I joined the University in October 2020 as a full time Doctoral Researcher in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS). I am a Registered Midwife and have spent the previous 3 years as a Lecturer (then Senior Lecturer) in Midwifery, a role that I continue as an Associate Lecturer at a neighboring institution. Prior to entering academia, I was privileged to work as a senior midwife team leader, establishing and running a home birth team, commited to supporting women and birthing people to plan their care and birth at home. I have worked extensively within a range of midwifery settings including Labour Ward, Postnatal and Antenatal wards, ADAU and Community, as well as spending just over a year as a Practice Development Midwife. I am committed to providing evidence based, individually tailored advice and care planning for all women and birthing people in order to promote and facilitate fully informed choice. I continue to work clinicially as a bank midwife where I can, to ensure that my research and teaching activities remain grounded in contemporary midwifery practice.
My research passions arose out of my clinical experinces with women and birthing people exercising their rights to make informed choices along their care pathways as well as the componants of individualised care planning. My MSc research explored the experiences of midwives supporting women with complex needs (physical, medical, obstetric and psycological) who choose to birth at home.
My doctoral research aims to examine and explore why and how women and birthing people construct their decision to make non-normative (out of guideline, declining care or intervention/ requesting non indicated care/ interventions or social norms) choices along the childbearing contiuum and the underlying processes that accompany those decisions. Additionally in exploring these issues I hope to gain an insight into he role diversity may plan in decision construction.
All aspects of evidence based Midwifery including care planning, anatomy and physiology, contemporary midwiferyissues, emergency care, medicines management, physiological and home birth.
Supporting complex homebirths (2021)
Practising Midwife, 24(3) (pp. 12-14)
Retaining and Reclaiming Control and Autonomy in Pregnancy and Childbirth: Making Non-Normative Choices. Results of a Meta-Ethnographic Review of the Literature. (2021)
The Open University