Dr Diane Menage

Job: Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: diane.menag@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I am an experienced midwife, educationalist, mother, grandmother and feminist, but most of all a human being! Throughout my career my focus has always been on safe and effective care through relationships. I have worked clinically in hospital settings, community midwifery and independent practice. In 2018 I completed my PhD thesis on Women’s Lived Experience of Compassionate Midwifery at Coventry University before coming to De Montfort University as a senior midwifery lecturer.

Publications and outputs

Patterson, J.; Menage, D. (2020) Compassion as a powerful intervention: how the interactions between women, midwives and maternity services influence women’s childbirth experiences and subsequent trauma.
The Practising Midwife Volume 23 Issue 8, p 
Menage, D., Bailey, E., Lees, S. & Coad, J. 2020, Women's lived experience of compassionate midwifery: Human and professional.
Crowther, S.A., Hall, J., Balabanoff, D., Baranowska, B., Kay, L., Menage, D. & Fry, J. 2020, "Spirituality and childbirth: An international virtual co-operative inquiry", Women and Birth : Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 135-145.
Menage, D. (2017) Empathic Midwifery: Radical Listening, Curiosity and Imagination. Practising Midwife 20 (7), 32-32
Ménage, D., Bailey, E., Lees, S., and Coad, J. (2017) A Concept Analysis of Compassionate Midwifery. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73 (3), 558-573
Ménage, D. (2016) 'Part 2: A Model for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Midwifery Care. British Journal of Midwifery 24 (2), 137-143
Ménage, D. (2016) Part 1: A Model for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Midwifery Care. British Journal of Midwifery 24 (1)
Thomas, Y. and Menage, D. (2016) Reclaiming Compassion as a Core Value in Occupational Therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 79 (1), 3-4
Ménage, D. (2015) Connecting for Compassion. The Practising Midwife 18 (3), 32
Patterson, J. and Menage, D. (2020) Preventing PTSD through Compassionate Care #MidwiferyHour 
Byrom, S; Menage, D. (2021) Chapter 7: Sustained by Compassion, p116-130 in Eds Davis, L.; Daellenbach, R. (2021) Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth 2nd Edition., Abingdon. Routledge.
Menage, D.(2018) ‘Women’s Lived Experience of Compassionate Midwifery’. PhD Thesis. Coventry University. Available from
Coventry University Repository for Open Access research outputs:

Research interests/expertise

The nature and value of compassion in midwifery. 
Self-compassion and its role in resilience. 
Compassionate leadership in maternity settings. 
Evidence-based midwifery.
Qualitative research methodologies
Spirituality in childbirth
Neonatal assessment and the Newborn infant physical examination.

Areas of teaching

I teach on a first, second and third year modules. Currently module lead for 'The Midwife as Leader'.


Registered midwife
Masters in Business Administration

Courses taught

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Midwifery

Membership of professional associations and societies

Royal College of Midwives

Professional licences and certificates

NMC number 84Y2902E


De Colonising the Midwifery Curriculum

Conference attendance

The European Midwives Association Conference, Malmo, Sweden in 2020
International Confederation of Midwives, Toronto Canada in 2017

Consultancy work

International, national and local work on embedding compassion in midwifery practice.