Miss Eleanor Healer
Lecturer
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8562

I started my career as a student midwife in East London where I completed 3 years training in diverse Whitechapel and Hackney. I came back to Wales to practice as a newly qualified midwife in Cardiff. After a short time in UHW, I moved on to Aneurin Bevan Health Board and spent 5 fantastic years as an integrated midwife, based in a stand-alone birth centre in the South Wales Valleys. In 2010 I decided to take a big step and head back to university to pursue a postgraduate masters, and in 2011 I completed an LLM in Medical Law from Cardiff University. This was to provide a spring board into teaching undergraduate midwives in midwifery and medical law to other healthcare cohorts at Swansea University, where I have enjoyed working since October 2011.

Teaching

  • SHM111 Introduction to Maternity Care

    This module explores current family policy and introduces learners to the context of maternity services including aspects of physiology and maternity care.

  • SHM121 Introduction to the Profession of Midwifery

    This module will introduce the student to the role of the midwife and the maternity services, and will give an introductory overview of childbirth and midwifery skills in preparation for practice.

  • 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.

  • SHM123 Midwifery and Public Health

    This module will introduce the student to the role of the midwife in health promotion and antenatal education. The skill of critiquing research papers will also be introduced as well as the consideration of ethical issues in relation to public health.

  • SHM125 Building the Foundations for My Midwifery Practice

    This module will introduce the student to the practice of midwifery and will take place on placement with mentors in a variety of maternity settings.

  • 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.

  • SHM129 Optimising Health and Wellbeing in Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

    This module introduces to basic skills in health promotion, illness prevention, and optimization of health and wellbeing in childbearing.

  • 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.

  • SHM131 Working in the Maternity Care Team 1

    This module introduces students to the role of the maternity care support worker / maternity care assistant (MSW) in the context of maternity care.

  • 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.

  • SHM242 Psychosocial and Cultural 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 locally, nationally and globally, enabling them to adapt to the changing dynamics and demands of responsive reproductive health care. Students will address issues which challenge women within the social context, and will develop the knowledge and skills required to promote a holistic approach to individualized care within the maternity setting.

  • SHM243 Complex Needs in Pregnancy

    This module has been designed to develop the student¿s understanding and application of altered health, complex childbearing anatomy and physiology, relevant psycho-social issues and midwifery care provision across the entire childbearing continuum. This includes a range of psycho-social and health complexities impacting on or associated with childbearing women, neonates and their families. Content covered offers the student an overview of these complex processes on childbearing, childbirth and the postnatal period with a specific focus on further developing midwifery knowledge and skills. The theoretical components aim to prepare students for placements where they will continue to deepen their learning and continue to apply knowledge to practice.

  • SHM244 Complex and Urgent Maternity Care

    This will enable students to develop their competence in dealing with complex and emergency situations in maternity care. Student midwives are supported to build on the knowledge gained in their training to date, in order to develop their clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills further. Understanding risk and focusing on holistic practice will further enhance their decision making and assessment skills.

  • SHM245 Developing My 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.

  • SHM326 Using research to inform my practice

    This module supports student midwives to build on the knowledge gained in their education to date, and explore research knowledge to develop skills in critical appraisal and be able to determine good quality evidence on which to base their practice. In order to provide the broad knowledge base required for practice this module also includes further bioscience and psycho social knowledge.

  • SHM327 Preparing for Professional Practice

    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. The student will become familiar with the legal and ethical aspects of midwifery practice, reviewing Montgomery and applying legal and ethical principles to current practice issues.

  • SHM329 Consolidating My 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.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Departmental Lead for Baby Friendly Initiative - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2011 - Present

  • Lead for Authentic World training and exam - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2011 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 2011 Midwife Portland Hospital, HCA
2005 2010 Integrated Midwife Aneurin Bevan Health Board
2004 2005 Rotational Midwife Cardiff and the Vale NHS trust