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.