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Dr Rosemary Garratt

Job: Senior Lecturer Midwifery (Research)

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Research group(s): Centre for Reproduction Research and Nursing and Midwifery

Address: Room 6.09 Edith Murphy Building, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 207 8607




Research interests/expertise

  • Women’s reproductive health
  • Social Context of Childbearing
  • Midwifery led Care
  • Models of Care
  • Independent Midwifery
  • Philosophy of Midwifery
  • Healthcare communications
  • Working lives of midwives
  • Ways of knowing
  • Complementary/alternative therapies and healing.
  • Working lives of independent midwives, the mother midwife relationship, biographical narrative interpretive method, narrative research

Areas of teaching

  • Midwifery led Care
  • Models of Care
  • Philosophy of Midwifery
  • Qualitative Research
  • Supervision of Midwifery
  • MSc Clinical Midwifery Supervision
  • PhD Supervision


  • 1st Line Management Course, Leicester Polytechnic (January - February 1982)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Education of Adults), University of Nottingham (1986 - 1987)
  • Masters of Arts (Interdisciplinary Women's Studies), Warwick University (1991 - 1993)
  • Diploma in Aromatherapy, Wigstan College of Further Education, Leicester (1999 - 2000)
  • Reiki I (Mikao Usui Teate), Naturalway Centre, Leicester (September 2001)
  • Reiki II (Mikao Usui Teate), Naturalway Centre, Leicester (February 2002)
  • Reiki III (Mikao Usui Teate), Teacher Level, Naturalway Centre, Leicester (September 2004)
  • PhD: Study entitled - Connecting with women: Independent Midwives' perception of how they build and maintian rapport within mother-midwife relationship. De Montfort University, Leicester (January 2014)

Courses taught

  • PhD Supervision
  • MSc Midwifery Dissertation Supervision

Honours and awards

Short-listed for Tricia Anderson Award £1000.00 (Iolanthe Midwifery Trust). Jan 2009

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of Midwives Education Group
  • Doctoral Midwifery Research Group

Professional licences and certificates

Registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council as:

  • Registered nurse, The London Hospital, Whitechapel 1976
  • Registered midwife, Leicestershire School of Midwifery 1979
  • Teaching in Clinical Practice Course, Royal College of Midwives, London 1982
  • Midwife teacher, Nottingham University 1987
  • Supervisor of midwives Leeds University 2001
  • Advanced Midwifery Diploma, Derby Longsdale College.

Conference attendance

June 2014 “Connecting with Women: Independent Midwives Perceptions of the Mother Midwife Relationship. Presentation to 30th Triennial Conference International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 2014, Prague. Czech Republic. (Findings from PhD thesis).

April 2012 “Cultural Competence” Presentation to Faculty of Health, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Dec 2011 “Time, Risk and “Slow Midwifery”. Working in women’s time”. Paper presented to the Reproductive Research Group and Faculty Members. De Montfort University.

Oct 2011 “The working lives of Independent Midwives in the UK”. Presentation to midwives from University Hospitals of Leicester as part of Supervisor of Midwifery Activity. Presentation of of PhD findings.

June 2010 “The Midwife Mother Relationship and the independent midwife” Paper presented at the Student Midwife Conference. De Montfort University.

July 2009 Conference paper: “Connecting with women: independent midwives perceptions of how the build and maintain rapport within the mother midwife relationship”. Presentation of initial findings of PhD. University of Worcester, Women ans Birth: Politics, Power and Practice Midwifery Conference.

June 2007 Conference paper:Tripartite Assessment” Skills for Health Conference, London. Sharing good Practice from QAA reviews.

June 1998 “Group Practice Midwifery- increased breast feeding rates leading to healthier children”. Presented at NHS Executive Regional Exhibition East Midlands Conference Centre Nottingham.

April 1998 Conference paper: “Total Midwifery Care” Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Institute of Health Service Management- National Conference, 'Medicine for Managers', Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

March 1998 Chaired National Study Day: B.U.M.P.S Midwifery Group Practice, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Clinical Education Centre. 

Recent research outputs

Garratt R A (2001) "The midwife as healer". Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, 7, 197 - 20.

Consultancy work

  • External Examiner, Middlesex University, MSc Midwifery, Examination of Newborn Programme and Post Graduate Midwifery Programmes, 2014 - 2016
  • External Panel Member, BSc Midwifery Programme (3 year) validation, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011
  • External Examiner, University of Central England (Birmingham City University), MSc Advanced Practice,  2003 - 2008
  • External Examiner, University of Plymouth, Post-registration Midwifery Education Programmes, 2000 - 2002
  • Women’s reproductive health
  • Healthcare communications
  • Qualitative methodology

Externally funded research grants information

2013 NIHR Funded Research Study: The Surviving Crying Study. Development and preliminary evaluation of an intervention package to support parents of excessively crying infants. Successful collaborative bidwith Professor. Ian St. James-Roberts, Thomas Coram Institute, University of London, Professor Sue Dyson Middlesex University, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, National Childbirth Trust and Cry-sis (£ 480,000) 2 Year Project:  November 2014- 2016. Research Fellows: Dr Charlotte Powell, Deborah Bamber, Research Assistant: Dr Jaqui Long

Internally funded research project information

2014 - PhD Title: “Connecting with women: Independent Midwives Perceptions of how they build and maintain rapport within the midwife mother relationship. (A qualitative phenomenological study involving interviews with midwives)


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