Massov holds degrees in the Arts, Public Health and Midwifery.  Dr Massov is a senior clinical midwife with twenty-five years experience, focusing on labor and delivery care.  Dr Massov’s PhD research used a pragmatic mixed methods approach to explore women’s experiences of using Virtual Reality in labor and demonstrated an effect on pain intensity and maternal heart rate and blood pressure.  Dr Massov’s research also included a usability study which determined design preferences for a labor specific VR environment. Dr Massov’s current research is working collaboratively with design and computer science engineering to design and develop a labor specific environment, incorporating indigenous knowledge and traditions from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Dr Massov’s research has been published internationally.