Heather Bower

Heather Bower RM, PGCE, MA

Heather Bower

Heather Bower

Lead Midwife for Education

Department of Family Care and Mental Health

Faculty of Education and Health

Heather Bower is Lead Midwife for Education in the Department of Family Care & Mental Health at the University of Greenwich.

Heather has been a midwifery lecturer for 15 years, and lead midwife for education for another university 10 years before joining the university of Greenwich in 2014, in her current role.

Heather started her midwifery career in South East London (St Thomas' Hospital) in 1985, before moving to become a community midwife in Oxfordshire, working in a variety of areas including Delivery Suite, before going into education as a Lecturer Practitioner.

Heather did a Master's degree at Warwick University in the Medical Sociology Department and is currently doing an EdD at the University of Greenwich. Her main area of interest concerns professional transitions and ability to practise. She currently sits on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Fitness to Practise panel for interim orders.

She has maintained her midwifery practice through case loading throughout her lecturing career and is also a supervisor of midwives. Her passion is home birth and has been privileged to attend many home births over the past 30 years.

Her greatest enthusiasm is for teaching, and she aims to inspire curiosity and an enquiring mind in midwifery students throughout their programme at the University of Greenwich.

Posts held previously:

  • 2004-14, Lead Midwife for Education, Oxford Brookes University
  • 1998-2004, Senior Lecturer, Midwifery, Oxford Brookes University
  • 1990-98, Lecturer Practitioner, Midwifery, Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • Lead Midwife for Education, Department of Family Care & Mental Health
  • NMC Fitness to Practise panel
  • NMC Reviewer for Midwifery Programme Approvals and Reviews, Mott MacDonald

Heather is currently doing a doctorate with research study exploring the transition between student and professional practitioner. She is also working with lead midwife for education colleagues on research projects around assessment of competence, and grading of practice in midwifery.