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'I love practising as a midwife' - Claire Wood

Claire Wood

Tuesday 11 February marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020, which is a day to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. 

We will be sharing the stories of some of the extraordinary women in science whoo are working within research at the Trust.


Claire Wood - Midwife

Claire Wood loves practising as a midwife at the Royal Derby Hospital, the role she has held for most of her working life. Claire is keen to combine research practice and clinical activity, believing that clinical practitioners are ideally placed to generate evidence in healthcare science. She would be delighted to inspire her many wonderfully talented colleagues to enter the research field to benefit both service-user and healthcare worker experiences.  Her first research study explored how the rationale and implications of a first Caesarean Section birth were communicated to a woman. 

Claire is currently a PhD student undertaking a research study on the Labour Ward where she works, and is exploring, by involving all colleagues, how to enhance their workplace wellbeing.  Initial findings emphasise the importance of meeting the physical, professional, and emotional needs of healthcare workers.

The study is part-funded by Kingston University and St George’s University, London, and by the Royal College of Midwives’ Ruth Davies bursary.