Dr Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho PhD MSc RM

NIHR Research Fellow and Midwifery Lecturer

Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research

School of Health Sciences
City University London

Lucia studied Anthropology and trained as a midwife in Italy where she worked as an independent midwife. She moved to London in 2002 to pursue a clinical academic career.

As a senior clinician and an academic with broad experience of leadership, management of staff and resources, Lucia is one of only two midwives in England awarded a Doctoral Clinical Academic NIHR Fellowship.

Lucia’s track record includes contributing to the creation of innovative ways of delivering maternity care with a public health focus such as a case-loading for vulnerable women and a freestanding birth centre, which achieved a 45% of waterbirths and a 9% CS rate.

Lucia’s experience of mentoring midwives in clinical practice includes a wide range of settings, from home births in London to the mountainsof rural Afghanistan.

Lucia views normal birth as a means to achieve high quality care, which is safe, cost-effective and engenders positive experiences.

Since September 2014, Lucia has worked as a consultant midwife in public health at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in South West London, and she is working to complete her PhD ‘an ethnographic study of the philosophy, culture and practice in a freestanding urban midwife-led unit’.