Research and Normal Birth Campaign
We believe that integral to making 'Normal Birth' a reality is building an evidence and experience base for normal midwifery practice through the creation, evaluation and dissemination of research.
We know that nationally and globally midwves are engaged in research within topics relevant to Normal Birth. Through this campaign there is an opportunity for all to engage in bringing the research and evidence available to a larger audience.
Most importantly to provide a platform for discussing and debating the reserach through sending comments and messages to the website Forum page.
The RCM recognises that research and development forms a critical part of the relationship between education, practice, policy and commissioning associated with evidence based midwifery.
We have a long history of strategic and operational involvement in supporting and developing research capacity within maternity care, both at national and international levels.
Building on the internal research work of the RCM, this strategy is specifically designed to foster research relevant to midwifery, maternity care, mothers, babies and families. By partnering with expert research members, practitioners and the wider national and international midwifery and research communities, the RCM aims, through the introduction of this strategy to support the capacity and capability of midwives to conduct and implement research. As an outward facing plan, the strategy represents a series of goals that aim to further the RCM’s contribution to the midwifery and maternity service research agenda.
The RCM research database contains information on current and completed midwifery research projects.
Link to University Repositories
CNB is evaluating information on research linked to Normal Birth. Therefore we are able to provide website links to University Repositories.
PhD in Normal birth
Mary Ros-Davi - RCM full time PhD studentship at NMHP Research Unit, University of Stirling
Thesis Title: Promoting Normal Birth through Midwifery Support in Labour
Lucie Warren - Research Capacity Building Collaboration, Wales (RCBC Wales) PhD fellow school of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University.
Thesis Title: 'Weight gain in pregnancy: women's views and clinical practice'