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Catherine Burke

Cath Burke RGN, RM, BMedSci, PgDip, MA

Senior Lecturer In Midwifery


I have a passion for female empowerment and the public health remit of the midwife. I have worked locally as a midwife in hospital, community settings and as a clinical educator as well as strategically on a regional programme of change. I have extensive experience in managing change and developing services which I can share with students on a multi-disciplinary level. I was nominated for an inspirational teacher award by students in 2015.

  • About

    I am passionate about empowering women and their families and this translates within my teaching through my experience of working in areas of multiple deprivation. The research and evidence into practice work I have been involved in reflects this passion through promoting normal birth with women from compromised communities and backgrounds.

    I am course lead for PGCert Perinatal Mental Health. As Athena SWAN Champion, I led the successful Bronze Athena Swan Award for the Nursing & Midwifery Department achieved in May 2016.

    I link with all midwifery areas within Doncaster & Bassetlaw District General hospital and the community midwifery teams to ensure student experience is optimal and practice partners feel supported in their assessment of students.

    I continue to practice as a midwife, regularly running an Examination of the Newborn clinic.

    I am also interested in these areas of practice:

    • Community midwifery, working as a multi-agency team
    • Community demographics and change management
    • Project work, previous experience in communities and University of leading implementation and continuation of new ways of working and new processes and procedures
  • Teaching


    I teach across the BSc (Hons) Midwifery and Distance Learning PGCert Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health courses.  My specific areas of teaching interest are:

    • Perinatal public Health
    • Normality in pregnancy, labour and birth, normalising the birth experience
    • Clinical skills/OSCE's, assessment of fitness to practice
    • Management & Leadership, developing students towards qualification and beyond
    • IPE, working together, developing links to inter professional and disciplinary teams
    • Newborn Physical Examination/cultural competence Masters module development
    • Vulnerabilities, how this impacts on pregnancy, birth and the development of the family and community
    • Female empowerment, engagement of women from hard to reach backgrounds in public health initiatives, perinatal wellbeing and the impact this has upon families and the betterment of the community

    I teach inter-professional education as part of the Enhancing Quality of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice module. I am Module leader for the following modules:

    • Midwifery Advancing Practice (Level 5)
    • Midwifery Consolidating Practice (Level 6)
    • Midwifery Management and Leadership (Level 6)
  • Research

    My expertise and research interest are:

    • Working with vulnerable groups

    • Normality in pregnancy, labour and birth

    • Newborn Physical Examination

    • Public health

    • Female empowerment

    I am currently working with the research team on the ORAMMA study, an evaluation of a peer support mechanism for refugee and asylum seeking women.

  • Publications

    Book chapters

    Albertson, K., O'Keeffe, C., Burke, C., Lessing-Turner, G., & Renfrew, M. (2014). Addressing health inequalities for mothers and babies in prison: findings from a consultation exercise. In Todd, A., & Hirst, J. (Eds.) Health and Inequality: Applying Public Health Research to Policy and Practice. (pp. 39-47). Abingdon: Routledge

  • Postgraduate supervision

    As well as the PGCert Perinatal Mental Health, I support MSc dissertation students who have proposals related to midwifery.

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