Women’s health and exercise have played a fundamental role in both my personal and professional life. I have been a midwife since 1988, and a senior midwifery lecturer since 1998. My enthusiasm for the potential benefits of exercise for women’s wellbeing, was first inspired by running a master’s module on exercise and nutrition in pregnancy. This raised my awareness of the growing body of research in this field.
As a midwife and lecturer I aim to foster a women centred approach to midwifery that empowers women to have positive pregnancy, birth and parenting experiences. This incorporates supporting women to take advantage of the normal physiological process of childbirth by promoting a healthy lifestyle and avoiding inappropriate clinical interventions.
On a personal level, I have always placed a lot of value in pursuing a healthy lifestyle and particularly enjoy exercising. I have recently competed in several triathlons on an amateur basis and currently enjoy open water swimming, skiing, cycling, golf and yoga.
These personal and professional interests in women’s health, especially the impact exercise can have on wellbeing fuelled my enthusiasm to research in this area. In 2016 I completed my PhD into Women’s decisions to exercise in pregnancy.
The thesis from my PhD is available via the following link, feel free to dip into it, if you do I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. However, do be warned its 100,000 plus words long!!
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