I am the Royal College of Midwives (Scotland) Professor of Midwifery. I am based in the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, one of the research units funded by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office, where I lead a programme of research in maternal and child health.
I am Deputy Director of the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection.
I co-ordinate the SMART midwifery collaboration. The SMART group brings together the lead midwife researchers from across Scotland with the aim to provide and develop strategic midwifery research leadership and a coordinated approach to midwifery research in Scotland.
My aim is toconduct high quality applied research in maternity care that makes a difference to the lives of mothers and families. My current research is focussed on understanding and improving women's experience of maternity care, postnatal care, perinatal mental health and on reducing the impact of inequality on maternal and child health and wellbeing. Current projects include:
Improving postnatal care - The PRAM Project. The project developed a service redesign tool for safe and effective postnatal care.
Seamless Services - is· Is Scotland’s framework for children’s services helping to make children’s lives better?
Perinatal Mental Health - The development and initial validation of a screening scale for antenatal anxiety.
Women's experience of maternity care - working with Scottish Government to undertake the National Maternity Experience Surveys