midwifery and maternal health

from east to west


About Maternal Mattters

As a midwife, I have spent many years being involved with women and families through the journey of pregnancy, birth and those early weeks with their newborn.  I have seen motherhood bring joys and tragedies as well as the full spectrum in between.

Now I find the tables turned as I travel that well worn path myself.

This blog is a culmination of all things pertaining to motherhood and maternal health, from a personal through to a global perspective. My hope is that it will inform and inspire.

About Me

I qualified as a midwife in 1999, from King’s College London, DSC_8891-002and over the following ten years, was fortunate to work in some pioneering midwifery settings, including one of the UK’s first stand-alone birth centres and later a Sure Start caseloading (one-to-one) team. I also set up a large NHS breastfeeding support service which led to significantly increased breastfeeding rates in it’s area.  I became increasingly interested in the public health role of the midwife, and completed a master’s degree in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The focus of my work over the past decade has been global midwifery and maternal health.  I lived in Afghanistan working on a safe motherhood project and supporting Afghan midwifery and was formally a trustee for Women & Children First (UK), a charity working to improve the lives of mothers and newborns in some of the poorest countries in the world. I also blogged for Girls Globe, raising awareness of issues for girls and women around the world.

I am currently a doctoral researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  My qualitative research study explores the perinatal experiences of refugee women in Western Balkan countries, en route to Europe.

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