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Dr Sally Pezaro is an academic midwife with clinical as well as learning and teaching experience. She uses this blog to share her professional journey.

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Whilst her areas of interest broadly encompass midwifery and maternity services research, the ‘Golden Thread’ through Sally’s work is the application of maternity workforce perspectives.

Sally’s current research is focused on improving maternity care for childbearing women with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) and the related Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD). Additionally, Sally’s work looks to improve workplace wellbeing for maternity staff through the development of compassionate workplaces.

One of Sally’s more recent publications include the Royal College of Midwives report and recommendations on workplace support for midwives experiencing domestic abuse. Some of her research work has also contributed to the development of NHS England’s support guide towards commissioning for workplace compassion.

As well as teaching, mentoring and supervising students in evidence-based practice and research methodologies, Sally is also associate editor for the International Journal of Childbirth and the CPQ Women and Child Health journal. She uses social media to maximise her potential in academia and sources talent at every level to ensure that all projects are delivered with impact. Sally is also proud to stand as a steering group committee member of the Mary Seacole Awards programme. This programme is funded by Health Education England and delivered in association with the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and Unite with support from NHS Employers.



Research Interests

  • Interventions designed to support midwives in work-related psychological distress
  • The use of online technologies and social media in health care
  • Workplace wellbeing
  • The development of compassionate workplaces
  • Exploring professionalism and fitness to practice
  • Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorders in the context of childbearing
  • Achieving excellence in maternity services

Vision Statement

The quality and safety of maternity care is intrinsically linked to the wellbeing of maternity staff. As such, it is my vision that every health care professional enjoys a psychologically safe professional journey to deliver excellence in maternity services.

There are many voices which are yet to be heard in pursuit of maternity service improvement. My aim is to give those who are as yet under represented, a voice through research.

Research has the potential to instigate change on an international scale. As such, my objective will always be to create pathways to impact, and ensure that research makes a real difference in the real world.





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