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 many 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 parents living with a disability in the UK.
Bernadette has published work involving Deaf Parents with the introduction of BSL and Deaf Awareness to student midwives as part of their midwifery course. This gained extensive media interest (including BBC See Hear programme and local and national news programmes). This work was successfully nominated for a national award from Deaf Parenting UK in 2011 particularly praising the collaborative work of De Montfort University working with the voluntary sector and Action Deafness, Leicester.
Gregory, B (2011) Breaking through the barriers MidwivesIssue 3:30-32
Gregory B cited in Williams, J (ed) (2011) Midwifery: Survival Guide London Quay Books
Williams, J & Gregory, B (2012) Open Education Resources for Interprofessional Working in Midwifery British Journal of Midwifery 2012:119:3
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.
More recently have becoming involved in a HEFCE funded Catalyst bid with Kingston University as the lead partner but with 6 other HEI's addressing the issues around student attainment as part of a wider Freedom to Achieve project here at DMU.
National Deaf Parenting UK Award Best Practice of Working with Deaf Parents award, London November 2011.
Royal College of Midwives/UCU.
2011 Poster presentation Health and Wellbeing national study day at DMU
2011Poster presentation Assets for health and wellbeing conference at the British Museum London organised by University of Hertfordshire
2011 Poster presentation at RCM Annual Conference Brighton
2011 Paper presentation at RCM Annual Conference Brighton
2013 Poster presentation at research excellence study day DMU
2013 Paper at Birthrights Conference London
2010 - Collaborated in adaptation of an American textbook for a British readership. Published as Maternal- Neonatal Care Made Incredibly Easy.
February 2013 External panel member for revalidation BSC/MSC Midwifery University of West of Scotland
November 2014 External panel member for periodic review BSC Midwifery Edge Hill University Ormskirk
September 2015 - present External Examiner for pre-registration BSC (Hons) Midwifery & mentor course (Midwifery) Sheffield Hallam University
2013-2016 Trustee at Action Deafness, Leicester
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