I qualified as a midwife in 1991 and have over 23 years clinical midwifery experience working as a midwife in the NHS. I began my career as a hospital based midwife, moving into community midwifery in 1996. I have experience in working in a variety of community settings including Birth Centre and Homebirth. Subsequent roles include midwife for service development, following the publication of 'Maternity Matters' in 2007. This role involved setting up community maternity services for women with complex needs. I was a Supervisor of Midwives from 1995 until 2017 and I am a facilitator for PROMPT (Obstetric Emergency Training). I joined the University of Cumbria in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery.
I am currently undertaking a PhD. My research is focused on public health, considering women's experiences of care and management throughout the pregnancy continumn who have a raised BMI.
My lecturing roles:-
Programme Lead MSc Midwifery (pre-registration)
Link Lecturer Pre- Reg. Midwifery
Module leader for midwifery modules across the midwifery curriculum (level 4-7)
Personal Academic Tutor
Lead for Midwifery Admissions
Masters dissertation supervisor and Post-Reg, Negotiated Work Based Learning (Midwifery) and Examination of the New-born
Qualifications and memberships
Registered General Nurse (RGN), Registered Midwife (RM), BA (Hons) Health Studies, PgC Academic Practice, MSc Midwifery and Women's Health. Fellow of the Higher Education Acadamy.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a midwife and teacher and I am a member of the Royal College of Midwives.
Academic and research interests
Safe and active birth
Nurse Education Today
British Journal of Midwifery
British Journal of Community Nursing
Journal of Maternal and Child Nutrition
Feltham, C., Foster, J., Davidson, T., Ralph, S. (2016) 'Student midwives and paramedic students’ experiences of shared learning in pre-hospital childbirth.' Nurse Education Today, 41, 73-78
Feltham, C. (2014) 'The value of preceptorship for newly qualified midwives'. British Journal of Midwifery 22 (6) 427-431
Recent external roles
I am a facilitator for PROMPT which is a practical obstetric multi-professional training programme in obstetric emergencies.