Tracey is an academic midwife, who has conducted research to improve outcomes and experiences for women and families during childbearing for over 15 years.
Prior to joining LSTM in 2020, to further develop her global health interests, she was a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at The University of Manchester. She developed and led applied health research in the care of women and families experiencing complicated childbirth, including pre -eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, maternal obesity and advanced maternal age and stillbirth. She taught undergraduate and postgraduate students and has supervised several PhD and masters’ students to completion, she is fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Tracey is a registered midwife and qualified nurse, she completed a PhD in Medicine and a Masters’ in Health Care Ethics and Law at The University of Manchester.
Prior to her academic appointment, Tracey was a clinical midwife, practising as a labour ward co-ordinator in a tertiary NHS maternity unit in central Manchester.
Current research is focused on developing improved care pathways to end preventable perinatal death and improving support for parents and families experiencing death of their baby before, during or soon after birth globally, including UK, and high burden areas in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Tracey leads the improving bereavement care workstream for the NIHR Global Health Group on Stillbirth Prevention and Management in Sub Saharan Africa. With partners from the Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN), principally in Kenya and Uganda, the team is exploring parents’, families’ and community experiences and needs, developing and testing interventions to improve support and reduce adverse psychological, health and social outcomes. She is also conducting parallel qualitative work, exploring parents’ and health workers’ experiences after stillbirth or neonatal death in Pakistan with Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning.
Tracey is also principal investigator for Better Maternity Care Pathways after Stillbirth or Neonatal Death, an NIHR RFPB funded study exploring the feasibility of an intervention to improve care in pregnancy after stillbirth or neonatal death in two North West maternity Units.
Other relevant associations
Registered Midwife, Member of the Royal College of Midwives,
RCOG Stillbirth and Maternal Medicine Clinical Studies Groups
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy