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Maria Pearson

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Maria is a registered midwife working clinically until 2012.Since registering as a midwife in 2002 Maria has worked in the acute setting rotating between the antenatal postnatal wards and delivering intrapartum care to women. Maria joined the University in 2008 and has worked as a full time teaching associate since 2013 and as an Assistant Professor since 2016.

Maria has been the Admissions Lead for midwifery from 2017 until September 2020. Maria leads on the Compassionate and Professional midwife course. Together with teaching and assessing on year two and three of the midwifery course. Maria's teaching philosophy is derived from personal and professional beliefs that midwifery education for future midwives is central to the care of women accessing the maternity services.

Expertise Summary

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  • Personal Tutor to Undergraduate Student midwives
  • Masters Dissertation Supervisor
  • Module Lead 2015- MIDW1004 Compassionate and Professional Midwife module
  • Foundation Course PHRSF 006 Personal and Professional Development Lead and one of the team members responsible for developing this seminal Health Foundation Course.
  • Facilitate medicines administration teaching to undergraduate students
  • Facilitate/assess Clinical Skills
  • Teach and facilitate the Standards to Support Learning and Assessment
  • Experienced Educational Auditor RoPL Coordinator
  • Chair for the midwifery MEM meeting
  • One of the team who facilitated five days of workshops in Indonesia for 40 midwives educators and the AIPKIND organsiation; to support them in implementing a modular degree curriculum

Teaching Summary

My teaching is centered on my evolving practice developed through eighteen years as a midwife and educator. I aim to enhance and transform the student learning experience with the belief that… read more

Research Summary

2015-present

Maria commenced the Professional Education Doctorate (EdD) in October 2015 with the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. Maria's research interest pertains to educating student midwives about compassion. Maria hopes to submit the thesis in December 2020

My teaching is centered on my evolving practice developed through eighteen years as a midwife and educator. I aim to enhance and transform the student learning experience with the belief that midwifery learning is recursive. Learning starts with the students' varied experiences they bring with them onto the course. Each course within the BSc (Hons) Midwifery aims to prepare students for professional practice and build their confidence to lead, change and make their individual contribution to the midwifery profession. Midwifery learning should be active and premised on authentic midwifery scenarios. Clinical practice enhances and consolidates students' learning.

Past Research

2003-2004

Bachelor of Science in Midwifery with Honours

Dissertation "Should second degree perineal tear/episiotomies be sutured? Which is the most suitable technique for perineal repair?

University of Nottingham

2008-2012

Master of Science in Midwifery-Merit

Dissertation "Father's influence on their partner's choice for place of birth"

School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559
email: mhssupport@nottingham.ac.uk