Dr Sarah Church
Associate Professor in Midwifery
Telephone:020 7815 8351
School/Division:Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Dr Sarah Church is an experienced midwife, educator and researcher. She has a Masters in Research, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, a Doctorate in Midwifery from the Open University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision. Sarah is in a joint appointment with LSBU and Barts Health NHS Trust.
Sarah has extensive experience in teaching students across undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery and healthcare programmes. She has also developed new programmes and educational courses for midwives and healthcare professionals. She supervises MSc, PhD and Professional Doctorate students' research and teaches research methods.
Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was a senior lecturer at the University of Northampton where she taught across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in midwifery and healthcare.
Sarah is a qualitative researcher, particularly the use of phenomenology and reflexive autobiography. Her PhD focused on gender identity and explored the reproductive identities and experiences of midwives and mothers.
Her current research areas include lesbian motherhood, perinatal mental health, and migration and midwifery, especially the mobility of midwives.Sarah has contributed journal articles and book chapters on issues within the sociology of reproduction and childbirth.
Sarah is a reviewer for a number of academic journals, conference scientific panels and grant awarding organisations. She has held the post of external examiner at Cardiff University.
In 2013, Sarah became involved in the first COST Action ISO907 "Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care", where she was a member of the Working group on Migration. At present she is editing a state of the art book, "New thinking on improving maternity care: international perspectives" to be published by Martin & Pinter publishers.
Currently, Sarah is a member of a new COST Action group IS1405, "Building Intrapartum Research through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualizing physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)". Sarah is the lead for "values in healthcare" which has a focus on social cultural ethics and midwifery care. She will shortly be exploring the socio-cultural context of midwifery care in the Czech Republic.