Professor Nicky Leap AM
Nicky has been a midwife for over 40 years. Her passion for midwifery history began in the 1980s when she and Billie Hunter started collecting the stories of women who gave birth in the 1920s, 30s and 40s and interviews with midwives who practised in that pre-NHS era in Britain. Later published as The Midwife’s Tale: an oral history from handywoman to professional midwife you can access the original tapes, transcripts and photographs of those conversations via the Royal College of Midwives archives website.
Nicky has been involved with the History and Archives committee of the ACM NSW Branch for 20 years, and was the inaugural Chair of the ACM Australian Midwifery History Steering Group. Nicky has a passionate interest in recording the stories of midwifery elders. Nicky and midwife Gill Hall recorded an oral history interview with one of the ACM’s eminent elders Rhodanthe Lipsett, which you can watch below.