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Personal Information
Name Smith, Valerie C
Main Department Nursing
College Title Assistant Professor (50%)
College Tel +353 1 896 4031
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Member of An Bord Altranais 1998 Date
Member of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group 2010 Date
Member of the Midwifery & Nursing Strategy Development Committee, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin 2011 Date
Research Projects
Project 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: The OptiBIRTH Project
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
Funding Agency HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1
Programme FP7 HEALTH.2012.3.2-1
Type of Project Randomised trial
Date from Sept 2012
Date to Sept 2016
Person Months

Project title Maternal Health and Maternal Morbidity in Ireland; Phase 2 (MAMMI 2)
Summary Determination of maternal morbidity in a cohort of 1st time mothers antenatally and up to 18months postpartum
Funding Agency Health Research Board, Ireland
Programme Health Research Awards 2012
Type of Project Population Health
Date from Sept 2012
Date to Aug 2015
Person Months

Project title Student midwives attitutudes towards and experiences of the objective strucutured clinical examination (OSCE) as a strategy for assessing clinical competence
Summary A mixed methods research study evaluating the use of the OSCE for assessment of clinical competence from the perspective of the student; survey design and qualitative exploratory face-to-face interviews are used
Funding Agency None
Type of Project Exploratory and evaluative research project
Date from Sept 2012
Date to Mar 2013
Person Months

Project title Fetal Movement Counting in Pregnancy for Assessing Fetal Wellbeing
Summary Three-part project involving a) a national survey of obstetricians and midwives practices for detecting and manageing decreased fetal movements (DFM), b) a retrospective chart review for labour and birth outcomes of women who present with DFM in pregnancy and c) development of a trial on the management of DFM in pregnancy
Funding Agency School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin
Programme Post-Doctoral Opportunity
Type of Project Quantitative research
Date from June 2011
Date to May 2013
Person Months

Project title Fetal cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation during labour ward admission: A randomised controlled trial and qualitative follow-up: The ADCAR Trial
Summary A multicentre trial comparing the use of admission CTG versus intermittent auscultation of the fetal heart rate in low risk women on admission to the labour ward with signs of possible labour
Funding Agency Health Research Board, Ireland
Type of Project Randomised Controllled Trial
Date from Oct 2006
Date to Sept 2010
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Smith V. Begley C. Devane D., Detection and Management of Decreased Fetal Movements in Ireland: A National Survey of Midwives' and Obstetricians' Practices, Midwifery, 30, (1), 2014, p43-49
Smith V., Information for pregnant women about caesarean birth, The Practising Midwife, 16, (4), 2013, p40-42
Muldoon K. Biesty L. Smith V., 'I found the OSCE very stressful': Student midwives' attitudes towards an objective strucutured clinical examination, Nurse Education Today, 2013
Smith V. Muldoon K. Biesty L., The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) as a strategy for assessing clinical competence in midwifery education in Ireland: A critical review, Nurse Education in Practice, 12, 2012, p242 - 247
Smith V. Devane D. Murphy-Lawless J., Risk in maternity care: A concept analysis, International Journal of Childbirth, 2, (2), 2012, p126 - 135
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