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Deirdre Daly
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Biography

Deirdre is an Assistant Professor in Midwifery and Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. She has over 35 years' clinical and education experience in midwifery, teaches and supervises across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and leads the Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) study research team. She was awarded MA and PhD degrees from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), an MSc in Midwifery from Queen's University, Belfast and a PGCE and BSc from the University of Ulster. Deirdre's main projects are the MAMMI study (http://www.mammi.ie/), the MAMMI SIM (second baby, intervention development, measurement of costs) and five-year follow-up studies, but extend to all areas of maternity care. She has led the MAMMI study team since completing her PhD in 2015. Her main areas of methodological research expertise include longitudinal cohort studies, mixed methods research, qualitative research, and she has experience in randomised trials. She is one of Ireland's management committee members on the EU COST IS1405 Action BIRTH (2014-2018), Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH), and chairs Working Group 4 (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/IS1405).

Deirdre is supervisor/co-supervisor for 4 postgraduate students, 3 PhD and 1 MSc (Research), and has supervised/co-supervised 1 PhD and 9 taught MSc students (in midwifery and global health) to successful completion. She has held several academic roles within the School, including Director of International Initiatives (2014-2016) and course co-ordinator (2006-2008), and has developed and led/co-led a number of midwifery education modules, including the BSc Ethical and Legal Issues in Midwifery and the MSc Advancing Midwifery Practice modules.

Deirdre is a member of national committees on severe maternal morbidity and the maternal mortality in Ireland, a member of the All Ireland midwifery conference planning committee, and was a member of the Nursing Education Forum and the Expert Group on Midwifery and Paediatric Nurse Education. Deirdre was President of the European Midwives Association from 2005 to 2009 and a Member of European Union Health Policy Forum. She was an expert member for the European Commission on the Peer Assessment Mission for the profession of midwifery in Croatia (2008) and on the TAIEX workshop on Directive 2005/36/EC and the recognition of professional qualifications (midwifery) in Croatia (2009).

Deirdre has been an external examiner for undergraduate midwifery programmes in universities in Ireland and the UK, and is external examiner for BSc/MSc Healthcare Practice (midwifery modules) at St George's University of London. She is an editorial board member of the Practising Midwife and a reviewer for several peer-reviewed midwifery journals. Deirdre's previous posts include Project Manager for the OptiBIRTH Project (2014-2017), Principal Midwife Teacher, Rotunda Hospital (2002-2006), Midwife manager, Downpatrick Maternity Hospital (1994-1996).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Healy P, Smith V, Savage G, Clarke M, Devane D, Gross MM, Morano S, Daly D, Grylka-Baeschlin S, Nicoletti J, Sinclair M, Maguire R, Carroll M, Begley C, Process Evaluation for OptiBIRTH, a Randomised Controlled Trial of a Complex Intervention designed to increase rates of vaginal birth after caesarean section, Trials, 19, (9), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

Gross MM, Helbig S, Petersen A, Sitter E, Daly D, Interinstitutional variations in oxytocin augmentation during labour in university hospitals in Germany, 13th International Normal Labor & Birth Research Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 25-27 June, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Daly D, Wuytack F, Moran P, Begley C, Co-producing maternal health research with women - the MAMMI study processes, SPHeRE Network 4th Annual Conference, 2018, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, 11 January, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL

Fobelets M, Beeckman K, Faron G, Daly D, Begley C, Putman K., Vaginal birth after caesarean versus elective repeat caesarean delivery after one previous caesarean section: a cost-effectiveness analysis in four European countries, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18, 2018, p92- Journal Article, 2018 URL

Panda S, Begley C, Daly D, Clinicians' views of factors influencing decision-making for caesarean section: A systematic review and metasynthesis of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies, PLOS ONE, 13, (7), 2018, pe0200941 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Wuytack F, Daly D, Curtis E, Begley C, Prognostic factor for pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, a systematic review, Midwifery, 66, 2018, p70 - 78 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI

Daly D, Wuytack F, Moran P, Begley C, Co-conducting maternal health research with women - developing the MAMMI study processes, Thinking Participatively Research Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 21 June, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018 URL

Daly D, Clarke M, Begley C, Urinary incontinence in nulliparous women: prevalence, incidence, type and risk factors, International Urogynecology Journal, Epub ahead of print, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

