Dr Emma Kwegyir-Afful

Job Title: Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Career Background:

I completed my basic nursing education in 1995 after which I did a post-basic midwifery training in 1999. I worked as a registered nurse-midwife for seven years after which I proceeded to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing with psychology from the University of Ghana. I undertook PhD in Public Health from the University of Eastern Finland in 2018 with my thesis entitled “Reducing heavy lifting in pregnant women to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes”. In 2019 I joined the University of Salford, Manchester as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing. I have been Co-lead for White Ribbon Alliance and International Confederation of Midwives global campaign for “Midwives’ Voices-Midwives’ Demands in Ghana since 2021. A Foundation Fellow of the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives.

Current Research: Maternal working conditions, Sub-Saharan women’s experiences of caesarean section, Breastfeeding and Sickle cell disease in pregnancy.

 Research Experience: I have authored peer reviewed publications some of which are referrable including a book chapter.

Funding: QR fund from the University of Salford.

One great thing that your profession has achieved for Nursing and Midwifery practice: Without nurses and midwives, there would not be a healthcare system.

500-word, (MAX) statement about yourself and career any interests

My research interest has been to examine association between maternal working conditions and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Based on this interest I used the Finnish Medical Birth Register to examine effects of maternal manual handling and its effects on pregnancy. Following this I investigated effects of maternity leave on pregnancy outcomes on a global scale comprising 174 countries in the analysis.

My deep interest in maternal health, in particular the quest to contribute to the solutions to disparities in maternal and neonatal deaths among ethnic minority women, has influenced an ongoing qualitative content analysis to explore sub-Saharan African women’s experiences with caesarean section. The outcome has the potential to inform guidelines to protect ethnic minority women.