Sophie decided to change career whilst on an Obstetrics and Gynaecology rotation at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. As a medical student working alongside midwives, the relationship developed ‘with woman’ was markedly different to medical ward rounds which felt impersonal by comparison. Sophie left Medicine during her third year to pursue a career as a midwife and graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2016. She has since worked as a rotational midwife at Queens Hospital in Romford and Colchester General Hospital providing antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care. Sophie continues to practice as a bank midwife where possible around her other commitments.
Sophie became an Associate Lecturer working across a range of healthcare courses at Anglia Ruskin University in 2019, and in March 2020 became a full-time Associate Lecturer in Midwifery at University of Suffolk. With a background in Medicine, she is passionate about the quality of bioscience education for undergraduate student midwives to improve client care, midwife confidence, and safeguarding of normality. Sophie enjoys teaching all elements of Midwifery but specialises in bioscience: anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics and immunology.
Sophie is near completion of a Masters in Advanced Midwifery Practice from Anglia Ruskin University and is currently undertaking a research project investigating the quality of bioscience education in the undergraduate midwifery curriculum from the student perspective. She has completed modules in Promoting Normal Childbirth, Facilitating Complex Childbirth, Specialist Techniques in Medical and Healthcare Education, and Research Proposal.
Leeks, S.D., 2019. Does ‘the bioscience problem’ need to be investigated within midwifery? BJM, 27(10), pp.664-666.