Dawn Adams

PhD Researcher

Computer Science & Informatics, Ulster

After 13 years of working as a Primary School teacher, Dawn Adams retrained as Midwife before starting work in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust from 2009. She has significant experience in providing care for women during the antenatal and intrapartum stages of pregnancy. Due to an extended role as a Diabetes Link Midwife she further developed her understanding of the impact of pre-existing and gestational diabetes on
pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies. She has provided teaching in ‘Pregnancy & Diabetes’, ‘Technologies and Diabetes’ and ‘Living with Diabetes’ to post-registration nurses and midwives as part of the Clinical Education Centre’s programme ‘Diabetes Management – A Person-Centered Approach’. Dawn was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in April 1993 and volunteers with DiabetesUK. She has 4 sons and is very aware of the benefits of research-based practice for women with chronic conditions.

Dawn’s experience has led her to undertake a full-time funded PhD at Ulster University in 2019 entitled, “Wearable Technologies for Self-Management of Diabetes in Pregnancy” in the school of Computer Sciences. She has had a conference paper published and will be presenting some of her work at the 32nd ICM Triennial Congress of Midwives in Bali in June 2020.

D. Adams, H. Zheng, M. Sinclair, M. Murphy and J. McCullough, “Integrated care for pregnant women with Type one diabetes using wearable technology,” BIBE 2019; The Third International Conference on Biological Information and Biomedical Engineering, Hangzhou, China, 2019.