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Dr. Deirdre Daly

Associate Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Deirdre is an Associate Professor in Midwifery in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. 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 Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) study ( and all the follow-up studies (second baby, five-year, 10-year) and other related studies in 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 was one of Ireland's management committee members on the EU COST Action IS1405 BIRTH (2014-2018) and chaired Working Group 4 (, and is one of Ireland's management committee members on the EU COST Action CA 18138 RiseUp on Peripartum Depression Disorder (PPD) (2019-2023) ( Deirdre has supervised several PhD, MSc (Research) and MSc (Taught) students to successful completion in TCD and is a thesis committee member of a student in the University of Zurich, Switzerland and a student in the Midwifery Science Department, Amsterdam UMC. She supports and mentors other PhD candidates, conducting in-house continuation interviews and running mock PhD vivas, etc. She was external examiner for an MSc (Research) in Germany, and for PhDs in the Universities of Manchester, UK, Tasmania, Australia and Otago, New Zealand. She reviews grant proposals every year for the Wellbeing of Women and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), UK. She has held several academic roles within the School including Course Co-ordinator (2006-2008), Director of International Initiatives (2014-2016) and Junior Sophister Course Co-ordinator (2020-2022) and has developed and led/co-led a number of midwifery education modules, including the MSc Advancing Midwifery Practice module. She is Director of the Trinity Centre for Maternity Care Research (TCMCR) since 2020. Deirdre is a member of national committees on severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality in Ireland, and was a member of the All Ireland midwifery conference planning committee, 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 the 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 and postgraduate midwifery programmes in universities in Ireland and the UK. She was an editorial board member of the Practising Midwife until 2020 and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed midwifery and other scientific 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).
 Invitation to quote for the provision of evidence to inform the development of innovative midwifery led postnatal services for women in the South-East region of Ireland
 The MAMMI study 10-year follow-up survey development
 The experiences and perceptions of person-centred care (PCC) in Irish maternity services by individuals who aspire to birth at home.
 Taking part in research in the perinatal period: a protocol for a systematic review of the experiences of women with mental health issues
 Women with disabilities, reproductive decisions and perinatal choices

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Details Date
Reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), UK 2020
COST Action CA18138 Riseup-PPD (Postpartum Depression) 09/2019
Member of National Steering Group - Model of Care As Outlined in National Maternity Strategy 2016- 2026 03/2018
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
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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
de Wet M, Hannon S, Hannon K, Alexin A, Uusitalo S, Bartels I, Eustace-Cook J, Escuriet R, Daly D, Systematic review of ethical issues in perinatal mental health research, Nursing Ethics, 2023, pepub-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gregory S, Caffrey L, Daly D, "It could not have been more different." Comparing experiences of hospital-based birth and homebirth in Ireland: A mixed-methods survey, Women and Birth, 2023, pepub-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hannon K, Eustace-Cook J, Daly D and Smith V, Stakeholders' perspectives and experiences of patient and public involvement (PPI) in clinical trials in maternal and neonatal healthcare: protocol for a qualitative evidence synthesis, HRB Open Research, 6, 2023, p30-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Alos Pereniguez S, O'Malley D, Daly D, Augmentation of labour with synthetic oxytocin in Ireland: a cross-sectional study, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2023), Trinity College Dublin, 8-9 March, 2023, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Culleton-Quinn E, Bo K, Fleming N, Mockler D, Cusack C, Daly D, The Prevalence and Experience of Urinary Incontinence Among Elite Ladies Gaelic Football Players, International Continence Society Conference 2023, Toronto, 27-29 September, 2023, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Panda S, Begley C, Daly D, Clinicians' views of factors influencing decision-making for CS for first-time mothers - a qualitative descriptive study, Plos One, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hannon K, Vika Nielsen AB, Murphy M, Schauer Eri T, Corcoran P, Leahy-Warren P, Downe S, Daly D, What women identify as positive aspects and areas for improvement of maternity care and services in Ireland: An online survey, Women and Birth, 2022, pepub-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Leutenegger