Liz Davey

Liz Davey

  • 01202 961545
  • ldavey at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer In Midwifery
  • Royal London House R609, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT
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Liz initially trained as a registered nurse at Middlesex Hospital, London W1 in 1979, becoming a staff nurse on the Coronary Care Unit and female Medical Ward. She moved back south and completed her midwifery qualification in 1982 at Southampton. During her time as a staff midwife her interest in community services became a passion and she took a role as a community midwife within the New Forest area in 1987. Here her focus on normality and continuity enabled women to be cared for throughout antenatal through labour and birth and onto postnatal episodes within a model of shared caseloading with a small team of midwives. Women were able to birth at home, at local birth centres and at the maternity hospital, sharing care with GPs and other primary health services as well as obstetricians where care became higher-risk. It was during this time that an interest in Aquanatal exercise developed with Liz undertaking training and then providing local classes at leisure centres for antenatal and postnatal mothers...



Liz is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate with a focus on women's experience of aquanatal classes during pregnancy



  • Davey, E., 2019. An exploration of women’s experiences of wellbeing and peer support during pregnancy, through attendance at midwife-led aquanatal exercise classes. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.


  • Davey, E., 2016. Using a case study approach to explore pregnant women's motivation to attend aquanatal classes. In: PGR Conference, Bournemouth University.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Unit Lead for Pathophysiology in the context of maternity care (Level I)
  • Unit Lead for Knowledge and Practice for Professional Registration (Level H)
  • Medicines Management
  • Complex Needs
  • Labour and Birth
  • Ante and Postnatal Care 1
  • Ante and Postnmatal Care 2

External Responsibilities

  • University of Salford, Manchester, External Examiner (2013-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Tracking Tutor for Pre-registration Midwifery Programmes, Bournemouth University
  • Midwifery Co-lead for Online Practice Assessment for Learning, Bournemouth University


  • MA in Academic Practice (Bournemouth University, 2003)
  • PGCE in Midwifery Education (Bournemouth University, 2001)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery in Midwifery (University of Southampton, 1999)


  • Fitness Professionals, Member,
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registered Midwife,
  • Royal College of Midwives, Member,
The data on this page was last updated at 04:16 on April 3, 2020.