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Professor Dame Tina Lavender PhD, MSc, RM, RGN

Photograph of Tina Lavender

Professor of Midwifery

University of Manchester School of Nursing
Midwifery & Social Work
Jean McFarlane Building 
University Place
Oxford Road
M13 9PL


Tina is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for Global Women's Health . She directs the Midwifery Research group.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Cochrane Collaboration
  • European Academy of Nurse Science
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society

Methodological Knowledge

  • I use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Quantitative: I have conducted a number of randomised controlled trials and observational studies. I am an experienced Cochrane Systematic Reviewer
  • Qualitative: I have conducted a number of qualitative studies; stand alone and part of mixed methods approaches. I have experience in utilising qualitative findings to inform and/or understand intervention studies. I have expertise in meta-synthesis.


Dame Tina Lavender is Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for Global Women’s Health at the University of Manchester. She also holds an honorary contract at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Nairobi. She leads a programme of research, Midwifery and Women's Health; her main research focus being the management of prolonged labour and partogram use. Dame Tina has published extensively in this field.  She is Co-editor in Chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, Associate Editor of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Editor of the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and on the editorial team of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dame Tina is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives and European Academy of Nurse Science. Dame Tina also acts as a regular Advisor to the World Health Organization, particularly in relation to guideline development.


  • Registered General Nurse 1987
  • Registered Midwife 1990
  • MSc (Practitioner Research) 1995
  • PhD (Managing prolonged labour using different partogram action lines: obstetric outcome and maternal satisfaction) 1999
  • Preparation Course for Supervisors Of Midwives (Level 3) 2000



  • Yoshida, S., Martines, J., Lawn, J. E., Wall, S., Souza, J. P., Rudan, I., ... Bahl, R. (2016).

    Setting research priorities to improve global newborn health and prevent stillbirths by 2025.Journal of Global Health, 6(1). DOI:10.7189/jogh.06.010508

. Publication link: 91a009d0-6eef-4f65-a60d-6ec9563596a1 | PubMed:26401272


. Publication link: dd6af37c-7b13-4ba4-90be-36bcea782984 | PubMed:26006320

  • Briscoe, L., Lavender, T., O'Brien, E., Campbell, M., & McGowan, L. (2015).

    A mixed methods study to explore women and clinicians' response to pain associated with suturing second degree perineal tears and episiotomies [PRAISE].Midwifery, 31(4). DOI:10.1016/j.midw.2014.12.010. Publication link: 722bbaca-7957-494b-aa36-b96084a6a0a7 | PubMed:25656307

  • Cooke, A., Cork, M. J., Victor, S., Campbell, M., Danby, S., Chittock, J., ... Cork, M. J. (2015).

    Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil or no Oil for Baby Dry Skin or Massage: A Pilot, Assessor-blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial (the Oil in Baby SkincaRE [OBSeRvE] Study).Acta dermato-venereologica. DOI:10.2340/00015555-2279. Publication link: fa1e5304-d56a-48a1-b1b8-2875db71260f | PubMed:26551528

  • Lavender, T., & Smith, D. M. (2015).

    Seeing it through their eyes: a qualitative study of the pregnancy experiences of women with a body mass index of 30 or more.Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy. DOI:10.1111/hex.12339. Publication link: 79846283-a173-4bd6-b030-2446e1901f4f | PubMed:25601510

  • Mills, T. A., Lavender, R., & Lavender, T. (2015).

    "Forty is the new twenty": An analysis of British media portrayals of older mothers.Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives, 6(2). DOI:10.1016/j.srhc.2014.10.005. Publication link: 9433e680-3158-4c61-8bd8-83bf372bde1b | PubMed:25998876

  • Sharma, G., Mathai, M., Dickson, K. E., Weeks, A., Hofmeyr, G., Lavender, T., ... de Bernis, L. (2015).

    Quality care during labour and birth: a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions.BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15 Suppl 2. DOI:10.1186/1471-2393-15-S2-S2. Publication link: d3bc33cf-6576-4399-bd8c-5fba41e52c11 | PubMed:26390886

  • Smith, D. M., Taylor, W., & Lavender, T. (2015).

    Behaviour Change Techniques to change the postnatal eating and physical activity behaviours of women who are obese: a qualitative study. Unknown Journal. DOI:10.1111/1471-0528.13751. Publication link: 3bd58dea-395d-4b7e-a3a5-af069e676970 | PubMed:26537206

  • Souza, J. P., Oladapo, O. T., Bohren, M. A., Mugerwa, K., Fawole, B., Moscovici, L., ... Sanghvi, H. (2015).

    The development of a Simplified, Effective, Labour Monitoring-to-Action (SELMA) tool for Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty (BOLD): study protocol.Reproductive health, 12. DOI:10.1186/s12978-015-0029-4. Publication link: c20457af-1de6-4e16-8e2a-26ca376891d8 | PubMed:26006758

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