_carol Lambert

Dr Carol Lambert

Researcher in Maternal and Reproductive Health

Faculty of Health Sciences


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Carol’s research interests stem from a clinical practice encounter with a pregnant woman who voiced clear preferences about what she wanted for herself and her baby.

Those preferences were dismissed when care was handed to another midwife, leading to Carol's interest in the impact midwives have on the decisions women make about birth.

She worked for more than 20 years within the NHS after beginning her career as an enrolled nurse in 1988.

Carol became an RGN after a conversion course at the University of Hull where she also gained a BSc in Midwifery, a Diploma in Postgraduate Research Training and a PhD.


Research Interests

  • Women's decision-making about birth choices and practitioner influence

  • Women’s lived experience of pregnancy and birth and the relationships between women and their midwives

  • The promotion of birth as a normal, social event in the lives of women and their families

Research groups

  • Support and development of a programme of research and evaluation on the impact of multi-professional training for the maternity sector, delivered by Baby Lifeline on maternal and neonatal outcomes

  • The Programme for Women Achieving Excellence in Research (PoWER), led by Dr Judith Dyson and Dr Fiona Cowdell

  • Cochrane review, led by Dr Fiona Cowdell, of psychological and educational interventions for atopic eczema in adults


Mercer, T.G., Kythreotis, A.P., Lambert, C. & Hughes, G. (2012) 'Student-led research training within the PhD: “PhD experience” conferences', International Journal of Researcher Development, 2 (2), pp. 152-166

Lambert, C., Jomeen, J., McSherry, W. (2010) 'Reflexivity: a review of the literature in the context of midwifery research', British Journal of Midwifery, vol 18, No 5 pp 321-326

Flint, J. and Lambert, C. (2015) 'Antenatal Midwifery Care', In: Lewis, L. (ed) Fundamentals of Midwifery Care, England: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Conference presentations

Lambert, C and Hughes, G (2011) 'For students by students', PhD Experience Conference, Graduate school. University of Hull

Lambert, C, Jomeen, J and McSherry, W. (2013) 'The conceptual life worlds of pregnancy: social representations and different pregnancy identities', School of Nursing and Midwifery, 14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Student Colloquium, November 2013, Trinity College Dublin.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Health Professional Studies

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery (First Class)

  • Diploma in Post Graduate Research Training

External roles

  • Registered by theNursing and Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Midwives

  • Reviewer for the Woman and Birth Journal of the Australian College of Midwives

  • Member of an international midwifery research network (midwifery-research@jiscmail.ac.uk)

  • Member of the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society

Awards and accolades

Grant award linked with widening access to higher education amongst under-represented groups. University of Hull (2017).