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Evelyn Dolby

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Areas of Expertise:
Nursing and midwifery

Evelyn is an experienced midwife. Her main areas of expertise include Neonatal care and Examination of the Newborn, Postnatal and Community care.

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Evelyn has designed, integrated and established the Examination of the Newborn module within both pre- and post-registration programmes of study. Evelyn’s background has evolved from roots based in autonomous community midwifery practice which promoted continuity of care and advocacy. This has enabled her to work with parents to inform and support them throughout pregnancy and into parenthood, in-order to enable them to take care of the present and future health of themselves and their child, whilst gaining an appreciation of their baby’s on-going development and ability.

Research interests

  • Research interest 1: Exploration of the experiences of students and practitioners in relation to the Examination of the Newborn

At present Evelyn is exploring the experiences of student midwives and practitioners in relation to the Examination of the Newborn. This interest has in part arisen due to the need to encourage midwifery staff to continue to conduct this particular full physical examination of the newborn and partly to review the introduction of the Examination of the Newborn module into the pre-registration midwifery programme of study. The relationship between midwives and paediatricians, plus the standard of consistency of the examination itself are also being explored within the research that is presently in progress.


Evelyn teaches across the curriculum relating to the pre-registration midwifery programme. Main areas of expertise include neonatal care and examination, postnatal care, sexual health and family planning, cervical screening and foundations of research.


  • Master of Science: Practice-based Research - University of Hertfordshire
  • Bachelor of Science: Women’s Health Studies - University of Central England

Memberships, editorial boards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Selected recent publications

  • Campbell, D., & Dolby, L., 2018. Physical Examination of the Newborn at a Glance. London. Wiley Blackwell.
  • Dolby, L., 2014. Initial Assessment and Examination of the Newborn Baby. In: I. Peate, ed & C. Hamilton, ed. 2014. The Student's Guide to Becoming a Midwife (second edition) London. Wiley Blackwell. Ch. 9.