I qualified as a Registered Adult Nurse in 2009 and soon went on to qualify as a Registered Midwife in 2011. I have worked in various hospital and community posts, but the majority of my career has been as a rotational midwife in a large teaching hospital in the East Midlands where I later joined the Alongside Midwifery Unit team.

I had the opportunity to gain teaching experience as a Practitioner Health Lecturer at the University of Nottingham and as a Maternity Trainer Assessor for Maternity Support Workers undertaking their apprenticeships. I have now embarked on a full-time career in higher education and am delighted to be working at the University of Cumbria with the midwives of the future.

I have responsibility for leading on some of the modules, assisting my colleagues and supporting students as an Academic Assessor and Personal Tutor.

I am currently studying for a MSc in Midwifery Studies, Maternal and Newborn Health

Qualifications and memberships


BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Registered Midwife (RM with NMC)

Academic and research interests

Physiological birth

Informed choice

Political and social context of midwifery

Midwifery in the media


Norton, J. (2020) Why women freebirth: a modified systematic review. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 30(40): pp.509-514
Norton, J. and Hudson, T. (2020) Can augmentation with oxytocin be 'too much too soon'? British Journal of Midwifery 28(12):pp. 814-820