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Mary Renfrew, BSc, RN, DN, RM, PhD

Premier Session

Midwifery and Quality Care: The story of the Lancet series on midwifery
Friday, May 16, 8:30 - 9:30 AM

This session will present the background to the development of the forthcoming Lancet Series on Midwifery. It will examine the challenges of identifying and synthesizing the evidence base, and will present preliminary findings that clarify the key role of midwifery in providing quality care in low-, middle- and high-income settings. Please note that this paper will present pre-publication material and you are kindly requested not to disseminate.

About Mary Renfrew

Mary Renfrew is a health researcher with a clinical background in midwifery and nursing. She is currently the Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit at the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Director of Applied Health Research at the College of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

She has conducted research in policy and practice in maternity care and in infant feeding for over 30 years, and has worked in the universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, Leeds, York, and Dundee in the UK and in Alberta, Canada. In 1996 Mary founded the multidisciplinary Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU) in the University of Leeds, and she has led it since, recently re-establishing it following her move to Dundee in 2012. MIRU’s research has been used to inform and shape policy and practice in maternity care and infant feeding nationally and internationally; it has had a longstanding focus on ways of reducing inequalities in health, and on engagement of women and practitioners in the design and conduct of research. Mary has presented to audiences in 15 countries, has led a number of seminal systematic reviews, and in addition to over 120 academic journal publications, she has written widely about maternity care and infant feeding, and is co-author and editor of books for academic, professional and lay audiences, including ‘A guide to effective care in pregnancy and childbirth’ (with Murray Enkin, Marc Keirse, and Jim Neilson), and ‘Bestfeeding’ (with Chloe Fisher and Suzanne Arms).

She was appointed an inaugural Senior Investigator with the UK National Institute for Health Research, has been Chair of the WHO Strategic Committee for Maternal and Newborn Health, and was a founding co-editor of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group. She is a member of the ICM Research Standing Committee and the WHO working group on quality of care in midwifery, and is currently leading a global alliance to write a Special Series on Midwifery for the Lancet, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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