Research Definition

Midwifery research is expanding at a rapid pace. Therefore it is necessary to update the 2008 (Sinclair) definition. 

Midwifery research is:

"A rigorous process of inquiry that aims to provide knowledge of and insights into the efficacy and effectiveness of midwifery practice; its effects on women, babies, parents, family, culture and society. 
It includes research on the education and training of midwives, developing and testing midwifery theory,  multidisciplinary team working, the use of information and communication technologies, the organisation and delivery of maternity services, and employment conditions and terms affecting midwives’ working lives".

(Updated 15th June, 2010)


Ulster University

School of Nursing

Institute of Nursing Research

Graduate Research School


Maternal Fetal & Infant Research Centre

Institute of Nursing & Health Research

Ulster University



Co. Antrim

BT37 0QB


DMRS Administrator Dr Julie McCullough

Tel: 02890 368 118



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