I am a midwifery educator, a practising registered midwife, and a researcher. As a teaching associate in midwifery with the University of Nottingham, I have a passion to share my skills and experience gained since I qualified as a midwife in 2000. I have worked for the NHS as a midwife in hospital and community settings, as an independent midwife carrying a caseload and attending mainly home births since 2006, and also as a midwife researcher working on dozens of randomised controlled trials and other studies including the WOMAN trial into tranexamic acid for postpartum haemorrhage, the CORD trial of delayed cord clamping for preterm babies, and the 35/39 trial of induction of labour for older women.
I am a co-applicant on the GBS3 trial which aims to discover if screening for group B Streptococcus in pregnancy can improve outcomes for babies https://www.gbs3trial.ac.uk/home.aspx.
Beween 2018 and 2020 I was the editor of Midwifery Matters which is the journal of the Association of Radical Midwives.
I help to run a home birth group in Nottingham which is unique in that it connects women and their families with midwives and doctors who support home births.
I am currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing here at the University of Nottingham in the School of English. My creative-critical thesis is in two parts. The creative part of my thesis is an experimental memoir of my experiences as a mother and a midwife, while the critical piece is an exploration of how my memoir responds to and challenges the subgenre of midwifery memoir.
- Home birth
- Creative writing (non-fiction)
- Design and conduct of randomized controlled trials, particularly public and patient involvement.
- Qualitative and creative research methods including interpretive phenomenological analysis, authoethnography and creative practice for midwives and other health professionals.