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Liz Gale

Liz Gale RGN, RM, BSc Hons, MA

Liz Gale

Liz Gale
RGN, RM, BSc Hons, MA

Senior Lecturer, Midwifery

Department of Family Care & Mental Health

Faculty of Education & Health

Liz Gale is a Senior Lecturer for Midwifery in the Department of Family Care & Mental Health at the University of Greenwich.

Liz has a background in registered nursing and midwifery, working in both hospital and community settings as a caseload midwife. She was involved in the setting up of a local Sure Start and worked as a midwife within that multidisciplinary team. 

Since joining the university in 2004, Liz is a senior lecturer on midwifery specific pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses such as the BA Hons Childhood Studies and Youth programme, as well as on post-registration health visiting and paramedic courses. 

Her teaching focuses on psychosocial aspects of care within nursing and midwifery and the recognition of wider influences on health and wellbeing. Her particular interests are in social midwifery and promoting equitable outcomes for more disadvantaged families and transition to early parenthood. Liz is midwifery lead for Safeguarding and is also a Moving and Handling trainer.

Liz has been instrumental in securing stage 1 UNICEF accreditation for the university's pre-registration midwifery programme and has led on our work towards stage 2 accreditation.

Liz is a Link tutor with Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich and at Medway Hospital.

Posts held previously:

  • 2002-04, Sure Start Midwife, North Bexley Sure Start
  • 1992-2002, Senior Midwife, Queen Marys Hospital, Sidcup
  • 1989-92, Staff Midwife, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup
  • Senior Lecturer, Midwifery, Department of Family Care & Mental Health
  • Senior Lecturer on courses in the BA Hons Childhood Studies and Youth programme
  • Senior Lecturer on post-registration health visiting and paramedic courses
  • Link tutor
  • External examiner for Anglia Ruskin BSc Hons Midwifery programme, 2010-15

Liz's research interests include early transition to parenting, young parents, support for breastfeeding mothers and support for families with cumulative disadvantage. Her PhD study investigated parental expectations, and the perceived reality of early parenting in couples with a singleton pregnancy, conceived using in-vitro fertilization.

Funded research projects

  • 2010-11, NHS Greenwich PCT: Abbey Wood Infant Feeding Project
  • 2009, (with Jane Reeves) ESRC grant/Joint University Council National Social Work Scheme Developing Researcher Programme: analysing the experiences of young women who have children by multiple partners

Gale, L. and Davies, N. (2013). Young people's attitudes towards breast feeding: a survey of 13-15-year-old pupils in a south London school. British Journal of Midwifery, 21(3), pp. 195-201.

Heptinstall, T. and Gale, L. (2011) The social, cultural and spiritual context of childbearing. In: J. McGill-Cuerden, and S. Macdonald, eds., Mayes Midwifery: A textbook for Midwives. Balliere Tindall.

Heptinstall, T. and Gale, L. (2011). The choice agenda and place of birth. In: J. McGill-Cuerden, and S. Macdonald, eds., Mayes Midwifery: A textbook for Midwives. Balliere Tindall.

Gale, L. (2008). A Father is born. In: J. Reeves, ed., Inter-professional approaches to young fathers. M&K Update Ltd.

Gale, L. (2008). Throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Are medical experts in danger of short sightedness by the increasing focus on the 'medicalisation' of pregnancy and the 'risk management' of postnatal support? MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 18(2).

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Gale, L. (2013). Breast is Best but not for me: A study of Young People's Attitudes to Infant Feeding in a South London Comprehensive School. [Poster]. Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural perspectives, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit. 

Gale, L. and Reeves, J. (2009). Analysing the experiences of young women who have children by multiple partners. The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, Athens.

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