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Catherine Collins

Assistant Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Catherine Collins I have been a qualified midwife for 15 years and have worked across London and Newcastle in several different areas of midwifery including delivery suite, community caseloading practice specialising in homebirth and women with serious mental health conditions, and as a Sure Start Midwife. Prior to working here at Northumbria, I worked as a research midwife at the RVI in Newcastle where I co-ordinated and managed a diverse range of research projects, as well as developing and conducting a case-control study examining women’s long term risk of cardiovascular disease after pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction.

I completed an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research in 2008 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where the focus of my project was postnatal depression amongst refugee, migrant and asylum seeker women in the UK.

My research interests include the experiences of maternity care for refugee, asylum seeking and migrant women; maternity care service improvements for vulnerable women, particularly migrant women or those trafficked to the UK for domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.


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Room G206, Coach Lane Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Catherine Collins is an experienced midwife and Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. Her research interests include the experiences of pregnancy and maternity care for refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant women; particularly those trafficked to the UK for sexual exploitation or domestic servitude. Catherine has a growing profile related to peer review publications and research related income, and was recently the recipient of the Jean Davies Award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust for tackling health inequalities in maternity care. 

Catherine is a member of the Northern Maternity Stream Research Network, which aims to improve the maternity experiences of migrant women. The network works with partners across Europe including Germany, Czech Republic and Italy.

Catherine welcomes interest from potential students and collaborators in relation to maternity care and experiences for vulnerable and marginalised groups.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The impact of human trafficking in relation to maternity care: A literature review, Collins, C., Skarparis, K. 1 Apr 2020, In: Midwifery
  • Women's perception of future risk following pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia, Brown, M., Bell, R., Collins, C., Waring, G., Robson, S., Waugh, J., Finch, T. 2013, In: Hypertension in Pregnancy
  • QRISK2 and Pre-Eclampsia: A Postnatal Study Assessing Cardiovascular Risk, Waring, G., Smith, M., Bell, R., Brown, M., Collins, C., Robson, S., Waugh, J. 18 Apr 2012, In: Archives of Disease in Childhood
  • Refugee, asylum seeker, immigrant women and postnatal depression: rates and risk factors, Collins, C., Zimmerman, C., Howard, L. Feb 2011, In: Archives of Women's Mental Health

  • Research Methods MSc July 01 2008
  • Midwifery BSc (Hons) September 01 2003
  • History BA (Hons) July 01 1999
  • Midwife Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2015
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

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