EGA Institute for Women's Health


Midwifery and Nursing

Midwifery and Nursing Research 

Dr Yana Richens

Research Group Lead

Yana Richens

Yana was awarded her Phd by University of Manchester in 2016 which investigated Fear of birth in first time mothers. Yana is co-editor in chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, consultant editor of African Journal for Midwives and editorial board member of the Nursing Standard. Yana has been a member of several national clinical guidelines including perinatal mental health, women with complex social problems, and obesity in pregnancy women.

Yana co founded the Female Genital Mutilation clinical guideline group with Dr Sarah Crieghton, this is a national group which is committed to the education and training of staff in the United Kingdom and to support women who have undergone FGM and eradication of the practice in the UK, she holds the position of honorary senior lecturer at City University, and midwifery and nursing lead for research at the Institute for Women’s Health .

Yana was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in the Queens New Years Honours List 2011.



Current research projects in midwifery area at UCLH

INFORMMED - Investigation into Fear of Birth using a Mixed Methods Design – is a PhD study funded by NIHR using Fear of Birth tool and salivary cortisol to assess Fear of Birth.