Dr Elsa Montgomery
Dr Elsa Montgomery is Head of the Department of Midwifery. Her overall aim is to ensure that women, babies and their families receive excellent care during their encounters with maternity services though pregnancy, birth and beyond. She believes this can be achieved through both education and research. In education, she works to equip students with the skills to be the best safe, compassionate practitioners they can be; able to deliver evidence-based care and respond to the needs of individual women. In research, this means listening to women, learning their priorities and understanding what the important unanswered questions are.
Her PhD, awarded by the University of Southampton, was a feminist narrative study on the maternity care experiences of women who were sexually abused in childhood. Her current programme of research at King’s is building on that work to create and evaluate educational resources for students, healthcare professionals and survivors themselves. These resources will raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse and equip practitioners with skills to respond in sensitive ways to survivors in their care. They will help survivors to navigate their way through maternity services so that they can emerge empowered and ready to become mothers.
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