Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
I am a practicing midwife and an Associate Professor in Midwifery at the University of Nottingham. My academic background is in medical anthropology (University of Cambridge) and I have substantial experience in third sector management and governance. My NIHR funded PhD, (ScHARR, University of Sheffield) was an ethnographic study of breastfeeding and health inequalities. My methodological expertise is in primary qualitative health research, particularly ethnography; qualitative metasynthesis; and novel mixed-methods synthesis for epidemiological reviews. I am vice chair of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust (www.iolanthe.org).
My research interests are global women's health and safe motherhood initiatives, global and local health care inequalities and maternity care in migration and diaspora. My topic specialities are emergency intrapartum care in a low resource setting, breastfeeding and pMTCT of HIV. I am an advocate and campaigner for safe and dignified maternity care of women seeking asylum in the UK. My clinical expertise is in midwifery-led intrapartum care and I am a specialist in tropical and low-resource setting emergency maternity care. I have worked as a midwife within the UK and internationally. I hold a Diploma in Tropical Nursing from LSTM and I contribute to their global maternity programs.
As a Lecturer in Maternal Care at the University of Leeds (2015-2017) I was responsible for designing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery and nursing teaching and academic… read more
EPOCH: Our Leeds Maternal and Child Health Research team, led by Professor Linda McGowan is collaborating in the Engaging Partners in Childbirth for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV… read more
As a Lecturer in Maternal Care at the University of Leeds (2015-2017) I was responsible for designing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery and nursing teaching and academic supervision. Whilst in this role I developed an undergraduate module on global maternal health. I continue to have an interest in technology enhanced learning (TEL) for clinical education and was a member of the TEL cross faculty group. I have developed Online Learning Packages for The Practicing Midwife, producing discrete online learning modules on breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period; neonatal sepsis and supporting mothers seeking asylum.
I have volunteered several times as a Lecturer, in Life Saving Skills and Essential Obstetric Care at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. During my time in Malawi I worked as a quality improvement midwife volunteer I co-designed and ran quality improvement skills training in maternity. Fulfilling my commitment to gender equality in higher education, I was the Athena SWAN PGR Representative for ScHARR, University of Sheffield from 2013-2015. The Athena Swan Charter aims to promote the involvement and advancement of women in the academic sciences.
EPOCH: Our Leeds Maternal and Child Health Research team, led by Professor Linda McGowan is collaborating in the Engaging Partners in Childbirth for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (EPOCH) project. EPOCH is a multicentred study in Kenya and Malawi in mother to child transmission of HIV programs (pMTCT). I am primary author on a metasynthesis of Sub-Saharan African data and co-author on mixed methods theoretical mapping of interventions with Dr Zoe Darwin.
Neonatal Survival in Malawi: Integrating a Neonatal Healthcare Package for Malawi, is a stepped, mixed methods project designed to test both the feasibility and the outcomes of a pragmatic neonatal care package. The project is an international collaboration and my involvement is as the Primary Investigator on a primary qualitative study on the barriers to effective and exclusive breastfeeding, particularly in low-birth weight babies. We are awaiting in-country ethical permission at present and this research is still in the design phase.
Antenatal Care for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: UK metasynthesis as part of an international collaboration on assessing access to care for this group, with Dr Kuldip Bharj.
Opioid use in Chronic Pain: I am collaborating on a UK metasynthesis with the School of Pharmacy, Leeds, as an expert in qualitative methodologies.
University of Sheffield, School of Health and Related Research (Public Health) PhD, Public Health, 2010 - 2016, NIHR (CLAHRC SY Health Inequalities full funding). Young Mother's Negotiations of Infant Feeding: A Qualitative Study with Ethnographic Methods. Supervised by Dr. Sarah Salway and Prof. Liddy Goyder