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.


James Harris 

Senior Clinical Lecturer (Maternity), UCLH


James Harris is a midwife, educator and researcher. He is currently a senior clinical lecturer at UCLH/UCL, a clinical academic post combining clinical and research duties, hosted by the UCLH’s ‘Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research’. 

His mixed-methods PhD (UCL, 2015, Primary supervisor Prof. Susan Michie) investigated the implementation of a new antenatal screening tool for pre-eclampsia. Following this he was a King’s Improvement Science Post-doctoral fellow (2015-17), researching the implementation of national guidelines alongside acting as both undergraduate exam board chair and programme lead for an MSc in Implementation and Improvement Science. 

His current research interests fall into three areas – safety within maternity (with a Wellbeing of Women grant exploring telephone triage and HCP responsiveness to safety concerns), the nationwide implementation of midwifery continuity of care and improving the maternity service user experience within UCLH.    

James welcomes conversations on PhD supervision, research collaborations and midwifery academic careers, and can be contacted on james.harris4@nhs.net.

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.