Gail Norris
Gail Norris

Dr Gail Norris

Associate Professor

Biography

Gail Norris is a registered midwife who has spent over ten years working with pregnant women and their families, and latterly as a team midwife in Forth Valley. Gail began her career in higher education in 2003 at Edinburgh Napier University. Gail was the Lead Midwife for Education from 2014 - 2020. Gail is part of the School's Senior Leadership team and holds the position of Head of International . Gail in her role as Lead Midwife for Education has fostered strong links with clinical practice, particularly Lothian , Forth Valley, Fife and Borders. Gail is also a member of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee , enabling a strong link with the users of the maternity services. Her research interests include obesity, particularly during childbirth and midwifery education. Gail is a Senior Teaching Fellow, and currently teaches both pre-registration and post registration students.
Gail has a keen interest in Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) research methodology and facilitates an IPA research group within the School of Health and Social Care. Gail has a strong interest in respectful midwifery care and is currently leading projects in respectful midwifery care working with midwives in Vietnam.

Themes

Research Areas

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited Subject Expert- NIHR Policy Research Programme - Invitation to act as Subject Matter Expert for Round 36 Call 2
  • NMC Standards of proficiency for midwives (2019)
  • NHS Education For Scotland (2019) A National Framework For Practice Supervisors, Practice Assessors and Academic Assessors in Scotland NES
  • Clinical Supervision for Midwives Scotland

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • International Day of The Midwife- conference organiser
  • Scottish Mother and Baby Forum Conference- Chair of conference group
  • Scottish Mother and Baby Forum Conference- Chair of Conference group

 

Editorial Activity

  • Member of Editorial Board - British Journal of Midwifery
  • Book chapter-Beaumont,E .Norris,G and Hollins Martin, C .Challenging conversations and principled decisions making in the supervisory and assessment relationship between student midwives and supervisors

 

External Examining/Validations

  • University of West of Scotland
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Sheffield Hallum University
  • University of Robert Gordon - Return to Practice
  • Return to Practice Midwifery - Dundee University
  • Demontfort University , Leicester- External examiner

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Advanced HE Women's Senior Leadership Programme
  • Above & Beyond Award- Innovation 2022
  • Short listed RCM wards 2018
  • Senior fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

  • ENU Learning, Teaching & Assessment conference ,Student and Acadmics Co production of Midwife Education
  • Online Learning for Nurses & Midwives in Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • International Mother & baby Conference, London
  • Labelled High Risk- British Psychological Society, Newcastle
  • Labelled High Risk- HeSAV University Switzerland
  • Labelled “high risk” ICM conference Toronto
  • Learning teaching and Assessment ( LTA)Introducing Obstetric Emergencies into the Midwifery Curriculum – team work , Edinburgh Napier University 2017
  • Labelled “high risk” IPA conference Glasgow
  • Learning teaching and Assessment ( LTA) Student Partnership in Assessment , Edinburgh Napier University 2016
  • Focus on Public Health - Exploring perception of risk during childbirth in women with an increased BMI > 35kg/m2 – Manchester
  • Health and Inequalities University West of Scotland

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

 

Reviewing

  • British Journal of Midwifery
  • Revisiting Waterbirth: an attitude to care, Palgrave
  • Managaing Obstetrics Emergencies in the Community & Low tech Settings, Palgrave

 

Visiting Positions

  • Honorary Consultant Midwife, NHS Lothian

 

Date


11 results

Translation and validation of Vietnamese version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)

Journal Article
MacVicar, S., Jordan, A., Vu, H., Ngoc Tran, H., Greig, Y., Thi Tuyet Nguyen, H., …Hollins Martin, C. J. (in press)
Translation and validation of Vietnamese version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R). Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2024.2338176
Background The 10-item Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) is a quick and easy survey instrument recommended by the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measures a...