O Malley D, Higgins A, Begley C, Daly D, Smith V, Prevalence of and risk factors associated with sexual health issues in primiparous women at 6 and 12 months postpartum; a longitudinal prospective cohort study (the MAMMI study), BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18, (196), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Seijmonsbergen-Schermers A, de Jonge A, van den Akker T, Beeckman K, Bogaerts A, Barros M, Janssen P, Binfa L, Rydahl E, Frith L, Gross MM, Hálfdánsdóttir B, Daly D, Calleja-Agius J, Gillen P, Vika Nilsen AB, Declercq E, Variations in childbirth interventions in high-income countries: protocol for a multi-national cross-sectional study , BMJ Open, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI URL

Daly D, Sedlicka N and Begley C., Respectful and disrespectful care in the Czech Republic: an online survey, 26th European Congress of the European Board & College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (EBCOG), Paris, 8-10 March 2018, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Escuriet R, García-Lausin L, Salgado-Poveda I, Casañas R, Robleda G, Canet O, Pérez-Botella M, Frith L, Daly D, Pueyo J, Midwives' contribution to normal childbirth care: Cross-sectional study in public-health settings, the MidconBirth Study protocol, European Journal of Midwifery, 1, (4), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Wuytack F, Daly D, Curtis E and Begley C, Risk factors for pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, a systematic review, World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress, Capetown, South Africa, 2-4 July, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017 URL

Daly D, Wuytack F, Moran P, Begley C, Women's physical and mental wellbeing in the first postpartum year; why the MAMMI study matters (co-presented with MAMMI study participant), HRB Ones2Watch, Dublin, 26 October, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017 URL URL

Fobelets M, Beeckman K, Buyl R, Daly D, Sinclair M, Healy P, Grylka-Baeschlin S, Nicoletti J, Gross MM, Morano S, Putman K, Mode of birth and postnatal health-related quality of life after one previous cesarean in three European countries, BIRTH, Epub ahead of print, 2017, phttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com Journal Article, 2017 URL

Daly D, O'Malley D, Carroll M, Higgins, A., The Hidden Side of Women's Health during Pregnancy and Postpartum (Symposium), 31st International Confederation of Midwives Trienniel Congress, Toronto, Canada, 19-22 June 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Smith V, Daly D, Lungren I, Eri T, Begley C, Gross MM, Downe S, Alfirevic A, Devane D. , Protocol for the development of a salutogenic intrapartum core outcome set (SIPCOS), BMC Medical Research Methodology, 17, (61), 2017, p1 - 7 Journal Article, 2017 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Carroll M, Daly D, Begley C, The prevalence of women's emotional and physical health problems following a postpartum haemorrhage: a systematic review, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16, (261), 2016, p1-11 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Panda S, Daly D and Begley C, Clinicians' views of factors influencing decision-making for caesarean section: A systematic review and metasynthesis, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2016), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 9-10 November, 2016 Poster, 2016

O'Malley D, Smith V, Daly D and Higgins A, Prevalence of sexual health issues in first time mothers and associated risk factors, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2016), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 9-10 November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016 URL

Wyrzykowska WM, Donnelly JC, Burke N, Daly D, Burke G, Breatnach FM, McAuliffe F, Morrison J, Turner M, Dornan S, Higgins J, Cotter A, Geary M, Daly S, McParland P, Dicker P, Tully E, Malone FD, Women's perceptions of labour & delivery: results from the multicentre genesis study, BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 18th Annual Conference British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS), International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham, 21-22 April 2016, 123, (S1), 2016, pp94 Poster, 2016 DOI

Marchi J, Begley C, Kearney J and Daly D, Vitamin supplementation before and during pregnancy, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2016), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 9-10 November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016 URL

Panda S, Begley C, Daly D, Readmission following caesarean section: Outcomes for women in an Irish maternity hospital, British Journal of Midwifery, 24, (5), 2016, p322 - 328 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Panda S, Daly D and Begley C, Readmission following caesarean section: Reasons for readmission and outcomes for women in one large Irish Maternity hospital, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2016), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 9-10 November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016 URL

Carroll M, Daly D, Clarke M and Begley C, Anal incontinence in nulliparous women before and during pregnancy - findings from the MAMMI Study, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2016), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 9-10 November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016 URL

