Ruth Deery

Professor of Maternal Health

C2.25, Caird Building, Hamilton
Tel 07720 948535
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Biography

Ruth Deery holds a joint appointment with the University of the West of Scotland and NHS Ayrshire & Arran and has practised as a midwife for 36 years. She is also Adjunct Professor at University Technology Sydney (UTS) and Visiting Midwifery Scholar at Christchurch Polytechnic, New Zealand. Ruth applies sociological and political theory and action research to the organisational culture of midwifery in the National Health Service in the UK. Her main work has been in the maternity services with particular interests in organisational culture, change and development, working relationships, public policy, emotions and care and critical obesity using qualitative, observational and ethnographic methods. Her extensive academic work, clinical practice and external midwifery representation has given her a deep, rounded and realistic approach to developing strong effective midwifery and maternity services that give women, babies and families the best start in life.

Ruth’s work as a Trustee with the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and the Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research UK, as a mentor to novice researchers undertaking clinical doctoral and clinical lectureship awards all helps towards making this possible. At UWS she leads the Maternal, Child and Family Health Subject Development Group and is now leading the Maternity Quality Improvement Group at Ayrshire Maternity Unit.

She is a member of the international editorial board for Midwifery and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ruth was awarded a competitive grant from the Health Foundation in 2006, Developing Leaders: Leading Practice through Research. Ruth has worked on NHS and Health Foundation funded projects.

  • Qualifications
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    1st degree(s):

    BSc (Hons) Nursing with Education, University of Huddersfield, 1993

    Higher degree(s):

    PhD, University of Sheffield, Faculty of Medicine, 2003

    Other (professional or PGCert etc.):

    Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2011

    Examination and Assessment of the Newborn, Distinction, University of Huddersfield, 2008

    Therapeutic Group Work, University of York, 2002

    Registered Midwife Teacher (ENB), University of Huddersfield, 1993

    Advanced Diploma in Midwifery, University of Leeds, 1989

    City & Guilds Further Education Teacher’s Certificate, Shipley College, 1989

    Registered Midwife, Central Midwives Board, Bradford, 1977

    Reg. General Nurse, General Nursing Council, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds, 1975

  • Teaching Interests
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    Research theory and design

    Philosophy of social research

    Critical appraisal of research literature

    Research methods

    The use of evidence in professional practice

    Emotion work and intelligence

    The culture of midwifery

    Conflict resolution

    Practical midwifery skills (especially back to basics)

  • Research Interests
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    PhD supervision is available in the following areas:

    • Organisational culture and/or change and development; using action research to initiate change especially in the National Health Service; critical ethnography to explore cultures.
    • Patient safety and working relationships
    • Relationality, especially the midwife-mother relationship and relationships between midwives and obstetricians; professional identities.
    • The sociology of health and illness; emotion work within health and social care and across the public sector; critical understandings of obesity; domestic abuse
    • The time needs of women and gender differences in power
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     Ethical Competence and Mentorship

    Clinical Leadership on the Labour Ward

    Advancing Maternal age for increased risk in pregnancy

    Process driven maternity services

    Imprisoned mothers

    Midwifery support workers

    The experience of second victims

    Emotion work

    Current post graduate studies MRes & PhD

    Standardising Bariatric Services

    Midwifery Culture

    Clinical Improvement Methodology


    PhD supervision is available in the following areas:

    Organisational culture and/or change and development; using action research to initiate change especially in the National Health Service; critical ethnography to explore cultures.

    Patient safety and working relationships

    Relationality, especially the midwife-mother relationship and relationships between midwives and obstetricians; professional identities.

    The sociology of health and illness; emotion work within health and social care and across the public sector; critical understandings of obesity; domestic abuse

    The time needs of women and gender differences in power

  • Research activity output book
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    Hunter, B. & Deery, R. (2009) (eds) Emotions in Midwifery and Reproduction, Palgrave Macmillan, London, ISBN 978-0-230-54251-8.
    (Foreword by Arlie Russell Hochschild, USA)

    Deery, R., Hughes, D. & Kirkham, M. (2010) (eds) Tensions and Barriers to Improving Maternity Care: the story of a struggling birth centre, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd., ISBN 978 184619 425 2 (Foreword by Sheila Kitzinger)

    Deery, R., Denny , E. & Letherby, G (2014) Sociology of Midwives, (eds) Polity Press, in progress, lead editor

    Davies, L. & Deery, R. (2014) Nutrition, Food and Childbirth: Food for Thought, London: Routledge (in publication process)

    Deery, R., Denny, E. & Letherby, G. (eds) Sociology for Midwives, Polity Press, in progress.
  • Research activity output chapters
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     Deery, R. (2014) So what’s for dinner. In: Nutrition, Food and Childbirth: Food for Thought, Chapter 1, Davies, L. & Deery, R (Eds), London: Routledge.

    Davies, L & Deery, R. (2014) Conversations about food. In: Nutrition, Food and Childbirth: Food for Thought, Chapter 14, Davies, L. & Deery, R (Eds), London: Routledge.

    Hodson, A. & Deery, R (2013) ‘Protecting unborn babies: ethical considerations for Social Work and Midwifery’, In: Exploring the Dynamics of Ethics in Practice, Personal, professionalism and interprofessional dilemmas, Jindal-Snape, D & Hannah, E (Eds), Routledge (in press)

    Deery, R. (2010) Promoting a sustainable workforce through ‘ecologies of practice’, In: Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth, (Eds) Davies, L., Daellenbach, R. & Kensington, M., Chapter 6, London: Routledge

    Bryson, V. & Deery, R. (2010) Social justice and time: the impact of public sector reform on the work of midwives in the National Health Service. In: Redefining Social Justice: New Labour rhetoric and reality (Eds) Valerie Bryson and Pamela Fisher, Manchester University Press.

    Deery, R. & Hunter, B. (2010) Emotion work and relationships in midwifery, In: The Midwife-Mother Relationship, (Ed) M. Kirkham, Chapter 3, p. 37-54, 2nd edition, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

    Deery, R. (2009) Community midwifery ‘performances’ and the presentation of self. In: Emotion Work in Midwifery and Reproduction, Chapter 4, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

    Deery, R. (2006) Phenomenology. In: Appraising Research into Childbirth, (ed) S. Wickham, Chapter 7, pp.117-127, Elsevier Ltd., London.

    Deery, R. & Kirkham, M. (2007) Drained and dumped on: the generation and accumulation of emotional toxic waste in community midwifery. In Exploring the Dirty Side of Women’s Health, (ed) M. Kirkham, Chapter 5, pp. 72-83, Routledge, London.

    Deery, R. & Kirkham, M. (2006) Supporting midwives to support women. In: The New Midwifery: Science and Sensitivity in Practice, (eds) L. Page & R. McCandlish, (2nd edition) Chapter 6, pp.125-140, Elsevier Ltd., London.

    Deery, R. (2005) How could I help midwives to clarify their support needs and plan for change? In: All You Need To Know About Action Research (eds) J. Whitehead & J. McNiff, Chapter 18, pp.175-178, Sage Publications, London.

    Hughes, D., Deery, R. & Lovatt, A. (2004) A critical ethnographic approach to facilitating cultural shift in midwifery. In: Midwifery Best Practice 3, (ed) S. Wickham, Section 1.8: 29-38, Elsevier Ltd., London.

    Battersby, S. & Deery, R. (2004) Midwifery and research: Comparable skills in listening and the use of language. In: Midwifery Best Practice 2, (ed) S. Wickham, Chapter 9, pp.195-197, Books for Midwives Press, London.

    Deery, R. & Corby, D. (1996) A Case for Clinical Supervision in Midwifery. In: Supervision of Midwives (ed) Mavis Kirkham, Chapter 14, pp. Books for Midwives Press, London
  • Research activity output journals
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    Davies L., Deery R., Katz Rothman B.: Pregnancy and Food. In: Thomson P., Kaplan D. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics: Springer Reference (www.springerreference.com). Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg: DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_334988 2013-01-03 08:16:43 UTC

    Deery, R. (2012) ‘Obesing’ pregnant women: by whom, and for what reasons? AIMS journal

    Deery, R. (2011) ‘Going against the tide’: embracing ‘knots’ and ‘mud’ in research findings, Essentially MIDIRS, 2 (3): 47-49

    Deery, R. (2011) Balancing research and action in turbulent times: action research as a tool for change, Evidence Based Midwifery, 9 (3): 89-94

    Deery, R. (2011) Pressure ulceration and wound care in midwifery: a neglected area. Wounds UK, Guest Editorial, 7 (1): 10

    Deery, R. (2010) ‘Transfers from midwife led to obstetric led care: some insights from midwives’, Essentially MIDIRS, 1 (3): 17-22.

    Deery, R. & Fisher, P. (2010) ‘Switching and swapping faces’: performativity and emotion in midwifery, International Journal of Work Organization and Emotion, 3 (3): 270-286

    Deery, R. & Wray, S. (2009) ‘The hardest leap’: acceptance of diverse body size in midwifery, The Practising Midwife, 12 (10): 14-16

    Bryson, V. & Deery, R. (2009) Public policy, ‘men’s time’ and power: the work of community midwives in the British National Health Service, Women’s Studies International Forum, doi:org/10.1016/j.wsif.2009.11.004

    Deery, R. (2008) The Tyranny of Time: Tensions between Relational and Clock Time in Community Based Midwifery, Social Theory and Health, 6 (4):342-363, doi:10.1057/sth.2008.13

    Wray, S. & Deery, R. (2008) The medicalization of body size and women’s healthcare, Health Care for Women International, 29, (3):227-243, doi:10.1080/07399330701738291

    Deery, R., Hughes, D. & Kirkham, M. (2007) Making it better for mother and baby: A strategy or a sop? Midwifery Matters, Issue 113, Summer, 2-3.

    Deery, R., Jones, P. & Phillips, M. (2007) Women in the driving seat: birth centre insights, The Practising Midwife, 10 (5): 23-27.

    Hunter, B. & Deery, R. (2005) Building our knowledge about emotion work in midwifery: combining and comparing findings from two different research studies, Evidence Based Midwifery, 3 (1): 10-15
    Deery, R. (2005) An action research study exploring midwives’ support needs and the effect of group clinical supervision, Midwifery, 21 (2): 161-176.
    Deery, R. & Hughes, D. (2004) Supporting midwife-led care through action research: A tale of mess, muddle and birth balls, Evidence Based Midwifery, 2 (2): 52-58.
    Hughes, D., Deery, R. & Lovatt, A. (2002) A critical ethnographic approach to facilitating cultural shift in midwifery, Midwifery, 18: 42-52.
    Deery, R. & Hughes, D. (2002) Where’s the midwifery in midwife-led care? The Practising Midwife, 5 (7): 18-19.
    Battersby, S. & Deery, R. (2001) Midwifery and research: Comparable skills in listening and the use of language, The Practising Midwife, 4 (9): 24-25.
    Deery, R. & Kirkham, M. (2000) Moving from hierarchy to collaboration: the birth of an action research project, The Practising Midwife, 3 (8): 25-28.
    Deery, R. (1999) Improving relationships through clinical supervision: Part 1, British Journal of Midwifery, March, 7 (3): 160-163
    Deery, R. (1999) Improving relationships through clinical supervision: Part 2, British Journal of Midwifery, April, 7 (4): 251-254
    Deery, R. & Phillips, M. (1998) Integration into Higher Education: personal perceptions and reflections, Health Manpower Management in association with the European Centre for Total Quality Management, 24 (2 & 3): 104-108
    Deery, R. (1998) Clinical supervision as an alternative approach to supporting midwives, British Journal of Midwifery, November, 6 (11): 725.
    Cliff, D. & Deery, R. (1997) Too much like school: social class, age, marital status and attendance/non-attendance at antenatal classes, Midwifery, 3: 139-145.
  • Research activity output abstracts
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    Deery, R. Hughes, D. & Kirkham, M. (2008) Midwives’ and Manager’s Experiences of a Birth Centre, Written for funders Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and University of Sheffield

    Deery, R. & Hughes, D. (2006) Domestic Abuse Groupwork Service, Evaluation Report, Written for funder Calderdale Women’s Centre

    Deery, R. & Hughes, D. (2005) An Evaluation of the Calderdale Women’s Centre, Written for funder, Calderdale Women’s Centre

    Deery, R. & Samwiil, L. (2004) Listening to the views and experiences of midwives in Huddersfield, Written for funder, Huddersfield NHS and UoH

    Deery, R., Bell, D., Hughes, D. & Ross, A. (2001) Developing a common approach to midwife-led care: an analysis of the personal constructs of community midwives in Calderdale, Written for funder NHS Contract Capacity Building Fund (NCCBF).

