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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 moved into education as a trainee midwife teacher in 1999, having completed the Advanced Diploma in Midwifery and the Bachelor of Midwifery between 1992 and 1999. She completed the Post Graduate Teaching Diploma in 2001 and MA Academic Practice in 2003 with a research study into midwives perceptions of post-qualifying education needs.
Within education Liz has worked at Bournemouth University across both pre-registration and post-registration programmes since 1999 for a broad range of topic areas including embryology, health and wellbeing, individualised care, medicines management, lifelong learning, clinical skills and mental health during childbearing. As a link lecturer Liz continues to support local maternity services and the mentoring of students in clinical practice settings.
Liz is currently undertaking research for the Professional Doctorate exploring women’s experience of aquanatal groups during pregnancy.more
Liz is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate with a focus on women's experience of aquanatal classes during pregnancy
- Davey, L. and Houghton, D., 2013. The Midwife's Pocket Formulary 3rd Edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier Health Sciences.
- 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
- University of Salford, Manchester, External Examiner (2013-)
- 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,