Wuytack F, Daly D, Curtis E and Begley C, Persistent Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain in Primiparous Women the Year After Childbirth: Prevalence and Symptom Severity in an Irish Cohort, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2016), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 9-10 November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016 URL

Daly D, Cusack C and Begley C, Women's knowledge and practise of pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFMEs) before and during pregnancy, 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2016), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 9-10 November, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Wuytack F, Daly D, Curtis E and Begley C, Mode of birth and persistent Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain 12 months postpartum in first-time mothers in Ireland, 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Girdle Pain, Singapore, 31/10-3/11, 2016 Poster, 2016

Panda S, Begley C and Daly D, 'Not in established labour': outcomes for women cared for in an Irish antenatal ward, 16th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 4-5 November, 2015 Poster, 2015 URL

Clarke M, Savage G, Smith V, Daly D, Devane D, Gross MM, Grylka-Baeschlin S, Healy P, Morano S, Nicoletti J, Begley C, Improving the organisation of maternal health service delivery and optimising childbirth by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section through enhanced women-centred care (OptiBIRTH trial): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (ISRCTN10612254), Trials, 16, (542), 2015 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Wuytack F, Daly D, Curtis E and Begley C, Pain, disability and health-seeking behaviour of primiparous women with persistent Pelvic Girdle Pain 9 months postpartum in Ireland, World Federation of Chiropractic's 13th Biennial Congress, incorporating the 2015 Annual Convention of the European Chiropractors' Union, Athens, Greece, 13-16 May, 2015 Poster, 2015 URL

Daly D, Clarke M and Begley C, Risk factors for urinary incontinence (UI) in primiparous women before, during and after pregnancy: early findings from the MAMMI (Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland) study UI strand, 5th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway, 30-31 March, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015 URL

Daly D, Clarke M and Begley C, Does spontaneous vaginal birth increase the odds of postpartum urinary incontinence?, 10th Normal labour and birth conference - Normal Birth; into the future, Grange Over Sands, United Kingdom, 15-17 June, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Carroll M, Begley C, Daly D and Higgins A, Prevalence of depression and anxiety in primiparous women before and during early pregnancy - early findings from the MAMMI study mental health (MH) strand, 16th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 4-5 November, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015 URL

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., Urinary incontinence (UI) and faecal incontinence (FI) in primiparous women before and during pregnancy, Optimising Childbirth Across Europe, An Interdisciplinary Maternity Care Conference, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Etterbeek campus), Brussels, Belgium, 9th-10th April, 2014 Poster, 2014 URL

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., Urinary incontinence (UI) in primiparous women before and during early pregnancy - findings from the MAMMI study (UI strand), 30th Triennial International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Congress Midwives: Improving Women's Health Globally, Prague, Czech Republic, 1st-5th June, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014 URL

Smith V, Daly D, Lundgren I, Eri T, Benstoem C, Devane D., Salutogenically focused outcomes in systematic reviews of intrapartum interventions: a systematic review of systematic reviews., Midwifery, 30, (4), 2014, pe151-6 Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Smith V, Daly D, Lungren I, Eri T, Benstoem C, Devane D., Salutogenically focused outcomes in systematic reviews of intrapartum interventions: A systematic review of systematic reviews, Optimising Childbirth Across Europe, An Interdisciplinary Maternity Care Conference, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Etterbeek campus), Brussels, Belgium, 9th-10th April, 2014 Poster, 2014 URL

Panda S, Daly D and Begley C, Clinicians' views of factors that influence the decision to perform an emergency caesarean section (CS) in primiparous women: A systematic review and metasynthesis, 15th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, 4 November, 2014 Poster, 2014 URL

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) before and during early pregnancy - the help and advice-seeking behaviour of primiparous women, Optimising Childbirth Across Europe, An Interdisciplinary Maternity Care Conference, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Etterbeek campus), Brussels, Belgium, 9th-10th April, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014 URL

Marchi JDF, Begley C, Kearney J and Daly D, Food behaviours that contribute to risk factors during pregnancy in Ireland, 15th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, 4 November, 2014 Poster, 2014 URL

