is a Professor of Maternal Health and has a background that has encompassed a career in women’s reproductive health that spans 34 years; the first 11 of these were spent as a clinical midwife in Ayrshire (Scotland) and 23 teaching and researching women’s reproductive health within universities. Caroline is an NMC Registered Midwife and Lecturer/Practice Educator, and also a graduate and post graduate in psychology and Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).
Caroline’s research interests lie in social psychology that relates to women’s reproductive health, with earlier work relating to hierarchies within organisations and their effects upon decision making and providing choice and control to childbearing women. More recently focus has shifted to developing useful tools for maternal health practitioners to use in clinical practice. For example, the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R), which has been validated to assess mothers’ perceptions of their birth experience (please email if you would like to use - email@example.com). Other research interests lie in perinatal bereavement, outcomes of maternal activity during labour, and Compassionate Mindfulness Therapy (CMT). To date, Caroline has published 75 peer reviewed papers, presented 52 conference papers, written 2 books, 6 book chapters, edited 2 books, guest edited 3 special edition journals, and has been on the editorial advisory board for 3 books.
Maternal Child Health: idealism meets realism
Rhona's professional journey from undergraduate nursing student through clinical posts and into research and education.
Idealism and realism reflects the journey and also the idealistic messages and images experienced by many women when they have a baby. These idealistic representations come from the health services, policy makers, communities and the media and often become rules or judgements which can then undermine mother’s and parent’s intentions and behaviours.
Rhona McInnes is a qualified midwife and has worked in a variety of contexts in Scotland, England and in Nepal. Her roles have included providing midwifery care for women across the childbearing continuum, education and health promotion for women and their families and more recently health professional and multi-disciplinary education and research. Rhona's research has focused on maternal child health and well-being with an emphasis on reducing health inequalities. Research outputs have contributed to the body of knowledge around behaviour, behaviour change and the importance of context (e.g. socio-political, health care services) on maternal child health, well-being and decision making, particularly in relation to infant feeding.
Doors open at 5.30pm / Lecture begins at 6pm followed by a Q&A
A reception will follow at 7pm