Dr Mairead Black

Dr Mairead Black

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Dr Mairead Black
Dr Mairead Black

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As a senior clinical lecturer in obstetrics, Dr Black aims to improve women's experiences and outcomes of birth, ensuring shared decision-making and informed consent in the delivery of safe maternity care. Her role ensures leadership in the advance and delivery of maternity care, pushing high-quality care and support for pregnant women up the research and clinical agenda. 

Dr Black's research interests include intrapartum care, particularly the role and potential implications of caesarean birth. Her Wellcome Trust-funded PhD Research reflected this through primary qualitative research, synthesis of qualitative literature, epidemiological research using multiple linked Scottish datasets, and health services research employing postal questionnaires. The high impact papers published from this work relate to offspring health outcomes following planned caesarean birth and key beliefs which influence women's birth preferences after caesarean section.

My subsequent work has focused on understanding how to improve women's knowledge and involvement in planning their birth, utilising primary qualitative research, multi-stakeholder consensus-building and engaging with software companies to understand the possibilities through electronic medical record technology.

My research goals include identification of opportunities to facilitate positive birth choices, and to establish the optimal role of caesarean birth.

Additional research interests include: multimorbidity in pregnancy, impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on inequalities in pregnant women, and the role of outpatient induction of labour.

I am an honorary consultant obstetrician at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital with leadership roles in labour ward and obstetric risk management. I have been a member of the NICE Antenatal Care guideline committee since 2018 and the RCOG clinical studies group in intrapartum care since 2019.

External Memberships and Affiliations

Member of the NICE antenatal care guideline committee (2018-present).

Faculty on the RCOG-affiliated ROBUST course (2016-present).

Member of the RCOG Intrapartum Care Clinical Studies group (2017-present).

Peer reviewer for scientific journals including New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, PLoS Medicine.



Teaching Responsibilities

I lead the MSc-level course in Evidence Based Health which is delivered fully online. This teaches the steps of conducting a systematic review and how to implement evidence-based healthcare in practice. The implementation modules include the process of shared decision-making with individuals through to influencing healthcare policy.

I lead the year 3 teaching on the reproductive system for MBchB students - this is evolving into a blended learning course utilising online lectures, flipped classrooms, online poster boards and quizzes among other delivery formats.



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