I am a registered midwife and have worked clinically across different midwifery areas both in the UK and Internationally. I trained as a direct entry midwife gaining a first class honours degree from Manchester University, and worked as a rotational staff midwife at Trafford General Hospital. Following this I then moved to a role as an enhanced midwife (vulnerable women), then became team leader of the enhanced midwifery team at Liverpool Women’s hospital. I then spent time at LJMU with my core role as a senior lecturer in midwifery, whilst carrying out additional roles: BFI Lead, Admissions Tutor, Programme Lead Undergraduate Midwifery and a Faculty role as International Mobility Coordinator. During this time I also worked clinically at LWH in a specialist antenatal clinic for women whose first language is not English (Link Clinic), where I have an honorary contract. I now lead the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, and am the Lead Midwife for Education, with a remit of management and strategic focus.
Currently I am a part time PhD student at LJMU, the title of my study is “Negation in the Childbearing Continuum: An In-Depth Exploration of Women’s Narratives”. The study uses qualitative methods – narrative approach and methodology – to explore the stories of women who either concealed their childbearing or did not know they were pregnant – known as negated childbearing.
I have also contributed to research around midwives knowledge of nutrition and information giving, and muslim women’s experiences of maternity care.
I have recently written a book chapter on communication in public health midwifery, which is pending publication.
I have recently become a member of the University Health Research Ethics Committee (HREC), which considers and reviews all health related ethics applications for research across the institution.
I have a broad teaching remit and have expereince of teaching midwives, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals, although my main area of expertise is midwifery and maternity teaching. My teaching interests include: research (qualitative methods, ethics), vulnerable women and families, public health and maternity, professional issues, safeguarding, perinatal mental health and global midwifery.
Recently I have been involved in the development of new midwifery curriculum to support the changing role of midwives, and the fulfillment of the the new NMC Midwifery Standards for pre registration midwifery education.