Senior Instructor
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Cathy Ellis has been teaching in UBC’s Midwifery Program since becoming faculty in 2004. Cathy’s special interest in global midwifery and global maternal infant healthcare has motivated her to work alongside and teach community-level and university trained midwives in Mexico, Nicaragua, Kosovo, Zambia, Uganda, Bangladesh and Nepal. Cathy has developed a global maternal-infant health course for UBC Midwifery and other health science students, consisting of a theoretical and practical component. Cathy teaches and examines in all years of the UBC program and in courses for midwives in the province such as NRP and Midwives Emergency Skills Program. She is also a doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University in Health Sciences (Global Health) focusing on access to midwifery care in remote Nepal.

Education
University of Saskatchewan, Masters of Science (Community Health and Epidemiology)
SIAST, Diploma (Nursing)
University of Regina, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Visual Arts)
Courses
MIDW 360 Global Maternal Infant Health
MIDW 370 Global Clinical Placement
Research Interests

Safe Motherhood, Global Midwifery

Publications and Presentations

(a) Journals

Mildenberger C, Ellis C, Lee K. (2017) Neonatal Resuscitation Training for Midwives in Uganda: Strengthening Skill and Knowledge Retention.” Midwifery. Vol 50, p.36-41.

Bacon, A, Ellis C, Rostoker J.F., Olaro, A. (2014). Exploring the role of midwives in Uganda’s post-abortion care: Current practice, barriers & solutions. International Journal of Childbirth. Vol 4 Issue 1.

Ellis C, Schummers L, Stoll K. (2013). Evaluation of the Educational and Professional Experiences of Midwifery Program Graduates in British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice. Volume 12, issue 1

Ellis C, Schummers L, Rostoker M. (2011). Reducing maternal mortality in Uganda: Applying the “three delays” framework. International Journal of Childbirth, 1(4): 218-226(9).

Ellis C, Rostoker M (2009). UBC Nurse and Midwifery Two-year Project in Uganda. Report prepared for the Center for International Child Health.

Ellis C. (2008). “Here it is not like at home”: Cross-cultural competencies for midwives. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, 7(3).

(b) Invited presentations

Presentation: A Global Midwifery Placement: But is it Ethical? International Confederation of Midwives. Toronto, June, 2017

Poster: Ellis C, Begum,T, Shaheen A, Rostoker M. Using supportive Supervision and Monitoring to Increase Quality of Care in Two Rural Public Hospitals in Bangladesh. International Confederation of Midwives, Toronto. June, 2017

Presentation: Traditional Birthing Practices and Customs in Solu, Nepal. Society for Applied Anthropology. Santa Fe, New Mexico. April 1, 2017.

Keynote Speaker: Improving Mothers and Newborns Health Through Midwifery Care. Second National Midwifery Conference. Kathmandu, Nepal. May 4,5, 2016.

Presentation: Reaching out to Rural and Remote Midwives Through Interprofessional Collaboration. Midwifery Society of Nepal. Second National Midwifery Conference. Kathmandu, Nepal. May 4,5, 2016.

Keynote Speaker: Reaching to unreached women: Strengthening midwifery services post-earthquake in-line with the policy decision 2006 in Nepal. Second National Midwifery Conference. Kathmandu, Nepal. 2015.

Poster: Nine Years in Uganda: A Global Midwifery Program. Consortium of Universities for Global Health. 2015

Presentation: A Scoping review: ‘Access to Skilled Birth Attendants in rural S.E. Asia’. November, 2014, Kathmandu Nepal.

Presentation: A Scoping review: ‘Access to Skilled Birth Attendants in rural S.E. Asia’ UBC Family Practice Research Workshop, 2014.

Presentation: A Scoping review: ‘Access to Skilled Birth Attendants in rural S.E. Asia’. Simon Fraser University. Knowledge into Action: A Collective Effort for better Health. Jan 25, 26, 2014.

Presentation. Partnerships in Global Midwifery care. Canadian Association of Midwives National Conference: Ottawa, November, 2013.

Workshop. Selected by Canadian Association of Midwives for: “Global Midwifery, the Roles We Play.” North American Midwifery Conference. Niagara Falls. Ontario, November 2011.

Poster: Evaluation of the Education Experiences of Midwifery Program Graduates of British Columbia. North American Midwifery Conference. Niagara Falls. Ontario, November, 2011.

Poster: Factors Contributing to Job Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction Among Hospital-based Midwives in Uganda. (2nd author with Rhonda-Stevens-Anderson, Anne Apoko Olaro and Monica Odella). North American Midwifery Conference. Niagara falls, Ontario, November, 2011.

Poster: Reducing Perinatal Mortality in Ugandan through a Midwifery Partnership. Canadian Society for International Health Conference, November 2011.

Co-presenter: Strengthening midwives and midwifery practice. International Confederation of Midwives Conference. Durban S. Africa, June 2011.

Reducing neo-natal mortality through professional mentorship: Canadian and Ugandan midwives in partnership. International Confederation of Midwives Conference. Durban S. Africa, June 2011.

Home Alone or Institutional Neglect: Choice of Location of Birth in Developing Countries. Paper accepted for Canadian Association of Midwives National Conference: Edmonton, Oct, 2010

Poster: Nurse-Midwifery Units Maintain Normal Birth: Normal Birth International Conference, Vancouver, July 2010

Poster: Students learn to Normalize Birth Though Global Practicums. Normal Birth International Conference, Vancouver, July 2010

Abstract: Students learn to normalize birth though global practicums. Normal Birth International Conference, Vancouver, July 2010

Abstract: Nurse-Midwifery Led Units Maintain normal Birth. Normal Birth International Conference, Vancouver, July 2010

(c) Grants

Subject$ Per YearYearPrincipal InvestigatorCo- Investigator(s)/
Collaborator
Memorial University Dean’s Innovation Fund Spring Grants Program: research Development Grant. ‘Building Community Accountability: Using Participatory Action research to Inform Culturally Appropriate and Competent Maternal Health Care in Rural and remote Nepal$20,0002015 for 2016Dr. Jill AllisonCo-investigator with Dr. Mickey Rostoker (UBC) and Dr. Subedi Madhusan (Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal) and Midwifery Society of Nepal.
UBC - CIDA Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. “Interrupting Pathways to Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Sepsis Initiative.”
2.9 million over 3 years2012, 2013Dr. Charles LarsonCathy Ellis, (co-lead Midwifery)
Uganda- Makerere-UBC Initiative$55,000
Over 2 years
2008, 2009Co-PI with others identified by Center for International Child Health
Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Sciences, Mowafaghian Child Health Practice and Research Award$8,4002015 for 2016Cathy Ellis
Simon Fraser University Graduate Research Travel Award $4,3002014Cathy Ellis
William Weber Award (for travel) for curriculum development in Nepal for Patan Academy of Health Sciences$4,0702009Cathy Ellis