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Professor Cecily Begley

Professor Cecily Begley Prof. Cecily Begley, RGN, RM, RNT, FFNMRCSI, Dip NEd, PGDipStats., MSc, MA, PhD, FTCD

Following four years in general nursing, Cecily spent 12 years working in clinical, teaching and research posts In midwifery. She moved to third level education in 1989 and was employed as lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Royal College of Surgeons for 8 years. In 1996, she took up the post of first Director of the newly-opened School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Since 2004, she has held the post of Chair of Nursing and Midwifery, and now leads the maternity care research team, in Trinity College.

Cecily has a 28-year history of research activity and has led many research teams to successful completion of diverse projects, including supervision of 20 PhD students to completion. She has been successful in obtaining over 5m euro in research funding in the last 5 years, as PI, and holds/has held a total of 20 grants from the European Commission, Health Research Board (HRB), HSE Western Area, HSE North-Eastern Area, the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland (NCNM) and the National Disability Authority. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, 6 book chapters and 1 edited book. She is a member of national and international research review committees, is Section Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, and has editorial and/or reviewing commitments for 5 other medical, nursing, or midwifery journals.

Her main research areas are: normal birth, midwifery-led care and expectant management of the third stage of labour. In addition to leading the OptiBIRTH team, Cecily also co-ordinates (with Prof. Mike Clarke and Deirdre Daly) the MAMMI study (Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland).