Susan Baines

Susan Baines

Lecturer in Midwifery

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I joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer of Midwifery in 1998 following on from a NHS Secondment.

I have practised as both a Nurse and a Midwife for 37 years. I initially specialised in Gynaecology and then became a Midwife. I have had a varied career, practising in both the NHS and private sectors and have been Midwifery Project Manager for Government North West “City Challenge” Maternity and Women’s health Project, which was a precursor for the current “Sure Start Initiative”. I was able to design and implement many “new” strategies aimed at supporting childbearing women engage with maternity services

and this culminated in my presenting my work to the Kings fund, the Royal College of Midwives / ICM Conference (most recently Glasgow 2008).

I am an active member of the North West Research Ethics Committee and also the School ethics committee.  I am a freelance Aquatics Instructor and also a Supervisor of Midwives and an associate Lecturer in Health Care Management and Leadership for the Open University.  I am also an external examiner for the Midwifery undergraduate programme at the University of Wolverhampton and specialist Aquatic advisor for the Physiotherapy Rehabilitative Health Masters programme at the University of Hertfordshire (2012). As well as being a Magistrate (JP), Chairman of the Bench and mentor to new Magistrates, I am also President of my village WI. I spoke at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2012 regarding the need for more Midwives within the NHS.

I am an independent Midwife and have recently become joint Director of a private Midwifery business.

I am an expert Midwifery advisor for the Care Quality Commission and regularly accompany Inspectors when undertaking regulatory inspections of maternity service providers.


My academic interests focus on Healthcare Ethics and public health; nutrition and aquatic exercise physiology; gynaecology, normal birth, family planning and parent education and maternal support. I teach across all academic levels and supervise postgraduate students also.
I also teach Management and NHS Leadership for the Open University.

Current Role and Responsibilities

I lead the third year Undergraduate BSc (Hons) 156 week programme and I am also Pathway Lead for the Midwifery Post Qualifying programme, Directorate representative on the School Retention and Progression committee and the School Ethics Committee.

I am also W.P. lead for the Directorate and Module leader for the Pregnancy Aquatics, Nutrition and Health module and a member of the University Centre for Prison Studies. I am a chair for the PMC panel and lead the Midwifery short courses. 

I am a Supervisor of Midwives at Wigan NHS Trust and also link Lecturer and Independent Midwife; External examiner for both subject/module and programme at the University of Wolverhampton; Guest Lecturer for the Aquatic Rehabilitation Programme at the University of Hertfordshire.

Research Interests

My Masters dissertation focused on “The Ethical issues associated with integrating programmes of Aquanatal exercise into maternity practice”. This allowed me to develop an in depth appreciation of Midwifery professionalization and the political and hierarchical processes and drivers influencing care and led to my developing my own Midwifery business.

Aquatic exercise for Pregnancy

Public Health

Normal Birth

Qualifications and Memberships

  • M.A. Healthcare Ethics (2004)
  • Supervisor of Midwives Certificate (2004)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E. 2000)
  • Family Planning Certificate (E.N.B.) 1998
  • Specialist Aquanatal Level 3 Coach R.E.P. (1997)
  • M.H.S. Certificate in Health Service Management & M.E.S.O.L.
  • Bursary award Winner (1996)
  • B.A. (Hons) 2.1 Professional & Vocational Health Studies (1995)
  • City & Guilds 7307 Adult & Further Education Teaching Certificate (1991)
  • Advanced Diploma in Midwifery A.D.M. (1990)
  • Registered Midwife R.M. (1986)
  • State Registered Nurse S.R.N. (1975)
  • Member of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Clinical and Professional Advisor Midwifery (2012) Professional Member of the North West Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of the UK Register of Exercise Professionals (R.E.P advanced Instructor Pregnancy Aquatics).
  • Member of the Magistrates Association.


Choucri, L & Baines, S 2011, 'A critical Approach', Midwives, pp.20-21.

Baines, S & Murphy, S 2010 'Aquatic Exercise for Pregnancy; A resource book for Midwives and health and fitness professionals', in: Aquatic Exercise for Pregnancy; A resource book for Midwives and health and fitness professionals., first edition, M&K, Cumbria, England.

Water; A powerful medium for pregnancy and birth. (ICM /RCM Midwives Conference 2008, Glasgow, United Kingdom, June 2008).

1st International Conference Women Centred Care; a salient philosophy for pregnant incarcerated women (Mothers and babies in Prison, University of Salford Centre for Prison Studies, United Kingdom, September 2010).

Baines S & Choucri L (2011) A critical approach  pp 20-21 RCM Journal May 2011

Baines S (2012) “Women’s Perceptions regarding the benefits of regularly attending Aquanatal exercise” (supported by a VC award) currently awaiting publication.

A poster presentation

Aqua natal exercise as a tool for addressing maternal obesity. (3rd National Birth Conference "Public Health; turning rhetoric into action", University of Worcester, United Kingdom, July 2010).

Invited to present the 2012 Resolution to the Conference Resolution; "We call upon the Government to recruit and retain more Midwives" (Annual General Conference of the W.I., Royal Albert Hall London, United Kingdom, May 2012).