Stella Rawnson

Stella Rawnson

  • 01202 961546
  • srawnson at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
  • Royal London House R605, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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Qualifying as a midwife in 1980, I have over 20 years of clinical experience during which I have worked in all aspects of clinical practice.

Prior to my move into education, I worked extensively in the community and in an isolated stand-alone birth centre, during which time I had the opportunity to hold a small personal caseload. I am an enthusiastic advocate for caseloading in practice and education, and I currently co-lead and coordinate the student midwife caseloading initiative at Bournemouth University.

My move into education was fuelled by a desire to promote excellence in practice in this respect, and this is reflected in my research activities and area of scholarship.

My postgraduate research activities focus on the exploration of student midwives; perceptions of their preparation and support during caseloading practice (Rawnson et al. 2009), and how this educational approach has impacted on their learning journey to becoming midwives (Rawnson 2010). I have widely disseminated study findings through publication in midwifery journals, and presentation at the 2007 Nurse Education Today Conference...



Journal Articles


  • Rawnson, S., 2016. Caseloading. In: Cescutti-butler, L. and Fisher, M., eds. The Hands-on Guide to Midwifery Placements. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.


  • Rawnson, S., Angell, C., Wilkins, C. and Taylor, A., 2013. The right people for the job; testing numeracy, literacy and social skills prior to offering an interview when recruiting new student midwives. In: EMA Educational Conference 29-30 November 2013 Maastricht, Holland.
  • Rawnson, S., 2007. Key findings from a qualitative study exploring student midwife experiences of caseloading. In: Nurse Education Tomorrow: Networking for Education in Health Care 4-6 September 2007 University of Cambridge, England.
  • Rawnson, S. and Fry, J., 2005. Workshop: Looking towards the future but starting now! In: How to carry a caseload without breaking your back, Joint IMA and MIDIRS Conference 19 April 2005 Birmingham University, UK. MIDIRS.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • I teach across units in a variety of areas but my main topic focus is around: Preparation for student midwife caseloading and women's health e.g. FGM, alcohol, STIs, safe motherhood etc.
  • Unit Leader - Global perspectives on Women's Health (Level I)
  • Unit Leader - Caseloading Practice (Level I)

Conference Presentations

  • Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference 2014, 'Listening to women: Exploring women's experiences of being part of a students midwife's caseload', 11 Nov 2014, International Centre Telford


  • Adv Dip in Midwifery (Bournemouth University, 2001)
  • BSc (Hons) in Midwifery Practice (Bournemouth University, 2003)
  • PG Dip in Education (Bournemouth University, 2006)
  • MA in Health and Social Care Education (Bournemouth University, 2008)


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registered Midwife (1980-),
  • Royal College of Midwives, Member,
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