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Dr Ellen Kitson-Reynolds DClinP, BM (Hons), RM (Dip), RN (Cert), PCAP, PFHEA, MECC Accredited

Principal Teaching Fellow, Midwifery Programmes Lead and Manager, Lead Midwife for Education, Academic Lead for Managing Student Incidents in Practice (Midwifery), Post Doc Clinical Academic Midwife, Professional Midwifery Advocate

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Dr Ellen Kitson-Reynolds is a Midwifery Programme Manager and Principle Teaching Fellow in Health Sciences, University of Southampton and a Post-doctoral Clinical academic Midwife. Ellen’s clinical and published expertise covers clinical decision making, supporting newly qualified midwives and educational advances for pre-registration midwifery education, bladder management linked to birth and a special interest in autistic spectrum disorders linked to maternity services.

I passionately believe in supporting midwives to achieve their fullest potential that will positively impact women and their families through their pregnancy, birth and post-birth experiences and for the next generation of midwives to espouse the highest quality professional values.

I am currently lecturing at the University of Southampton. I am also a Professional Midwifery Advocate for the Southampton area.

My professional background is as a nurse and midwife, with academic activity linked to:

Research interests

  • Research into the experience of newly qualified midwives - International collaboration linked to transition from student to midwife
  • Bladder management linked to the intrapartum period
  • Service evaluations linked to enhanced recovery after planned caesarean section
  • Continuity of Carer
PhD supervision

I supervise Doctoral students linked to clinical practice – particularly midwifery, decision making, women’s health, continuity of carer, service provision and qualitative methodologies.

Research projects

My Post doc clinical academic post is looking into bladder management during intrapartum care.  I am working with students to deliver project outcomes in this area.

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

  • Midwifery programmes manager covering pre-registration direct entry programmes and 2 year programmes
  • Core member of committees and groups linked to the curriculum, education and student enagagement/satisfaction
  • Professional midwifery advocate for UHSFT
  • Clinical investigations/complaints/fitness to practice
  • CQC professional advisor
  • Multi professional curriculum development
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  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2015) Greater support and debriefing may help student midwives to process traumatic birth experiences (Commentary) Evidence Based Nursing ebnurs-2015-102194Published Online First: 6 October 2015 doi:10.1136/eb-2015-102194
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E., Ferns, P. and Trenerry, A. (2015) Transition to midwifery: collaborative working between university and maternity services British Journal of Midwifery 23(7) pp510-515
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E; Cluett, E and Le May, A (2014) Fairy tale midwifery – fact or fiction: the lived experiences of newly qualified midwives. British Journal of Midwifery 22 (9) pp660-668
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E and Ferns, P (2013) Supporting student midwives through clinical incidences in practice: the Southampton Model. British Journal of Midwifery 21, (11), 808-812
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E and Rogers, J (2011) Decision making and supervision for third year student midwives British Journal of Midwifery 19, (2), 125-129
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2010) The lived experience of newly qualified midwives University of Southampton, School of Health Sciences. Doctoral Thesis 358pp
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2009) Energizing EBL through technology advances British Journal of Midwifery 17(2) pp118-122
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. (2009) Developing decision making for students using interactive practice British Journal of Midwifery 17(4) pp238-243
  • Kitson-Reynolds  E. (2005) Students and Supervision. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 15 (3): 302-304.

Conference Presentations:

  • Kitson-Reynolds, E and Rogers, J (2012) "Statement writing for professionals", Healthy Cultures and Positive Attitudes, South Central Annual Local Supervising Authority Conference, Portsmouth, Hants, Queen Alexander Hospital Education Centre
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E (2010) "The Lived Experience of Newly Qualified Midwives", Maternity Services in a Changing World, Royal College of Midwives Annual Conference, Manchester, Manchester Central.
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E (2010) "The Lived Experience of Newly Qualified Midwives", University of Southampton Post Graduate conference, Southampton, Hants, Post Grad Centre, Southampton General Hospital.
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. and Rogers, J (2009) "Decision making in practice", South Central Annual Local Supervising Authority Conference, Heatherwood, Surrey, Postgrad Centre Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital
  • Symposium: Strengthening midwifery through valuing learning from an in practice (joint presentation with colleagues), 2008 International Congress of Midwives, Glasgow
  • SoM Drop-in Surgery for Student Midwives (2006) – Poster presentation RCM Conference, Torquay






  • Principle fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • NMC registered teacher
  • Midwifery Programme Lead and module lead
  • Teaching includes:
  • Decision making, leadership and risk management
  • Professional standards and rules, legal aspects
  • Women's health and related gynaecology resilience
  • Clinical skills
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Normalising birth/low risk birth
  • Bladder management
  • Professional development
  • Continuity of Carer
Dr Ellen Kitson-Reynolds
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/3007

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