V, Grylka-Baeschlin S, Wieber F, Daly D, Pehkle-Milde J, The effectiveness of skilled breathing and relaxation techniques during antenatal education on maternal and neonatal outcomes: a systematic review, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 22, 2022, p856 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Leitao, S. and Manning, E. and Greene, R.A. and Corcoran, P. and Byrne, B. and Cooley, S. and Daly, D. and Fallon, A. and Higgins, M. and Jones, C. and Kinsella, I. and Murphy, C. and Murphy, J. and Bhuinneain, M.N., Author reply: Interventions in low/middle-income countries to reduce severe maternal morbidity due to placenta accreta spectrum and major obstetric haemorrhage, BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 129, (9), 2022, p1621-1622 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Alos Pereniguez S, O'Malley D, Daly D, Women's views and experiences of augmentation of labour with synthetic oxytocin infusion: a qualitative evidence synthesis, Midwifery, 2022, pepub 12/10-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Daly D and Hannon S, Women's health before and during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) Annual Study Day, Portlaoise, 19 January, 2024, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Daly D, When women feel 'medically gaslit', Interview for newspaper - Irish Times, Newspaper article, 28 January, 2023, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Daly D, Translating maternal health research into maternal health resources and practice, HSE Research & Dissemination Share & Learn Seminar, Online, 15 March, 2023, HSE, National Research and Development, Strategy and Research Directorate, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Daly D, What matters to women (and what women birthing in Ireland want and need), All Ireland 2023 Maternity & Midwifery Festival, The Helix, Dublin City University, Dublin., 18 April, 2023, Matflix. Video streaming from maternity experts, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Daly D and Hannon S, Women's physical and mental health before and during pregnancy, and up to one year after their first baby"s birth, Exploratory Roundtable on Perinatal Mental Health, Dublin, 8 November, 2023, National Women's Council , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Begley C, Daly D, Smith V, The OptiBIRTH Project, Minimising unnecessary interventions in obstetrics, Online, 15 November, 2023, Catalan Agency for Health Quality and Assessment (AQuAS), Department of Health of Catalonia, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Ryan L and Daly D, Women's experiences of accessing healthcare services and treatments to manage their perimenopause/menopause-related health issues in Ireland, Laidlaw Scholars Conference 2023, Toronto, 20-22 October, 2023, Poster, PUBLISHED
Daly D, Women's physical and mental health pre, during and post-pregnancy - What do the experts say?, Women's health panel discussion, Morrison Hotel, Dublin, 17 November, 2022, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) - Science week 2022, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Daly D and McLoughlin M, The MAMMI study, Interview with, Online, 16 November, 2022, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) - Science week 2022, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Daly D and McEvoy E, Women's health after pregnancy and during motherhood, Ireland AM (Virgin Media TV), Television interview, 16 November, 2022, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) - Science week 2022, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Women's Health After Motherhood (WHAM) - shortlisted for Health Service (HS) Excellence Awards ( 03/2020
HRB 'Ones2Watch' Award 10/2017
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
I am the Principal Investigator on the Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) study and the 5-year follow-up study ( The 10-year follow-up study survey is being co-developed with study participants and will include a new section on menopausal health. As a leader of multidisciplinary and multi-institutional bids with internationally recognised partners on various maternal health-related studies, my research programme focuses on building a body of work that seeks to reveal, and address, the hidden and unmet health needs of women during pregnancy and motherhood, and during life after motherhood. The central themes underpinning my research are on increasing the scientific community's and the public's awareness and understanding of women's experiences, amplifying women's voices as co-designers and co-producers of research, and influencing practice and policy. I has a strong record of co-design, and co-presentation and co-authorship with women in multiple media formats. I am a member of the National Women's and Infants Health Programme steering committees on antenatal and postnatal educational resources, the national severe maternal morbidity and maternal death in Ireland groups, one of Ireland's management committee members on the COST Action 18138 on peripartum depression and work group 4 leader on EU COST IS1405 Action, Building Intrapartum Research Through Health (BIRTH) (2014-2018). My main areas of methodological research expertise include longitudinal cohort studies, mixed methods research, qualitative research and systematic reviews.