Official Bio: I am a practicing midwife and post-graduate researcher in Public Health. My academic background is in medical anthropology (University of Cambridge). My NIHR funded PhD, (ScHARR, University of Sheffield) is a qualitatve study of breastfeeding and health care inequalities. My professional interests are in global maternal health for safe motherhood and midwifery education. I am an active campaigner for maternity care during migration and diaspora with Medical Justice and I am currently living in Malawi, training midwives and improving intrapartum care with the Mzati Trust. I am also a trustee of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, who support midwifery education and research in the UK, where I am lucky enough to work with some very inspirational midwives.
Unofficial Bio: I’m originally from the North of England, firstly Hebden Bridge then Manchester. I like my friends, music, reading, cooking and walking up hills. Most especially I love my small daughter, Lyra, who likes friends, reading, spiderman bicycles and NOT walking up hills. My most unusual job was working as a punting tour guide on the Cam, being ‘creative’ with the history of that ancient and noble city and wearing a silly hat. I can also drive a narrow boat, having lived on one for quite a few years, and can get a 70-footer round the Regents Canal/Camden Lock Corner, with only mild abrasions. I’m currently living in Blantyre, Malawi, trying to finish my thesis and doing vaguely helpful Midwifery things.
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