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Alison has over twenty years of clinical experience working in all aspects of clinical practice. Areas of scholarship include breastfeeding and using audio visual data in research and education. She is lead lecturer for infant feeding and successfully directed the curriculum so that BU achieved the UNICEF Baby Friendly Award for higher educational standards for the BSC (Hons) Midwifery programme.
Postgraduate research at Master's level explored how an educational tool using women's experiences of their lived experiences of breastfeeding impacted on midwives' attitudes to breastfeeding. Alison has published her research (Taylor and Hutchings 2010) and presented at a range of conferences including The International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress and the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Conference. With a keen interest in developing online educational resources to enhance flexible learning opportunities, Alison has developed comprehensive distance learning resources to support students' learning around breastfeeding, in both pre-registration and post-registration education...
Alison’s doctoral studies are exploring mother’s experiences of breastfeeding using video diaries.
Alison is a member of the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative delegation committee which is responsible for making the key decisions relating to the designation of UK health care facilities and universities as WHO / UNICEF Baby Friendly accredited. The Committee also acts as a steering group for the Baby Friendly management team, advising on academic, technical and ethical issues as required.more
Research interests focus on education and /or infant feeding.
- Taylor, A., van Teijlingen, E., Ryan, K. and Alexander, J., 2019. ‘Scrutinised, judged and sabotaged’: A qualitative video diary study of first-time breastfeeding mothers. Midwifery, 75, 16-23.
- Taylor, A.M., van Teijlingen, E., Alexander, J. and Ryan, K.M., 2018. The therapeutic role of video diaries: A qualitative study involving breastfeeding mothers. Women and Birth.
- Miller, A., Miller, J., Taylor, A. and Way, S., 2017. Demographic profile of 266 mother-infant dyads presenting to a multidisciplinary breastfeeding clinic: a descriptive study. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics.
- Way, S., Taylor, A. and Miller, J., 2015. Supporting breastfeeding: it takes a whole community. Midirs Midwifery Digest, 25 (4), 491-492.
- Miller, J., Beharie, M., Taylor, A., Simmenes, E. and Way, S., 2015. Parent report of exclusive breastfeeding after attending a combined midwifery and chiropractic feeding clinic in the UK: A cross-sectional service evaluation. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine.
- Angell, C. and Taylor, A.M., 2013. Alien knowledge: Preparing student midwives for learning about infant feeding-Education practice at a UK university. Nurse Education Today, 33 (11), 1411-1415.
- Taylor, A.M. and Hutchings, M., 2012. Using video narratives of women's lived experience of breastfeeding in midwifery education: exploring its impact on midwives' attitudes to breastfeeding. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 8 (1), 88-102.
- Ryan, K., Brown, S., Wilkins, C., Taylor, A.M., Arnold, R., Angell, C. and van Teijlingen, E., 2011. Which hat am I wearing today? Practising midwives doing research. Evidence Based Midwifery, 9, 4-8.
- Taylor, A.M. and Fry, J., 2010. International collaboration: Erasmus teacher exchange to Sweden. British Journal of Midwifery, 18, 451-456.
- Taylor, A.M., Cloherty, M., Alexander, J., Holloway, I., Galvin, K.T. and Inch, S., 2009. Parental distress around supplementing breastfed babies using nasogastric tubes on the postnatal ward: a theme from an ethnographic study. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 5, 117-124.
- Taylor, A.M., Way, S. and Miller, J., 2017. Newborn Feeding Clinic service evaluation: Midwives working in partnership with chiropractors to enhance breastfeeding experiences of mothers and babies in the United Kingdom. In: 31st ICM TRIENNIAL CONGRESS 19-22 June 2017 Toronto.
- Taylor, A., van Teijlingen, E., Ryan, K. and Alexander, J., 2017. Mothers need to talk, midwives need to listen: Insights from breastfeeding mother's video diaries. In: 31st ICM Congress 18-22 June 2017 Toronto.
- Taylor, A., Ryan, K., Alexander, J. and van Teijlingen, E., 2017. Early breastfeeding support for first-time UK mothers: Study based on video diaries. In: 31st ICM Congress Midwives making a difference in the world 18-22 June 2017 Toronto, Canada.
- Taylor, A., Way, S. and Miller, J., 2015. Joint Chiropractic & Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to enhance student learning about complex feeding problems. In: Innovation in Midwifery Education ... What Works? 3 July 2015 Bournemouth University.
- Way, S. and Taylor, A., 2014. Joint Chiropractic and Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to support the establishment of successful breastfeeding. In: Maternity, Midwifery and baby Conference 20 June 2014 London.
- Taylor, A.M., vanTeijlingen, E., Alexander, J. and Ryan, K., 2014. Letting off steam! Video diaries to share breastfeeding experiences. In: The International Confederation of Midwives 30th Triennial Congress 1-5 June 2014 Prague.
