The new post will be based at the university’s Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, where Helen currently leads research in maternal and child health and health care decision-making.
She said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to be named as the second RCM professor of midwifery.
‘The RCM promotes the wellbeing of mothers and babies through supporting midwives to provide the highest quality of evidence informed care.
‘Working in partnership with the RCM I will support development of research relevant to midwifery practice and the wellbeing of women, as well as the timely implementation of research findings into clinical practice.’
is well known to the RCM, which has collaborated with her and the unit on a number of significant pieces of research.
Gillian Smith, RCM director for Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted to host the second RCM chair of midwifery in Scotland. It is a unique opportunity for Scotland to showcase the excellent research into midwife-led care being done here.
‘Her appointment as RCM chair of midwifery will enhance an already strong relationship with the University of Stirling
and the RCM.’
Helen’s research is primarily concerned with decision making in labour, as well as maternity service delivery.
Working closely with practicing midwives and mothers is a key aspect of all of her research.
She is currently leading the Scottish national maternity care survey in partnership with the Scottish Government Patient Experience Programme
Cathy Warwick, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that the RCM now has its second chair of midwifery in the UK.
‘The RCM has a well-developed strategy for promoting midwifery-led research.
‘Our chairs of midwifery posts are integral to achieving this strategy and we look forward very much to working closely with Professor Cheyne and the University of Stirling.’