Presentation Cecily Begley

Begley picCecily Begley is Chair of Nursing and Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Cecily is a registered nurse and midwife, She was awarded MA, MSc and PhD degrees from Trinity College, and the Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She was a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and is an elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Following four years’ experience in general nursing, and 12 years in midwifery, she spent 8 years as a lecturer/senior lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 1996, she took up the post of Director of the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College, charged with the task of developing the new School. The School now runs 16 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with 1400 students and over 100 staff, and has a strong staff development programme.

Cecily has led many research teams to successful completion of diverse projects, focusing mainly on physiological childbirth, and women-centred maternity care. Her research-based commitments include the supervision of 6 PhD students at present, 22 PhD and 4 MSc by research students to successful completion in the past 12 years, and external examining of 15 research MSc/PhD theses from diverse countries. She has been successful in obtaining over €7,000,000 in research funding, as PI or collaborator, and holds/has held a total of 26 grants from five national bodies, the European Science Foundation and the EU Commission (FP7 Framework). She is a member of the International Confederation of Midwives’ Research Advisory Network and of the ESF Pool of Reviewers for the period of 01 May 2010 to date. She is Section Editor for the BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth journal, has editorial and/or reviewing commitments for 4 other medical, nursing, or midwifery journals and has published widely on nursing and midwifery clinical and education issues.

Her present research includes the MAMMI study, which explores maternal health and maternal morbidity in first-time mothers through pregnancy and up to 12 months postnatal (, and OptiBIRTH, a cluster randomised trial in Ireland, Italy and Germany, testing a new intervention to increase VBAC rates (

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