Rhona McInnes

Rhona McInnes

Dr Rhona McInnes

Associate Professor


As a qualified midwife I have worked in a variety of contexts in Scotland, England and in Nepal. My role has 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. My 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.


Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Government Joint Breastfeeding Initiative
  • NHS Lothian Implementation Board
  • Early Adopter Boards Implementation Group
  • Consultant Midwife
  • International Board of Lactation Consultants (IBLC) Exam Board
  • Scottish Government Maternal & Infant Nutrition Strategy Group
  • Cot Death Working group
  • International Confederation of Midwives Research Advisory Group
  • NHS Health Scotland Breastfeeding Expert Group


Conference Activity

  • The BABI Study: Breastfeeding And Breast-pumps Interventions – a co-production approach
  • Continuity of Midwife Carer


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board of Maternal and Child Nutrition


Fellowships and Awards

  • NMAHP Consortium Funded Fellowship


Grant Reviewer

  • UK Prevention Research Expert Group
  • Chief Scientist Office
  • Health Technology Assessment


Invited Speaker

  • Continuity of Midwife Carer – the evidence
  • Sustaining Breastfeeding
  • Peer support for Breastfeeding - how to do.


Public/Community Engagement

  • BABI Workshops
  • Mother and Baby Groups


Research Degree External Examining

  • Theorising breastfeeding Support as intervention in a complex ecological system: Lessons for implementation and evaluation in a Welsh context
  • An exploration of the influence of personal infant feeding experience on midwifery and health visiting staff in Scotland
  • Young mothers’ negotiations of infant feeding. A qualitative study with ethnographic methods
  • A Cohort Study of Factors Influencing Breastfeeding in Regional Western Australia
  • The treatment of postnatal depression with exercise: a randomised controlled trial, qualitative study and systematic review’
  • Supporting teenage mothers to initiate breastfeeding and developing a support intervention to increase breastfeeding rates in a vulnerable group – the importance of place
  • Breastfeeding Education in a Pre-registration Midwifery Programme
  • Determinants of the initiation and duration of breastfeeding among women in Kuwait



  • International Breastfeeding Journal
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • PLOS one
  • BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition Journal
  • Birth
  • Midwifery


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • The experiences of postnatal women participating in a physical activity intervention: process evaluation of the more active mums in Stirling (MAMMIS) study
  • An evaluation to assess the implementation of NHS delivered Alcohol Brief Interventions
  • Talking about feeding babies: a longitudinal study of parents experiences of feeding their infant from pregnancy to 6 months
  • National Infant Feeding Audit
  • Developing Maternal Confidence in the Neonatal Unit: Which infant feeding practices promote self-efficacy in mothers of pre-term babies?
  • The BIG Trial: a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of breastfeeding support groups in improving breastfeeding initiation, duration and satisfaction.
  • Breastfeeding opinions, knowledge, management practices and training of Scottish midwives
  • Review of parenting interventions
  • Breastfeeding peer support: a descriptive study of health service programmes in Scotland

Current Post Grad projects