Associate Professor of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Dr Alys Einion first trained as a nurse in Bangor and then as a midwife at Thames Valley University and Ealing Hospital, London, where she gained a First Class Honours in her degree. She worked as a midwife and nurse in a range of settings, gathering a PGCE along the way and studying two MA programmes simultaneously, one in Professional Development, and the other in Creative Writing, before starting her academic career at UWE, Bristol in 2005, and then moving to Swansea in 2009, whilst studying her PhD part time at Aberystwyth University.   She gained her PhD in 2012, studying the intersection between women’s life writing, fiction and representations of sexual violence.

Her main teaching responsibilities focus on issues relating to the psychosocial and political context of women’s lives, pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, alongside the history, context and culture of midwifery and equality and diversity. She also supervises PhD students, and MA students in Education for Health Professions, Maternal and Child Health and contributes to post-graduate teaching in these areas. She contributes to modules in the Social Sciences and was instrumental in developing the new BA Social Sciences.  Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, she has investigated innovative approaches to learning and assessment. She conceived of and developed the innovative HE Certificate in Maternity Care at Swansea University, a widening access programme which prepares students for careers in maternity care and health, and is an active and prolific writer, publishing regularly with The Practising Midwife Journal. Her research on student midwives’ learning journals and the language and narratives of midwifery has been presented to international audiences and published in a number of media, and she continues to research midwifery and maternal narratives and experiences. She is a midwife complementary therapist, hypnobirthing practitioner and is currently researching hypnobirthing and its impact on birth experiences.

She regularly contributes to books on midwifery and motherhood, and to books about LGBT+relationships and parenting.

Alys also worked for 10 years for the Open University in Wales, teaching the course SK277, Human Biology.

Alys is also a novelist, published by Honno Welsh Women’s Press www.honno.co.uk

Areas of Expertise

  • Midwifery
  • Women's Health
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Feminism
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Education
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Narratives and Narratology
  • Creative Writing
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Hypnobirthing

Publications

  1. Inshallah. Aberystwyth, UK: Honno.
  2. REPORT REVIEW State of the world's fathers: time for action. The Practising Midwife 20(9), 31-33.
  3. (2017). We are the stories we tell about ourselves: rewriting the landscape of midwifery,. Presented at Seminar on Childbearing Women And Families In A Multicultural Europe, hosted by Childbearing in Europe – The Qualitative Research Network Research – BfiN and Network for Women’s Health in Childbearing, with the focus on Migrants and Minorities – WoMBH-net. Metropolia University,, Metropolia University, Helsinki: Seminar on Childbearing Women And Families In A Multicultural Europe, hosted by Childbearing in Europe – The Qualitative Research Network Research – BfiN and Network for Women’s Health in Childbearing, with the focus on Migrants and Minorities – WoMBH-net. Metropolia University,.
  4. (2017). Gender, Women and the F Word. Presented at 2nd Annual LGBT+ Equality in Higher Education Conference, Swansea University: 2nd Annual LGBT+ Equality in Higher Education Conference.
  5. GUIDELINE COMMENTARY Midwifery and human rights: a practitioner’s guide. The Practising Midwife 20`(8), 30-32.

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Teaching

  • PPS101 We are the Stories

    This module will focus on social consciousness and an awareness of self and identity within a complex global society, focusing on stories and a narrative co-construction of knowledge in the social world. The module enables students to interrogate the social construction of personal, social and family life and to develop an understanding of social institutions as constructed, disseminated and perpetuated via multiple forms of narrative. Through this use of narrative, students are introduced to key social theories and concepts and their currency in today¿s global society.

  • PPS103 Equality, Discrimination and Oppression in Society

    This module supports students to develop their social curiosity and will explore contemporary issues in society related to equality, discrimination and oppression. It will focus on UK society but will also include European and global perspectives. It will refer to theoretical perspectives to explore causes and effects of unequal life-chances and how these can be minimised by anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice.

  • PPS104 Power and Politics

    This module explores how world power is exercised and how it shapes our lives. It examines the relationship between citizens and the state through considering a series of major ideological perspectives, from Marxism through to Libertarianism. It compares different approaches to answer central questions about why contemporary society is as it is, and asks what a better society would be like.

  • PPS203 Investigating Gender

    This module will focus on social consciousness and an awareness of gender diversity within a complex society, focusing on exploring the gender spectrum and the global social world. Current and historical theories, debates and critical discourses on gender, identity, masculinity, femininity, and the position of gender as a social construct will be explored, with reference to legal and social issues around gender in a global context.

  • PPS204 Domestic Abuse

    This module provides and in depth exploration of the multiple dimensions of domestic abuse, exploring recent debates, socio-political context (including global dimensions), legal dimensions, support and intervention and prevention. Students will explore current rates, causes, consequences and the social and personal impact of domestic abuse, and will explore the social factors which contribute to this phenomenon, and will evaluate current service provision for those affected.

  • 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.

  • SHM127 Psychosocial Dimensions of Pregnancy and Parenting

    This module introduces learners to the psychological and social dimensions of pregnancy and parenting, covering basic psychological theories, the psychological and emotional impact of pregnancy and parenting, social dimensions of pregnancy, birth and the family, and the social context of motherhood.

  • SHM128 Biological Dimensions of Pregnancy and Parenting

    This module introduces learners to the anatomy and physiology of childbearing, including the changes that occur during pregnancy, and some of the minor medical complications which can arise during pregnancy. This module also explores the anatomy and physiology of the breast and breastfeeding, and the anatomy and physiology of birth and the puerperium.

  • SHM130 Working as a Doula 1

    This module introduces learners to the role of the doula and key concepts and skills relating to doula practice.

  • SHM132 Working as a Doula 2

    This module builds on the outcomes of Working as a Doula 1 and enables learners to explore the role of the doula in depth, developing knowledge, skills and understanding to provide woman and family-centred care in the private sector.

  • SHM133 Working in the Maternity Care Team 2

    This module introduces learners to a deeper knowledge and understanding of the role of the maternity support worker / maternity care assistant (MSW) and to the role of the nursery nurse in the wider health care team.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHM245 Developing Midwifery Practice

    This module will continue to develop the student¿s practical skills in midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in midwifery and other health care settings.

  • SHM245W Datblygu Bydwreigiaeth Ymarferol

    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn parhau i ddatblygu sgiliau ymarferol bydwreigiaeth y fyfyrwraig/myfyr¿r, a bydd yn cael ei gynnal ar leoliad gyda¿r mentoriaid o fewn gosodiadau bydwreigiaeth.

  • 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.

  • SHM327 Management in Midwifery

    This module will enable the student to explore and analyse healthcare policy making, how policy is implemented in practice and how the implementation may be managed in the clinical setting. The student will also consider essential aspects of management such as leadership, motivation and the management of change. A Blended Learning approach will be used to allow for greater flexibility and student autonomy in the learning process.

  • SHM329 Effective Midwifery Practice

    This module will continue to develop the student¿s practical skills in midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in midwifery and other health care settings.

  • SHMM00 Developing Expertise in the Supervision of Midwives

    The aim of the module is to develop the expertise of the student to be able to meet the required standard of competence and knowledge to practice effectively as a Supervisor of midwives.

  • SHTM34 Teaching and Learning for the Health Professions' Educators

    This module has been designed to prepare educators from a variety of health professions for a role in teaching, supervising and assessing students and trainees in practice and academic settings. It aims to prepare educators to work within a developmental framework in the context of interprofessional learning and modern day health services. This module will form part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education for the Health Professions.

  • SHTM35 Researching Educational Practice

    This module aims to develop participants¿ awareness of the key issues, principles and practice of educational research and to provide the knowledge and understanding required to conduct small-scale research into their own practice.

Supervision

  • 'A global ethical and legal approach to the permissibility and legalisation of abortion; From confrontation to common ground' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Richard Griffith
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion
  • Understanding Gestational Diabetes in Oman: How can levels be reduced? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion
    Other supervisor: Prof Amy Brown
  • Exploring the influence of childbirth experience upon infant behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion
    Other supervisor: Dr Claire Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof Amy Brown
  • Understanding the reporting behaviour of men who experience violence, or other harmful behaviour, in the context of them transacting sex. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mrs Deborah Jones
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion
  • Student-Staff Partnership in Curriculum Design in Higher Education (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion
    Other supervisor: Dr Jayne Cutter

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, Oxford Brookes University

    2013 - 2015

  • The Practising Midwife Journal, Editorial Board Member

    2015 - Present

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-Chair, Swansea University LGBT+ Staff Network - Swansea University

    2014 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2003 2005 Midwife Southmead Hospital
2005 2009 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Midwifery University of the West of England
2006 2016 Associate Tutor in Human Biology The Open University in Wales