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Research Profile

Mrs Claire

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Faculty of Health, Education and Society

    • Midwife and Lecturer registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
    • Senior Lecturer (Midwifery)
    • Admissions Tutor (Midwifery Programmes)
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • MSc Professional Healthcare Education
    • Postgraduate Diploma Healthcare Education
    • BSc (Hons) Midwifery: 1st class
    • ENB 997/98 Mentorship
    • Diploma in Higher Education Pre-registration Midwifery​
  • Claire teaches on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme and is currently Module Leader on the level 6 Module: Preparation for Professional Practice which explores the preparation required by students for the realities of contemporary midwifery practice prior to qualifying as a Midwife.  

    For the Academic Year 2015/2016 she will be Module Leader for a level 5 module: Perinatal Mental Health. This will explore the midwife’s role in promoting emotional well-being of women and their families and ensuring that those women with mental health illness can access appropriate care. 

    Claire will also be module leader for a level 6 Project module which will enable students to build on previously acquired research knowledge to demonstrate that they are evidence-based practitioners through undertaking clinical audit in the practice area.  

    Claire uses a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies and has a keen interest as Admissions tutor for the Midwifery programme at the University of Northampton in selection processes and student integration into Higher Education Institutions

  • MSc Professional Healthcare Education Dissertation

    The Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Students on the Pre-registration Midwifery: 18 month programme.

    This study focused on the experiences of black and minority ethnic students, in particular, those who have undertaken a shortened pre-registration midwifery programme. It explored the experiences that this group of students had whilst on the programme from an educational as well as clinical perspective. A grounded theory approach was used within this small scale pilot study with the use of semi-structured interviews to gather data which was analysed according to the original premise of Glaser and Strauss’s work (1967).

    Rich descriptions of the participant’s experiences of the 18 month midwifery programme emerged, often with specific reference to their ethnicity. Five main themes were identified from the interviews conducted including education; identity; inequality; acceptance/judgement; English as a second language.

    ​Doctoral Thesis

    Labour and birth in water: women’s narratives.

    Introduced into the United Kingdom (UK) in the early 1990s, use of water was recommended as an option during labour or delivery for all women receiving maternity care (House of Commons, 1992). Guidelines introduced by NICE in 2007 continued to support the use of water as a safe choice during labour and at the same time it was reported that 95% of maternity services in the UK had a birthing pool installed (Healthcare Commission, 2007). However, most recent figures regarding their use found that overall only 11-13% of women chose this option during labour and birth (Care Quality Commission (CQC), 2010). Whilst a Cochrane review (Cluett and Bluff, 2006) illustrated clear benefits for women who used water during labour, no such benefits were reported in relation to those who actually gave birth in water. With the rate of births in water remaining low, 20 years after its widespread introduction into UK maternity services, a clear need has been presented to explore the experiences of those women who make the choice to give birth in water.

    ​Using a narrative inquiry ​methodology I aim to explore the ‘stories’ of primigravid women who have laboured and given birth in water and explore how these women’s sense of self and identity around birth are negotiated through their stories. It is anticipated that the findings from this study will be used to develop midwives understanding of the context in which women, who deliver in water, present their personal ‘stories’

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Claire Clews’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.