Valerie Simmons



Lead, Vancouver Island Cohort

Valerie started out as a Registered General Nurse in 1992 in Dublin, Ireland. In 1995, she went on to become a Registered Midwife in Wales, UK. Prior to arriving in Canada in 2005, she practiced and taught in various hospitals in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Uganda. She completed a Masters in Health Service Studies and Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and has worked as a Midwifery Instructor in both the UK and Canada. Valerie is currently a tenured Lecturer and the Vancouver Island Cohort Lead for the UBC Midwifery Program.


Cardiff University, Wales, UK, RM Dip
Adelaide Hospital, Dubin, Ireland, RN
University of Leeds, UK, MA
University of Hull, UK, PgCert Education


MIDW 200 Introduction to Midwifery Clinical Care
MIDW 201 Clinical Skills for Midwifery Practice
MIDW 230 Midwifery Theory for Primary Care
MIDW 240 Core Midwifery Clinical Care
MIDW 305 Midwifery Theory for Variations in Primary Care
MIDW 320 Variations in Midwifery Clinical Care
Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program

Professional Affiliations

College of Midwives of British Columbia
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

Research Interests

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Physiology of Normal Childbirth

Publications and Presentations

Peer-reviewed publications

2003 Simmons V (2003). Exploring inconsistent advice & practice: Part 3. British Journal of Midwifery, 11(9): 564-67.

2002 Simmons V (2002). Exploring inconsistent breastfeeding advice: 2. British Journal of Midwifery, 10(10): 616-19.

2002 Simmons V (2002). Exploring inconsistent breastfeeding advice: 1. British Journal of Midwifery, 10(5): 297-301.

2000 Simmons V (2000). The situation in Uganda. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 10(1): 21-23.