Helen Cheyne


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Helen Cheyne

Chair of Maternal and Child Health

Helen is Professor of Maternal and Child Health and the Royal College of Midwives (Scotland) Professor of Midwifery.  Helen began her career as a nurse before training as a midwife in Glasgow’s Royal Maternity Hospital in 1980, going on to work as a midwife in urban and rural maternity units.  Helen’s current research has a focus on maternity service policy and delivery, women’s experiences of maternity care, perinatal mental health and postnatal care.  She has designed and led a number of large scale trials and evaluations of complex interventions in maternity care.  Working closely with practitioners both in the NHS and 3rd sector, policy makers and mothers is a key aspect of all of her research, for example she is currently supporting the Maternal Mental Health Scotland Change Agents, a group of women with lived experience of perinatal ill health, to undertake their own research project. She is deputy director of the Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (https://www.stir.ac.uk/ccwp/). Helen has published widely and advises the Scottish Government on matters relating to maternity research.