I am a midwife, academic, author, presenter and researcher. In all areas of my work I am committed to the promotion of physiological birth, and of women’s rights (and rites).
My research focuses on women’s experiences of maternity care with the aim of foregrounding women’s needs and rights in the development of maternity services and practice. My writing has been published widely in books, journals and magazines; and my publications have been cited in midwifery textbooks and clinical guidelines. I am also the author of the award-winning MidwifeThinking blog. As an experienced presenter, I offer workshops and online courses and regularly speak at events. I also co-host The Midwives’ Cauldron podcast. My professional engagement activities have included consultancy on midwifery education; providing expert opinion on legal cases, and membership of working parties developing clinical guidelines and consumer information. I am currently a member of the Homebirth Australia Committee.
I am originally from the North East of England. I qualified and registered as a midwife after completing a Bachelor of Midwifery BSc(Hons) in 2001. Initially, I practised in a large regional referral unit before moving into a community-based midwifery group practice.
In 2005 my family migrated to South East Queensland, Australia. After arriving in Australia I briefly worked at a private hospital before gaining employment as a Level 2 Clinical Midwife in a public hospital. In 2006 I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education to develop my ability to support student learning in the clinical area.
In 2007 I commenced practice as an independent midwife – employed directly by women planning homebirths. My ongoing frustration with the lack of evidence-based, woman-centred practice in the maternity system led me into research and I undertook a Phd. Alongside private midwifery practice, I worked as a sessional tutor and research assistant, completing a Certificate in Foundations of University Teaching in 2009.
I gained a lecturing position in 2010 and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in 2013. In 2015 I stopped practising as a private practice midwife for both personal and political reasons. I became a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery in 2017 and Midwifery Discipline Lead for a Bachelor of Midwifery program.
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