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Professor Mary Nolan

Professor of Perinatal Education, Allied Health Sciences

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 54 2094

BA (Hons.)




Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Experiences of Women Choosing Home Birth against Medical Advice

Early Labour Care for Women and their Partners

Health Visitor Engagement with Fathers of Infants



Education for the Transition to Parenthood

Building Mother/Baby Relationship

Compassion in Maternity Services

Midwifery and Maternity Care in the post-Francis Era

Engaging Consumers in Research


Research Interests


Effect of women's wellbeing in pregnancy on foetal development

Perinatal depression

Interface between the statutory and voluntary sectors

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Member of Academic Board (NCT)



·         Nolan M, Foster J (eds.) (2005) Birth and Parenting Skills: New Directions in Antenatal Education. London: Elsevier
·         Nolan M (2007) Ch: Women Supporting Midwifery: The Influence of Consumer Organisations on Best Practice. In Reid L. (ed) Midwifery – Freedom to Practise? London: Elsevier:
·         Nolan M, Smith N (2009) Antenatal Education: Principles and Practice. Chapter 15 in Myles Textbook for Midwives (15th edition) Elsevier: 227-242
·         Nolan M. (2009) information Giving and Education in Pregnancy: A Review of Qualitative Studies. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 18(4): 21-30
·         Nolan M., Smith J. (2010) Women’s experiences of following advice to stay at home in early labour. British Journal of Midwifery, 18(5):286-292

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

·         Reviewer for Midwifery; Nurse Researcher
·         Editorial Board Member: The Practising Midwife
·         Reviewer for NIHR HTA Programme

Advisor to National Association of Childbirth and Parenting Educators, Australia

Editor-in-Chief: International Journal of Birth and Parent Education