Job: Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Research group(s): Reproduction Research Group, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.
T: +44 (0)116 257 7847
Bernadette Gregory is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at DeMontfort University, Leicester where she has taught midwifery issues, social policy and disability awareness to student midwives for a number of years.
As a nurse and a midwife she developed a particular interest in how disabled women adapt to the challenges of pregnancy. She has undertaken research projects and published work surrounding the issues faced by disabled parents living in the UK.
Bernadette has more recently published work involving Deaf Parents with the introduction of BSL and Deaf Awareness to student midwives as part of their midwifery course. This has gained extensive media interest (including BBC See Hear programme and local and national news programmes). This work has also been successfully nominated for a national award from Deaf Parenting UK in 2011 particularly praising the collaborative work of DeMontfort University working with the voluntary sector.
Click here for a full listing of Bernadette Gregory's publications and outputs.
• Paper published in Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International Journal (January 2012).
Having spent many years working in health care settings and then many more teaching pre and post registration midwives it is clear that many things have changed in that time. Midwives and maternity services have to respond and adapt to a more culturally diverse population. With changing demographic profiles more women with increasingly complex health needs are presenting for care and are often well informed about their rights and have high expectations of NHS services.
Teaching commitments include helping students address issues surrounding equality and diversity, including disability rights, ethnicity and how social policy decisions affect women and their families.
My research interests have engaged with women as partners in their care and by involving fathers and voluntary organisations it is hoped we can better understand the lived experiences of service users and respond accordingly where there are deficits but also to disseminate best practice.
National Deaf Parenting UK Award Best Practice of Working with Deaf Parents award, London November 2011.
Royal College of Midwives/UCU.
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