Amber Yates

Department of Midwifery and Child Health

About the department

The world leaders in perinatal mental health, our research-active department carries out projects at a local, national and international level.

Our vibrant and interdisciplinary department includes professional midwives as well as child, neonatal and public health nurses.

We have an influential role in midwifery nationally, with our Lead Midwife for Education being the Chair of the LME strategic reference group.

Our strong links with national, local and regional agencies include the military, where we advise on serving and veterans women’s health. Staff members from our department are delivering expert critical care knowledge in the NHS Nightingale Hospital (based in Harrogate). Our team also includes experts in public health in areas such as immunisation training.

We consistently deliver high-quality professional education for our student midwives and nurses (child) as well as post-registered students. Our exciting range of professional programmes includes BSc Midwifery, the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery and BSc Nursing (Child). We also deliver the Professional Midwifery Advocate programme and the University Certificate in Health and Social Care Practice. Other interesting programmes for midwives in the local trusts include pregnancy yoga and Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training.

Children's nurses trained at Hull are educated to care for individuals aged from 0 to 18 years, and their families, in hospital and community settings. Our small cohesive group of academics in the field of child health works closely with clinical partners to provide students with a challenging but very rewarding experience.

A highly professional team of academics, we are committed to making a difference to people’s lives at a local, national and international level.

All of our Midwifery programmes are BFI accredited.

Head of department

Nick Clark and Dr Janet Kelly

Nicky Clark and Dr Janet Kelly


Research in the Department of Midwifery and Child Health

Our research addresses critical national and international health issues including perinatal mental health, pregnancy, childbirth neonatal care as well as mental health and wellbeing in the military. We focus on the psychosocial aspects of reproductive, maternal and child health and the connections between them.

Researchers in the department have strong links with the NHS, charitable organisations, partner academic institutions, health colleagues, public representatives and industry. We work collaboratively to ensure that our research is relevant and specific to the needs of these agencies and organisations – and that the interests of relevant stakeholders are represented and addressed.

We also share our knowledge and research within the area of reproductive, maternal, and child health; utilising many platforms to ensure we reach both the wider public and research audience.

Research strengths

Tokophobia and Fear of Childbirth

We are a global leader for research into Tokophobia and fear of childbirth. This debilitating phobia can have significant repercussions for women and their families.

Our pioneering work in this field explores appropriate care and interventions. Aiming to ensure that women get the right support and that their psychological and pregnancy needs are met.

Our community

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Nationally influential

Nicky Clark is Lead Midwife for Education and Chair of the LME strategic reference group. She was given the Gold Award for her exceptional contribution to midwifery education in 2020.

"There's a lovely balance between placement and theory"

Watch: Ella Kirk explains what made her want to study Midwifery at the University of Hull

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Try for yourself

Join Frances Hodgson for a virtual Midwifery taster session

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Professional Midwifery Advocate

Develop your skills and expertise on this ten-week, part-time course aimed at midwives wishing to acquire knowledge and skills to become a Professional Midwifery Advocate.

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Our people

The department is a vibrant community of extremely talented staff and students, who collaborate to craft some incredibly creative work.

staff members in the Department of Midwifery and Child Health, arranged alphabetically by last name
Health, Nursing and Midwifery students outside the Allam Medical Building

Award winning facilities

Boasting a simulated operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit, our new £28-million Health Campus is a phenomenal resource for our students. You’ll train in a real-life setting from the start – giving you the skills and confidence to easily transition into a clinical setting.


#The Allam Medical Building won the 'Buildings That Inspire' category in The Guardian’s University Awards 2018

†Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

‡Overall satisfaction score for this subject (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)