    Deery, R., Hughes, D. & Lovatt, A. (2000) "Quite a Healthy Exercise": Follow-up Focus Groups on Maternity Care in Calderdale NHS Trust, Written for funder NHS Contract Capacity Building Fund (NCCBF)

    Deery, R., Hughes, D., Lovatt, A. & Topping. A. (1999) "Hearing Midwives' Views": Focus Groups on Maternity Care in Calderdale NHS Trust, Written for funder NHS Contract Capacity Building Fund (NCCBF)

    Deery, R. (1989) Breastfeeding Guidelines, Bradford Royal Infirmary Maternity Unit

  • Research activity output conference presentations
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    Fisher, P. Deery, R.(2011) Emotionally engaged practice and the pursuit of excellence in midwifery, 4th International ‘In Sickness & In Health’ Conference, Odense, Denmark, 4-6th May 2011.

    Deery, R. (2010) ‘Switching and swapping faces: performativity in midwifery’, Global Conference of the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society, University of Ulster Jordanstown, 1st - 3rd Sept 2010.

    Deery, R. & Fisher, P. (2009) ‘Switching and swapping faces: towards emotional literacy within the ‘performance’ of midwifery, The 8th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Lisbon, Portugal, 5.9.09

    Deery, R. (2008) “Punching lights out”: the generation of emotion work during focus groups, Conference presentation at the 7th Qualitative Research Conference, Bournemouth University, 10.9.08

    Deery, R. (2008) ‘Switching and swopping faces’: community midwifery performances, Conference presentation at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, 2nd International Emotions Conference 'The Future of Feelings', University of Surrey, 13.6.08.

    Deery, R., Hughes, D. & Kirkham, M. (2008) ‘A poisoned chalice’: Midwives' experiences of a struggling birth centre, Conference presentation at The International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Glasgow, 5.6.08.

    Baker, K., Deery, R. & Hunter, B. (2008) Peeling Onions: using drama to explore the emotional work of midwifery, The International Confederation of Midwives Congress, Glasgow, 4.6.08.

    Deery, R. (2008) Negotiating transfers of women from midwife-led to obstetric care: the midwife’s perspective, Conference presentation at The International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Glasgow, 5.6.08.

    Deery, R. (2005) ‘Punching lights out’: issues of powerlessness, anger and dissatisfaction within focus groups, ‘A Labour of Love’?: Emotion Work and Reproduction Conference, University of Huddersfield, 16.09.05.

    Martin, N., Blyth, E., Deery, R. & Cameron, C. (2005) 'Psychosocial support in known egg donation,' paper given at the Conjoint Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), Montreal, Quebec, 15/19.10.05

    Martin, N., Deery, R., Blyth, E. & Cameron, C. (2005) ‘Under Pressure?’: Negotiating relationships in known egg donation, paper given at the BPS Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, University of Huddersfield, 6/8.07.05

    Deery, R. & Kirkham, M. (2004) “Drained and dumped on: the generation and accumulation of emotional toxic waste in community midwifery”, Pollution and Safety, Exploring the ‘Dirty’ Side of Women’s Health Conference, Women’s Informed Childbearing and Health Research Group, University of Sheffield, 13.6.04.

    Deery, R. & Wray, S. (2004) ‘Fatness as an embodied expression of oppression in the health care setting’, Sociological Challenges: Conflict, Anxiety and Discontent, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of York, 23.3.04

    Deery, R. (2004) ‘Adapting to, and changing ways of working: coping with contradictions and conflicting values’, Mothers of Light Conference, Reykavik, Iceland, 22.5.04

    Deery, R. (2004) ‘Behind the wall’: dominant diffculties and cultural constraints in developing a midwife-led unit, Normal Labour and Birth: 2nd Research Conference, The Grange Hotel Conference Centre, Grange Over Sands, 09.06.04

     

     Invited editorials and papers:

    Deery, R (2012). Connection as part of soulful midwifery, The Practising Midwife, September, p.1.

