I have carried out funded research into aspects of teaching and learning in midwifery, but my primary focus is on histories of maternity care. I have published extensively on the history of midwifery and maternity in the twentieth century, including The social history of maternity care published by Routledge in 2012.
My current work is on the development of policy and practice in maternity between 1960-2000, with a particular focus on the development and impact of consumer groups. I am also working on a funded project exploring histories of risk in childbirth with colleagues from a range of universities and disciplines, and another examining the development of consumer magazines for pregnancy.
I came to midwifery via a circuitous route. I took a BA in history from Cambridge University in 1990 followed by an MA in English local history from Leicester University which included a dissertation on the history of fairgrounds. I then undertook a PhD on the history of the maternity services in Sheffield between 1879-1939. In 2000 when I decided on a total career change and commenced midwifery education. On completion I worked as a clinical midwife, first in Sheffield and then at the City Hospital Nottingham.
In 2007 I began to work with the university of Nottingham, initially as a lecturer practitioner and then as a full time lecturer. In 2014 I took the post of Principal Lecturer and Lead Midwife for Education at Brighton University.