I started my career in healthcare as an Adult Nurse after completing a Diploma of Higher Education at De Montfort University. Following this I worked as an intensive care nurse which I then left to complete the 18 month Midwifery degree again at De Montfort. Following this I worked as a band 5 rotational midwife at St James hospital during which time I began my Masters part time at Leeds Beckett University.
After 18 months I undertook a position at Calderdale Royal Infirmary where I worked as a senior midwife in a variety of settings eventually ending up core on Delivery Suite. During this time I completed my MSc and then looked towards making the transition to academia and teaching which is what led me to my current position of Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Leeds. I am passionate about midwifery and teaching and am excited about what I can bring to this role and the future opportunities and experiences that come with it.
I have always been interested in the concept of choices in health and how health promotion and other external influences impact on a person’s decisions. This has been reflected throughout my academic career with my undergraduate dissertation focusing on why primigravida women choose epidural analgesia and in my Masters dissertation I focused on why primigravida women choose elective caesarean section in the absence of medical indication. Building on this and experiencing contrasting ideologies of being a midwife and a parent my research for my PhD focuses on what influences women’s and healthcare professionals discourses when discussing co-sleeping.
- MSc Health and Community Care- Distinction
- BSc Midwifery (First Class Honours)
- Diploma Higher Education Adult Nursing
Module planning and delivery, teaching, clinical link liaison lecturer, personal tutor, academic supervision, supporting skills development