10 Top tips for caring for women with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in pregnancy for International Day of the Midwife #IDM2018 & #EDS awareness month

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#IDM2018 or ‘International Day of the Midwife’ falls on May the 5th of every year. The theme for 2018 in three languages is… Midwives leading the way with quality care Sages-femmes, ouvrons la voie avec la qualité des soins Matronas liderando el camino con un cuidado de calidad  Also… Every May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) awareness month…
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Being Examined: Tips for your viva

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This wisdom comes from the 10th annual ‘Life beyond the PhD’ conference (#CLPhD) hosted at Cumberland Lodge. I was lucky enough to win a scholarship to attend and gather a multitude of hints and tips for my academic career…Now I plan to share them here for those who wish to read them…I have also experienced…
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Highlights from the Third Annual #BirthTrauma conference #birthtrauma18

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The first week back in January and I am invited by the wonderful becca moore @dr_bjm to share some research thoughts and ideas at the 3rd annual birth trauma study day in London = #birthtrauma18. First of all..thank you for arranging and facilitating this day. It really is growing in strength and popularity year on year as this topic…
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5 career tips for a successful academic application

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This wisdom comes from the 10th annual ‘Life beyond the PhD’ conference (#CLPhD) hosted at Cumberland Lodge. I was lucky enough to win a scholarship to attend and gather a multitude of hints and tips for my academic career…Now I plan to share them here for those who wish to read them… Tip One: Potential…
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The #QualWorld2017 Virtual international conference, hosted by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (@theIIQM)

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The #QualWorld2017 virtual international conference, hosted by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) @theIIQM is the first online conference focused on the subject of qualitative research. I gravitated towards this as something new, exciting and inclusive. Plus, as my new daughter has just been born….a virtual online conference seemed to be the perfect way to…
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Top tips for #FreshersWeek #freshers2017 #Uni #StudentLife from an academic midwife

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Tis that time of year again when students from all over the world descend upon university campuses to embark upon a fun filled journey of learning, adventure and growth. Having been in education now for a number of years, I think this must be close to my tenth freshers week! Every year I get the…
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Five Myths about Internationalization in higher education

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Freshers week is almost upon us again this year at Coventry University and I am learning to teach!…So I wanted to reflect on and celebrate the diversity of students coming to study.   I have always enjoyed the vibrancy and wealth of knowledge that international students bring to universities…and when you are indulging in a…
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Exploring ‘obstetric violence’ and ‘birth rape’

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Recently, the wonderful Ibone Olza (Perinatal Psychiatrist and Childbirth Activist from Childbirth is Ours, Spain) contacted me about her work on obstetric violence, birth rape and professional trauma. After reading her papers and watching her present her work, I was compelled to document and reflect upon some of the issues raised, here. The following points…
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How to conduct research: A dummy’s guide to conducting research

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Seminars held by the worlds top universities generally present the most up to date and respected ideas in relation to conducting research. Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a conference where several seminars were held over a one week period…How very convenient!…These seminars in combination were able to map out a broad blue print…
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