I have been a midwife for 30 years. Prior to that, I was a nurse and underwent my training in South Africa. I undertook my midwifery training in the UK in 1988 and qualified in 1990. I am currently a senior lecturer in midwifery at Bournemouth University and lecture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including Masters. My scholarship in practice is focused on newborn issues and I am the lead at the university in relation to Examination of the Newborn, an area of practice that was once predominantly undertaken by paediatricians but has now been largely reclaimed by midwives as an essential part of normal midwifery care.
My research interests are around preterm infants and women’s experiences. My PhD study explored women’s experiences of caring for a late preterm infant from a feminist perspective. I consider myself a radical feminist.