Maeve O’Connell, PhD MSc BSc (Hons) RGN RM
School of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Bahrain
Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain

I am currently a Lecturer in Nursing at RCSI in Bahrain. I have a strong presence on social media as a nurse and midwife promoting midwifery and maternal and new-born health. I have undertaken a number of leadership activities with the HSE, INMO and RCM as a result of my activism. I believe that positive public promotion of midwifery is crucial for the survival of our profession. In my role as an educator, my mission is to educate, nurture, and foster independent critical thinking and learning. I am passionate about evidence-based practice and that women and midwives have access to the best available evidence to provide woman-centred care.

My research concerns fear of childbirth and birth trauma. I completed my PhD in January 2019 at The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT Centre) at University College Cork, ‘An international study of fear of childbirth with application in an Irish context’. My research has resulted in a number of publications, which are already widely cited, and international conference presentations. My methodological interests are systematic reviews, meta-analysis, meta-synthesis and quantitative epidemiological studies.

We must continuously strive for high quality care for women and babies to give them the best start in life.