Mrs Sophie Cunningham
Senior Lecturer
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 606233

I qualified as a midwife in September 2009, from Swansea University, and since qualifying have had a range of experience in a variety of different roles within midwifery, working in London, Melbourne, and Bristol before finally returning home to Swansea in 2014.

Working as a midwifery lecturer is a new and exciting challenge for me, and I am motivated and enthusiastic about developing within this role. In 2015 I started a MA in Education for Health Professions to develop an in-depth understanding of educational principles and values and develop my teaching expertise. In addition to my role within the University, I also continue to work clinically as a midwife within ABMU Health Board, which I hope also contributes to my teaching and my ongoing development as a midwife.

I am passionate about promoting informed choice for women, to aid them in the numerous decisions they will be asked to make throughout their pregnancies, labour and birth. For me, this starts with excellent education for student midwives, in helping them understand the evidence that guides midwifery practice and empowering them to, in turn, support and empower women in their care.

Teaching

  • SHM122 Bioscience for Midwifery

    This module will introduce the student to the structure and function of the human body and to the anatomical and physiological changes that occur throughout childbearing and the key principles of drug administration and infection control. A blended learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM123 Health in Childbearing

    This module will introduce the student to the role of the midwife in health promotion, specifically focusing on lifestyle issues, such as diet and exercise, alcohol and tobacco use, and breastfeeding. It will also formally introduce the student to the skills of critiquing research papers. A blended learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process

  • SHM125 Foundations for Midwifery Practice

    This module will introduce the student to the practical skills of midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in midwifery settings.

  • SHM126 Introduction to Maternity Care

    This module introduces learners to the current context of maternity care, defining roles, key terminology, and key concepts for promoting health providing support to childbearing women and their families.

  • SHM242 Psychosocial Context of Childbearing

    This module introduces the student to key sociological and psychological concepts and theories, allowing them to understand the context of midwifery care and the dimensions of the social world. Students will address issues which challenge women within the social context, and will promote a holistic approach to individualised care within the maternity setting. A Blended Learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM243 Challenges in Childbearing

    The aim is for the student to build on previous experience and knowledge to develop new skills in which to begin to identify possible pregnancy and childbirth complications. By promoting personal and professional development the student will recognise practice limitations and situations that require referral to another professional. A Blended Learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM244 Complicated Childbearing

    This module supports student midwives to build on the knowledge gained in their education to date, in order to develop their clinical and theoretical knowledge further. Understanding risk and focusing on holistic practice will enhance their decision making and assessment skills, whilst developing their competence in dealing with complex and emergency situations. Module content draws upon the current politico-legal and evidence frameworks and guidance, incorporating the development of skills of understanding the use of evidence in clinical practice. A Blended Learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM247 Study Skills for Midwifery - Short Programme

    This module will reintroduce the student to the skills of reflection and the conventions of essay writing at undergraduate level.

  • SHM328 Optimising Midwifery Practice

    This module aims to enhance and build on the student¿s research practice skills and to also consider the current midwifery issues in depth. A blended learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM331 Complicated Childbearing

    This module supports student midwives to build on the knowledge gained in their education to date, in order to develop their clinical and theoretical knowledge further. Understanding risk and focusing on holistic practice will enhance their decision making and assessment skills, whilst developing their competence in dealing with complex and emergency situations. Module content draws upon the current politico-legal and evidence frameworks and guidance, incorporating the development of skills of understanding the use of evidence in clinical practice. A blended learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2014 Midwife (Hospital) St Michaels Hospital, Bristol
2010 2012 Midwife (Hospital) Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne
2010 2010 Midwife (Team) The Birth Centre, London
2009 2009 Midwife (Caseload) Albany Midwifery Practice, London