Midwifery experience includes clinical practice, research, education, management and as a supervisor of midwives. Early research interests included care during the second stage of labour, evaluation of aspects of antenatal education and the provision of social support for new mothers in the early days after childbirth.
Recent research relates to the provision of care to labouring women including its organisation; the roles of volunteer doulas in supporting disadvantaged childbearing women and further work in antenatal education.
A longstanding commitment to developing research capacity in midwifery and supporting evidence based practice, including the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence based guidelines..
External work includes membership of national and international committees and working groups.
Appointed as Professor in Midwifery in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham in September 2011, Helen leads the School's Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group and is head of the Division of Midwifery.
Recent Research Supervisees
Name: Sara Borrelli
Women's understanding of the 'good' midwife
Name: Laura Iannuzzi Midwives' approaches to delays in labour
Name: Kayleigh Sheen Title: Midwives' experiences of perinatal trauma and work related stress. Registered at the University of Sheffield
Name: Jane Iles Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress and Postnatal depression in Couples After Childbirth: What are the roles of Social Support and Attachment Style? University of Sheffield
Name: Diane Escott Development and Evaluation of a Coping Strategy Enhancement Method of Preparation for Labour University of Sheffield
I have experience in curriculum-planning and teaching on a range of midwifery programmes including undergraduate, Return to Practice and Adaptation and Masters programmes for midwives and other… read more
My research interests include all aspects of midwifery practice and the provision and organisation of maternity care. Previous work has included research in antenatal education, care during labour… read more
EVANS K, MORRELL CJ and SPIBY H, 2017. Women’s views on anxiety in pregnancy and the use of anxiety instruments: a qualitative study Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 35(1),
WALSH D, SPIBY, H, GRIGG, C, DODWELL, M, MCCOURT, C, CULLEY, L, BISHOP, S, WILKINSON L, COLEBY, D, PACANOWSKI, L, THORNTON, J and BYERS, S, 2017. Mapping Midwifery and Obstetric Units in England Midwifery. 56, 9-16
I have experience in curriculum-planning and teaching on a range of midwifery programmes including undergraduate, Return to Practice and Adaptation and Masters programmes for midwives and other health professionals. I have acted as link lecturer and been a module and course leader.
My research interests include all aspects of midwifery practice and the provision and organisation of maternity care. Previous work has included research in antenatal education, care during labour and the postpartum and includes the views and experiences of childbearing women, their families and care-givers. Work in knowledge transfer includes the development, introduction and evaluation of evidence based guidelines for midwifery led care during labour. Current research focuses on early labour and preparation for labour.