Miss Eleanor Healer
Lecturer
Interprofessional Studies
Telephone: (01792) 205678 ext 8562
Room: Office - 125
First Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHM328 Becoming a Midwife - the Final Push

    The module aims to enhance and build on the student¿s ability to critically evaluate their personal development in order to prepare them for practice as qualified midwives.

  • 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