I am a clinical lecturer and research fellow currently conducting a set of linked projects relating to caesarean section as part of a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. This programme of work, which will contribute towards attainment of a PhD, involves primary qualitative research, synthesis of qualitative literature, epidemiological research using Scottish data and health services research employing postal questionnaires.
Previous research has involved retrospective cohort studies of pregnancy outcomes following stillbirth, substance-misuse, induction of labour and operative deliveries performed by midwives.
Recent work has involved investigating offspring outcomes of caesarean delivery through systematic review, and assessment of the content of web-based information on birth options after caesarean section.
My current work focuses on decision-making regarding birth after caesarean section, using both meta-ethnography and health psychology methodologies. I am also investigating offspring consequences of caesarean delivery using a retrospective cohort study of Scottish data.