This fascinating new midwifery study tour led by Professor Nicky Leap explores the women-centric approach to midwifery practised in Norway and Denmark. Midwifery is a thriving and respected field in both these countries with low rates of intervention and medicalisation. This tour takes you to the heart of midwifery practice in both urban and remote rural environments while exploring the natural beauty, cosmopolitan style, progressive culture and long history of these spectacular Scandinavian countries.
Professor Nicky Leap is currently an Adjunct Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology, Sydney. For more than 30 years Nicky has had a variety of roles in midwifery practice, education and research. She has published widely and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Nicky is well known for her work supporting the development of collaborative midwifery models of care in different settings and as the co-author, with Billie Hunter, of The Midwife’s Tale: an oral history from handywoman to professional midwife and the highly acclaimed textbook: Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: A Thoughtful Guide. She is co-editor of the recently published textbook: Midwifery Continuity of Care.
Nicky grew up in the West Country in England where she was involved in setting up and promoting Women’s Aid Refuges. She became a National Childbirth Trust teacher in the 1970s and was a youth and community worker in London before training to be a midwife. In the 1990s, while living in South East London, Nicky was a member of the first group of self-employed midwives to contract into the National Health Service. She now divides her time between living in Bristol (UK) and Sydney (Australia) and enjoys any opportunity to engage in travel, particularly when it involves learning about diverse maternity care systems.