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MPhil (Medical Science), RM, RGN, Dip Ed, Cert Ed, United Kingdom
Sandra is a semi retired independent midwifery and education consultant in Infant and Young Child Feeding and newborn care. Until recently, she was a Senior Teaching Fellow at University College London, Institute of Child Health, where she was one of the Directors of the *Breastfeeding: Practice and Policy Course. Her interest in breastfeeding, and particularly pre-term, low birth weight and sick babies started when working as a teacher with Voluntary Service Overseas in the 1970s in Nepal.
Since then her practical experience in midwifery and neonatal care, her research into infant feeding in a neonatal unit and work as a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery Studies in the University of Central Lancashire have all contributed to her international consultancy work particularly with WHO, UNICEF and other NGOs in implementing breastfeeding courses into national midwifery curricula; developing national plans of action in IYCF; facilitating various IYCF training courses and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative assessor training, and development of training courses, such as the BFHI course for the UK.
Since 2000 she has been involved in implementing the WHO Essential Newborn Care Course (ENCC) and its HIV Module, both of which she developed as part of the WHO Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postnatal and Newborn Care programme. She has recently been involved in updating the HIV sections of WHO infant feeding courses in line with the most recent WHO HIV Guidelines.
Together with Dr Felicity Savage (Paediatrican) and Carol Williams (Nutritionist) she directs the infant Feeding Consortium CIC which provides bespoke training courses in IYCF in several parts of the world.
Sandra is author of the book ‘Breastfeeding Special Care Babies’. She now lives in Sidmouth in south west England – and enjoys weaving sculptures with willow in her very rare spare time!
*Now relocated to the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Brighton.