Fiona has been a midwifery lecturer at the University of Suffolk and previously Suffolk College for the past 11 years.
Fiona initially qualified as a nurse in London and then went on to train as a midwife in York and Bristol. Her aim was to train as a Health Visitor and work abroad. Fiona didn't get to become a health visitor but did get to work in New Zealand as a midwife which was a fantastic experience working in a deprived area of South Auckland with a high proportion of Maori and South Pacific Island communities. Their traditions around birth and childcare were very interesting and she learnt so much about the cultural influences on birth and childbearing.
Returning to England Fiona worked as a community midwife in Central London for 5 years, caring for women in very diverse areas and circumstances. Fiona also studied for a degree in History and Health. Soon after completing her degree Fiona joined the midwifery team at Suffolk College as a Lecturer. In 2007, Fiona became a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the Pre Registration Midwifery Programme.
Teaching Interests and Other Responsibilites
Fiona is interested in normal midwifery practice and socio political influences on health and childbearing. Fiona is linked with Ipswich Hospital Trust visiting students in practice and liaising with midwives and managers there to ensure the student experience in practice is as good as it can be and that students and mentors are well supported in their respective roles.
Research and Recent Publications
In 2009, Fiona completed her Masters in Public Health which she has been able to incorporate into her teaching. Her dissertation looked at the media representations of breastfeeding.