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Kim Russell

Senior Lecturer, Midwifery & Women’s Health

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 5366

As an educator, my aim is to prepare students for professional practice and develop their capacity to lead and enlarge the midwifery profession. I was awarded a University of Worcester Senior Teaching Fellowship in 2010 and have been nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship.  


My current research interests include my PhD work on improving hospital midwives' confidence in water birth practice; students' experiences of reflective learning and assessment on professional degree programmes; and the student transition to Higher Education.


NMC Accredited Teacher
MA Education
PG Cert. Learning & Teaching HE
BSc. (Hons) Advanced Professional Studies
Registered Midwife (RM)
Registered General Nurse (RGN)

  • University of Worcester Senior Teaching Fellow
  • RCM Ruth Davies Research Bursary Winner
  • National Teaching Fellow Nominee
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Normal childbirth
  • Clinical decision making
  • Politics of maternity care
  • Contraception
  • Models of maternity care

Research Interests

  • Midwives experiences of promoting normal childbirth on consultant led units
  • Changing hospital midwives water birth practice behaviours
  • Supporting student transition into Higher Education Academy
  • Does reflection prepare students for professional practice? 


Professional Experience & Expertise

Professional Experience & Expertise

  • Clinical midwife in hospital and community settings for 14 years
  • Royal College of Midwifery – council member 2007-2011
  • Member of the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academia


Russell, K. (2011). Struggling to get into the pool room. A critical discourse analysis of midwives water birth practices. The International Journal of childbirth, Vol. 1, No 1, March.

Russell, K. Martin, L. Scott, I (2010). Preparing to Teach at The University of Worcester. University of Worcester: Worcester.

Russell, K. (2010). Midwifery Conferences - What’s the point? The Practising Midwife, Vol. 13, no 7, July/August.

Russell, K. Walsh, D. (2009) Can the use of behavioural intervention studies support change in professional practice behaviours? A systematic review of the literature.  Evidence Based Midwifery Journal, RCM, 7 (2): 54-59  June.

Russell, K. (2008) Watching and Waiting: the facilitation of birth at home In Edwins, J (Ed.) Community Midwifery Practice. Blackwell, Chichester: 25-46.

Russell, K (2007) Mad, bad or different? Midwives’ experiences of supporting normal birth in obstetric led units British Journal of Midwifery 5:3 pages128-131

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

  • Member of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust R&D committee
  • External Examiner Teesside University