A qualitative descriptive training needs analysis of midwives perceived continuous professional development in providing intranatal respectful maternal care

Journal Article
Norris, G., Hollins Martin, C. J., Moylan, A., & Greig, Y. (2024)
A qualitative descriptive training needs analysis of midwives perceived continuous professional development in providing intranatal respectful maternal care. Nurse Education Today, 136, Article 106144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2024.106144
Background: The Vietnam midwifery report acknowledges that while health services are available in Vietnam, there is growing need to increase levels of respectful maternal care...

How to evaluate the Scottish shortened midwifery programme – an exploration of stakeholders’ perceptions

Presentation / Conference
Crozier, S., Kuipers, Y., McLuckie, C., & Norris, G. (2022, November)
How to evaluate the Scottish shortened midwifery programme – an exploration of stakeholders’ perceptions. Paper presented at Scotland Maternity and Midwifery Festival, Edinburgh
The presentation will outline the development of a new shortened midwifery programme in Scotland, the stakeholder-led participatory approach to evaluation and the emerging the...

“It’s no ordinary job”: Factors that influence learning and working for midwifery students placed in continuity models of care

Journal Article
Moncrieff, G., Martin, C. H., Norris, G., & MacVicar, S. (in press)
“It’s no ordinary job”: Factors that influence learning and working for midwifery students placed in continuity models of care. Women and Birth, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2022.09.009
Background Maternity policy and guidelines increasingly recommend or stipulate the increased provision of midwifery continuity of carer as a priority model of care. The scale ...

Factors that influence father’s experiences of childbirth and their implications upon postnatal mental health: a narrative systematic review

Journal Article
McNab, E., Hollins Martin, C. J., & Norris, G. (2022)
Factors that influence father’s experiences of childbirth and their implications upon postnatal mental health: a narrative systematic review. Nurse Education in Practice, 65, Article 103460. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2022.103460
Aim To explore factors that influence fathers’ experiences of childbirth and implications for their subsequent postnatal mental health. Background Fathers who attend the birt...

Teaching Compassionate Mind Training to help midwives cope with traumatic clinical incidents

Journal Article
Hollins Martin, C. J., Beaumont, E., Norris, G., & Cullen, G. (2021)
Teaching Compassionate Mind Training to help midwives cope with traumatic clinical incidents. British Journal of Midwifery, 29(1), 26-35. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.1.26
Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) is taught to cultivate compassion and teach midwives how to care for themselves. The need to build midwives' resilience is recognised by the ...

Midwives' role in screening for antenatal depression and postnatal depression

Journal Article
Hollins Martin, C. J., Norris, G., & Martin, C. R. (2020)
Midwives' role in screening for antenatal depression and postnatal depression. British Journal of Midwifery, 28(9), 666-672. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2020.28.9.666
This is an educational paper which aims to inform midwives of tools available to help them make appropriate provisional diagnosis of perinatal depression. A second aim of the ...

An exploratory Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) of childbearing women's perceptions of risk associated with having a high Body Mass Index (BMI)

Journal Article
Norris, G., Hollins Martin, C. J., & Dickson, A. (2020)
An exploratory Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) of childbearing women's perceptions of risk associated with having a high Body Mass Index (BMI). Midwifery, 89(October 2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2020.102789
Background: In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) labelled 13% of the world's adult population as obese. This increase in obesity is accompanied by mortality and morbid...

Optimising the continuity experiences of student midwives: an integrative review

Journal Article
Moncrieff, G., MacVicar, S., Norris, G., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2021)
Optimising the continuity experiences of student midwives: an integrative review. Women and Birth, 34(1), 77-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2020.01.007
Background: In several countries, midwifery students undertake continuity of care experiences as part of their pre-registration education. This is thought to enable the develo...

“Labelled High-Risk”: Exploring perception of risk during childbirth in women with a BMI>35kg/m²

Thesis
Norris, G. “Labelled High-Risk”: Exploring perception of risk during childbirth in women with a BMI>35kg/m². (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2389217
This thesis reports on a qualitative exploration of the lived experience of seven pregnant women, medically classified as severely obese, and subsequently labelled as a high-r...

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