Daly D, Smith V, Begley C, Clarke M., Prevalence of UI in primiparous women antenatally and up to 12 months postpartum: A systematic review and meta-analysis, 14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference & Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, 6th-7th November, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 URL

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., Faecal and urinary incontinence before and during pregnancy - preliminary findings from the MAMMI Study, 4th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2013, National University of Ireland, Galway, 15th-16th April, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 URL URL

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., The prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) in primiparous women before and during early pregnancy, 38th Annual International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, 28th May-1st June, 2013 Poster, 2013

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., Urinary Incontinence (UI) before and during early pregnancy the help and advice-seeking behaviour of primiparous women, International Continence Society (ICS), Barcelona, Spain, 26th-30th August, 2013 Poster, 2013 URL

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., The health of primiparous women after 'normal' birth, Normal Labour & Birth: 8th Research Conference, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK, 5th-7th June, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., Prevalence of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) before, during and after pregnancy, International Continence Society (ICS) Nursing Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 26th-30th August, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013 URL

Maguire R, Mayock, P, Daly D, Begley C and Clarke M., Considerations Pregnant Women Take Into Account When Deciding to Participating in Research: The MAMMI Study, All Ireland Midwifery Conference, Armagh City, Co Armagh, 18 October, 2012 Poster, 2012

Maguire R, Mayock P, Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., The attitudes behind pregnant women's decisions for participating in research whilst pregnant, 13th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 7th-8th November, 2012, pp1 Meeting Abstract, 2012 URL

Daly D, Begley C and Clarke M., Urinary incontinence (UI) in primiparous women before and during pregnancy, 13th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference (Doctoral Colloquium), Trinity College Dublin , 6 November 2012 , 2012, pp1 Oral Presentation, 2012 URL

Daly D, Begley C, Clarke M., Urinary incontinence (UI) in primiparous women before and during pregnancy, Proceedings of the 13th Annual Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 13th Annual Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Nov 2012, 2012, pp1 Oral Presentation, 2012 URL

Daly D, Begley C and Clarke M., The multiple meanings of maternal morbidity, Eight Annual Cochrane in Ireland Conference, Dublin City University (DCU) Dublin, 27 January, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Fraser J, Caine D, Daly D and Manning E., Back to basics, The Practising Midwife, 14, (4), 2011, p13-5 Journal Article, 2011 URL

Daly D, Begley C and Clarke M., The multiple meanings of maternal morbidity, 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research: Transforming Healthcare through Research, TCD, 9th-10th November, 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Daly D, Begley, C and Clarke M., The MAMMI Study, All Ireland Midwifery Conference, Armagh, 14 October, 2010 Poster, 2010

Daly D, OBoyle C., Time to make midwifery matter in Ireland, The Practising Midwife, 13, (2), 2010, p15 - 17 Journal Article, 2010

Daly D., Prenatal screening and diagnosis in Ireland: Issues of access and equity, 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare through Research, Trinity College Dublin, 5th-7th November, 2008, pp72 Meeting Abstract, 2008

Millar S, Daly D and Ni Murchu P., Home birth in Ireland: changing times, The Practising Midwife, 11 , (10), 2008, p40 - 43 Journal Article, 2008

Daly D, Biesty L, Gallagher L and Millar S., Midwife-led care in Ireland: an education, The Practising Midwife, 9, (9), 2006, p26 - 28 Journal Article, 2006

Carroll M, Daly D, Higgins A and Begley C., Supernumerary Preceptorship - the key to learning midwifery skills in the Republic of Ireland, Evidence Based Midwifery, 3, (1), 2005, p39 - 44 Journal Article, 2005

Daly D, Higgins J and Kelleher K., Evaluation of Clinical Risk Management Pilot Programme Regional Maternity Hospital Limerick, IPB, 2002 Report, 2002

Daly D and Carroll M., Direct Entry Midwifery Education in Ireland: the preparation of Midwives, International Confederation of Midwives Conference, Vienna, Austria, April 2002 , 2002, pp10 Oral Presentation, 2002

Daly D and Carroll M., Changing Practice through Preceptorship: the experiences of Midwives in Ireland, Transforming Healthcare through Research, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2001 Conference Paper, 2001

Pollock E and Daly D., Mapping Maternity Care in Northern Ireland, Returning Birth to Women, Women's Education, Research and Resource Centre, UCD, October, 1996 Conference Paper, 1996

