Linda retired 2 years ago after 43 years working for the NHS as a nurse and a midwife, and for the past 19 years in Higher Education as a midwifery lecturer. Linda undertook her student nurse training in London but moved quickly on to completing her midwifery education in Worcestershire. She then spent several years working as a community midwife, holding a caseload and attending home births and births within a G.P centre. From this experience, and the many years she has been a member of the Association of Radical Midwives, Linda has developed a passionate belief in the ability of the majority of women to birth without intervention given the right supporters and environment.
Linda’s interest in social media has evolved along with the availability of home computers and latterly smart phones. As an educator, she has encouraged the professional use of social media by students and midwives and has utilised #SoMe to support students out in practice. Within the university Linda ran a peer support group exploring the value of the different social media platforms and has been invited to speak at conferences across the UK on the opportunities social media offers within the profession for Continuing Professional Development and to engage with women and their families.
Linda has been involved with the #VIDoM for the past three years and believes that such innovations provide the midwifery profession with amazing opportunities to share clinical practice and experiences.