Midwife and PhD Researcher, University of Central Lancashire

Claire qualified as a midwife in 2011 at Oxford Brookes University, graduating with a Masters degree at the University of Central Lancashire in 2015. During this time, she has worked clinically in all areas of midwifery as well as establishing a research career. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Central Lancashire. Claire studies women’s health inequalities, namely around the issues of childbirth choice, autonomy, rights and care provision. She has published and presented at several conferences, nationally and internationally.

In addition, Claire Feeley and Gill Thomson have written a guide for UK midwives to support their practice in the event a woman discloses a freebirthing intention. This is available in the RCM Midwives Magazine, Autumn edition, 2016.


  • –present
    PhD researcher, University of Central Lancashire


  • 2015 
    University of Central Lancashire, MSc (Distinction)
  • 2011 
    Oxford Brookes University, BSc (Hons) First Class


Midwife RM (BSc Hons), MSc