    Fyfe, A., Burns, D., Butcher, G. & Deery, R (2012) Connecting body and soul through hypnobirthing: a small scale evaluation, MIDIRS, 22 (4): 415-418, 420-422

    Kirkham, M., Hughes, D. Deery, R. (2012) Why Birth Centres Fail, AIMS Journal,

    Deery, R. (2011) Balancing research and action in turbulent times: action research as a tool for change, Evidence Based Midwifery,

    Deery, R. (2011) ‘Obesing’ pregnant women: by whom, and for what reasons? AIMS journal, 23 (4): 12-13

    Deery, R. (2011) Pressure ulceration and wound care in midwifery: a neglected area.
    Wounds UK, Guest Editorial, 7 (1):

    Deery, R. (2011) ‘Going against the tide’: embracing ‘knots’ and ‘mud’ in research findings,
    Essentially MIDIRS, 2 (3): 47-49

    Deery, R. (2010) ‘Transfers from midwife led to obstetric led care: some insights from midwives’, Essential MIDIRS, 1 (3): 17-22

    Deery, R., Hughes, D., & Kirkham, M. (2007) Making it better for mother and baby: A strategy or a sop? Midwifery Matters, Issue 113, Summer, 2-3.

    Hunter, B. & Deery, R. (2005) Building our knowledge about emotion in midwifery: combining and comparing findings from two different research studies, Evidence Based Midwifery, 3 (1): 10-15, commissioned paper

    Deery, R. (1999) Improving relationships through clinical supervision: Part 2, British Journal of Midwifery, April, 7 (4): 251-254, commissioned paper

    Deery, R. (1999) Improving relationships through clinical supervision: Part 1, British Journal of Midwifery, March, 7 (3): 251-254, commissioned paper



  • Research activity output source of funding
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    An exploration of midwives’ and managers’ experiences of a struggling Birth Centre from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Sheffield, (PI) £6000, 2006-2009

    A comparative ethnography of British obstetric culture and midwife-led care from The Health Foundation, Developing Leaders, Leading Practice Through Research Award. £101,331.75, 2006-2008

    Research Fellowship awarded by University of Huddersfield, £10,000, 2005=2006

    An evaluation of the services offered by the UK’s largest Women’s Centre from Calderdale Women’s Centre, Halifax, £7500, 2005

    An evaluation of the Domestic Abuse Groupwork Service from Calderdale Women’s Centre, £7500, 2005

    Initiation and support of the development of midwife-led care at Dewsbury District Hospital through action research from NHS Contract Capacity Building Fund (NCCBF). This project achieved an NHS Modernisation Award and one of the participating midwives was awarded ‘Midwife of the Year’. £20,000, 2003-2004

    An evaluation of the newly opened Wakefield Birth Centre in collaboration with The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust from NHS Contract Capacity Building Fund (NCCBF). £15,050, 2002-2003

    An action research project to support Midwife-led Care in Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust with community midwives from School NHS Research Capacity Funding. £15,100. 2000-2002

    An action research project exploring the implementation of peer observation of teaching from School NHS Research Capacity Funding. £10,050, 2000-2001

    An exploration of peer observation of teaching from School NHS Research Capacity Funding. £5,768, 1999-2000

    Research Small Grants Scheme - West Yorkshire Workforce Development Confederation to UoH, ‘Funding Innovation in Education and Training’, to conduct one cycle of an action research project with community midwives, (PI) £5,756, 1999-2000

    Hearing midwifery’s voice: an exploration of maternity care in Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust: Nuffield Institute for Health, Leeds (PI) £5,000, 1998-1999

  • Professional Membership(s)
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    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2011)

    Royal College of Midwives (since 1977)

    Member of The Maternity Care Working Party, a multi-disciplinary group which acts as an Expert Advisory Body to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity (since 2009)

    Member of the RCM Research Standing Group (since 2012)