Lead, Vancouver Island Cohort
Clinical Assistant Professor

Valerie became a Registered General Nurse in Dublin, Ireland in 1992 and then gained Registration as a Midwife in Wales, UK in 1995. Before coming to Canada in 2005, she practiced in hospitals in the UK, Ireland as well as spending a year teaching and working as a midwife in Uganda. Prior to her move to Canada, she completed a Masters in Health Service Studies as well as a PG Cert in Education. She spent her last 3 years in the UK working as an Instructor in Midwifery Education. Currently, she is the Vancouver Island Lead for the UBC Midwifery Program.

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