Daly D, Fathers' Involvement in the early Postnatal Care of their babies, Research and the Midwife Conference, Belfast, 1989 Conference Paper, 1989

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Daly D, Clarke M, Carroll, M, Begley C, The MAMMI study - mixing methods and maximising potential from a cohort study, Maternity Care Research Symposium - Twenty-one years of research in maternity care - how far have we come?, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 27 February, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Daly D and Wuytack F, The MAMMI study - a longitudinal study with first-time mothers, 10th International Week, University College Leuven-Limburg (UCLL), Leuven, Belgium, 7th March, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Daly D and Panda S, The MAMMI study, Cuidiu Kilkenny AGM, Kilkenny, Ireland, 31 January, 2018, Cuidiu Invited Talk, 2018

Daly, D, The MAMMI Study, Postnatal Care Symposium, St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, 21st March, 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Daly D, Monitoring women's health during and after pregnancy in Ireland (Keynote address), Slovenian Perinatal Society, Llubjana, Slovenia, 19th May, 2017, Slovenian Perinatal Society Invited Talk, 2017

Daly D, The MAMMI Study - Stress Urinary Incontinence, Association of Continence Advisers Ireland Conference, Aisling Hotel, Dublin, 16 October, 2015, Association of Continence Advisers Ireland Invited Talk, 2015

Daly D, The maternity services and becoming a midwife in Ireland, Midwifery contribution to maternity care in different countries, Barcelona, Spain, 6 May, 2015, COST Action IS1405 Invited Talk, 2015

Daly D, Clarke M and Begley C, The MAMMI Study - what women are telling us about their health & health problems before, during and after their first pregnancy, HRB RED ALERT: TABOO! THE BODY AND CHILDBIRTH. EXPLODING MYTHS AND INFORMING THE FUTURE OF HEALTH RESEARCH, Science Gallery, Dublin, 21 October, 2015, Science Gallery, Dublin Invited Talk, 2015

Daly D, Clarke M and Begley C, The MAMMI Study - what women are telling us about their health before, during and after their first pregnancy, Maternal health: how can we make every contact count?, Oxford Brookes University, 14 November, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Daly D, Begley C and Clarke M., Midwifery Matters - And how is the mother?, World of Irish Nursing, 20, (3), 2012, p21-22- Journal Article, 2012

Daly D and Millar S, Making it right - conference report, The World of Irish Nursing, 19, (9), 2011, p20 - 21 Journal Article, 2011

Daly D, The MAMMI Study (Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland), Rotunda Hospital Conference 2011, Rotunda Hospital Dublin, September, 2011 Invited Talk, 2011

Daly D, Short-Term Maternal Complications vs mode of delivery, Caesarean Section Study Day, Cork, 21st January, 2011, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC), Cork Invited Talk, 2011

Daly D, Birth in Ireland through the years, Home Birth Association Annual Conference, Dublin, 3 October, 2009, Home Birth Association Invited Talk, 2009

Daly D, Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and its application to midwifery in Croatia, TAIEX workshop, Zagreb, Croatia, July, 2009, TAIEX Invited Talk, 2009

Daly D, Equivalence of training skills in the EU Healthcare workforce: Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of the professional qualifications, Equivalence of training skills in the EU Healthcare workforce, Brussels, 13 July, 2009, Royal College of Physicians/European Health Management Association Invited Talk, 2009

Daly D, Midwifery Education in the European Union, Bosnia Herzegovina national midwifery conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herezegovina, October, 2008, Bosnia Herzegovina Midwives Association Invited Talk, 2008

Daly D, Midwifery Education in the European Union, Midwifery symposium, Osijek, Croatia, 5 May, 2008, Croatian Association of Midwives Invited Talk, 2008

Midwifery - the influences of EU and Irish policy on each other in, Forming EU healthcare policy: A Showcase of Irish Involvement, Ireland, INO, 2007, pp29 - 46, [Deirdre Daly] Book Chapter, 2007

Daly D and Millar S, Maternity Care in Ireland, All Ireland Midwifery Conference, Armagh, October, 2005, Midwives Section, INO and Royal College of Midwives Invited Talk, 2005

