Dr Grace Edwards, who began training as a nurse in 1974 before studying midwifery, has been appointed as Professor of Midwifery at Aga Khan University, in East Africa, to help improve the quality of maternity care within the region.
In 2002, she become one of the first Consultant Midwives in the UK, working for Public Health in Liverpool UK, focusing on the deprivation and inequalities that affect pregnant women.
Following this, Dr Grace Edwards was appointed as a joint Principal Lecturer in midwifery research at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, before becoming a National Midwifery Assessor for the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health for maternal mortality.
After establishing her midwifery career in the UK, in 2008 she then started work in UAE as the Midwifery Research and Development specialist at Al Wasl Hospital (now Latifa hospital) in Dubai.
During her busy midwifery schedule, Dr Grace Edwards accepted positions on the editorial boards for MIDIRS Midwifery Digest and the International Journal of Childbirth.
She said she now looks forward to beginning her position as a Professor of Midwifery at Aga Khan University.
“My main reason for taking on this role is because it gives me the opportunity to give something back. I have a great deal of experience, enhanced by working in a completely different culture for the past 7 years so I am very much looking forward to Uganda being my swan song!”
MIDIRS wishes Dr Grace Edwards the best of luck in her new role.
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