Ellie Sonmezer


Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

email: e.sonmezer@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855382

I am the Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner for the University of Worcester. I have trained as both a Nurse and a Midwife and have been a Midwife for 14 years. During my career I have worked in all clinical areas including several years as a core member on a Midwifery Led unit. In addition to my clinical role, I have been a research Midwife facilitating national and International research studies. I also have several years experience as a Practice Development Midwife. My role in practice development involved coordinating and facilitating the education program to all maternity staff, coordinating and leading guideline development and supporting newly qualified midwives in their preceptorship. I am a Faculty and committee member for the PROMPT maternity foundation and I enjoy training maternity professionals in emergency maternity skills. I am passionate about advocating for women's informed choices. I love both teaching and working clinically.


Post Graduate Certificate in Specialist Practice, University of West of England, Bristol
BSc (Hons) Midwifery, City University, London
BSc (Hons) Nursing, Kingston University, London
Diploma of Higher Education Nursing (Distinction), Kingston University, London
Professional Midwifery Advocate, University of Worcester
Preparation for Supervisor of Midwives, University of West of England, Bristol
Examination of the Newborn, Bournemouth University
Teaching and Assessing, University of West of England, Bristol
PROMPT Maternity Foundation Faculty Member
Scottish Multi Professional Maternity Development Programme Instructor (Examination of the Newborn)
Neonatal Life Support
PROMPT (obstetric emergencies management)
GCP in Research (5 day) University Hospitals Bristol
MSc Education, University of Worcester- Currently studying

Teaching & Research


I currently predominantly teach on the year two modules as part of the BSc Midwifery program. I facilitate skills throughout all cohorts on the course and as part of a team teaching approach to teaching I facilitate resource sessions throughout the curriculum. I also teach clinically in all placement areas on a regular basis. The sessions in practice are often student led and, therefore, the content varies according to student need.

I have a particular interest in emergency skills, suturing, fetal monitoring, facilitating normality, maternity culture, reflection, empowerment of women and informed choice.

My past teaching experience includes:

Practice Development Midwife, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust. Teaching obstetric emergencies, Newborn Examination, Suturing, Neonatal life support, Manual handling, Cannulation and other key clinical skills. PROMPT faculty member teaching maternal emergency teamwork training University of Worcester as an associate lecturer teaching various topics on the undergraduate midwifery program.


Research Midwife in Gloucester for Pre-term Pre-Labour Rupture Of Membranes close to Term trial (PPROMT) portfolio research from Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia. ISRCTN: 44485060
Research midwife for Gloucester on BUMPES (Peter Brocklehurst-UCL) ISRCTN 35706297
Research midwife for Gloucester on New methods for detecting problems in pregnancy (Lyn Chitty- UCL)
Assisted as Research Midwife with The active ingredients of effective teamwork and leadership in maternity: exploratory study to inform the development of an NIHR proposal in 2009-2010

Professional Bodies

Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Registered with the Royal College of Midwives


Sonmezer, E. (2017) Choice, informed consent and risk-managing women's care choices in the absence of midwifery supervision: the Birth Choice Clinic. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 27:3 2017

PROMPT (2017) PROMPT Trainers manual. 3rd Edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.- Contributor.Contributor to PROMPT 3 Train the Trainers manual

External Responsibilities

PROMPT Maternity Foundation Faculty Member