Daly D, Making Normal Birth a Reality in Ireland, Cuidiu Conference, Dublin, March, 2005, Cuidiu Invited Talk, 2005

Sugrue S and Daly D, Midwifery must be put on the political agenda, The World of Irish Nursing, 7, (8), 1999, p12 - 13 Journal Article, 1999

Research Expertise

Description

Deirdre's main research interest is in maternal health and morbidity postpartum and urinary incontinence. Her main research projects are the MAMMI study(http://www.mammi.ie/), the MAMMI SIM (second baby, intervention development, measurement of costs) and five-year follow-up studies and related sub-studies. Deirdre started the MAMMI study in 2011 after being awarded a Health Research Board (HRB) Healthcare Professional Fellowship, conducted her PhD on the urinary incontinence strand and has led the study team since completing her PhD in 2015. Deirdre's main areas of methodological research expertise include longitudinal cohort studies, mixed methods research, qualitative research, and she has experience in randomised trials. She is one of Ireland's management committee members on the EU COST IS1405 Action BIRTH (2014-2018), Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH), and chair of Working Group 4 (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/isch/IS1405).

Projects

  • Title
    • Improving maternal health - From Evidence Into Action
  • Summary
    • 'Improving Maternal Health - From Evidence Into Action' is a one day international conference held in Trinity College Dublin on 23rd October 2018. The conference will bring together mothers and families, health professionals, policymakers, and leading Irish and international academics and researchers to demonstrate how research can be used to improve maternal health services, and raise awareness of the findings of the HRB-funded Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity (MAMMI) study.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 01/05/2018
  • Date To
    • 31/12/2018
  • Title
    • Midwives' and Neonatal Nurses' Perceptions and Experiences of Recruiting Participants to Research Studies
  • Summary
    • To explore midwives' and Neonatal Nurses' perceptions and experiences of recruiting participants to research studies.
  • Funding Agency
    • None
  • Date From
    • 01/2017
  • Date To
    • 09/2017
  • Title
    • Quality of life in pregnant and postpartum women with urinary incontinence: a systematic review, feasibility study, and mapping of standards of care
  • Summary
    • 1) To conduct a systematic review of generic and disease-specific QoL measurement instruments for use in pregnant and postpartum women with UI. 2) To test the feasibility and validity of QoL instruments, one generic and one disease-specific instrument in a pregnant and postpartum population. 3) To conduct a survey of the standard of care in the provision of services and interventions to treat or prevent UI across maternity services in Ireland. Deliverables: D3.1 Report outlining the standard of care for women with UI in maternity services in Ireland.
  • Funding Agency
    • Faculty of Health Sciences, TCD
  • Date From
    • 01/04/2018
  • Date To
    • 31/12/2019
  • Title
    • Public Involvement in Research Initiative (with the MAMMI study participants)
  • Summary
    • Aim: to establish a public involvement in research initiative with MAMMI study participants. This will be achieved by: (i) hosting quarterly meetings/focus group discussions with women, MAMMI study participants; (ii) involving women in the development and review of the MAMMI 5-year follow-up study survey and documents; (iii) identifying, and prioritising, MAMMI study-related research that women wish to be conducted (on topics not covered in the MAMMI follow-up study) and in planning future studies on an ongoing basis; (iv) conducting 1-2 qualitative sub-studies on the topics chosen by women, and (v) presenting the study methods, and the public involvement initiative, at 1-2 conferences in 2018, ideally with a woman co-presenting with the researcher.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive (HSE)
  • Date From
    • 01/2018
  • Date To
    • 12/2018
  • Title
    • The MAMMI five-year follow-up study preparatory work
  • Summary
    • Transfer of the MAMMI study personal databases to Microsoft Access®, and development of the five-year follow-up study survey
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Services Executive (HSE)
  • Date From
    • 12/2016
  • Date To
    • 11/2017
  • Title
    • MAMMI-SIM study: Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland - Second baby survey, Intervention for urinary incontinence, Measurement of costs
  • Summary
    • The overall aim of the MAMMI-SIM study is to build and attract capacity into the area of maternal health and health-services research at postdoctoral level in Ireland. In the first phases of the MAMMI study (Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland), 3,041 nulliparous women were recruited from three maternity hospitals in Ireland. Participants completed/are completing surveys about their health and health problems, if any, they experienced before and during pregnancy, and at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months postpartum. The MAMMI-SIM is a follow-up study with these women that involves: (i) Second baby survey; (ii) Intervention for women with urinary incontinence, and (iii) Measuring costs of morbidity to women and services. It will tell us what health problems resolve, persist or get worse after the birth of the second baby, what health services women use, what can be done to resolve some problems such as urinary incontinence, and the costs of these services for women and the health service.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 05/2017
  • Date To
    • 05/2020
  • Title
    • Minding Mothers with Morbidities conference
  • Summary
    • Organising and hosting a multidisciplinary, international conference focused on maternal health and morbidities during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 03/2016
  • Date To
    • 12/2016
