Dr Emma Danks

Dr Emma Danks

Senior Lecturer - Midwifery

  • Email address E.Danks@wlv.ac.uk
  • Phone number 01902 N/A
  • Location WA231
  • Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Areas of expertise


    Maternity services

    Women's experience of maternity services

    Clinical governance

    Qualitative research

    Research with marginalised and hard-to-reach groups accessing materntiy services

    Analysing discourse


Since qualifying as a midwife in 2008, I have worked between midwife-led and consultant-led intrapartum maternity units. Working between such units has given me the opportunity to transfer the principles of low-risk care across all intrapartum services where this was safe and appropriate. I have also worked in a clinical governance role which involved leading on cross-directorate and cross-disciplinary projects which supported the quality and safety of the care of women and babies. In addition, I have had the opportunity to work at an early adopter site of the 'Better Births' maternity transformation recommendation and collaborated with regional maternity services to implement such recommendations.

I have experience of working on small and large-scale research projects as well as supervising undergraduate research projects and postgraduate research programmes (at Masters and Doctoral level) both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, I regularly peer-review primary research manuscripts that are submitted to national and international journals within my areas of expertise. 

In my various roles, I have had many opportunities to present at regional and national conferences. Such presentations have focused on either my midwifery expterise or presentation of my research methodology and findings. 

My role as Lecturer of Midwifery at the University of Wolverhampton enables me to incorporate contemporary research into the midwifery curriculum and share my passion for the pursuit of knowledge and innovation in maternity services with midwifery students.


Female Genital Mutilation

Marginalised and hard-to-reach populations accessing maternity services

Global maternal health

Silent voices

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Royal College of Midwives

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice

BSc (HONS) Midwifery


Jones, L. Danks, E. Costello, B. Jolly, K. Cross-Sudworth, F. Latthe, P. et al. (2023) Views of female genital mutilation survivors, men and health care professionals on timing of deinfibulation surgery and NHS service provision: qualitative FGM Sister Study. Health Technol Assess 2022:27(3). DOI: 10.3310/JHWE4771

Jones, L.L. Costello, B.D. Danks, E. Jolly, K. Cross-Sudworth, F. Byrne, A. Fassam-Wright, M. Latthe, P. Clarke, J. Abdi, A. Abdi, H. Abdi, H. Taylor, J. (2022) Preferences for deinfibulation (opening surgery) and female genital mutilation service provision: A qualitative study. BJOG (International Jounal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology).https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.17358

Jones, L., Costello, B., Danks, E., and Cross-Sudworth, F. (2020). 'Female genital mutilation (FGM): an increasingly important healthcare challenge in the UK'. The Birmingham Brief. Available at: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/thebirminghambrief/items/2020/02/female-genital-mutilation-fgm-an-increasingly-important-healthcare-challenge-in-the-uk.aspx

Jones, L. Danks, E. Clarke, J. Alidu, L. Costello, B. Jolly, K. Byrne, A. Fassam-Wright, M. Latthe, P. Taylor, J. (2019) Exploring the views of female genital mutilation survivors, their male partners and health care professionals on the timing of deinfibulation surgery and NHS FGM care provision (the FGM Sister Study): A protocol for a qualitative study. BMJ Open http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034140

Danks, E. (2019) An analysis of the silences in maternity care experiences of FGM survivors and the silences of health care professionals providing maternity care to FGM survivors. (PhD Thesis). University of Wolverhampton Repository.

2008-2013: Midwife Band 6 (Delivery Suite and Midwife-Led unit) - Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

2013-2015: Midwife Band 6 (Delivery Suite and Midwife-Led unit) - Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

2015-2018: Audit, Guidelines and Patient Experience Lead Midwife - Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust

2018-2020: Research Fellow - University of Birmingham