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Dr Nina Whittle

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

Nina is an experienced senior lecturer and midwife. Her expertise lies in normal and high-dependency midwifery care and the anatomy and physiology of childbearing.

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Nina completed an undergraduate nursing degree and worked in gynaecological nursing before qualifying as a midwife in 1995. As a senior midwife, Nina cared for high dependency women and babies as well as working as a community midwife. She was also a clinical risk management co-ordinator, undertaking audit. Nina has been a senior midwifery lecturer since 2006 and completed a Doctorate in Education in 2022.

Research interests

Nina is concerned about how midwives might provide positive childbearing experiences for women and babies with medical conditions and disability. Her Doctorate in Education consisted of a two-cycle Action Research methodology. She examined the value of a multimedia facility to promote bioscience learning and information giving by undergraduate student midwives when taught in large lectures.


Nina teaches on our B.Sc. Midwifery and M.Sc. Midwifery courses and supervises B.Sc. and M.Sc. major projects. She is the module leader for the M.Sc. Midwifery postgraduate modules ‘Facilitating Complex Birth’ and 'Care of the Critically Unwell Woman during the Childbearing Continuum’ for which we offer a co-current workshop.

  • Professional Doctorate in Education EdD (ARU)
  • MA Learning & Teaching  (ARU)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Education (ARU)
  • Diploma Higher Education Midwifery (Middlesex University)
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (King’s College, London)
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • NMC Registered Teacher
  • ENB N96 Examination of the Newborn (NIPE)
  • ENB 920 Principles of High Dependency Nursing Care
  • ENB 997 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Registered Midwife
  • Advance HE- Fellow
  • Royal College of Midwives -Member
Selected recent publications

Whittle, N., 2019. Changing Teaching to Improve Learning in Large Midwifery Lectures: The Example of Neonatal Jaundice. [Conference Poster] FHEMS 6th Annual Research Conference. “Collaboration & Innovation” ARU Cambridge. https://doi.org/10.25411/aru.11370738

Jones, G. & Whittle, N., 2019. Understanding the health risks of varicella zoster virus in pregnancy. RCNi Primary Health Care. 29 (2), p.45-51 https://doi.org/10.7748/phc.2019.e1522

Whittle, N., 2017. Pregnant and Critically Unwell. Midwives: London 20: 1 pp 68-70

Whittle, N. and Champion, P., 2015. Group B Streptococcus in Pregnancy: Intrapartum Heath Choices for Women. Primary Health Care, 25(10), pp36-42.

Smethurst, N. and McDonald, S., 2009. Learning for the Exam. Community Practitioner, August, 82(8), pp34-35