  • Title
    • Funding to host an experts' workshop
  • Summary
    • Funding to organise and host an experts' workshop (with the longer term plan of forming an international research consortium to study maternal health and morbidities postpartum)
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 03/2016
  • Date To
    • 12/2016
  • Title
    • Caesarean section in nulliparous women: Factors influencing the decision-making process and outcomes for women - The Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) Study Caesarean Section Strand. With Sunita Panda, PhD student and Cecily Begley
  • Summary
    • To identify and explore the non-clinical and clinical factors that influence the decision to perform a caesarean section (CS) in nulliparous women, and to identify postpartum morbidities experienced by women following birth by CS
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 09/2016
  • Date To
    • 08/2019
  • Title
    • The MAMMI Study - Nutrition And Physical Activity Strand. With Jamile Marchi, PhD Student, Cecily Begley and Dr John Kearney (DIT)
  • Summary
    • To identify the dietary and physical activity patterns of nulliparous women before and during pregnancy AND analyse associations between diet and maternal outcomes
  • Funding Agency
    • Science Without Borders
  • Date From
    • 03/2014
  • Date To
    • 02/2019
  • Title
    • The MAMMI Study - Mental Health (Anxiety) Strand. With Louise Rafferty, MSc (Research) student, Agnes Higgins and Cecily Begley
  • Funding Agency
    • Friends of the Rotunda
  • Date From
    • 03/2014
  • Date To
    • 02/2018
  • Title
    • Women's knowledge and practice of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises (PFME) and their opinions of PFME education at the Rotunda Hospital
  • Summary
    • This study aims to ascertain women's knowledge and practices in relation to PFME, their opinions of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises (PFME) education services at the Rotunda Hospital and their opinions of the four self-help educational videos on PFME and leaking urine. The study is being done because early findings from the the MAMMI (Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland) Study show that 1 in 3 first-time mothers leak urine in early pregnancy. Many of these women think leaking urine is an inevitable part of pregnancy and do not seek help or advice. In order to provide education on PFME to a greater number of women, four self-help educational videos on PFME and leaking urine were designed and developed by myself and the physiotherapy staff in the Rotunda Hospital.
  • Funding Agency
    • None
  • Date From
    • 03/2014
  • Date To
    • 04/2016
  • Title
    • Postnatal Leaking, Exercise and Activity Shorts Evaluation (PLEASE)
  • Summary
    • The aim of this study is to compare two types of 'sports shorts' in a randomised, double-blind, cross-over trial with women's feeling of security, comfort and confidence whilst exercising vigorously, and satisfaction with product, as the main outcomes.
  • Funding Agency
    • Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher
  • Date From
    • 09/2014
  • Date To
    • 06/2016
  • Title
    • Improving the organisation of maternal health service delivery, and optimising childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) through enhanced women-centred care (OptiBIRTH)
  • Summary
    • The study addresses the widespread concern over rising Caesarean section rates throughout Europe, particularly routine CS following a previous CS, despite calls for increased vaginal births after Caesarean (VBAC). VBAC is associated with lower maternal mortality than repeat CS, less overall morbidity for mothers and babies, and is the preferred option for the majority of women. VBAC rates in Ireland, Germany, and Italy are significantly lower (29-36%) than those in the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden (45-55%). The OptiBIRTH project will use a cluster randomised trial in Ireland, Germany, and Italy, with 15 clusters of 94 women in each, to increase VBAC rates from 33% to 53% through a complex intervention designed to increase women-centred care and women's involvement in their care. Role: Project Manager 09/2014 to present
  • Funding Agency
    • EU Commission
  • Date From
    • 09/2012
  • Date To
    • 02/2017
  • Title
    • The MAMMI Study (urinary incontinence) strand - Knowledge Exchange and Development Scheme
  • Summary
    • The 2 planned activities are 1.Development of self-help educational videos on urinary incontinence (UI) and pelvic floor exercises, to be made freely available on a website. Target audience: pregnant women and women who have recently given birth. 2. PhD student exchange programme to Professor Stephanie Brown and team, Australia. Aim: Self development This exchange programme, focused on deepening my skills of presenting and defending empirical data and methodological approaches, will increase my proficiency and initiate a network for future exchange with the PhD students in Professor Brown's team.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 01/2013
  • Date To
    • 12/2013
  • Title
    • Development and validation of an 'Exercise and Activity After Childbirth' survey
  • Summary
    • The objective of this study was to design and validate a questionnaire that would measure the levels of security, comfort and confidence felt by postnatal women who leak urine whilst exercising.
  • Funding Agency
    • EVB Sports Shorts
  • Date From
    • 04/2013
  • Date To
    • 08/2013
  • Title
    • The MAMMI (Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland) Study Urinary Incontinence (UI) Strand
  • Summary
    • The aim of the study is to identify the existence, extent, prevalence and risk factors of urinary incontinence (UI), one marker of maternal morbidity, in 1600 primiparous women antenatally and at 3 and 6 months postpartum. To view the study documents, please go to www.mammi.ie
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 09/2011
  • Date To
    • 08/ 2014

