I qualified as a midwife in 2000 following a programme for direct entry at Napier University in Edinburgh. During my time working as a midwife in Scotland I participated in both team midwifery, community and hospital based practice. I moved to England in 2005 and practised as a midwife in the local trust. With a particular interest in low dependency midwifery I progressed to a band 7 and became the coordinator of the low dependency unit and pregnancy education programme. Continuing my interest in education I furthered my academic profile whilst in practice by beginning to study at masters level and becoming involved with teaching within the university. In 2015 I joined the university as part of the women's health team. In 2016 I successfully completed my PGCE and went on to become an associate teaching fellow. My particular research interests are exercise in pregnancy and student education through simulation. I am currently writing a systematic review on women's perceptions of the safety of exercise in pregnancy. I am currently part of a research group 'bump to buggy' which aims to develop a toolkit of resources of physical activity for health care providers, pregnant women and new mums. I also have an honorary contract for the local trust which allows me to keep up to date with practice as a midwife and benefits the contemporaneous teaching of practices to the student midwives.