I am a registered Midwife and post-doctoral early career researcher in Health, Nursing and Midwifery in the School of Health and Social Work, University of Hull. I completed my Health Studies PhD: Influence of self in women’s decision-making about birth place: An Interpretive Phenomenological study in August 2013 and have a Diploma in Research training (2011). Previously undertaking an academic position as Lecturer in Midwifery at City University London I left this post to pursue a career in research. My post-doctoral research includes; working on a team project in Wellbeing and Long-Term Conditions, involving collaborative research for partners from a multi-national company and producing a commissioned report, and producing an evaluation report for HeadStart Hull. I have experience of grant writing application, systematic search and thematic synthesis in relation to behaviour change in health behaviours and whilst my own discipline is midwifery; these projects have given opportunity to work cross-disciplinary with colleagues in Nursing and Social Work and healthcare partners. My knowledge and skills have established over a lifetime of working within a health discipline. Enjoying a clinical role the first instance, with 20 years of working within the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, I have developed knowledge and skills in key areas including community care; care of the mother and new born baby; support for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities; management and leadership; research and professional development. I embraced multi-agency working to plan care packages including specialist teams such as Diversion from Custody and have a good working knowledge and understanding of the practices and policies of working within the health service. I have published in academic journals within my PhD and am working toward further publications.
My thesis identified how social influences impact women’s birth choices, together with how midwives affect their decision-making in the context of their care. Women’s voices tell their stories of personal insights relating to the decisions they craft. This study explores whether emancipation reduces pressure to conform to authority and consequently what the implications might mean in a wider sociological context of birth experience.
In November 2017 I was awarded my first grant by East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group. This research will explore the preferences of women who are eligible to book to the Fatima Allam Birth Centre and to determine the knowledge, preferences, views and experiences of the concept of midwifery-led care within Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust.
Midwifery/ women's decision making/birth choices/ social influence/ conformity and obedience/emancipation