Helen joined NMAHP Research Unit in 2001 and is Deputy Director based at University of Stirling. She is midwife who worked in urban and rural maternity care settings before becoming involved in research almost 30 years ago. Before joining the Unit she led an innovative clinical midwife research unit in Glasgow’s Royal Maternity Hospital. She is Professor of Maternal and Child Health and the Royal College of Midwives (Scotland) Professor of Midwifery.
Her current research has a focus on maternity service policy and delivery, women’s experiences of maternity care, perinatal mental health and postnatal care. She has designed and led a number of large scale trials and evaluations of complex interventions in maternity care. Working closely with colleagues across disciplines, practitioners both in the NHS and 3rdsector, policy makers and mothers is a key aspect of all of her research. She has a link role as Deputy Director of the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection focussing on infant and child health and wellbeing and integration of health and social care in the early years.