- Hundley, V., Van Teijlingen, E., Angell, C., Taylor, A. and Ryan, K., 2013. Evaluation of the breastfeeding web pages at Healthtalkonline. In: RCM Annual Conference 13-14 November 2013 Telford, West Midlands.
- Taylor, A.M., 2013. Women’s video diaries: Stories of early breastfeeding experiences......the power of audio visual narratives to inform professional practice. In: The power of narrative and stories in enabling learning for professional practice 16 April 2013 Bournemouth University. Higher Education Academy.
- Taylor, A.M., Ryan, K., Alexander, J and van Teijlingen, E., 2013. Exploring women's breastfeeding experiences using video diaries - Preliminary findings from PhD study. In: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:Bio-Cultural Perspectives 10-12 June 2013 Grange Over Sands.
- Taylor, A.M., Ryan, K, Alexander, J and van Teijlingen, E, 2011. The value of audio-visual data and approaches to its analysis. In: 29th International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress 19-23 June 2011 Durban.
- Taylor, A., Ryan, K. and Taylor, A.M., 2010. Analysing Visual data: Body Language and more in video interviews of women’s experiences of breastfeeding. In: The 8th Biennial International Qualitative Research Conference 6-8 September 2010 Bournemouth University.
- Taylor, A.M. and Hutchings, M, 2009. Exploring the impact of education on midwives’ attitudes to breastfeeding, using women’s narratives of their lived experience of breastfeeding. In: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:Bio-Cultural Perspectives 8-10 September 2009 Grange Over Sands.
- Taylor, A.M., 2008. Exploring the impact of education on midwives attitudes to breastfeeding using extracts from a video-based breastfeeding module. In: International Confederation of Midwives: 28th Triennial Congress 1-5 June 2008 Glasgow. Elsevier Ltd.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Unit leader – Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers (SBM) Distance Learning Unit - (CPD programme: Levels I, H & M)
Profile of Teaching UG
- • Unit leader – Foundation Knowledge and Practice Unit (BSc (Hons) Midwifery)
- Clinical Link Lecturer and Academic Advisor supporting midwifery students on placement at Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital
- Lead lecturer for infant feeding within BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme
- • Cross teach infant feeding for other disciplines: UG programmes: child health and nutrition
- • Leading interprofessional education in the context of the joint AECC Midwifery/Chiropractic clinic
- Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies an online distance learning unit suitable at levels 5,6 and 7.
- Joint Chirporactic and Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to enhance student learning about women and babies experiencing complex feeding problems (Bournemouth University, 26 May 2014). Awarded
- 28th & 29th International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Abstracts reviewer (2008-2011)
- Joint AECC Midwifery/Chiropractic clinic, Lead Midwife
- UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Inititive (BFI), Member of partnership forum
- Bournemouth/DIPEx breastfeeding module (now Healthtalkonline), Member of the expert advisory panel
- International Confederation of Midwives 31st triennial congress, Newborn feeding clinic service evaluation: Midwives working in partnership with chiropractors to enhance breastfeeding experiences of mothers and babies in the UK, 18 Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada
- Innovation in Midwifery Education ... What Works?, Joint Chiropractic & Midwifery Newborn Clinic: an innovative approach to enhance student learning about complex feeding problems, 03 Jul 2015, Bournemouth University
- Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, 10 Jun 2013, Grange Over Sands
- Peer Supporters Conference, 01 Jan 2010, Bournemouth
- Presentation: ‘Women’s video diaries: Stories of early breastfeeding experiences......the power of audio visual narratives to inform professional prac, Enterprise. Higher Education Academy
- BURP for infant feeding, Enterprise. Dorset NHS Trusts
- BURP for infant feeding redesigned (fully integrated online package), Enterprise. Princess Anne Hospital Southampton
- Co-developed BURP for infant feeding, Enterprise. Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust
- Registered Nurse in Nursing (Middlesex Hospital, 1983)
- BSc (Hons) in Midwifery Practice (Bournemouth University, 2004)
- MA in Health and Social Care Education (Bournemouth University, 2006)
- ENB 997 (NMC) in Teaching & Assessing in Clinical practice (Dorset & Salisbury College of Midwifery & Nursing, 1991)
- Registered Midwife in Midwifery (NMC, 1987)
- PhD in Midwifery/ Infant feeding (Bournemouth University, 2016)
- Tricia Anderson Award (The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, 2009)
- Shortlisted for the RCM award for excellence in Midwifery Education (Royal College of Midwives, 2009)
- The Ede and Ravenscroft Award for the Best First Year Student at Bournemouth University (2001)
- Nursing Midwifery Council (Registered Midwife), Member,
- Royal College of Midwives (Registered Midwife), Member,
- Member of ‘Dorset Breastfeeding Policy’ group
- Member of Pan-Dorset Breastfeeding Strategy Group
- Member of Wiltshire Breastfeeding Strategy Group
- Member of National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN) - South West
- Member of the Baby Friendly Initiative UK Designation Committee
- National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN) South East
- National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN) Universities South