Keywords

BIRTH; CAESAREAN SECTION; CHILDBIRTH; EPIDEMIOLOGY; Maternal health and maternal morbidity ; Maternity Care; Midwifery; MIDWIFERY EDUCATION; NORMAL-PREGNANCY; Pregnancy; STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE; URINARY; URINARY INCONTINENCE; VAGINAL BIRTH

Recognition

Representations

Member of National Steering Group - Model of Care As Outlined in National Maternity Strategy 2016- 2026 03/2018

COST IS1405 Conference 2018 organising committee member 2018

Advisory Committee member on project 'A multicentre clinical trial on non clinical interventions to reduce episiotomy rates in Flanders: REFLeCTION' (Prof Koen Putnam and Ms Maaike Fobelets, Vrije University, Belgium) Submitted

Management Committee member of COST Action IS1405 Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH) December 2014-2018

Member of the National Maternal Morbidity Group, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) 2010 to present

Member of the Maternal Mortality in Ireland Working Group (Joint Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCPI/HSE) Working group 2008 to present

Member of Research Ethics Committee Rotunda Hospital 2002 to present

Member of Midwifery Forum Rotunda Hospital 2005 to 2010

European Midwives Association Member of European Union Health Policy Forum 2005 to 2009

European Midwives Association Member of European Alcohol and Health Policy Forum 2007 to 2009

Member of the Expert Group on Midwifery and Paediatric Nurse Education (set up by the Department of Health & Children) 09/2004 to 12/2004

Member of Midwifery Turnover Project Steering Group (Recruitment and retention of midwives) 2002 to 2003

Nursing Education Forum 1999 to 2002

Expert member for the European Commission on the Peer Assessment Mission for the Profession of Midwives, Croatia July 2008

Expert on TAIEX workshop on 'Directive 2005/36/EC and the rcognition of professional qualifications': Midwifery in Croatia July 2009

Member of the Editorial Board, The Practising Midwife 1998-present

Reviewer for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Nurse Education Today, Evidence Based Midwifery, ICM Triennial Congresses and Normal Birth Conference On-going

Joint INMO RCM All Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference Committee member 2000 - present

Awards and Honours

Health Research Board - Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) 2013

Health Research Board Clinical Research Training Fellowship 2011

Bounty Professional Development Award 1995

Smith and Nephew Bursary 1994

Memberships

President, European Midwives Association. The European Midwives Association represents midwifery associations from EU and EEA countries. 2005 – 2009

Scientific Professional Programme Committee (SPPC) which planned the International Confederations of Midwives' Triennial Conference (Glasgow 1-5 June 2008) 2005 – 2008

International Officer Midwives Section, INO. 2002 – 2006