Mrs Samantha Phillis

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

Teaching Fellow in Midwifery


I am a midwife and counsellor. I completed a psychology degree in 1997 and trained as a counsellor, qualifying in 2002.
I worked in education welfare between 2003-2006 specialising in support young parents, children from vulnerable families and children with additional needs.
I worked as a counsellor from 2003 to 2015 working with people living with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sexual health issues, chronic pain, young people and children, bereavement and relationship therapy.
I worked in schools and Gp practices as well as being hired by organisations to provide group and solution focused therapy to staff.
I started training to be a midwife in 2015 and qualified in 2018. I worked at one to one midwives until 2019 and then moved to Stockport NHSFT where I worked as a community midwife specialising in supporting young parents and on a specialist team working with families with high risk safeguarding concerns.
I am still a practising counsellor and have a small but busy caseload of clients including couples and those processing pregnancy and child loss.
I am also a hypnobirthing practitioner and offer Rewind Therapy for PTSD specialising in birth trauma.
I moved in to midwifery education in June 2023 to support students and to start research in to supporting midwives in practice, specifically researching if midwives would benefit from psychological supervision using the model offered to counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers etc

Areas of Research

Mandatory, monthly, psychological Supervision for Midwives
Eating disorders during the pregnancy continuum
The impact of pregnancy loss on the family (including termination and infertility)
The impact of an ever increasing technocratic, medicalised birthing system on the public perception of midwives


Midwifery - specialising in mental health, safeguarding and loss

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Midwifery

  • BMidwif

    2015 - 2018
  • DipCouns

    1998 - 2002
  • Psychology

    1994 - 1997