Head of MIDIRS
Honorary Assoc. Prof. University of Nottingham
Cathy is currently Head of MIDIRS, an information resource for midwives and allied health professionals. Her career began as a student nurse quickly progressing to following her vocation into the world of midwifery. After consolidating practice within a hospital setting Cathy became a community midwife with a passion for supporting women to birth at home, whether on dry land or in water.
With a strong interest in Public Health, Cathy and a colleague set up a successful smoking cessation service for women and their families. Following on from this a ‘one stop shop’ for antenatal and postnatal was implemented within a Children’s Centre specialising in families with diverse needs, particularly young parents.
Moving then into academia Cathy became a midwifery lecturer at the University of Nottingham, completing her PGCHE and PhD during this time. Her PhD was founded upon the interest in smoking cessation and explored the psychology around postpartum relapse to smoking. Cathy has also recently co-authored the Myles Pocket Reference for Midwives book.
One of the biggest highlights of her career has been supporting her daughters through pregnancy and birth, very different experiences both as a parent and a midwife!