I qualified as a Midwife in 2014 with a first class honours degree from Oxford Brookes University. I practiced clinical midwifery at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, specialising in low-risk intrapartum care and bereavement care. In 2018 I commenced a research secondment from the NHS to act as a ‘link midwife’, with the aim of bridging the gap between research and practice. This has strengthened my interest in research to provide the best care for women and their families through best evidence-based medicine. In March 2019 I joined NDWRH as a full time Research Midwife.
My principal role is to support Dr Fadil Hannan, who is the Director of the newly established Oxford Centre for the Endocrinology of Human Lactation (OCEHL), which is funded by The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF). I work on the concept and development of the centre and am currently helping Dr Hannan to develop the clinical research methodology for characterising the endocrine control of lactation. In particular, we plan to establish reference standards applicable across a range of populations for the major hormones influencing human milk production and quality. You can see our research on Lactation and Breastfeeding here.
In addition, I support the OSPREA team with the recruitment and management of various portfolio studies, including the SAVE-UK trial which is investigating treatments to prolong pregnancy in preterm pre-eclamptic women.
I am also involved with patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE). I am undertaking an outreach project at a local primary school and have recently joined the NDWRH Wellbeing Working Group and the OSPREA Team Working Group.