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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Helen Paterson

PositionSenior Lecturer and Head of Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DSM)
DepartmentDepartment of Women's and Children's Health (DSM)
QualificationsBM MMedSc FRANZCOG DTM&H
Research summaryObesity and weight management in pregnancy; Mirena use in adolescents
Teaching

Training Supervisor for RANZCOG

Clinical

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Research

Helen Paterson is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s Health and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. She is presently completing her PhD on intuitive eating and gestational weight gain, due to be completed in 2016. This has led to the opportunity to assist in the development of the national guidelines on healthy weight gain in pregnancy.

She has also been an invited speaker to the New Zealand RANZCOG annual scientific meeting on the topic of obesity in pregnancy.

Publications

Duncan, R., Paterson, H., Anderson, L., & Pickering, N. (2019). A qualitative analysis on adolescents' opinions of proactive long-lasting reversible contraceptive (LARC) provision. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1488), 38-48. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2019). General practitioners and gestational weight management. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1530739

Black, K. I., & Paterson, H. (2019). A focus on sexual and reproductive health is central to achieving RANZCOG's goal of excellence in women's health care [Invited]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 59(1), 18-20. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12949

Chan, J. E., Samaranayaka, A., & Paterson, H. (2018). Seasonal and gestational variation in perinatal depression in a prospective cohort in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12912

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, J., Treharne, G., Herbison, P., & Horwath, C. (2018). Validation of the Intuitive Eating Scale in pregnancy. Journal of Health Psychology, 23(5), 701-709. doi: 10.1177/1359105316671186

Journal - Research Article

Duncan, R., Paterson, H., Anderson, L., & Pickering, N. (2019). A qualitative analysis on adolescents' opinions of proactive long-lasting reversible contraceptive (LARC) provision. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1488), 38-48. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2019). General practitioners and gestational weight management. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1530739

Chan, J. E., Samaranayaka, A., & Paterson, H. (2018). Seasonal and gestational variation in perinatal depression in a prospective cohort in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12912

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, J., Treharne, G., Herbison, P., & Horwath, C. (2018). Validation of the Intuitive Eating Scale in pregnancy. Journal of Health Psychology, 23(5), 701-709. doi: 10.1177/1359105316671186

Bateson, D., Kang, S., Paterson, H., & Singh, K. (2017). A review of intrauterine contraception in the Asia-Pacific region. Contraception, 95(1), 40-49. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2016.08.008

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2017). General practitioners and preconception weight management in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(4), 420-425. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12609

Wheeler, B. J., Lawrence, J., Chae, M., Paterson, H., Gray, A. R., Healey, D., Reith, D. M., & Taylor, B. J. (2016). Intuitive eating is associated with glycaemic control in adolescents with type I diabetes mellitus. Appetite, 96, 160-165. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.09.016

Jeffs, E., Haszard, J. J., Sharp, B., Gullam, J., & Paterson, H. (2016). Pregnant women lack accurate knowledge of their BMI and recommended gestational weight gain. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1439), 37-45. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Stitely, M. L., & Paterson, H. (2016). Using three-dimensional printing to fabricate a tubing connector for dilation and evacuation. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 127(2), 317-319. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001237

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, E. J., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Women’s experiences of changes in eating during pregnancy: A qualitative study in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 52, 5-11. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl52.2016.1.5-11

Pan, S. Y., Dixon, L., Paterson, H., & Campbell, N. (2015). Increased BMI during pregnancy: How do midwife lead maternity carers respond? Women's Health, 11(4), 461-469. doi: 10.2217/whe.15.8

Fieldwick, D., Paterson, H., Stephen, M., Cameron, A., Egan, R., McFadden, S., Pienaar, J., Sinclair, C., Struthers, T., Taplin, K., & Watson, C. (2014). Management of excess weight in pregnancy in Otago, New Zealand: A qualitative study with lead maternity carers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1392). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Ebner, F., Wöckel, A., Janni, W., & Paterson, H. (2014). Parachuting and pregnancy: What do we know about pregnant skydivers and the risks they are taking? Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 24(6), 468-473. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000075

Jeffs, E., Sharp, B., Gullam, J., & Paterson, H. (2014). Weight and height measurement: Potential impact in obstetric care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1392). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Pan, S. Y., Dixon, L., Paterson, H., & Campbell, N. (2014). New Zealand LMC midwives' approaches to discussing nutrition, activity and weight gain during pregnancy. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 50, 24-29. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl50.2014.4.24-29

Harrison-Woolrych, M., Paterson, H., & Tan, M. (2013). Exposure to the smoking cessation medicine varenicline during pregnancy: A prospective nationwide cohort study. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety, 22(10), 1086-1092. doi: 10.1002/pds.3489

Paterson, H., Kenrick, K., & Wilson, D. (2012). Teaching the Y generation obstetrics and gynaecology skills: A survey of medical students' thoughts on a new program. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 52(2), 151-155. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01415.x

McDonald, A., Paterson, H., & Herbison, P. (2012). Registrar interest in academic obstetrics and gynaecology: A cross-sectional survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 52(5), 476-482. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01468.x

Pechtor, K., Richards, B., & Paterson, H. (2010). Antenatal catastrophic uterine rupture at 32 weeks of gestation after previous B-Lynch suture. BJOG, 117(7), 889-891. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02554.x

Paterson, H., Miller, D., & Devenish, C. (2009). A survey of New Zealand RANZCOG Fellows on their use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in adolescents. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 49(2), 220-225. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828x.2009.00973.x

Paterson, H., Ashton, J., & Harrison-Woolrych, M. (2009). A nationwide cohort study of the use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in New Zealand adolescents. Contraception, 79(6), 433-438. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2008.12.001

Herbison, P., Hay-Smith, J., Paterson, H., Ellis, G., & Wilson, D. (2009). Research priorities in urinary incontinence: Results from citizens' juries. BJOG, 116(5), 713-718. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02093.x

Paterson, H., Clifton, J., Miller, D., Ashton, J., & Harrison-Woolrych, M. (2007). Hair loss with use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device. Contraception, 76, 306-309.

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Journal - Research Other

Black, K. I., & Paterson, H. (2019). A focus on sexual and reproductive health is central to achieving RANZCOG's goal of excellence in women's health care [Invited]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 59(1), 18-20. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12949

Vardi, L., Paterson, H., & Hung, N. A. (2017). Successful pregnancy following treatment of recurrent chronic histiocytic intervillositis. BMJ Case Reports. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-217886

Pickering, N., Anderson, L., & Paterson, H. (2015). Teens and young adults should be started on long-acting reversible contraceptives before sexual activity commences: For: An opt-out programme would avoid teen pregnancy and associated costs [Debate]. BJOG, 122(8), 1052. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13465

Pickering, N., Anderson, L., & Paterson, H. (2015). Authors' reply re: Teens and young adults should be started on longacting reversible contraceptives before sexual activity commences: An opt-out programme to avoid teen pregnancy. BJOG, 122(13), 1848-1849. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13703

Ebner, F., Hanna, N., Petrich, S., & Paterson, H. (2011). Caesarean scar pregnancy at 19 weeks gestation. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 14, 31-33.

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